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Tag Archives: Easy Side Dish

Sugar & Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I found a bunch of chopped up sweet potatoes in my fridge from Thanksgiving that I knew I had to cook before they went bad. So I looked up on my go-to website Pinterest to look for an easy and tasty sweet potato recipe.

Not surprisingly it didn’t take me long to find one. I spotted this Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potato recipe. They are roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a little cayenne pepper for a kick. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for supper or Christmas gatherings. Easy to throw together and delicious!

Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

2 Tbsp light brown sugar packed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper into the butter.

3. Spread the potatoes on the lined baking sheet.  Toss with the butter mixture until the potatoes are completely coated.  Bake for twenty -twenty-five minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

Source Wine and Glue

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All year around veggie casserole

I understand that this Tomato and Zucchini Casserole is not much of a fall recipe. But what inspired me to cook this dish is that it’s not only a healthy casserole, but it also has the Christmas colors red and green.

So overall I am going to have to say that this veggie casserole is packed full of fresh flavors of not just summer but also for any season of the year. It’s an excellent way to use up extra garden veggies. Topped with a crispy Parmesan and bread crumb topping, this side dish is a welcome addition to any meal.

Tomato and Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 lb medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 7 cups)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 C grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 C chopped fresh basil leaves

1 C shredded Italian cheese blend (4 oz)

1/2 C Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs

1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese

Additional chopped fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, salt and pepper; cook seven to ten minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp tender. Stir in garlic; cook thirty to sixty seconds or until fragrant. Remove from heat.

3. Add tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil to zucchini mixture, stirring to combine; transfer to baking dish. Top with Italian cheese blend. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and remaining one tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle on top of shredded cheese layer in baking dish. Bake thirty to thirty five minutes or until cheese is melted and vegetables are tender. Top with additional chopped fresh basil.

Source Pillsbury

Sautéed Mushrooms & Galore

Sautéed Mushrooms, Squash and Zucchini

INGREDIENTS

1 zucchini, diced

1 squash, diced

½ C mushrooms, sliced or diced

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp black pepper

2½ tsp McCormick Southwest Seasoning

Directions

1. In a large size mixing bowl combine together the olive oil, pepper and McCormick Southwest Seasoning until well blended. Add veggies and toss until all veggies are coated.

2. Heat medium size non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add veggies and sauteed five-seven minutes; be sure to stir often,

3. Once veggies are tender crisp turn heat off. Let sit for two-three minutes.

4. Serve and enjoy!

Source Stock Pilling Moms

Sweet and Tangy Mushrooms

Today I am sharing with you a new recipe that I found. It’s called Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms. Let me just tell you that every time I eat mushrooms, I love them more and more each moment I get to eat them. They are delicious!

Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms are sautéed in the most wonderful honey balsamic garlic sauce.  This makes a great topping for steak or chicken or is even great as a side dish! 

Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp olive oil

16 oz whole mushrooms, you can also used sliced

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

¼ C balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

4 garlic cloves minced

fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

1. In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat add the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper. Sauté for one-two minutes until they start to become tender.

2. In a small bowl whisk balsamic vinegar, honey and minced garlic. Add the sauce to the mushrooms and continue to sauté for about two-three minutes until the sauce reduces and mushrooms are tender and coated in the sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Source The Recipe Critic

Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Pioneer Woman’s Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Pesto Parmesan Pork Chops

Sautéed Mushrooms, Squash and Zucchini

Have a fantastic week y’all!

Balsamic Vinegar With Roasted Veggies

Balsamic Roasted potatoes With Asparagus

INGREDIENTS

1 lb new potatoes, cut into quarters

One bunch asparagus tips, cut into 2-inch pieces or halved

2 Tbsp garlic-infused olive oil

4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

Preheat your oven to 390 degrees. Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil and grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Add the potatoes to the previously prepared baking dish.

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.

Pour the mixture on top of the potatoes and toss to coat fully before roasting for twenty minutes.

2. After twenty minutes, add the asparagus with a little extra olive oil, if needed. Toss to coat and cook for a further fifteen minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve and enjoy.

Source Wall Flower Kitchen

Tangy Cucumber Salad

This tasty salad is excellent to serve along with grilled meat or fish. If you don’t feel entirely comfortable cooking with the grill, you don’t have to worry because you can always use your oven, stove or if you own one a crockpot. It too would make a great healthy snack.

Simple Tangy Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

1/4 C. apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp granulated sugar

1 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed

1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper

2 lbs cucumbers (approximately 4 medium)

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives

Directions

1. Place the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and

pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine. Slice the cucumbers into thin 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Place them in the bowl, add the chives, and toss to combine.

2. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes or overnight to allow the flavors to marinate. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed before serving.

Source The kitchn

A tasty twist on Brussels

Buffalo Brussels Sprouts

1 lb brussels sprouts, stem removed, cut in half
1/2 C buffalo wing sauce (like Frank's Red Hot, plus more for serving
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
Reduced fat blue cheese crumbles optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking pan with foil and grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Place the brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Pour wing sauce and olive oil over them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss until sprouts are coated. Arrange brussels sprouts in a single layer on the baking pan.

2. Bake in your preheated oven for thirty- forty-five minutes (depending on how crispy you like them). Serve drizzled with more buffalo sauce and sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles.

Source Smile Sandwich