• Bacon Brussels Sprouts

    A side dish can truly make or break a meal…but this quick Bacon Brussels Sprouts dish will make any meal AMAZING! Super Easy The beauty of this side is with a few simple ingredients and one pan you can create a side that everyone is sure to love…even those that are not big brussels sprouts fans.  To amp up the flavor I cooked the sprouts in the bacon grease which not only helped to caramelize them perfectly but also added a ton of bacon-y (it’s a word I promise) goodness to each bite.  It also meant that everything was cooked in the same pan, making clean up even easier! FYI…If…

  • Garlic Butter Asparagus

    OK…I am not going to lie to you and tell you I love asparagus…but everyone in my family does and they LOVE this Butter Garlic Asparagus.      Quick and Easy I am a big sides girl.  I have been known to only eat the sides, especially around the holidays.  Growing up my mom always made the best sides.  Whether it was a potato dish (like these mashed potatoes), a veggie (like these brussels sprouts) dish, or even a rice dish she always made it delicious.   One thing I always loved about my moms side dishes is that they were always fast, and this asparagus is super fast. All…

  • Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

    As you all know I am a BIG, BIG fan of Brussels Sprouts.  I love them roasted, with a hint of lemon, love them crispy, I even love them raw and in salads.  This version though is a new FAVORITE and I have already made them 2 times since I first made them….they are that good. A little tangy surprise I am all about a little tang.  I love how it awakens my taste buds and gets me excited for the next bite.  One of my favorite ways to bring a little tang into a dish is with balsamic vinegar…it is just so good. I use a balsamic reduction (much like…

  • Roasted Veggie Couscous

    Spring veggies are just about ready in my part of the country. The farmers markets are starting to get loaded up with beautiful produce and this couscous dish is one of my favorite ways to highlight so many of those veggies. It starts with the veggies With so many beautiful veggies popping at my farmers markets and in my grocery store it was hard to choose which veggies to use for this delicious salad.  First I knew I wanted to use peppers, red, yellow and orange.  I love how sweet early spring peppers are and these were just perfect.  Next I threw in an onion.  I used a white onion,…

  • what happens when a skillet and spinach meet…

    The Sis-in-Law is queen of good and easy sides and she did not disappoint with her latest creation.  They came over not too long ago for dinner and she offered to make the side.  I was thrilled as I was busy with the rib roast and twice baked potatoes, and I knew it would be super yummy and I was right. Super simple but so good When she came walking in she had a bag of spinach and that was it.   All sorts of options ran though my head.  We were going to steam it, microwave eat, eat it raw, but never did I think about a quick sauté.…

  • Summer is not over…yet

    I know, I know summer is coming to an end.  If you go to any store you are already seeing fall and pumpkins starting to invade all the aisles.  (Although I kinda love everything pumpkin so I am ok with that part).  But in my part of the world it is still in the 90’s, feeling like to 100’s, and I am still craving light but super flavorful dishes.  This Jalapeño Lime Sauce is all that and SO MUCH MORE! Just a little heat (unless you want more) I know Jalapeño is in the name, but don’t worry it is not super spicy.   The trick to this sauce is…

  • turning everyone into a sprout lover

    OK, I know not everyone loves Brussels Sprouts, but I think I can change their minds with these sprouts.  They are tender, crispy and loaded with tons of flavor that will make everyone love them. Just a little crisp The beauty of these brussels sprouts is that they have just a bit of crunch and it is from baking them…no frying involved.  I don’t know why but I just love a little crunch on my side dish. To make these just the right amount of crispy…it is all about the panko bread crumbs.  I have always been a fan of these super crunchy breadcrumbs but using them with brussels sprouts…

  • Weeknight Grilling Goodness

    I am all about the grill in the summer.  I will do anything to not have the oven on heating up the house.  So whether it is pork, steak or chicken I want it cooked on the grill as often as possible.  I love it even more if the sides can be cooked on the grill as well. With this Grilled Veggie recipe, my kitchen may get a 3 month break. SO many options As I was walking through the farmers market a few weekends ago I was blown away by all the great produce.  There was summer squash, zucchini, baby eggplants, peppers, onions…and so much more.  I couldn’t pick…

  • A must make summer side

    The Holiday weekend is almost here and I am busy thinking about all the yummies I am going to fix.  One dish I know for sure is this Mexican Street Corn Salad.  It is a perfect side for this Holiday weekend. It is so much more than corn Ok, obviously corn is a HUGE part of this dish but that is not all there is to it.  There is also lime, cheese, herbs, chili powder, sour cream…and a few more things.   Let me tell you it all comes together to create a delicious corn salad, that you can serve warm or chilled, that everyone is sure to LOVE!! It…

  • a little lemon to brighten up broccolini a bit

    Broccolini is one of my most favorite veggies.  When I say favorite I mean FAVORITE, and this Lemon Garlic version is my MOST FAVORITE! Quick & Easy I don’t know about you but sometimes side dishes can get super boring.  I can get into a rut and make the same thing over and over. For me I make the same sides because they are easy and they come together quick and they are easy. Sometimes though, I like a change. Just because we are going to change it up that doesn’t mean it can’t be quick and easy.  This side is not only quick but it is also easy and…