Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is a simple, delicious side dish requiring just 5 ingredients. I came up with this recipe on the fly one night when I needed something to go with our dinner entrée that I could prepare quickly. The nice thing about Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is that it checks both the “vegetable” and “starch” box. With only a handful of ingredients, it is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. The sun-dried tomatoes are a delicious, savory addition to the quinoa and spinach, and provide a welcome pop of color, while the parmesan cheese adds a creamy quality and eliminates the need for any additional seasoning. This is a real winner of a side dish! (more…)
Potato Skins Pizza is my newest recipe remix and I’m so pleased with the results! Smashed, roasted baby potatoes masquerade as pizza crust in this seriously addictive rendition of loaded potato skins. In addition to the potato/potato skin base, you’ll find all of the signature ingredients you associate with classic potato skins – cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and chive infused sour cream. I’m not kidding when I say that Potato Skins Pizza takes “delicious” to a whole new level. (more…)
Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is my new favorite condiment. It’s deliciously cool with a pleasant tang, and because it’s made with Greek yogurt instead of cream or mayonnaise, it’s light and refreshing. With the warm weather fast approaching here in New England, it’s natural to gravitate toward recipes that are suitable for picnics, backyard barbecues, and all manner of summer time celebrations. This means lots of grilled meat, seafood, and vegetables with accompanying side salads and sauces. Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is the perfect summer time sauce for almost anything grilled and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. (more…)
Lentil Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette is a wonderfully simple salad that makes a great side dish but is nutrient dense enough to be served as a main meal. It’s vegan and gluten-free, and with 13 grams of protein and a whopping 15 grams of fiber per serving, it will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. (more…)
This Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust is a great alternative to Quiche Lorraine. Although it looks like quiche, and contains ingredients typically found in quiche, like eggs and cheese, it differs in almost every other way. The vegetarian filling is made of Greek yogurt, infused with fresh herbs, and surrounded by a delicious, gluten-free, cornmeal crust. Artichoke hearts and rosemary are the base flavors in this elegant tart but you can easily swap them out for other vegetable and herb combinations. Asparagus with dill, mushrooms with thyme, and tomatoes (technically a fruit) and basil, would all taste delicious and work well with the other ingredients in this recipe.
I found a new fix for my chocolate cravings in the form of Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups. These blissful little bites of chocolate goodness have rich, deep flavor. A layer of sweet, tart raspberry jam is nestled inside of a dark chocolate, fudge-like brownie, creating a decadent treat sure to satisfy any chocoholic. The fact that Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownies Cups contain healthy ingredients is a bonus because there is no sacrifice in taste whatsoever. The recipe on which Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups is based comes from the blog Chocolate Covered Katie and is apparently the most popular recipe on her blog. I’m not at all surprised. I couldn’t believe how good these Black Bean Brownies tasted the first time I made them. And then I did what I do every time I find a recipe I love – I started thinking about how to tweak/change it and what variations might create another fabulous dish, and before I knew it, Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups were born! (more…)
I’m always on the lookout for fast, easy, and tasty side dishes. I don’t mind spending extra time on a main dishes and desserts, but when it comes to side dishes I want to get them on the table quickly, without too much effort. Maple Mustard Roasted Green Beans with Toasted Almonds definitely qualifies as no-fuss yet it’s impressive in both appearance and taste.
My family is seriously addicted to Crispy Smashed Baby Potatoes. In fact, whenever I make these potatoes a good portion of them never reach the serving platter because they are snatched right off the baking sheets as soon as they come out of the oven! (more…)
Americans are becoming more accustomed to bitter flavors, as evidenced by some of the food trends we’ve seen in recent years – extra dark chocolate, bitter greens like arugula and dandelion, and craft beers that are heavy on the hops. If you’ve acquired a taste for foods that lean toward bitter, you’ll want to try Baby Kale and Grapefruit Salad with Campari Vinaigrette. This is a delicious salad with mildly bitter back notes that are nicely balanced by the salty feta and the sugars in the vinegar and candied walnuts. There is only 1 tablespoon of Campari in the vinaigrette but the flavor it imparts is unmistakable.
Those of us who like pizza tend to fall into one of two camps – thick crust or thin crust. Fans of thick crust pizza tend to be bread lovers who enjoy the crust as much as the toppings. They’re the ones who eat the leftover scraps of crust that others leave on their plates. The thin crust advocates tend to be a little more passionate, espousing the virtues of their preference with great enthusiasm . They’re of the mind that the crust is simply a vehicle for the toppings and that high quality meat, cheese, and vegetables should be the highlight of the pizza – not the bread. Thin and Crispy Quinoa Crust Pizza might not satisfy the thick crust folks, but if you’re a thin crust fan looking for a gluten-free option you will definitely want to try this recipe. (more…)