Category: Side Dishes

Potato Salad…with Bacon!

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not usually a potato salad girl.  I mean, I like potatoes and salad, but almost NEVER make potato salad. I think at a picnic, I much prefer macaroni salad to potato salad, not really sure why because they have almost the exact same ingredients, except one has potatoes

Cheesy Zucchini

Zucchini is misunderstood.  It’s one of my favorite vegetables, yet I only seem to get it in the summer and do the same things with it; grill it or stir fry it.  I’ve been trying to find ways to expand my zucchini repertoire.  I bought a spiralizer and tried to convince the kids that the

Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Cherry Tomatoes

So I moved.  And I’m stuck in a rut in a hotel room with a “kitchen.”  I use that term loosely because it basically consists of a refrigerator, stove, sink, dishwasher and microwave.  And 2 tiny pots and 4 plates and some silverware.  I couldn’t exist here for more than a week.  But the good

Grilled Greek Vegetable Salad

17 days until the movers come.  I will be ready I will be ready I will be ready.  At least I hope I will.  Three years have passed since our last move (technically) and the kids are a lot older, we only have 1 dog (miss you Lucy), and we don’t seem to have accumulated

Avocado-Cilantro Fried Brown Rice

Whenever I make rice, I can never figure out exactly how much to make to avoid leftovers.  Especially when I make brown rice.  I like brown rice, but the tiny humans will 9 times out of 10 NOT eat it.  And then, since I’ve made the rice under the assumption that they’re eating it, I

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Quinoa used to intimidate me.  Until I started cooking it in my rice cooker.  The first time I ever made quinoa, I made it on the stovetop and it boiled over on me, which was a disaster to clean.  So I was always intimidated to try it again since I thought I’d have to babysit

Cheesy Baked Eggplant

Eggplant is one of those vegetables I always buy and then never know what I want to do with it.  I normally think about grilling it or making eggplant parmesan.  It’s kind of a challenge to me to find something that everyone will like.   So naturally, when I had an eggplant the other day,

Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash intimidates me.  I think it’s because it has a hard outer shell.  But once you crack that hard outer shell and figure out how to cook it, it can be a very good thing.   And since winter squash is in season right now and always on sale, I decided to grab a

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls

I’m a big fan of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.   Let’s face it…I’m actually a big fan of bacon wrapped anything!  Anyways, the idea behind the bacon wrapped jalapeno popper is to stuff the jalapeno with cream cheese and then wrap it in bacon.  The cream cheese and the bacon cut the heat of the

Cheesy Wild Mushroom Risotto

There’s something about risotto that really warms the soul.  It’s not hard to make, but it just takes time.  I love watching Chopped when the crazies think they are going to make a good, creamy risotto in 20 minutes.  Let’s face it, it just takes time.  Time to slowly cook and develop that creamy consistency.