Advertisements

Tag Archives: Easy Side Dish

Delicious & Zero fuss green beans

Outsmart the picky eaters and the kiddos in your family by serving them this delicious, tender & sweet green bean recipe. They are made with my all-time favorites bacon and brown sugar. It’s so incredibly flavorful and makes the perfect side dish, especially for holiday meals.

BROWN SUGAR GREEN BEANS WITH BACON

Ingredients

2 lbs fresh green beans, ends trimmed

4-6 strips bacon, chopped (may sub turkey bacon)

⅔ C brown sugar

2 Tbsp dijon mustard

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

1. Toss beans into a large pot and cover beans with water. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until beans are tender, but not soggy (they are going to get cooked a bit longer later on so you don’t want them overcooked at this point, just to the point they can be easily pierced with a fork). Carefully pour the beans into a colander to let the water drain and rinse the beans in cold water. Set aside.

2. In a skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat for six-eight minutes until fully cooked but not yet crispy. Next add the brown sugar, dijon mustard, and garlic to the pan and stir until all ingredients are combined. Add green beans and continue to stir until sauce is bubbly and green beans are thoroughly coated in the sauce four-six minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Source Creme De La Crumb

Advertisements

Roasted broccoli & savory mustard sauce

Crispy roasted broccoli with a creamy mustard sauce. Easy 15-minute side dish for chicken, steak, or pork chops. It’s naturally dairy-free.

Roasted Broccoli with Creamy Mustard Sauce

INGREDIENTS

For the sauce (makes 1 1/4 cups):

1 C. raw unsalted cashews

1/2 C. water

1/4 C. fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp French’s Dijon mustard

1 tsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

For the broccoli:

1 lb broccoli

3 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

1/8 tsp. freshly ground black

2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 C. sliced raw almonds

1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest,

Directions

1. Soak the cashews for the sauce: Soak the cashews for two hours in a bowl covered with filtered water, then drain. Alternatively, quick-soak the cashews by covering them with boiled water and soaking for ten minutes, then drain.

Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Roast the broccoli: Toss the broccoli with two tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper. Roast for ten to fifteen minutes or until tender and slightly crispy.

3. While the broccoli is roasting, make the dressing. Throw the soaked and drained cashews, water, lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes into your blender. Blast on high for thirty to sixty seconds until smooth and creamy.

5. Prepare the garlic and almonds: In a small pan over medium-low heat, warm the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the garlic for one to two minutes until fragrant and just starting to brown. Add the almonds, and stir for about one minute, or until just warmed. Stir in the lemon juice and zest. Remove the pan from heat.

6. Top the broccoli and serve: Remove the roasted broccoli from the oven and transfer to a platter. Sprinkle the almond mixture over the top of the broccoli and season with additional lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper to taste. Drizzle with a small amount of the sauce, and pass the remaining sauce at the table. Serve warm.

Source Simply Recipes

Crispy Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1/2 C. flour

3 Eggs, beaten

3/4 C. Progresso bread crumbs

1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne

Caesar dressing, for dipping (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 400. Grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.

1. Pour flour into a medium shallow bowl and eggs to a separate medium shallow bowl. In a third shallow bowl, whisk together panko bread crumbs, Parmesan, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and cayenne.

2. Working in batches, use a spoon to toss brussels sprouts in the flour until fully coated then dunk in the eggs. Dredge in panko mixture then place on baking sheet. Bake until golden and crispy, about twenty five minutes. Serve immediately with caesar dressing, if using.

Source Delish

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

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