Category: Side Dishes

Lemon Parmesan Orzo

Looking for an easy, light, yummy side dish your family will enjoy? Try Lemon Parmesan Orzo, (serves 4), and it’s ready in under 15 minutes!
Looking for an easy, light, yummy side dish your family will enjoy? Try Lemon Parmesan Orzo, (serves 4), and it's ready in under 15 minutes!

We sure do love orzo. I try to always keep a box of it handy, because it is a simply made side dish that can be enhanced and flavored in many different ways. If you are unfamiliar with this rice-shaped pasta, you can learn more about it here.

Today I want to share with you a recipe I found in an old cookbook of mine from Southern Living (in a Christmas edition from 2006). It features orzo pasta, cooked in broth (for added flavor), then enhanced with lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, pepper and Parmesan cheese.

I adapted the original recipe slightly to make 5 servings. Lemon Parmesan Orzo tastes WONDERFUL, and is a big hit in our home, whether served with beef, chicken, pork or fish. Here’s how to make it:

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Prepare The Orzo

Bring chicken broth to a full boil (on medium heat) in a large saucepan. Once boiling, add the uncooked orzo pasta, and stir it in. Cook the orzo uncovered on medium-low heat for 9-11 minutes, until the orzo is tender, and the broth has been absorbed into the pasta.

Stir often while it cooks, so the orzo doesn’t “stick” to the bottom of the pan, as the broth is absorbed.

Uncooked orzo pasta is added to boiling chicken broth in pan, to cook.Orzo and chicken broth cook for about 10 minutes in pan.

While The Orzo Cooks

While the orzo pasta cooks, prep the remaining ingredients. Just as soon as the orzo is finished cooking, these ingredients need to be ready to quickly add to the orzo while it is HOT.

Finely grate Parmesan cheese (fresh is best), melt the butter, and finely grate the lemon peel (zest), and measure out the fresh lemon juice. Have these ingredients close by, so you’ll be ready to roll when the pasta is finished cooking.

**To get the lemon zest: If you don’t have a microplane (seen below), grate the yellow peel of the lemon with the smallest opening on a box grater. Do not grate the white part of the peel, because it can be bitter.

Finely grating Parmesan cheese to add to the cooked orzo, once done.

Add Final Ingredients To The Cooked Orzo

When the orzo is finished cooking, the broth will have been fully absorbed, and it will be tender to the bite. Quickly add the remaining ingredients while the pasta is really hot.

Orzo is done when liquid has been absorbed and pasta is tender.

Pour in the melted butter, followed by the lemon juice, finely grated Parmesan cheese, and the lemon zest. Stir the ingredients in immediately, so the heat from the orzo melts the Parmesan cheese. When it’s fully mixed, and the cheese has melted, it’s ready to serve.

Melted butter is added to the cooked orzo.Finely grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, juice and pepper are added to cooked orzo.

Time To Serve The Lemon Parmesan Orzo!

Once all the ingredients are combined, transfer the lemon Parmesan orzo to a serving bowl. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top. If desired, garnish with a few lemon peel strips and fresh parsley (optional). Serve while hot, and enjoy!

We recently enjoyed lemon Parmesan orzo served as a side dish with grilled halibut with mango peach salsa, and some fresh green beans from our garden.

Lemon Parmesan Orzo, garnished with Parmesan cheese, lemon peel and parsley.The Lemon Parmesan Orzo, served with green beans and grilled halibut with salsa.

I hope you have the opportunity to make this delicious side dish for your family or friends. It really is delicious, and I am confident it will be a wonderful accompaniment to many of your favorite meals.

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Original recipe source: The cookbook “Christmas with Southern Living 2006”, published by Oxmoor House, page 28

Lemon Parmesan Orzo
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
14 mins
 

Looking for an easy, light, yummy side dish your family will enjoy? Try Lemon Parmesan Orzo, (serves 4), and it's ready in under 15 minutes!

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon Parmesan orzo
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 210 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 5 ounces uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon butter , melted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is best)
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons additional Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Bring chicken broth to a full boil (medium heat) in a large saucepan. Once boiling, add uncooked orzo, and stir. Turn heat down to medium-low. Cook uncovered for 9-11 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking, until the orzo is tender, and broth has been absorbed. *While the orzo cooks, prep remaining ingredients.

  2. When orzo is finished, the broth should be fully absorbed, and orzo will be tender. Quickly add melted butter, lemon zest and juice, grated Parmesan cheese, and black pepper while pasta is hot. Stir to combine, until cheese has melted.

  3. Transfer orzo to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. If desired, garnish with a few lemon peel strips and fresh parsley (optional). Serve hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Parmesan Orzo
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 623mg27%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 181IU4%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Scalloped Potatoes For Two

Scalloped Potatoes For Two is an easy to make, delicious side dish, featuring golden potato slices baked in a creamy Parmesan/garlic sauce.
Scalloped Potatoes For Two is an easy to make, delicious side dish, featuring golden potato slices baked in a creamy Parmesan/garlic sauce.

I don’t know about you, but we sure do enjoy potatoes! They are such a versatile veggie which can be transformed from simple and baked to other incredible tasting dishes like this one! These potatoes are simple to prepare, yet have wonderful flavor, and would be a great compliment to most chicken, beef or pork dishes.

I found the recipe on a desk calendar (for foodies) that our youngest son’s girlfriend gave me almost a year ago, and thought it sounded yummy. Yep.. it was, and now we enjoy this hearty side dish any time we want.

I want to share with you a wonderfully tasty recipe for scalloped potatoes for two, that my husband and I enjoy. Since we are “empty-nesters”, often I find that recipes (for 2) are the perfect solution for meals that are “just right” for us. This recipe is outstanding, and can be baked in mini 6 inch skillets (as shown) or in a small baking dish.

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Make The Sauce

In small skillet or saucepan, melt the butter. Once it has melted, add the minced garlic, and continue cooking (stirring constantly) for one minute on medium-low heat, just until the garlic is barely brown. Be careful NOT to overcook the garlic, as it can become bitter, if burned!

Whisk flour, salt and black pepper into the butter and garlic mixture, until the flour has been fully incorporated.

Minced garlic is quickly cooked in melted butter to begin making the sauce.Flour, salt and pepper are whisked into garlic butter in skillet.

Drizzle the milk into the sauce, while whisking at the same time. Once all the milk has been whisked into the sauce, bring the mixture to a boil, continuing to stir as it cooks. Bring to a boil, then remove the sauce from the heat, and set aside. The sauce will have thickened slightly.

Milk is added to skillet, and whisked in, to form the creamy sauce for potatoes.The sauce is cooked until it thickens.

Assembling The Scalloped Potatoes For Two

Now it’s time to prepare the potatoes. I used some German butterball potatoes from our little garden. See how yellow they are? You can also use Yukon gold potatoes just as easily in this recipe. Yukon gold potatoes are more easily found in grocery stores.

Peel, then slice the potatoes thinly (1/8″ thick), and spread them out in a buttered or greased baking dish (or 2 mini-skillets). Pour the creamy garlic sauce over the top of the potatoes, dividing evenly between skillets (if using). Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Now it’s time to bake these little beauties!

Peeled, thinly sliced potatoes are fanned out in baking skillets or pans.Thickened creamy sauce is poured over the potatoes.Grated Parmesan cheese is generously sprinkled over the sauce and potatoes.

Bake The Scalloped Potatoes For Two

Bake the potatoes (uncovered) in a preheated 350°F oven for 50-60 minutes. Mine typically take right about 50 minutes, but oven temps can vary widely, so I recommend checking on them at the 50 minute mark. The scalloped potatoes for two are done once the surface is golden brown, potatoes are tender, and the sauce is bubbly around the edges.

Sprinkle the potatoes with chopped fresh parsley (if desired), and let the potatoes cool on a wire rack for 2-3 minutes before serving. You CAN serve them right from their pans (or mini-skillet) if desired, but I like to remove them for serving. If using mini-skillets, run a butter knife around the edges after they’ve cooled for a few minutes, then lift the entire serving out of the skillet, and transfer to plates.

Scalloped Potatoes for Two are golden brown and bubbly once done baking.Fresh chopped parsley is used to garnish the Scalloped Potatoes For Two.

Time To Eat!

You can see a single serving of the scalloped potatoes for two below, after being removed from the mini-skillet. If you’re careful, the entire portion can be removed in one piece! We enjoyed our scalloped potatoes served with garden cherry tomatoes, green beans, and awesome grilled pork chops!

The potatoes are scrumptious, creamy, tender, and full of flavor! We really enjoy this side dish, and sincerely hope you do, too!

A plate with a pork chop, green beans, tomatoes and Scalloped Potatoes For Two.

Thank you very much for stopping by today. I hope you have the opportunity to try this delicious veggie side dish. Whether you cook them in cast iron mini-skillets or in a traditional baking dish, I am confident you will enjoy scalloped potatoes for two! I hope you will come back to this blog again soon. Take care, and have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: The 2020 “Tasty App Desk Calendar” and tasty.co/recipe/

Scalloped Potatoes For Two
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Scalloped Potatoes For Two is an easy to make, delicious side dish, featuring golden potato slices baked in a creamy Parmesan/garlic sauce.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: scalloped potatoes for two
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 346 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 medium Yukon or butterball potatoes , peeled
  • 2 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley (optional, for garnish) , chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or butter small baking dish (or mini-skillets).

  2. Melt butter in small skillet/saucepan. Add garlic; Cook (stirring constantly) for one minute on medium-low heat, just until garlic is barely browned. Don't overcook garlic, as it can become bitter, if burned! Whisk flour, salt and pepper into butter/garlic, until flour is incorporated.

  3. Drizzle milk into sauce, while whisking. Bring to a boil, stirring as it cooks. Once it begins boiling, remove from heat; set aside. Sauce will have thickened slightly.

  4. Peel, then slice potatoes thinly (1/8" thick); spread them out in baking dish (or mini-skillets). Pour sauce over potatoes, dividing between skillets (if using). Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake (uncovered) at 350°F for 50-60 minutes. Check them at 50 minutes, because oven temps can vary. Potatoes done once surface is golden brown, potatoes are tender, and sauce is bubbly around edges. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with parsley (if desired); let potatoes cool on wire rack for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: You CAN serve potatoes right from the mini-skillets, if desired. To remove from mini-skillets, run a butter knife around edges after they've cooled a few minutes, then lift entire serving out of skillet; transfer to plates. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Scalloped Potatoes For Two
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 1361mg59%
Potassium 1239mg35%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 339IU7%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 233mg23%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans

Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans are a delicious, flavor-filled side dish, and are a perfect choice for either a casual meal or a holiday feast!
Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans are a delicious, flavor-filled side dish, and are a perfect choice for either a casual meal or a holiday feast!

I’m always looking for different ways to prepare green beans. Each summer I harvest a bumper crop of them in our little backyard raised garden. I can a lot of them, putting aside 15-20 jars each year in our pantry for the coming Fall and Winter. The rest we enjoy in a variety of different recipes as summer progresses.

We eat a LOT of green beans in the summer, and this recipe is one I came up with (after experimenting), and have enjoyed ever since. Lemon hazelnut green beans are a simple side dish, but let me tell you… there’s a LOT of flavor to enjoy in every bite. Freshly grated lemon zest adds a pop of fresh, bright flavor, shallots, garlic and red chili flakes give them a bit of zing, and the hazelnuts give the dish CRUNCH.

Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans are a perfect side for any “average” dinner of beef, chicken, pork or seafood. “These beans plays well with others”, as they say. However, this dish would also be absolutely wonderful served for Thanksgiving, or any other special celebration. Here’s how easy it is to make them:

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How To Make This Veggie Side Dish

Measure a Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil into a large skillet, and spread it around to cover the bottom of the skillet. Heat the oil on medium heat. Once hot (but not smoking), add chopped shallots (milder than a red onion). Cook, stirring often for 1-2 minutes.

TIP: If you do not have access to shallots, use a yellow onion as a substitute (same measurement).

Chopped shallots are cooked in hot olive oil in a large skillet.

Cooking The Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans

Add the green beans and the vegetable (or chicken) broth to the skillet. The liquid will steam and sizzle when it hits the hot skillet. Stir to combine, and let the green beans cook (uncovered) for approximately 10 minutes. When done, the broth should have dissipated, and the beans should be crisp-tender (not mushy).

NOTE: I recommend using FRESH green beans, without apologies. There’s just something about crisp FRESH green beans for this dish, versus using frozen beans. Just my humble opinion…

Green beans and vegetable (or chicken) broth are added to the skillet.The green beans are cooked about 10 minutes until broth has dissipated.

Immediately add minced garlic, red chili flakes, lemon zest, and roughly chopped roasted hazelnuts to the skillet. Give everything a good stir to incorporate all the ingredients.

TIP: The hazelnuts give the dish a nice crunch, which we really love. Remember- you can always substitute sliced, roasted almonds if hazelnuts are difficult to find in your area. They will add a wonderful crunch, as well!

Cook for about one minute, stirring OFTEN (so garlic doesn’t burn), until the lemon hazelnut green beans are fully heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Remove the skillet from the heat source, and transfer green beans to a serving dish.

Minced garlic, chili flakes, lemon zest and hazelnuts are added to green beans.

Time To Serve The Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans

As soon as you remove the lemon hazelnut green beans from the heat, it is time to serve them while HOT! Transfer everything to a serving bowl, and dish it up.** If desired, a simple garnish of a few roasted hazelnuts and some pretty thinly sliced lemon peel looks nice (but is totally optional).

Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans are garnished and ready to serve.

The green beans have so much flavor, I’m confident you will enjoy them. The recipe makes enough for 4 side servings, but can be EASILY doubled! The lemon hazelnut green beans pair wonderfully with chicken, beef, pork OR fish, so it’s a versatile side dish for all occasions.

A look at the Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans, up close in a white bowl.

I really hope you enjoy this easy, but absolutely DELICIOUS veggie dish. Easy to prepare, and packed with bright flavors, you’re gonna love them. Have a great day, and come back for a visit again soon.

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Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans
Prep Time
12 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans are a delicious, flavor-filled side dish, and are a perfect choice for either a casual meal or a holiday feast!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon hazelnut green beans
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 120 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 pound green beans , trimmed/snapped or cut into 2" pieces
  • ½ cup vegetable OR chicken broth
  • 1 large clove garlic , minced
  • ½ large lemon (ZEST OF) , zest only
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons roughly chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • salt & black pepper , to season to taste
Instructions
  1. Measure olive oil into a large skillet, and spread around to cover bottom of skillet. Heat on medium heat. Once hot (but not smoking), add chopped shallots. Cook, stirring often for 1-2 minutes.

  2. Add green beans and broth to skillet. Stir to combine; cook (uncovered) for 9-10 minutes. When done, broth should have dissipated, and beans should be crisp-tender.

  3. Immediately add garlic, red chili flakes, lemon zest, and hazelnuts to skillet. Stir, to combine. Cook for one minute, stirring OFTEN (so garlic doesn't burn), until beans are heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Garnish with additional hazelnuts and thinly sliced lemon peel, if desired. Serve immediately.

    TIP: Substitute sliced, roasted almonds if hazelnuts are difficult to find in your area. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 307mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 820IU16%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lemon Hazelnut Green Beans are a delicious, flavor-filled side dish, and are a perfect choice for either a casual meal or a holiday feast!

Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes, seasoned with butter, spices & cheese, served with chives & sour cream.
Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes, seasoned w/ butter, spices & cheese, served w/ chives & sour cream.

If you’re on the hunt for a simple potato side dish for a meal, may I suggest these delicious, yet simple, cheesy skillet potatoes? Potatoes are par-boiled for several minutes to soften, then seared in butter in a skillet, seasoned, and topped with cheese, fresh chives, and a nice dollop of sour cream, to finish.

This recipe is one I just kind of made up “on the fly”, while trying to figure out a NEW way to serve potatoes for one of our meals. It is fairly simple to prepare, and looks and tastes really good, too! Here’s how to make this side dish:

What Potatoes Should I Use?

We LOVE making this easy side dish using either Yukon gold or German butterball potatoes. They are fairly small, which works well for this dish. Both varieties have a naturally “buttery” flavor to them already, and a slightly yellow hue (especially butterballs). You could also use red potatoes if necessary, (but we prefer Butterballs or Yukons golds for their creamy color and flavor).

I recently dug up over 7 pounds of German butterball potatoes in some half-barrels in our little backyard raised bed garden. I last planted potatoes 5 years ago, but several “volunteer” plants still pop up each summer, so we’ve harvested lots of butterballs every year since then. HOORAY! I used several of our harvested German butterball potatoes to photograph the “how-to’s” of this recipe.

German butterball potatoes, harvested from our little backyard garden.

Prepare The Potatoes

The potatoes need to be par-boiled before “cooking” in the skillet. It’s easy. Par-boiling is simply a quick method used to partially cook food in boiling water to reduce the total cooking time (especially good for hard, dense potatoes).

Par-boiling helps soften the food, but doesn’t allow it to get cooked all the way through. This process also helps remove a bit of the sugars found in potatoes naturally. Place the clean potatoes in a pot of boiling water (enough to cover potatoes) and gently boil for 8-9 minutes. You should be able to insert a knife into the potatoes easily when finished.

Par-boiling the potatoes for 8-9 minutes in water.

Drain, and rinse the potatoes in cold water to help stop the cooking process, once done. Once cool enough to handle, remove the peel from the potatoes (see how YELLOW the butterballs are?). Slice each potato into 1/4″ slices, and set aside.

After being par-boiled, the potatoes are peeled.

Cooking Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter on medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add the sliced potatoes, trying to keep them in a single layer, if possible. Cook for 3-4 minutes without turning (this allows them to get a bit crispy on the bottom). Season by sprinkling potatoes lightly with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

Turn the potatoes to cook the other side. Cook for 3-4 more minutes. The potatoes are done once golden brown, and a bit crispy around the edges on both sides. The center of the potatoes should be soft.

Seasoned, round potato slices are cooked in butter in a skillet.Skillet potatoes turn golden brown, and slightly crispy on the edges.

As soon as the potatoes are “done”, remove the skillet from the heat source. Sprinkle the top of the potatoes with the grated cheddar cheese. Place a skillet lid or foil over the top of the skillet for about a minute.

The cheese will melt quickly while the potatoes are hot. Once the cheese has melted, remove lid. Sprinkle cheesy skillet potatoes with chopped fresh chives. They will add color and flavor to the dish.

Cheesy skillet potatoes are topped with grated cheese and chopped fresh chives.

Serve Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

To serve, place portions onto serving plates, and place a dollop of sour cream on top of each portion. Serve while potatoes are hot, and enjoy this simple, but yummy side dish.

The final garnish for the cheesy skillet potatoes is a dollop of sour cream.

I hope you enjoy this veggie side dish. It doesn’t take too long to prepare, and the cheesy skillet potatoes sure taste good! Thank you for stopping by, and I sincerely hope you will visit again soon. Have a great day.

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Cheesy Skillet Potatoes
Prep Time
13 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes, seasoned with butter, spices & cheese, served with chives & sour cream.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy skillet potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 276 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 5 medium Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper (EACH) , to taste
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese , or more if preferred
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 Tablespoons light sour cream , for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place clean potatoes in a pot of boiling water (enough to cover potatoes). Gently boil for 8-9 minutes. You should be able to insert a knife into a potato easily when finished. Drain, and rinse potatoes in cold water, once done. Once cool enough to handle, peel potatoes. Slice potatoes into 1/4" rounds; set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet on medium-low heat. Add potatoes, keeping them in a single layer, if possible. Cook 3-4 minutes without turning. Season lightly with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Turn potatoes to cook the other side. Cook about 3-4 minutes. Potatoes are done when golden brown, and a bit crispy around the edges on both sides. The center of the potatoes should be soft.

  3. Immediately remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle potatoes with cheese. Place a skillet lid or foil over skillet for 1 minute. Once cheese has melted, remove lid. Transfer portions to plates. Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives, and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Skillet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 281mg12%
Potassium 907mg26%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes, seasoned w/ butter, spices & cheese, served w/ chives & sour cream.

Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet

Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet is an easy to prepare, delicious veggie side dish, enhanced with the flavors of onions, garlic, butter and fresh herbs.
Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet is an easy to prepare, delicious veggie side dish, enhanced with the flavors of onions, garlic, butter and fresh herbs.

Looking for a flavorful vegetable side dish that doesn’t take too long to prepare, and tastes great? May I suggest this cauliflower mushroom skillet, which can be on the table in just under 25 minutes? It’s DELICIOUS.

Fresh ingredients abound in this simple vegetable side dish recipe. It is a definite low-carb dish, and it “plays well” with most main dishes, including chicken, beef, pork and fish!

How To Make This Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet

Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet (on medium-high heat) until the butter has melted.  Add the chopped onions to the skillet, and cook them, stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes, until light golden brown and softened.

TIP: If you prefer, you can substitute ghee for the butter. **You can also make this dish vegan (if desired) by using all olive oil, instead of the butter OR ghee.**

Chopped onions are cooked in olive oil and butter until softened.

Add whole, cleaned mushrooms (with stems trimmed) to the butter and onion mixture in the skillet. Cook the mushrooms for about 4 minutes (still on medium-high heat). Turn the mushrooms occasionally, letting get nice and golden brown in color on all sides.

Add the cauliflower florets (all about the same size) to the skillet, and cook for 9-10 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, the mushrooms should be browned nicely, and the cauliflower should be golden brown. The edges of the cauliflower florets should also be a bit crispy! Bottom line… get those veggies browned on all sides as best you can.

Whole, cleaned mushrooms are added to the skillet.Cauliflower florets are added to the mushrooms in the skillet.

Add The Vegetable Stock

Now it’s time to add the vegetable stock (or chicken stock, if using) to the veggies in the skillet. Keep the heat on medium-high heat after you add the stock to the pan. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes (stirring occasionally), until the liquid has slightly reduced in volume.

Vegetable (or chicken) stock is poured into the skillet with the veggies.

The final step is to add HALF (1 Tablespoon) of the chopped fresh parsley, minced garlic cloves, and chopped fresh thyme leaves to the skillet. Stir all the ingredients together, and continue to let cook for about 30 seconds, then remove the pan from the heat. TIP: Don’t let it cook too long or the minced garlic might burn and become bitter (and you do not want that to happen)!

Season To Taste

Season the dish with salt and pepper, to suit your personal taste, and then transfer the hot veggies to a serving dish. Now you’re almost ready to enjoy this yummy veggie side dish!

The cauliflower mushroom skillet is seasoned with salt/pepper and garnished with parsley.

Time To Serve The Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet

To serve the finished cauliflower mushroom skillet, sprinkle the top of the veggies with the reserved Tablespoon of chopped parsley. Make sure to serve this dish quickly after removing it from the heat, so it stays nice and hot! You should have enough veggies for 4 small servings. YUM.

A bowl of the cauliflower mushroom skillet side dish, ready to eat.A close up look at the cauliflower mushroom skillet in a white serving bowl.

I truly hope you enjoy this simple, but delicious cauliflower mushroom skillet. The dish has a good amount of flavor, and some yummy, “good for you” veggies! Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Have a wonderful rest of the day.

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Recipe adapted from: Christina, at: eatwell101.com/garlic-mushrooms-cauliflower-recipe

Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet is an easy to prepare, delicious veggie side dish, enhanced with the flavors of onions, garlic, butter and fresh herbs.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: cauliflower mushroom skillet
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 186 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter (substitute ghee, if desired)
  • ½ medium yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 pound button mushrooms , cleaned, stems trimmed off
  • ½ head cauliflower , cut into uniform-sized florets
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable or chicken stock (low sodium)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves , chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet (medium-high heat) until butter melts.  Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes, until onions are golden brown and softened.

  2. Add mushrooms. Cook 3-4 minutes (on medium-high). Turn mushrooms occasionally, to brown on all sides. Add cauliflower; cook 9-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, mushrooms are well-browned. Cauliflower should be lightly browned/crispy on the edges.

  3. Add vegetable (or chicken) stock. Cook on medium-high for 2-3 minutes (stirring occasionally), until liquid has slightly reduced in volume.

  4. Add 1 Tablespoon parsley (reserving 1 T. for garnish), minced garlic, and thyme. Stir ingredients together; continue to cook for about 30 seconds, then remove skillet from heat. TIP: Don't cook too long or garlic might burn (and become bitter). Season with salt and pepper (to taste). Transfer veggies to serving dish; garnish veggies with reserved Tablespoon of parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note: Salt and pepper were not included in the caloric calculation, because they are used to "season to taste". The amount may vary from person to person.

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 619mg18%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 566IU11%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Cauliflower Mushroom Skillet is an easy to prepare, delicious veggie side dish, enhanced with the flavors of onions, garlic, butter and fresh herbs.

 

Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw

Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.

If you enjoy coleslaw, then I am pretty confident you will really enjoy this slight “twist” on the classic side dish! Crunchy, sweet, and lightly flavored with a creamy dressing, pineapple peanut coleslaw will be a big hit at any get together! The great news is that it is SO EASY to make, with minimal effort!

Pineapple tidbits add a slightly sweet touch to the salad, and roasted peanuts and crisp cabbage add the crunch! Pour the easy to make handmade dressing over the top, give it a toss, refrigerate until ready to serve, and poof! A great tasting salad for your next BBQ or potluck! Here’s how easy it is to make pineapple peanut coleslaw:

Make The Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw

One reason this recipe is so easy is because you use a bag of pre-shredded coleslaw mix, which is available in the produce section of most grocery stores. Place the bag of shredded coleslaw mix into a large salad bowl. Add the peanuts, drained pineapple tidbits (remembering to reserve the juice), and sliced green onions.

Pineapple tidbits, green onions, peanuts are added to the coleslaw mix in bowl.

Make The Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

You can make the salad dressing for the coleslaw in no time at all. The ingredients for the dressing include plain yogurt (regular or Greek), apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice (from the can of pineapple tidbits), brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Place the dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and whisk together until fully blended and smooth. You can use a wire whisk or a fork to do this, and it will only take about a minute to fully blend.

The ingredients for the coleslaw dressing are placed in a bowl to mix.

Coleslaw dressing is whisked together until fully mixed.

Pour the creamy salad dressing over the top of the coleslaw, and then gently toss, to combine all the ingredients, and fully coat them with dressing. **See how EASY this pineapple peanut coleslaw is to make? Told ya!

The salad dressing is added to the bowl of pineapple peanut coleslaw.

Ready To Eat!

Once the pineapple peanut coleslaw is fully mixed, you can eat it right away, OR you can chill it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours (your choice). My personal opinion is that this coleslaw is definitely BEST when served very cold… just sayin’.  After refrigerating, toss the salad again before serving to get the dressing mixed back in.

Right before serving, sprinkle a few more peanuts and red pepper flakes on the top of the coleslaw as a garnish, if desired. Serve, and enjoy.

A closeup of the pineapple peanut coleslaw, after being tossed with the dressing.Peanuts and red pepper flakes garnish the chilled coleslaw.

Storing The Coleslaw

Cover any leftovers, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Juice will accumulate on the bottom of the bowl, due to all those juicy pineapple tidbits. No problem… just spoon any unwanted juice out of the bottom of the bowl, and discard!

Pineapple peanut coleslaw is a delicious side dish... crunchy and sweet!

I really hope you enjoy this simple, but flavor-filled coleslaw recipe. We love it as a side dish with hamburgers or pulled pork sandwiches, but the coleslaw can also be placed ONTO a BBQ shredded pork sandwich for a tasty, crunchy addition.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day, and trust you will return for more recipes in the future.

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Recipe adapted from: asouthernsoul.com/pineapple-slaw/

Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.

Category: Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple peanut coleslaw
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 124 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Coleslaw:
  • 14 ounces shredded coleslaw mix (bagged) , or 3 generous cups homemade slaw mix
  • 20 ounce canned pineapple tidbits , drained (reserve juice)
  • 3 stalks green onions (bulb and stem) , sliced
  • cup roasted salted peanuts , plus more for garnish, if desired
For Coleslaw Dressing:
  • ½ cup plain yogurt ,regular or Greek
  • 3 Tablespoons reserved pineapple juice
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes , plus more for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Place coleslaw mix in a large salad bowl. Add peanuts, drained pineapple tidbits, and sliced green onions.

  2. Put coleslaw dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Whisk with fork or wire whisk until fully blended and smooth. Pour dressing over coleslaw, and gently toss, to coat and fully combine all ingredients. Serve immediately, or refrigerate 1-2 hours until well-chilled. Garnish with a tiny bit of red pepper flakes and additional peanuts before serving, if desired. Enjoy!

  3. Cover, and store leftover coleslaw in refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Discard any accumulated liquid that accumulates on bottom of bowl (pineapple juice).

Recipe Notes

Substitutions: No peanuts? No problem. You can substitute sliced roasted almonds, or chopped roasted salted cashews.

Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 336mg15%
Potassium 245mg7%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 156IU3%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.

Easy Creamed Spinach

Enjoy this copycat recipe for the Easy Creamed Spinach served at a famous steak house. A delicious, simple veggie dish, ready in under 20 minutes.
Enjoy this copycat recipe for the Easy Creamed Spinach served at a famous steak house. A delicious, simple veggie dish, ready in under 20 minutes.

I first tried creamed spinach many, many years ago in Southern California, at a restaurant called Gullivers. It was a standard side dish served with their famous prime rib, and whoa… was it good! Granted- creamed spinach is not the most drool-worthy dish to look at, but it sure tastes great! Many other restaurants serve this simple (but yummy) side dish, too. If you’ve never tried it, you may be surprised at just how good it is!

I found this recipe years ago in one of my “Top Secret” cookbooks from author Todd Wilbur, and use it to this day. This particular recipe is a copycat recipe for the creamed spinach that has been a signature side dish at another famous restaurant: Ruth’s Chris Steak House (with over 100 locations in the U.S. Mexico, and Canada).

The Origins Of This Recipe

The restaurant chain was founded in 1965 by Ruth Fertel, a single mom, who bought a steak house (Chris Steak House) that was for sale. She bought it as a business opportunity, even though she didn’t know too much about running a restaurant (or cooking steaks). She taught herself how to do both, and her restaurant became a local success from her very first opening day.

Now 55 years later, this restaurant chain is still enjoying widespread success, and their creamed spinach is still on the menu as a Ruth’s Chris Steak House classic side dish. Guess what? It’s really EASY to make this copycat recipe at home… here’s how:

How To Make Easy Creamed Spinach

The recipe calls for frozen chopped spinach, which is extremely convenient, and a wonderful time saver! Place a 9-10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach in a medium saucepan, and cook according to the package directions. The frozen spinach is cooked with a little  water in a covered saucepan in a very short amount of time.

Once done cooking, drain or squeeze out all the liquid out of the spinach. I use a strainer for this step. Place the cooked spinach into a strainer that is set over a bowl (to catch all the drained juice). Press on the spinach with the back of a spoon to help press out the juice. It’s important to get rid of as much juice as possible. Discard the juice when done, and set the spinach aside.

Frozen spinach is cooked according to package directions.All the liquid is pressed out of the cooked spinach using a strainer.

Cooking The Creamed Spinach

Melt the butter in a large skillet, stirring it occasionally so it won’t burn. Once the butter has melted, add flour to the skillet, and whisk the flour into the melted butter, until smooth.

Pour heavy whipping cream into the skillet, whisking to combine the ingredients. Cook the cream sauce on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Be careful to not let the sauce come to a boil after adding the whipping cream.

Flour, and then whipping cream is whisked into melted butter in skillet.

Now it’s time to add the cooked, drained spinach, along with generous pinches of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper to the skillet. Stir well, to combine. Continue cooking the easy creamed spinach for 2-4 minutes, stirring often, until fully combined and heated through.

Easy creamed spinach is cooked until it thickens, and is heated through.

Ready To Serve Easy Creamed Spinach

Once the creamed spinach is fully mixed and heated through for 2-4 minutes, it is ready to serve! Give it a quick taste, and add additional salt, if desired, to suit your taste. Make sure the spinach is hot, place it in a serving dish, and enjoy! This veggie side dish will compliment a lot of meat entrees, but we enjoy it the most served alongside a grilled steak (or prime rib, in a restaurant!).

The recipe as written makes 4 servings. Any leftovers you might have may be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Place in a microwave to reheat, and then give it a good stir.

A bowl of easy creamy spinach, ready to serve.The easy creamed spinach served as a side dish for steak and baked potato.

I really hope you enjoy this delicious, yet simple, creamed spinach side dish! Thank you for stopping by, and sincerely trust you have a wonderful day. The printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post, for ingredient list and specific instructions.

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Original recipe source: The book “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur, published by The Penguin Group in 1997, page 263

Easy Creamed Spinach
Prep Time
17 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Enjoy this copycat recipe for the Easy Creamed Spinach served at a famous steak house. A delicious, simple veggie dish, ready in under 20 minutes.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy creamed spinach
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 182 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 9-10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt , plus more to taste, if desired
  • 1 pinch black pepper/nutmeg/cayenne pepper , 1 generous pinch per spice
Instructions
  1. Place frozen chopped spinach in a medium saucepan; cook according to package directions. Once done, drain or squeeze out all liquid from spinach. Place spinach in a strainer set over a bowl (to catch drained juice). Press spinach with the back of a spoon to drain as much juice as possible. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet, stirring occasionally so it won't burn. Add flour; whisk flour into butter until smooth. Add whipping cream to skillet, whisking to combine. Cook sauce on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Do not let sauce come to a boil.

  3. Add spinach, along with generous pinches of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper to the sauce. Stir well. Continue cooking for 2-4 minutes, stirring often, until ingredients are fully combined and heated through. Serve hot, and enjoy.

  4. Store any leftovers (covered) in refrigerator for 2-3 days; they can be reheated in microwave.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Creamed Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 8092IU162%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy this copycat recipe for the Easy Creamed Spinach served at a famous steak house. A delicious, simple veggie dish, ready in under 20 minutes.

Air Fryer French Fries

Grab 2 russet potatoes and your air fryer, and get ready to make some delicious, crispy air fryer french fries to munch on with your favorite meal!
Grab 2 russet potatoes and your air fryer, and get ready to make some delicious, crispy air fryer french fries to munch on with your favorite meal!

I don’t know about you, but we sure love french fries! I love ’em dipped in ketchup, my husband dips them in BBQ sauce, and one of our sons enjoys them dunked in ranch dressing!

Normally I deep fry homemade french fries in hot oil, but we also enjoy making air fryer french fries. When we air fry them, they are cooked in super hot air, and require a lot less oil to crisp them up! Less calories, but equally delicious. They’re also very easy to make. Here’s how to make them:

NOTE: The key to this recipe is this: Remember to allow an extra 30 minutes before cooking to soak the potatoes in water to remove excess starch. The fries themselves don’t take much time to cook, but pre-soaking them will yield the best results!

Prepare The Potatoes

We like the taste of air fryer french fries with the peel left ON the potatoes, but that is your choice. To prepare the potatoes, take 2 medium russet potatoes, and scrub them really well, to remove any dirt. Slice the potatoes lengthwise into 1/2″ slices, then cut each slice into fry sized “sticks” (as shown below).

Raw potatoes are cleaned, then sliced into fry shapes before cooking.

Potatoes have a lot of starch in them, so it is best to remove some of that starch before cooking. This will help the potatoes get crispy when cooked. Place the raw potatoes into a large bowl. Cover them with water, and let them soak for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, drain the water off of the potatoes, and give them a rinse. Lots of starch has now been removed from the potatoes. Place the potatoes onto paper towels and pat them dry. Now we’re ready to go!

French fries are soaked in water for 30 minutes before draining and cooking.The fries are patted dry before oil and seasoning are added.

Season The Air Fryer French Fries

Before you season the potatoes, turn on the air fryer and preheat it to 380°F. While it preheats, place the dry potatoes into a large bowl. Drizzle them with vegetable oil (or your choice of oil) . Gently toss to coat them with oil, and then season with salt and pepper. Add any other seasonings you want at this point (garlic powder, seasoning salt, etc.). Stir to combine.

Fries are seasoned with oil, salt and pepper before cooking.

Once the air fryer has preheated, place the seasoned potato fries in the basket of your air fryer. Try to place them in a single layer, for the best results. This will allow the super hot air to circulate around the fries, which is how they cook well.

The air fryer basket holds a single layer of seasoned fries.

Cook The Air Fryer French Fries

Cook the air fryer french fries at 380°F for 5 minutes. Pause the machine, and give the fries a good shake. Cook another 5 minutes, and then shake them once again. If “shaking” isn’t your thing, move them around a bit using tongs. Try to put them back into a single layer after each “shake”. Now they’ve cooked for 10 minutes.

Air fryers tend to have temperature variances, so keep an eye on them from this point on. Cook the fries for 3-4 more minutes. Check them to see if they have reached a desired crispness. If not, pop ’em back in for a couple more minutes. By now they should be done. The final cooking time will also depend on the thickness of your fries.

Air fryer french fries in basket of machine after cooking.

Serve The Air Fryer French Fries

Once the fries have fully cooked, they should be golden brown, slightly crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice, and dig in! They really are quite simple to make, and taste delicious.

If making a large quantity, repeat the process with the rest of the potatoes, while the air fryer is still hot! Hope you enjoy these fries… we sure do.

A plate full of air fryer french fries, and dipping ketchup on the side.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you taking the time to do so, and hope you will consider making air fryer french fries for those you love. Take care, and have a great day.

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Recipe adapted from: The recipe booklet that came with my Cosori air fryer.

Air Fryer French Fries
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Soaking Time (inactive)
30 mins
Total Time
49 mins
 

Grab 2 russet potatoes and your air fryer, and get ready to make some delicious, crispy air fryer french fries to munch on with your favorite meal!

Category: Appetizer/Snack, Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer french fries
Servings: 3
Calories Per Serving: 193 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil , or oil of choice
  • ½ teaspoon salt , or more to suit your taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper , or more to suit your taste
Instructions
  1. Scrub potato skins well, to remove any dirt. Slice potatoes lengthwise into 1/2" slices, then cut each slice into fry sized "sticks". Place raw potatoes into a large bowl, cover with water, and let them soak for 30 minutes (this removes a lot of starch). After 30 minutes, drain water , then give potatoes a rinse. Pat potatoes dry with paper towels.

  2. Preheat air fryer to 380°F. Place dry potatoes into a large bowl. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons oil. Gently toss to coat, and then season with salt/pepper, and stir to combine. **Add any additional seasonings you want (garlic powder, seasoning salt, etc.). Once the air fryer has preheated, place seasoned fries in basket of air fryer, in a single layer, for best results.

  3. Cook at 380°F for 5 minutes. Pause machine, and give fries a good shake. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, and then shake once again or move them around a bit using tongs, keeping them in a single layer after each "shake". Because air fryers tend to have temperature variances, set the timer and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Check to see if they've reached your desired crispness. If not, pop 'em back in for a couple more minutes. By that time they should be done (final cooking time will also depend on the thickness of your fries!). Taste, and add more salt/pepper, if desired. Remove, and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer French Fries
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/3 of total))
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 395mg17%
Potassium 592mg17%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Grab 2 russet potatoes and your air fryer, and get ready to make some delicious, crispy air fryer french fries to munch on with your favorite meal!

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (with citrus dressing)

Colorful and delicious beet and goat cheese salad features mixed greens, candied pecans, mandarin oranges, beets, and goat cheese w/ citrus dressing!
Colorful and delicious beet and goat cheese salad features mixed greens, candied pecans, mandarin oranges, beets, and goat cheese w/ citrus dressing!

Today I want to share with you this recipe for beet and goat cheese salad. It’s delicious, easy to make, and tastes great! A couple of years ago we enjoyed a fairly similar salad. I took the original recipe and made a few minor changes, and this salad is the result. Even though I’ve made this salad a few times, I finally got around to taking photos of the preparation, to share on my blog.

The salad has romaine lettuce, baby spinach, and chopped kale (from our garden) in it, but you can EASILY substitute a bag of spring greens instead (for convenience). Salad flavors are enhanced with the addition of creamy goat cheese crumbles, earthy tasting chopped beets, sweet mandarin orange slices, and crunchy, quick-candied pecans.

The beet and goat cheese salad is topped with an easy to make citrus dressing for a final pop of flavor, right before serving. YUM! Here’s how to make it:

Prepare The Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

Making the salad dressing is a cinch. Measure fresh squeezed orange juice, zest, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, onion powder, poppyseeds and vegetable oil into a small bowl. Mix these ingredients together with a wire whisk or fork, until completely blended.

NOTE: You can also use a food processor or blender for this step, but do not add the poppyseeds until AFTER dressing is fully blended.

You can make the salad dressing early in the day if that is convenient. Store, covered, in refrigerator until time to dress the salad and serve. Give it a final whisk before dressing the beet and goat cheese salad. P.S. This dressing is delicious on other green salads, too!

Ingredients are gathered to make a citrus dressing for the salad.The citrus dressing is whisked together for the beet and goat cheese salad.

Make Quick Candied Pecans

The candied pecans can be made ahead (to save time), and set aside until ready to assemble the beet and goat cheese salad. To make the quick-candied pecans, melt 1 Tablespoon butter in a medium skillet on medium low heat. Add 15-20 pecan halves (about 1/2 cup), 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Stir together until the pecans are fully coated.

Cook, stirring often, on medium low heat until pecans become sticky and most of the butter has dissipated in the skillet. This typically takes 4-5 minutes total. Remove the pecans using a fork, and place them onto foil or wax paper, leaving space between each one. They will be sticky at this point. Let the pecans sit at room temperature, and they will harden up as they cool.

Pecan halves are cooked and candied with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar.The candied pecans are dried until glaze firms up, then added to salad.

Assemble The Beet And Goat Cheese Salad

To build the salad, place chilled mixed salad greens in bowl, and top them with the mandarin oranges and beets. I even got to use some of my home-canned mandarin oranges! By the way… you can also use oven roasted beets for this recipe, OR you can use half of a can of beets, cut up. Whatever type is most convenient for you to use is the best way! I happened to have had some home-roasted beets (leftover) in my freezer, so I thawed them to use.

The next thing to add is goat cheese crumbles and the (hardened) candied pecans. This salad is best, if assembled just before serving. Once the salad has been assembled, do not mix it up until dressing has been added, and you’re ready to dish it up! The reason for this is so the beets don’t discolor the rest of the salad ahead of time!

NOTE: If you HAVE to make this salad ahead of time, cover it with plastic wrap at this point, and refrigerate (without mixing).

Spring greens in bowl are topped with chopped beets and mandarin oranges.Candied pecans and crumbled goat cheese are added to the salad.

Dress The Beet And Goat Cheese Salad, And Serve!

When you’re ready to serve the salad, give the citrus dressing a final whisk or stir, and then pour it over the prepared salad. GENTLY toss, to combine (the less tossing the better so the beets don’t discolor it all!). TIP: If you don’t want to use all of the dressing, it can be covered and refrigerated for up to a week. Serve, and enjoy this delicious salad.

A citrus dressing is poured over the beet and goat cheese salad before serving.

We enjoyed the beet and goat cheese salad, served alongside a baked potato, and our old standby, Traeger roasted chicken! It was really a great meal, and even though the photo below didn’t do the fully mixed and dressed salad justice, it sure tasted great!

Roast chicken and baked potato are served with the tossed beet and goat cheese salad.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. The printable recipe card is below, and I hope you have the opportunity to make this yummy side salad. There’s enough for 4 servings (or maybe more if they’re small). Have a wonderful day. Take care.

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Recipe adapted from: https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/beet-and-goat-cheese-salad/

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (with citrus dressing)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Colorful and delicious beet and goat cheese salad features mixed greens, candied pecans, mandarin oranges, beets, and goat cheese w/ citrus dressing!

Category: Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beet and goat cheese salad
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 424 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
Salad Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces mixed Spring greens
  • 15 ounces mandarin oranges (canned) , drained
  • ounces canned beets (or oven-roasted) , patted dry, then chopped in 1" pieces
  • cup crumbled goat cheese , can substitute feta
For Candied Pecans:
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 15-20 pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
For Citrus Dressing:
  • cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons orange zest
  • Tablespoons honey
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ Tablespoon poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. Make Salad Dressing: Measure fresh squeezed orange juice, zest, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, onion powder, poppyseeds and vegetable oil into small bowl. Mix with a wire whisk or fork, until completely blended. NOTE: You can use a food processor or blender for this step, but do not add poppyseeds until AFTER dressing is fully blended. Store (covered) in refrigerator until time to dress the salad and serve.

  2. To Make Candied Pecans: Melt butter in skillet on medium low heat. Add pecan halves, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir together until pecans are coated. Cook, stirring often, on medium low heat until pecans become sticky and most of the butter has dissipated (4-5 minutes). Remove pecans with a fork; place them on foil or wax paper, leaving space between each one. They will be sticky. Let pecans sit at room temperature. The glaze firms up as they cool.

  3. Assemble Salad Right Before Serving: Place chilled salad greens in bowl; top with mandarin oranges and beets. Add goat cheese and candied pecans. Once salad is assembled, do not toss until dressing has been added, and you're ready to serve! This is so the beets don't discolor salad ahead of time! NOTE: If you HAVE to make this salad ahead, cover with plastic wrap at this point, and refrigerate (without dressing OR mixing).

  4. To Serve: When ready to serve salad, give dressing a final whisk, and pour it over prepared salad. GENTLY toss, to combine. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (with citrus dressing)
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 406mg18%
Potassium 428mg12%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1718IU34%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Colorful and delicious beet and goat cheese salad features mixed greens, candied pecans, mandarin oranges, beets, and goat cheese w/ citrus dressing!

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, (with corn kernels, sliced jalapeños, onions and grated cheddar cheese), is an EASY to make, flavorful side dish for 8!
Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, (with corn kernels, sliced jalapeños, onions and grated cheddar cheese), is an EASY to make, flavorful side dish for 8!

Do you enjoy cornbread as a side dish? We do, especially when it is paired with a big bowl of hot soup! A lot of times I use a recipe I’ve posted for Marie Callender’s cornbread, which is a traditional flavored, high-rising cornbread. It is a family favorite, especially when I make my recipe for chicken and dumplings!

Sometimes, however, I want to make cornbread with a bit more kick! My mom occasionally made “Mexican Cornbread” when I was growing up, which tastes very similar to this recipe (which I’ve had for over 20 years). This recipe for jalapeño cheddar cornbread is not too spicy at all, and has whole kernel corn, onions, and grated cheddar cheese in it, which adds texture, color, and flavor! It’s DELICIOUS, and today I want to share the easy recipe with you.

Prepare The Skillet Or Pan For The Cornbread First!

Generously grease or spray a 9″ oven-proof skillet, square baking dish, or pie pan on the bottom and sides (I use a cast iron skillet). Place the pan on the middle rack of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350° F, and let the oven preheat WITH THE SKILLET STILL IN THE OVEN. You want the skillet for the cornbread to be really hot when you add the batter, because this helps the edges to get crispy!

While the oven (and skillet) are heating, prepare the batter for the cornbread. Since the oven will typically take about 10 minutes to preheat, you have plenty of time to whip up the easy batter!

Prepare The Batter

Making the cornbread batter is REALLY easy! The first thing you need to do is measure the yellow cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Whisk these dry ingredients together, until fully combined, and then set the bowl aside.

The dry ingredients for cornbread batter are added to a large mixing bowl.Flour, cornmeal and other dry ingredients are whisked together to mix.

In a SEPARATE mixing bowl, combine beaten eggs, buttermilk, oil, corn, onion, grated cheddar cheese, and sliced, de-seeded jalapeños. Stir these wet ingredients very well, until fully combined. **(See note in printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for easy substitutions for buttermilk, jalapeños or the whole kernel canned corn).

Pour the bowl full of the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir the cornbread batter well, just until the batter is moistened and fully mixed. Now the batter for your jalapeño cheddar cornbread is ready to go! (See how easy that was?)

Onions cheddar cheese, jalapenos, eggs, etc. help flavor the cornbread batter.The wet ingredients are poured into the dry ingredients to make a batter.

Time To Bake The Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread!

Once the oven is preheated, CAREFULLY remove the skillet or pan from the oven. IT WILL BE HOT! Immediately pour the cornbread batter into the skillet. You might even hear it sizzle when it hits the hot pan!

Bake the jalapeño cheddar cornbread (on a middle oven rack) at 350° F. for 30-35 minutes. When done, the cornbread should be golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean! Since ovens vary in temperatures, be sure to check it at the 30 minute mark to ensure you don’t overcook the cornbread!

Batter for jalapeño cheddar cornbread is poured into a heated skillet before baking..

Remove the finished cornbread from the oven, and let it cool for 2-3 minutes before attempting to slice and serve it.

When ready to serve, slice the jalapeño cheddar cornbread into 8 wedges (or pieces, if using a square baking dish). Lift each piece out of the skillet using a spatula, serve, and enjoy! We enjoyed our cornbread along with a bowl of my hubby’s favorite pinto beans and ham. This yummy cornbread was a perfect side dish (smeared with butter, of course!).

Baked jalapeño cheddar cornbread is golden brown on the top.A slice of the finished jalapeño cheddar cornbread is ready to eat!

Hope you are staying safe and well, during this month of “stay at home” guidelines. I pray you and those you love will soon have a chance to share a meal together, and enjoy each others company and hugs once again. I know we sure are looking forward to that day!

Take care, stay strong, and look for opportunities to serve or support others during this time, in whatever way you safely can. Have a GOOD day, and may God bless you with His love and presence!

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Original recipe source: unknown (wrote it down many years ago on a 3×5″ recipe card – original publication not noted)

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, (with corn kernels, sliced jalapeños, onions and grated cheddar cheese), is an EASY to make, flavorful side dish for 8!

Category: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeño cheddar cornbread
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories Per Serving: 315 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk , see NOTES for substitution
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces canned whole kernel corn , drained - See NOTES for substitution
  • cup brown onion , finely chopped
  • 2 small fresh jalapeños , seeded, diced - See NOTES for substitution
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Generously grease or spray a 9" oven-proof skillet, square baking dish, or pie pan on bottom and sides. Place pan on middle rack in oven. Preheat oven to 350° F, leaving skillet in oven while it preheats. While oven (and skillet) are heating, prepare cornbread batter.

  2. Measure cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together, until fully combined; set bowl aside.

  3. In a SEPARATE mixing bowl, combine beaten eggs, buttermilk, oil, corn, onion, cheddar cheese, and jalapeños. Stir well, until combined. Pour into bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir well, just until batter is moistened and fully mixed.

  4. Once oven is preheated, carefully remove skillet or pan from oven. IT WILL BE HOT! Immediately pour batter into skillet. Bake on a middle oven rack at 350° F. for 30-35 minutes. When done, cornbread should be golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean! Since ovens vary in temperatures, be sure to check it at 30 minutes, to ensure you don't overcook it! Remove finished cornbread from oven. Let it cool for 2-3 minutes before attempting to slice. When ready to serve, slice into 8 portions. Serve, and enjoy (with butter, if desired).

Recipe Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS -
No fresh jalapeños? You can substitute canned OR 2 Tablespoons chopped green bell pepper.
No buttermilk? Add 1 Tablespoon white vinegar to 1 C. milk. Stir, let stand for 5 minutes.
No whole kernel canned corn? Add 8 ounces canned cream style corn.

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 501mg22%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 221IU4%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, (with corn kernels, sliced jalapeños, onions and grated cheddar cheese), is an EASY to make, flavorful side dish for 8!