Category: Salads and Sides

Everything vegetable, raw or cooked can be found here. Plus side dishes like potatoes, rice, beans, coleslaws and salads.

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Crack Broccoli

Crack Broccoli Thanks to “A Beautiful Plate” for providing this yummy recipe for roasted broccoli.  It is very similar to the way I do asparagus, but the addition of lemon juice and rind, and toasted sliced almonds is just the...

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Crispy Baked Tomatoes

This is another one of my favorite side dishes that I find myself going back to every time I am trying to eat healthier. They are so yummy, I always wonder why I don’t make them more often, eating healthy...

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Oven Roasted Asparagus

I love roasting vegetables in the oven because it brings out the natural sugars, and kills the natural bitterness of vegetables.  Topped with a garlicky cheese mixture just makes it even better.  Asparagus was the first vegetable I ever tried cooking...

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Cauliflower “Rice”

This is the best way to make a healthy rice-like substitute from cauliflower.  Taste and texture are amazingly similar with this method.  A low carb lifestyle is being adopted and recommended more and more by doctors and health gurus, which explains...

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Baked Acorn Squash

This is a quick and easy side dish that cooks in the microwave, taking only 10 minutes from start to finish.  Add a dab of both butter and brown sugar, nuke it for 6 minutes, and voila!  Hard shelled squash like...

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Oriental Salad

Oriental Salad, or Asian Salad, or Ramen Noodle Salad; by any name it is yummy. It’s usually a base of shredded cabbage or bagged coleslaw with a package of dry ramen noodles crumbled up and added, and a dressing using the seasoning packet from the noodles. Often sesame or sunflower seeds and sliced or slivered toasted almonds are added to lend extra crunch, or crispy chow mein noodles can be added also. A versatile recipe, this salad makes a large batch, and is a staple at potlucks and holiday menus. Enjoy!

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Chicken Caesar Salad

This recipe is just as good as you can get at any restaurant, but better, since you know how it’s been prepared and you know what is in it.  I picked up some chicken breast at the grocery store today,...

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Grown-Up Mac & Cheese

Grown-Up Mac & Cheese Old fashioned comfort food, but fancied up a bit for adults. Don’t worry, kids like it too! Serves 4 (as a meal) or 6 (as a side) Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked macaroni, cooked 2 – 3...

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Sweet Potato Supreme

Sweet Potato Supreme The flavour of candied sweet potatoes but in a make-ahead dish!  The potatoes are mashed, then topped with butter, brown sugar and pecans. Perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving. It makes a pretty presentation too, and could also be...

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Swedish Potatoes

Swedish Potatoes This is a make-ahead dish of creamy mashed potatoes. With cream cheese and sour cream beaten into it, and a crunchy bread topping, this was a favorite of my daughter Chrissy’s. Everybody likes these. Makes enough for 6...

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Bacon and Sausage Stuffing

Bacon and Sausage Stuffing This stuffing is so delicious that I always get asked for the recipe. The recipe makes enough for leftovers. Cook some in the turkey, and the remainder in a crock pot or slow cooker. Perfectly seasoned...

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Spice up your everyday Salad

Trying to eat right, I often include a salad in my dinner menu.  But don’t you get tired of the same old lettuce salad?  I do, and so we started adding different things to spice up a tired old plain salad...

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Every Day Coleslaw with Apples and Pecans

Coleslaw is one of the easiest salads to prepare. There are endless ways to prepare it, different dressings, and various additions to make it special. But there is one that we return to time after time: that’s this one. Fresh cabbage,...

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Broccoli Salad

This salad is the best way to eat your broccoli that I know of.  The earthy flavor of the broccoli marries up with the sweetness of raisins, the salty, smokiness of bacon, and the crunch of sunflower seeds, all brought...

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Mc’D” Special Sauce Light

Mc”D” Special Sauce Light This is a lightened up version of a copycat recipe that was originally posted on Recipezaar. I have used plain Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise, and Splenda in place of sugar. It looks and tastes...

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Mc”D” Special Sauce

I have been making this copycat recipe of McDonald’s special burger sauce for years.  It really does look and taste exactly like the real thing!  It is better if you make it up a day in advance, to give the...

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Garden Fresh Rice

Garden Fresh Rice Fresh herbs, garlic and feta cheese are a winning combination in this impressive rice dish. Make this when you have fresh herbs from your garden. Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 cup white rice (I like using Jasmine) 2...

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Carrot & Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Today you get a two-for!! We are having grilled pork chops with my favorite rub, and sweet potato and carrot oven fries. Both are Yummy, and both fit in to a healthy eating plan, so both will go into my...

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Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

This is the easiest and quickest way to cook corn that you have ever tried.  If you have never done this, you will want to try it.  Way easier than boiling, and never gets burned like it might on the...

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Loaded Baked Potato

So, you are cutting calories and you think you can’t enjoy that loaded baked potato anymore? Think again! Potatoes are a low fat food that is a good source of vitamins B and C, minerals potassium and magnesium, and fiber...