Category: Side Dishes

Spicy Chickpeas with Spinach

I’m always buying spinach in the hopes I can get my family to LOVE it.  I mean, really LOVE it.  It’s not like kale (which I hate).  It’s a dark green leafy vegetable that makes you strong, like Popeye.  So, three out of the four of us like creamed spinach.  But let’s face it, that

Country Potato Salad

Potato salad is one of those side dishes that can either be hit or miss.  I don’t normally make potato salad for my family for that very reason.  I think also because it’s normally a side I would make for a barbecue or during the summer for a picnic.  I don’t normally think to make

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

I try to make a vegetable with every meal.  It’s hard sometimes, and the kids complain, but I think it makes for a more balanced meal.  Well, I know it makes for a more balanced meal.  Every week I grocery shop for veggies, some of which are consumed immediately and with no complaint and some

Red Wine Roasted Tomatoes

I had an abundance of cherry tomatoes this summer.  It wasn’t that it was a particularly good year for my garden it was probably more so that my neighbors had a good year for their gardens.  I like to think that I have a green thumb, but it’s probably more likely that I have a

Easy Peas-y Macaroni Salad

Whenever I want to get the kids to eat peas, I put them in another dish.  When they were babies, they used to LOVE them.  But of course I think that was just because I dumped a spoonful of peas on their high chair tray and let them practice feeding themselves.  Which probably would have

Loaded “Totchos”

Would you believe there are people in this world who have never had a tater tot?  I kid you not, I made tater tots one day to accompany some french dip sandwiches for someone (who I shall not name) and they asked me what they were.  I thought maybe they were joking.  I mean, didn’t

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

I love making oven-roasted vegetables.  It takes away all the active cooking time.  I don’t have to stand at the stove and babysit my vegetables.  And sometimes that’s what makes all the difference during weeknight cooking.  It’s really easy to just throw some veggies on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, add seasoning (salt

Maple-Glazed Carrots

I have a hard time getting the kids to eat vegetables.  And then I visited my friend this past weekend who has a one year old and he’s scarfing down spinach by the fistful.  So I tell myself either of two things has happened here: 1. I’ve done something very wrong in raising my children

Cilantro-Lime Quinoa Salad

I’ve been on a big quinoa kick lately.  To me it’s one of the most versatile complex carbohydrates.  And also a pretty easy side dish to make. I like the fact that you can add anything you want to it and it’s kind of hard to screw up; you can flavor it however you want

Fancy Black Beans

Sometimes I like to take something from a can and make it fancy.  Let’s face it, it’s just plain easy to open a can sometimes when you need a side dish for lunch or dinner, but sometimes, that can just isn’t enough.  Which is when it’s time to make it fancy!  Now of course my