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Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppy Seed Dressing: apples, grapes, pomegranate tossed in a super flavorful honey-lime dressing with poppy seeds! This salad is so pretty - it will make a great appetizer, side dish, or a dish you could bring as party food to a family gathering! It's a great salad to make in the […] Read More

Spinach Salad with Fruit and Maple-Lime Dressing - refreshing, healthy salad with lots of color and winter fruit! A delicious way to get some nutrients during the cold winter months! This recipe couldn't get any easier than this: chop everything up, combine in a bowl, add the dressing and the salad is ready!  If you […] Read More

Ham and Cheese Asparagus

Ham and Cheese Asparagus - a delicious way to prepare the asparagus that the whole family will love!  Who doesn't love ham + cheese (I am using Mozzarella + Parmesan here)?  It tastes great on top of roasted asparagus!   This is a great side dish for meats, fish, it will also look great on […] Read More

Garlic and Bacon Green Beans

Garlic and Bacon Green Beans sauteed in olive oil and butter - an easy and delicious way to prepare the green beans for the holiday table! I love garlic with just about anything, and the green beans are no exception!  Sauteed garlic tastes GREAT with green beans and bacon! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:262] […] Read More

Creamy Vanilla Grape & Apple Salad

Creamy Vanilla Grape & Apple Salad with Cranberries and Pecans - this salad is so good, you will want it before dinner, as an appetizer, and after dinner, as a dessert!   With the holidays coming up, this festive fruit salad will look great on the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas menu! The dressing is made by […] Read More

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Potatoes and Peas

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Potatoes and Peas - this side dish is pure comfort food! Let potatoes never be boring again - just add lots of garlic, some cream and Parmesan cheese, and you're good to go! This side dish goes well with so many dishes: chicken, sandwiches, fish, etc. It will also make a nice […] Read More

Maple Butternut Squash, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pumpkin Seeds, and Cranberries - perfect Autumn salad, bursting with colors and flavors! I love this recipe so much - to me it looks so much like Autumn on a plate. Last year, I made a very similar recipe but with pecans, this year my tastes have changed a […] Read More

Asiago Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Asiago Roasted Brussels Sprouts - crunchy, delicious little bites covered in melted Asiago cheese goodness. Asiago cheese is so flavorful - a perfect complement to normally bland Brussels Sprouts. You'll love this recipe! It's a great side dish in the Fall/Winter and would look great on your Thanksgiving table!   To me, these Brussels sprouts […] Read More

Asiago Roasted Broccoli

Asiago Roasted Broccoli - thinly sliced broccoli florets baked with Asiago cheese on top. Crusty, crunchy, delicious side dish or just a snack to crunch on! Healthy, gluten free recipe. Because broccoli is sliced thinly, the broccoli florets are crunchy and super addictive! Make sure to slice each broccoli floret horizontally into thin, flat slices, coat […] Read More

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad - delicious chunks of red potatoes mixed with an amazing, freshly made, salad dressing: olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro. Healthy, gluten free recipe that will make a great side dish for any meal! I love eating potatoes when it's cold outside. Potato salads just seem so […] Read More

Radish Avocado Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Green Onions + easy homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette with Garlic.  Healthy, Mediterranean Style Recipe, full of fiber and nutrients. This is a great recipe to use radish.  Radish is so good for you, and this healthy, edible root vegetable should not be ignored!   It should be on your grocery shopping […] Read More

Asiago, Bacon, and Garlic Roasted Asparagus - a delicious way to cook asparagus! Asparagus comes out crispy and crunchy - you'll love the Asiago cheese and bacon combination! The recipe takes 30 minutes from start to finish! Healthy, gluten free recipe. Great as a side dish to any kinds of meat; it also makes a […] Read More

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The Best (and easy) Mashed Sweet Potatoes, with butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and Montreal steak seasoning - a perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors! You'll love these potatoes! In this recipe, it is important that you melt the butter together with maple syrup and Montreal steak seasoning for 2-3 minutes to soften the Montreal […] Read More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries - this easy Thanksgiving side dish is not only delicious and bursting with Fall and Holiday flavors (cinnamon, maple syrup), it's also healthy, gluten free, vegetarian, and packed with fiber! I love the combination of ingredients here!  Even if you don't like Brussels sprouts, you'll love […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella - healthy, light, vegetarian side dish! Perfect for Summer cookouts, picnics! Gluten free friendly recipe (if you use gluten free brown rice pasta)! I made this […] Read More

How to Cook Fresh Spinach

How To Cook Fresh Spinach

Best cooked spinach, with garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and topped with lemon zest (peel)! Tasty, quick, healthy, and beautiful side dish! Goes great with pasta, grilled meats, steak, and chicken. It's very easy to make, inexpensive, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free! If you have too much spinach, or want a steakhouse quality side […] Read More

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry - so easy-to-make and healthy! Cabbage is cooked in a simple homemade Asian sauce until soft and very flavorful! Great dinner or side dish! The recipe is gluten free as I am using gluten-free tamari sauce.  Regular (non gluten-free) soy sauce can be used as well if you're not […] Read More

Quinoa Salad with Bacon and Roasted Butternut Squash, Carmelized Onions, Feta Cheese

Healthy Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna's French Vinaigrette salad dressing). You can also top the salad with pine nuts (optional but delicious!) This salad is so healthy and it's gluten free! For this salad, you will need to roast peeled […] Read More

Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

Greek yogurt mashed potatoes

Deliciously creamy Greek yogurt mashed potatoes is my new favorite, healthier recipe for mashed potatoes! No milk or half-and-half are used, just Greek yogurt, some butter, and water from boiling the potatoes. Greek yogurt adds a nice "tang" to the potatoes, and chopped green onions as garnish on top are perfect!  This recipe is gluten […] Read More

Gluten Free Recipe, Vegetarian, Healthy

Roasted Eggplant with Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta. Honestly, it's one of the best recipes I've made so far using eggplant, and the combination of all these simple ingredients is amazing! I love eggplant, it's one of my favorite vegetables: This dish has a very strong Mediterranean vibe, as I am using eggplant, quinoa, and Feta […] Read More

Parmesan Zucchini & Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

After I published the recipe for Parmesan Zucchini and Garlic Pasta, one of the readers left a comment that she added walnuts to the zucchini pasta, and it turned out really good. The idea of zucchini cooked in olive oil, topped with melted, freshly grated, Parmesan cheese AND then sprinkled with some kind of toasted […] Read More

Oyster mushrooms, garlic, and green onions saute (Paleo, Gluten Free)

I've discovered oyster mushrooms several years ago and have been regularly cooking with them since then. Their flavor and texture are amazing. They are versatile and filling: I could eat 2 servings of this recipe for dinner and not go hungry. Sauteed oyster mushrooms are also a great side dish for grilled steak, or they […] Read More

Easy mushroom risotto (Gluten Free)

Easy mushroom risott (gluten free)

Delicious, creamy, and very easy-to-make mushroom risotto.  I don't like spending much time at the stove after a long day at work, and I already made this dish several times this week after work on weeknights - that's how easy this risotto is! The recipe is perfect for weeknight cooking, and the dish tastes like […] Read More

Mushroom and Garlic saute (paleo, gluten free)

I love mushrooms, and mushrooms often are at their best when prepared in the most basic way like this simple mushroom and garlic saute. This recipe is also great for paleo and gluten free life style, with just a few simple and natural ingredients producing very flavorful and filling meal! The recipe uses 12 oz […] Read More

Healthy quinoa with vegetables

Quinoa with vegetables

Healthy quinoa with vegetables: spinach, mushrooms, green onions, red bell pepper, and fresh peach (which adds a nice touch of freshness and sweetness!). This recipe is actually a variation of a quinoa dish I made (and really liked) several days ago. This recipe works well as a side dish or as an easy quinoa salad. […] Read More

Spicy Asian eggplant and quinoa

Spicy Asian eggplant and quinoa

This is one of the best quinoa dishes I have ever made. I've never combined eggplant, quinoa, and Asian flavors before, and, it turns out, this combination is so delicious, very flavorful, with all ingredients working really well together. It is basically a stir-fried eggplant, cooked with other veggies, quinoa, with an amazing sauce. The […] Read More

Spinach and mushroom quinoa

Spinach and mushroom quinoa

Spinach and mushroom quinoa sauteed in garlic and olive oil. I've made this delicious dish over this past weekend and it was so good, I can't wait to share this simple recipe. Not only is it super tasty, this quinoa dish is healthy, low in carbs and calories, high in fiber, it's gluten free, vegetarian, […] Read More

Spiced up sweet potato fries (baked) with bacon

Here is a simple and delicious recipe for a wonderful side dish (or an appetizer) I've been enjoying lately: spiced up sweet potato fries (baked in the oven) served with bacon. These sweet potato fries are spicy, tossed in paprika, red chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and even cumin (optional). They are baked to […] Read More

How to cook wild rice

How to cook wild rice

I've been cooking wild rice quite often lately, and I really enjoy mixing it up with all kinds of dry fruit, vegetables, spices, sauces. It's a really versatile and delicious whole grain with quite an impressive nutritional record.  Here are some highlights: First of all, wild rice is gluten free which is great for a […] Read More

Sauteed spinach, mushrooms, and onions

The flavors of mushrooms, spinach, caramelized onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese mingle really well in this vegetarian dish. It's quite versatile: you can eat it as-is, especially if you're craving some good-tasting, creamy vegetables.  You can serve it alongside some pasta, ravioli or ready made tortellini. It is also great with grilled steak, pork, or […] Read More

How to make caramelized onions

How to make caramelized onions

Caramelized onions can be such a nice side kick to so many dishes: from pasta to grilled meats and hamburgers; as a topping over pizzas or a condiment in salads. I use caramelized onions a lot in my cooking, even though so far I have published only 2 recipes on this site involving caramelized onions: […] Read More

Mashed potatoes with bacon

Mashed potatoes with bacon

Have you ever met anyone who doesn't like mashed potatoes? It's my favorite side dish to go with grilled steak.  It's especially great with flank steak.  This is the recipe I ALWAYS use for mashed potatoes, this time I just decided to add some bacon to dress it up - I was wowed by the […] Read More

Spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, pears, and prosciutto

While I think pear and prosciutto go together so well as an appetizer that you don't really need to add anything else, in this recipe I did add pomegranate seeds and spinach to create an actual salad. This salad could be served before dinner; it could be one of the appetizers on your table; or […] Read More

Creamy mushroom pasta with caramelized onions and spinach

Creamy mushroom pasta sauce sounded really good on my first night at home, after I have traveled for business through 3 different states last week and have gone out to restaurants for dinner almost every single night for the last 10 days. Homemade pasta dishes are something I always crave after lots of traveling and […] Read More

Balsamic braised caramelized shallots with pomegranate

As I am looking to incorporate pomegranate seeds into various dishes I found this recipe for balsamic-braised, caramelized shallots with pomegranate that can serve as a wonderful side dish to fish and many meats, such as steak, prime rib, pork loin. The original recipe calls for cipolline onions or small boiling onions. I used shallots, […] Read More