Category: Side Dishes

Lemony Pesto Roasted Broccoli

Basil pesto and freshly squeezed lemon juice give this often bland vegetable a delicious boost of flavor. Broccoli may never be boring again! JUMP TO RECIPE

Lemony Pesto Roasted Broccoli - Basil pesto and freshly squeezed lemon juice give this bland vegetable a delicious boost of flavor. Broccoli may never be boring again! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #vegetable #vegetables #sidedish #sides #pesto #veggies #broccoli #roastedbroccoli

Broccoli used to be one of my least favorite vegetables until I started roasting it. Prior to that I had always steamed it, but once I learned how high oven heat can transform this ho-hum vegetable I never looked back. I went from feeling indifferent about broccoli to actually liking it and making it fairly frequently. Recently I discovered another way to cook this cruciferous vegetable that elevates the taste even further and now I can say, without hesitation, that I LOVE broccoli! If you want to see how the right cooking technique and two simple ingredients can turn a bland and boring vegetable into a stellar side dish, look no further than Lemony Pesto Roasted Broccoli! (more…)

Garlic Parmesan Carrot Fries with Za’atar Mayonnaise

Carrots are cut into the shape of fries and roasted with garlic and Parmesan cheese then served with a delicious middle eastern spiced mayonnaise.   JUMP TO RECIPE

Do you eat enough vegetables? Even if you’re a relatively healthy eater the answer might be “no”.  In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that only 27% of adults were eating the recommended daily amount of vegetables. The problem is, vegetables can get a little boring.  Raw veggies are great but many of us fall back on plain steamed or roasted vegetables at dinnertime – not very exciting. I readily admit there’ve been plenty of nights I’ve skipped making a vegetable because I was too tired and even a simple roasted or sautéed veggie just didn’t seem worth the effort. One thing that might help all of us get the nutrients we need from vegetables every day is to prepare them in interesting and delicious ways as often as possible, like, for example, making fries out of carrots and serving them with a middle eastern spiced dipping sauce as I’ve done here with this recipe for Garlic Parmesan Carrot Fries with Za’atar Mayonnaise. These fries will turn even the most die-hard carrot haters into fans. Believe me, nobody will be skipping their daily veggies when these are on the menu! (more…)

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Pecans

This super simple recipe makes the ultimate smooth and creamy sweet potatoes. Great any time of year but perfect for the holidays.  JUMP TO RECIPE 

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Pecans - A super simple recipe that makes the ultimate smooth and creamy sweet potatoes.  Perfect any time of year but especially for the holidays. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #side #sidedish #Thanksgiving #potatoes #bourbon #sweetpotatoes

This recipe for Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Pecans is a Thanksgiving classic, but if you love sweet potatoes, you’ll be making this comforting dish all year long! It’s a staple in our house because it’s delicious and so simple to prepare.

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Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Crispy Prosciutto

Roasted Brussels sprouts get a boost of flavor from pungent blue cheese and salty prosciutto.  An easy and impressive side dish.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Crispy Prosciutto - Roasted Brussels sprouts get a boost of flavor from pungent blue cheese and salty prosciutto. An easy and impressive side dish perfect for holiday entertaining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brusselssprouts #wintervegetable #wintervegetables #side #sides #vegetables #holidaydinner

Demand for Brussels sprouts has increased dramatically over the past decade. Some people attribute this to restaurant chefs who, several years ago, began pairing roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon – a trend that led consumers to develop a newfound appreciation for this old-fashioned, and often reviled, winter vegetable. I admit I was one of those patrons who was once unenthusiastic about Brussels sprouts but declared myself a fan after tasting them with bacon at a restaurant. This recipe is a riff on the Brussels sprouts/bacon concept but I’ve amped up the flavor even further with the addition of blue cheese, and thrown in some toasted walnuts for good measure. Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Crispy Prosciutto is a bold, delicious side dish that has “holiday dinner” written all over it! (more…)

Make Ahead Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A classic side dish that feeds a crowd and can be made entirely ahead of time. Great for holiday entertaining.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Make Ahead Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes - A classic side dish that feeds a crowd and can be made entirely ahead of time. Great for holiday entertaining. #thanksgiving #thanksgivingside #thanksgivingsides #holidayfood #mashedpotatoes

Let’s face it, cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinner is an ordeal. Even if your guests pitch in by bringing food and helping with the cleanup, it’s still a ton of work. The only way to keep your sanity through it all is to stay organized and do as much as you can ahead of time, including some of the cooking. A lot of people think mashed potatoes, a classic Thanksgiving side dish, must be served immediately after you make them, but this recipe for Make Ahead Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes dispels that myth.  This dish can be made entirely in advance, allowing you more time to spend with your guests, which is after all, what Thanksgiving is all about! (more…)

Roasted Cauliflower with Feta, Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Capers

Cauliflower gets dressed up in this vibrant side dish with a variety of flavors, colors, and textures.  An awesome appetizer too.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Roasted Cauliflower with Feta, Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Capers - Cauliflower gets dressed up in this vibrant side dish with a variety of flavors, colors, and textures. Super simple to prepare. Great as an appetizer too. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #vegetables #vegetable #sidedishes #sidedish #thanksgiving #glutenfree #yummyveggies #cauliflowerrecipes

The rise of cauliflower as a celebrity vegetable has been nothing short of meteoric. Much of this growth can be attributed to cauliflower rice, a term used to describe cauliflower that has been chopped into tiny pieces that resemble grains of rice. So staggering is the growth of this vegetable in disguise that huge, multinational brands are now jumping in to capture market share. Green Giant (a division of General Mills) now harvests over 100,000 heads of cauliflower daily to meet the growing demand – a six-fold increase from just a few years ago! I’ve done my part as a food blogger by posting a variety of new-fangled cauliflower-based dishes (see the last paragraph for links to these recipes), but recently I had the urge to go back to using cauliflower in a more traditional way and came up with this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Feta, Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Capers. (more…)

Fig Balsamic Farro with Spinach, Cranberries, and Almonds

A nutritious, delicious, Italian inspired dish the whole family will love.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Fig Balsamic Farro with Spinach, Cranberries, and Almonds is a delicious, nutritious, Italian inspired dish that can be served as an appetizer, side, or entrée. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #farro #emmer #ancientgrain #ancientgrains #ancientwheat #wholegrains #sides #grains #easyrecipe #easyrecipes

If you’re looking to incorporate more whole grains into your diet, here’s a great recipe to add to your rotation. Fig Balsamic Farro with Spinach, Cranberries, and Almonds is a flavor packed, Italian inspired dish the whole family will love. Whenever I make this I always double the recipe because we gobble it up so quickly. It’s great for lunch and as a side dish with dinner. The sweet, tart, fig balsamic flavor, along with cranberries and almonds, is an awesome complement to chicken and pork, but really, this dish goes well with just about anything. And, if you like tapas style dining, you can even serve it as a small plate appetizer, as pictured below. (more…)

Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

A no-cook, easy antipasto salad you can make in under 10 minutes. Great for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad - A no-cook, quick and easy antipasto salad you can make in under 10 minutes. Great for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com |#salad #antipasto #artichokes #nocook #easyrecipe #roastedredpeppers #antipastosalad #quickrecipe #picnicfood #artichokesalad #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree

If you enjoy shopping at upscale food markets that sell a wide variety of prepared foods then you’ll appreciate Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad because this is exactly the type of dish you’re likely to find at one these stores. In fact, I came up with this recipe after purchasing a small deli container of a similar type salad at my local specialty food store, for which I paid an insane amount of money. Since it contained only a few simple ingredients I decided to make my own version and I’m so glad I did. This salad is perfect for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining. It’s quick to throw together and can easily be scaled up to feed large crowds. (more…)

Lemony White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary

A healthy, Tuscan inspired dish you can make in under 10 minutes. Quick, easy, and delicious.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Lemony White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary - A healthy and delicious Tuscan inspired side dish you can make in under 10 minutes. Serve it as an appetizer, light meal, or side dish. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #beans #whitebeans #cannellinibeans #healthyrecipe #vegansidedish #glutefreerecipe # mediterraneandiet #tuscanwhitebeans #sides

Next time you walk your hungry self into the kitchen and discover that there is very little in your refrigerator or pantry that can be made into a meal, I hope you remember this dish. Lemony White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary is what I make for a light, healthy meal when my cupboards are bare and I am way overdue for a trip to the grocery store. You can pull this dish together in just a few minutes with canned beans and some other staple ingredients you most likely already have on hand. (more…)

Black Rice and Sweet Summer Corn Salad

Disclosure: I received free samples from Nature’s Earthly Choice to develop this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  JUMP TO RECIPE

(#AD) Black Rice and Sweet Summer Corn Salad – A healthy, easy-to-make whole grain salad with sweet corn, savory sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #blackrice #forbiddenrice #sides #vegansidedish #glutenfreesidedish

I’ve served Black Rice and Sweet Summer Corn Salad several times this summer, always to rave reviews. This is one of those side dishes that’s served at room temperature so it’s great for cook-outs, picnics, and buffet tables. It’s easy to prepare, a little bit different, and absolutely delicious, all of which make it perfect for the type of casual dining we seem to crave on carefree summer days. It’s also a great way to showcase sweet summer corn, one of the best foods the season has to offer! (more…)

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