Sides & Salads

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Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

(this post contains affiliate links) If you’ve never made homemade vinaigrette, I’m here to tell you it’s about as easy as making toast, and once you make it a few times, I bet you won’t even need the help of a recipe. All you need to know are the essential...

Crispy Kale and Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Chickpeas

These Crispy Kale and Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Chickpeas are about as healthy as it can get, but in case you’re worried that these nutrition packed bowls will taste like rabbit food, think again! Besides the wide variety of textures to keep things fresh and fun,...

No Mayo Avocado Chicken Salad

Who loves chicken salad? I have always been a fan, but it can be so decadent and rich that the traditional mayonnaise-laden version is sometimes too much for me. Plus, the traditional version is usually pretty low in veggies. This No Mayo Avocado Chicken Salad is all...

Citrus Avocado Salad with Feta

If you think it's impossible to make an interesting, seasonal, fresh salad in the winter, you need to try this Citrus Avocado Salad with Feta. It's loaded with SO MUCH flavor that if you walk away unsatisfied after eating this salad, I would ask that you go check your...

Apple-Bacon Brussels Sprouts Salad

As I'm sitting here writing on a cold, rain-turning-to-sleet-and-snow-mix kind of day, I'm most definitely dreaming of warmer weather and of past vacation spots I wish I could time-warp to. My current thoughts have taken me back to a most fabulous trip we took with...

How To Steam-Sauté Vegetables

Recently I learned that my favorite method for cooking vegetables isn't as well-known as I would have thought. It's so simple and quick, and the vegetables turn out tasting great, which is why I must tell you how to steam-sauté vegetables, even though it doesn't have...

Roasted Pesto Cauliflower

Three ingredients, 15 minutes of your time (or even less if you buy pre-cut fresh cauliflower florets), and an oven are all you need to make this Roasted Pesto Cauliflower recipe happen. This recipe uses two of my favorite ingredients "“ pesto and cauliflower, and if...

Ginger-Sesame Cabbage Slaw with Almonds

I don't know about you, but for me, when I find a recipe I love (and other people seem to love!), I stick with it. Seems logical, right? Go with what works and tastes good, and you'll almost always hit the mark. Bonus points if the recipe is also quick and easy to...

Cilantro-Lime Cabbage Coleslaw

If you have an excess of cabbage lying around, I've got a recipe for you. It's a twist on coleslaw that's slightly out of the box, but I think you'll like taking the chance on this one. Besides tasting super bright and fresh for the hottest of summer days, this...

Grilled Rosemary Potato Packet

Do you have "go-to" recipes?  Whether it's a side dish, main dish, or salad, a go-to recipe is one you seem to make all the time (for me, that means about once a week), is a dish your family loves, and is something you may not even need to look at the recipe to...

Toasted Sesame Cauliflower Rice

This quick, short, easy-peasy recipe for Toasted Sesame Cauliflower Rice is a game-changer when it comes to cooking a healthier stir-fry or really for any time you need a rice-like side dish without a lot of fuss. There are just 3 ingredients, besides salt and pepper,...

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Dressing

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Dressing You know that creamy house dressing most Italian restaurants serve? I don't know about you, by I find them SO addictive? It's like, I know the main meal is sure to be fabulous, but I can't get enough of the salad because the dressing...

Baked Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Baked Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Do you love when a recipe can be used multiple ways? I certainly do, and that's one big reason why I love this Baked Parmesan Crusted Asparagus recipe. It works both as a quick and easy vegetable side dish the whole family will love,...

Confetti Cauliflower Rice

Confetti Cauliflower Rice Have you ever tried cauliflower rice? It's not really rice, it's cauliflower, but it looks and feels like rice, and you can take it any flavor direction your heart desires! Besides the fact that cauliflower rice has a fraction of the calories...

Marinated Roasted Vegetable Salad with Feta

Looking for a super flavorful salad that travels well, makes a pretty addition to a potluck, and can serve a crowd? Oh, and most importantly, can be made ahead? If so, look no further than this Marinated Roasted Vegetable Salad with Feta. This salad is so fresh and...

Caramelized Roasted Beets (No Sugar Added, Tastes Like Candy)

The first time I made these Caramelized Roasted Beets, it was an accident with a happy ending"¦well, sort of. With two small kids, life can get a little hectic and one night, I had my beets roasting in the oven, but they weren't tender by the time it was time to eat....

Hand-Wilted Kale Apple Salad with Honey-Roasted Pecans

There's no doubt kale salads are healthy and full of nutrition, but kale can be a little tough when it's raw, which can make chewing through a whole kale salad a bit tiring, right?  What if I said you could make fresh raw kale super tender and easy to eat with...

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