Squash the Sides

The perfect veggie for all seasons, squash combines freshness and sweetness for a delicious side you’re sure to devour. This Roast Butternut Squash Recipe with Feta and Harissa Crème Fraîche is a great way to use it. Crushed garlic cloves release piquant flavor into each slice as they bake in the oven. A mixture of chili flakes and cinnamon may seem perplexing at first, but makes for a perfect smoky, hearty taste. Generously sprinkled feta cheese and rosemary sprigs top it all off for some earthy tones. Before [... more]

Pied and True

Rhubarb isn’t the most common vegetable used in baking (and actually, it’s considered a fruit by the government), but when added with blueberries and apples to a pie, this tart veggie-fruit can be a pleasant accent. Sarah from The Vanilla Bean Blog was experimenting with different ways to make her own flour when she made this Rhubarb Blueberry Apple Pie, so it’s got some great made-from-scratch elements in addition to these fruity flavor features. However, just as she substituted a few things in this recipe from one she found [... more]

A Different Couscous

Make virtually any meal more delicious with this healthy concoction. Couscous, while typically made by steaming granules of wheat, gets a bit of a makeover with this Warm Cauliflower Couscous Salad. Mince up cauliflower in a food processor before cooking and draining it (as if it were rice). Next, mix in fresh lemon juice, olive oil and herbs before taking this recipe’s final step. To complete your salad, throw in crumbled feta cheese and pumpkin seeds and garnish with a few micro greens.   Now that your [... more]

A Bacon Remix

Most of us would most likely agree that bacon makes a perfect side to any breakfast, but now more frequently we are seeing the incorporation of bacon as an accompaniment to our entrees. This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus transforms a simple vegetable from ordinary to extraordinary. Cover these little green stems in a toasted sesame oil and brown sugar mixture then liberally sprinkle sesame seeds on top before baking them to perfection. The bacon that’s wrapped around each bunch becomes crispy, so there’s no [... more]

Mom! Meatloaf!

Your mother’s meatloaf gets a run for its money with this Gourmet Meatloaf recipe. By combining a trio of beef, veal and pork, the flavor gets amped up enough to impress even the most experienced of meatloaf connoisseurs. Dried cherries also make a creative and unusual appearance in this recipe along with a little bacon for added smokiness. Crunchy chopped up veggies such as carrots, celery and onions complete the list of main ingredients needed for this recipe. Several different sauces and spices make the loaf a little [... more]

Un-Fried Green Beans

An egg-free, vegan-breaded green bean recipe doesn’t exactly get the taste buds somersaulting. But trust us, it tastes so much better than it sounds. In fact, these Breaded Green Bean Fries even give the fried alternatives a run for their money—and they’re better for you. In addition to the obvious baking vs. frying benefit, these fries call for unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk and extra light virgin oil instead of vegetable oil. And for the vegan breading, a seasoning blend of onion powder, garlic powder, [... more]

Creative Pizza

The French dish ratatouille comes in many forms. While it usually consists of a variety of stewed vegetables, the veggies chosen and how they are used often vary. This recipe for Ratatouille Pizza takes a few more liberties and turns the traditional stew into a pizza. This creative twist came about when the author discovered she had some dough in the freezer and leftover eggplant and zucchinis from a lasagna she had made. With an adventurous spirit, she transformed them into this tasty dish. The pizza is [... more]

Delish Dish

Polenta, often described as Italian grits, has endless options when it comes to toppings. This Polenta Bake With Feta, Tomato, and Mushrooms features fresh vegetables and two kinds of cheese, making it the perfect meatless main dish. We discovered this recipe on a British magazine’s web site, so know that you’ll have to convert the ingredients from metric to standard measurements. Also, the recipe calls for rocket, which is known as arugula in the United States. Other than those points, it’s straightforward. Give it a try—you’ll be [... more]

Kudos for Cauliflower

Some less-popular vegetables, such as cauliflower, don’t receive the recognition they deserve. Yet, this heart-healthy vegetable, which can help prevent cancer and reduce your risk for a host of diseases, delivers serious benefits. It also tastes great prepared a variety of ways. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower makes a delicious side dish, especially when paired with seafood (try it with Scallops with Herbed Butter). Top with thyme and some Parmesan, and you’ll be craving these every night for dinner. As an alternative, blend the ingredients together to create mashed cauliflower. [... more]

The Fried List

Northerners like to say that Southerners will fry anything. Well, we don’t know about that, but after seeing this recipe, we just added avocados to the list. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce makes a hearty appetizer or side dish and offers a healthy alternative to the popular potato version. This recipe calls for two avocados sliced into wedges and then coated in breadcrumbs before frying to achieve that delicious crispy texture. The breaded exterior is a [... more]

Veggies Galore!

Springtime Pasta With Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs may seem like the strangest combination of foods (not to mention its weird name), but once you taste it, you will surely be a fan. The distinct flavors of shiitake mushrooms, asparagus spears, grape tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh Parmesan cheese, and poached eggs meld together perfectly to create a hearty and healthy entree. And because the dish requires only a small amount of measuring, roasting, and poaching, it makes a great option for busy weeknights.

5 de Mayo: Cheesy Corn Dip

Food just seems to look, smell, and taste better when it’s baked in a cast-iron pan. Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip exceeds all my cast-iron fantasy foods. It’s the perfect party dip to serve straight from the iron beauty you bake it in. Even better, the ease of the recipe, short list of ingredients, and minimal prep and cooking time (only 30 minutes total) will blow your mind. Summer yellow corn shines bright in this recipe, and its sweet flavor heightens when mixed with scallions, garlic, [... more]

Get Your Grill On

Some of summer’s best recipes call for grilling, and this recipe for Grilled Cherry Tomato Skewers on Toast takes advantage of the season’s fresh bounty. Roasting the tomatoes enhances their natural flavor. Let them soak in an olive oil-based marinade before grilling, and season to taste afterward. Be sure to soak the wooden skewers for about 30 minutes beforehand to prevent them from burning. These tomatoes taste great alone or atop a slice of crusty bread smeared with creamy ricotta cheese.

Meatless Mexican

When you think of tacos you probably picture ground beef and shredded cheddar cheese, right? Well, this recipe offers another, more creative option. With no meat in sight, Roasted Veg Tacos With Avocado Cream and Feta refreshes on a hot spring day while also helping you use up those vegetables that have been taking up space in the refrigerator. Fresh and light, these tacos still offer the classic Mexican flavors we love all wrapped up in authentic corn tortillas. This blogger uses sweet corn, onions, peppers, summer [... more]

Better Than a BLT

I can’t get enough of seasonal tomatoes. I’m enticed by their vibrant red color and their incredible flavor, especially if they’ve been picked at their peak. Ripe tomatoes steal the show in a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. For a healthier twist on a traditional BLT, try this BLT Chopped Salad recipe. Lime vinaigrette drizzled over bacon, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and the unexpected avocado, corn kernels, plus crumbled goat cheese combine to create the most delicious BLT I’ve ever tasted.

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