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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

From Your Kitchen To Mine: Recipes 51-55

Hello Everyone!  How's Tuesday going so far?  Things are going well on this end.  Sticking on my schedule and feeling very accomplished, always a good way to feel.  Today, I have 5 healthy and nutritious side dishes to share with you!

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Sweet Potato Oven Fries
 This recipe came from $5 Dinners.  I thought this would be a fun side dish to try.  After all, I love sweet potatoes and I've been known to chow down on some fries in the past.  I've made sweet potato chips before, but I hadn't tried the oven fries out--boy am I glad I did.  They're delicious!  It was also nice to know that I wasn't chowing down on a ton of hydrogenated fat or who knows what else is in traditional fries.  Thanks, Erin!
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Tuscan White Bean Salad
This recipe came from Elana's Pantry.  Okay, I did something for the very first time with this recipe:  I cooked beans from the dry form.  Yes, that was my first time, and it definitely took some patience.  When I finally finished with the beans, I was so excited to put this side dish together.  I love roasted tomatoes and I had a good feeling that the combination of ingredients would be delicious.  My feeling was right on.  This salad was so good.  It had a great balance of flavors and was the perfect side dish for dinner.  I may use white beans from the can next time to cut back on time--or maybe not.  Thank you so much, Elana!
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms

I found this recipe on Badger Girl  Learns to Cook.  It's been years...and I mean years since I've eaten Brussels sprouts.  After years of living in Belgium (in a town just outside of Brussels), you would think I'd have a sense of obligation to eat these little sprouts at least once a year--nope.  Up until I made this dish, I had never made anything with Brussels sprouts in them.  That will have to change because this dish was awesome.  The flavors that come out of the roasted sprouts mixed together with roasted mushrooms and walnuts are awesome. Scott thought they were so good, he started snacking on some before dinner.  It's always a great feeling to know you're eating something super good for you that tastes really good too! Thanks Kimberly, this dish was amazing!
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Quinoa with Black Beans & Cilantro
This dish came from Proceed With Caution.  I can't really say that I proceeded with caution on this one; after reading the ingredients list, I knew this was the kind of side dish Scott and I would love.  It was super easy to put together, and it made enough for leftovers.  I decided to take the recommendation and I sprinkled some feta cheese on top of the cilantro.  I also squeezed a little lemon juice on and thought that helped heighten the flavors as well.  It was a deliciously healthy meal, and I think I'll be making it again soon! Thanks!
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Sesame Studded Kale Chips
  I attempted making kale chips a couple of years ago, but they didn't turn out very crispy or easy to eat.  I was probably just a bit too impatient and didn't let them cook long enough.  My sister, Allison, makes kale chips the time...but it always seems like she only makes them when I'm not around and then she'll brag about how good they were.  Anyway, now I get to do the bragging!  Besides, I don't know if the kale chips Allison made were sesame studded like the kind I found at Sarah Waldman Wellness.  These make for a great snack!  None of the stores I went to had the full-sized kale, but I found some of the baby kale leaves.  I think the baby kale made the process go much faster since I didn't have to strip the leaves from the stalk.  The sesame seeds gave the kale another dimension of flavor that I loved!  I'll be making these a lot more--and you better believe I'll be bragging about it!  Thank you so much, Sarah!
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I hope you all enjoyed this week's recipes  ~From Your Kitchen To Mine~!  
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  I'll be back with 5 new recipes next week. See ya then!
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2 comments:

  1. They all look great, might have to try the sweet potato recipe.

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  2. These recipes sound delicious, especially the brussel sprouts and quinoa ones!

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