Holly Jolly Holiday Side Dishes

Turkey, ham, prime rib, they’re the staples of many holiday meals. But, think of the looks you would get from your guests if that were all you served them. The following recipes for simple yet delicious side dishes can all be made in less than 45 minutes from start to finish, including cook time. Each complements the traditional holiday fare. What’s more, the Rice Pilaf and Shrimp Dip will be welcome sights to your vegetarian guests. WILD RICE AND PINE NUT PILAF Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced onion 1 box long-grain white and wild … Continue reading

Super Simple Sides

If you are looking for an easy side dish to serve with your glazed Easter ham or spicy Easter lamb then you’ve come to the right place. The following recipes are not only super simple to prepare they are also easy on your wallet. The first dish take less than 30 minutes to make and calls for only a handful of ingredients. However, its simplicity only adds to the dish’s overall flavor. The trick is finding the walnut oil. I buy my flavored oils from gourmet stores, but every once in a while you can find walnut oil at larger … Continue reading

Aimee’s Inside Out Stuffed Mushrooms

I love mushrooms — and now we have a good reason to love them. Recent research from Tufts University found that common white button mushrooms are health heroes! Button mushrooms can give your immune system a boost, fight viruses, and help protect against cancer. They’re also a low calorie alternative to pasta and rice. Swapping one cup of button mushrooms for one cup of rice or pasta in your favorite recipes can save you two hundred calories. Make the switch twice a week for a year and you can lose as much as six pounds with very little effort! They … Continue reading

Two Side Dishes That Make the Dinner

Are you a one dish Betty, preferring to schlop all of your vegetables, meat and potatoes in one casserole dish? Don’t get me wrong, casseroles have their place at our dinner table. They are quick, easy and can often be prepped ahead of time. On the other hand, it sets a certain mood to have dinner where there is one main meat and several delicious side dishes. These particular side dishes go well with anything, are fairly easy to prep and will complete your meal with a touch of elegance! Sauteed Spinach and Mushrooms You will need: 3 tablespoons butter … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Rice Side Dishes

I am always looking for a quick and easy side dish because I get so tired of doing the same old “green beans” or “mashed potatoes” thing. Here are a few rice dishes you might want to try: Herbed Rice Pilaf For this recipe, you will need long grain rice, celery, onion, butter, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, dried oregano, and dried thyme. To prep for this recipe, you will need to chop enough celery to make one cup and enough onion to make 1/2 cup. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a skillet over medium heat, saute … Continue reading

Moroccan Potato Casserole

For this recipe, you will need 1 1/2 pounds of red potatoes, garlic cloves, salt, paprika, ground cumin, ground cayenne pepper, fresh cilantro, parsley, one lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil, one large red bell pepper, one yellow bell pepper, one large green bell pepper, celery stalks, and one pound of tomatoes. There is a bit of prepping for this recipe, but it is well worth it. Chop your fresh cilantro and parsley – enough for 3/4 of a cup of each. Slice your red potatoes 1/2 inch thick. Cut your red bell pepper into 1/2 inch square and your … Continue reading

Baked Potato with Lebanese Filling (from Gourmet Magazine)

Still on my baked potato kick, this recipe includes some stuff I would never think to put in a potato – such as walnuts and cinnamon. But it sounded so good, I wanted to share it with you! For this recipe, you will need three baking potatoes, cornstarch, plain yogurt, one large garlic clove, chopped walnuts, vegetable oil, one onion, 3/4 pound of ground chuck, cinnamon, and fresh parsley leaves. To prep for this recipe, you will need to slice your onion in half, and then cut each half into thin slices. Mince and mash your garlic clove and combine … Continue reading

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes – You’ve GOT To Try These

What do you get when you mix potatoes with cheese and butter? You get pure culinary bliss. This recipe was given to me by a good friend. It’s since become a staple in our house, sure to cure the heaviest heartache or bad day. If you’re looking for comfort food extraordinaire, look no further, honey!! For this recipe, you’ll need: 1 (32 ounce) bag Hash Brown Potatoes (The square ones) 1 1/3 Cups Sour Cream 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup ¼ Cup melted butter or margarine 1 tsp. salt 1 Tablespoon minced onion (dried) 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese … Continue reading

Fourth Of July Barbecue–Macaroni Salad

Are you having a picnic or barbecue this Fourth of July? If so, you’ll want to break out more than the grill to fill your hungry guest’s stomachs. Macaroni salad is a delicious and inexpensive way to fill a lot of people with not a lot of cash. Best of all, you can make this a day or two ahead. It gets even better with time (in the refrigerator of course), and you’ll have more time with your guests once the big get together begins. If you have little ones, this is a great recipe for them to help you … Continue reading

Don’t Forget About Eggplant!

I love finding new recipes that use eggplant. Here are two recipes I hope you will enjoy! Chinese Eggplant Fries This is a nice substitute for French fries! They go great with burgers, steaks, chicken, or seafood. For this recipe, you will need all purpose flour, cornmeal, cayenne pepper, eggs, vegetable oil, and two eggplants. Peel the eggplants and slice them into French fry size pieces. In a bowl, mix 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of cornmeal, 1 dash of cayenne pepper, and add salt and pepper to taste. In a separate bowl, beat two eggs together. … Continue reading