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Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives

Looking for a fabulous tasting side dish? Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives is a simple to prepare and absolutely delicious accompaniment for chicken, pork, seafood or beef!Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Looking for a fabulous tasting side dish? Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives is a simple to prepare and absolutely delicious accompaniment for chicken, pork, seafood or beef!
I recently bought a couple of new cookbooks with some birthday gift cards I received this summer.  I carefully read through the entire cookbook, earmarking many recipes that caught my attention.  This recipe for TOASTED orzo was the very first recipe I made from the cookbook.  It did NOT disappoint! Seriously… it’s GOOD!

I have used orzo in other recipes before, such as Orzo with Parmesan, One Pan Greek Chicken and Orzo, Italian Orzo and Spinach Soup, and Spinach and Orzo Salad, and have come to love this little tiny pasta!  This recipe caught my eye because the orzo is TOASTED before cooking it.

The prep for this side dish is very simple.  It all begins with toasting the orzo.  Place the orzo in a 10 inch “dry” skillet. Turn the heat to medium-high, and cook/toast, stirring orzo occasionally, until pasta turns golden brown. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Really keep an eye on the orzo, especially toward the end of the cooking time, because it can go from really light brown to burnt very quickly.

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the orzo has been toasted, remove it from skillet and place in a bowl to cool.

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt butter in the skillet using medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion; stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes until onion is translucent and has softened considerably.  Add minced garlic; stir and cook an additional 30 seconds, being careful not to let the garlic burn.

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the toasted orzo back into the skillet, along with the chicken broth, wine, and water.  Bring this mixture to a low simmer, then turn the heat down to medium-low heat. Continue to cook the mixture on medium-low, for about 15 minutes, giving it a good stir every 5 minutes.  When done, the liquid should have been absorbed, and the orzo should be nice and tender.

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and chopped chives. Stir until combined. Cook for about one more minute, to ensure orzo is heated through. Season orzo with salt and pepper, to taste.

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

One you have seasoned with salt and pepper, to taste, the orzo is ready to serve!  Place in medium sized serving dish, or serve right out of skillet onto individual plates! If desired, you can garnish dish with additional chopped chives, and thin strips of lemon peel, but it is not necessary.

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!  See how easy it was to make this delicious side dish!!!  I served the orzo with a simple mixed green salad and Honey Garlic Pork Chops.  My husband and I loved it, and the leftovers were just as good the next day.  All we had to do was fluff the orzo a bit, microwave it, and we had a great accompaniment to another meal!

Sure do hope you will try this delicious side dish.  Have a fantastic day, friends.

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: “America’s Test Kitchen-The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook”, copyright 2014 by the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen, page 320

Toasted Orzo with Lemon and Chives
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup orzo (dry)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 brown onion (small), finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1½ Tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and Black pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Place orzo in a 10 inch "dry" skillet. Turn heat to medium-high, and cook/toast, stirring orzo occasionally, until pasta turns golden brown. This takes about 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on the orzo, especially near end of the cooking time, because it can go from really light brown to burnt very quickly. Once orzo has been toasted, remove it from skillet; place in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in skillet using medium-high heat. Add chopped onion; stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes until onion is translucent and has softened considerably. Add minced garlic; stir and cook an additional 30 seconds, being careful not to let the garlic burn.
  3. Pour the toasted orzo back into the skillet, along with the chicken broth, wine, and water. Bring this mixture to a low simmering boil, then turn heat down to medium-low. Continue to cook the mixture on medium-low, for about 15 minutes, giving it a good stir every 5 minutes. When done, the liquid should have been absorbed, and the orzo should be nice and tender.
  4. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and chopped chives to orzo. Stir until combined. Cook for about one more minute, to ensure orzo is heated through. Season orzo with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Garnish with additional chopped chives and thin lemon peel slices, if desired. Serve, and enjoy!

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Piña Colada Fluff Salad

I recently made a Piña Colada Fluff Salad… and my husband and I can’t stay out of it,  grabbing a spoonful here, and a spoonful there…because it is sooo incredibly good!Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks! This sweet, delicious tropical tasting salad only takes 5 minutes to prepare and serves 8!
When I first showed it to my husband, he didn’t seem too thrilled since he’s not much of a pineapple and coconut kind of guy.   But… and that’s a BIG but… after he took a taste of it, he took another bite, said it was “refreshing”, then took another bite and then another!  You get the picture!  He ended up absolutely LOVING this sweet taste of the tropics “dessert” salad, that is made in about 5 minutes! Can you believe it? Yep. Only takes 5 minutes to make this delicious dish! How’s THAT for a real timesaver!?

I can’t vouch for it’s “healthiness”, but I can absolutely vouch for it’s “amazingness!  Delicious! Here’s the cast of characters: crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows, shredded coconut, whipped topping, rum extract, chopped nuts, and vanilla pudding mix. Yep.

Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Trust me, this salad is fantastic!  And it’s SO EASY to make in about 5 minutes. Here’s what you do…

Place the pudding mix and an entire can (juice included) of crushed pineapple into a large serving bowl.  Stir ingredients until they are completely mixed together.

Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the marshmallows, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, and rum extract to mixture. Top it off with the whipped topping.  Gently fold all the ingredients together until completely combined.

Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once thoroughly combined, cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve (I recommend refrigerating it for a couple hours, at least!).

Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!  See how easy that was?  When ready to serve you should notice that the salad has thickened up a little bit. Scoop it up, serve, and enjoy the taste of the tropics with this simple sweet salad.

Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I really hope you enjoy this salad.  We truly did (and are still enjoying the leftovers, I might add!).  We had this with our dinner, but you could also serve this as dessert, if you wanted to.  This easy recipe is definitely going into my KEEP pile of recipes!  Enjoy!

Piña Colada Fluff Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://www.momontimeout.com/2015/02/pina-colada-fluff/

Piña Colada Fluff Salad
 
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Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this simple and delicious sweet salad!
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Recipe type: Salad/Side Dish
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple (do NOT drain!)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 tub Cool Whip (8 ounces), thawed
Directions
  1. Place the entire can of crushed pineapple (undrained) and the pudding mix into a large serving bowl. Stir ingredients until they are fully mixed together.
  2. Add chopped nuts, rum extract, marshmallows and coconut to bowl. Top with entire tub of Cool Whip, and fold the ingredients in together until fully combined.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate salad until completely chilled (recommend a couple hours) and you're ready to serve.

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Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls

What’s NOT to love about Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls?  They are super easy to prepare, can be on the table in about 20 minutes, and they taste fantastic served on the side with meats, soups and salads!Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Before beginning, be sure to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.

Mix the melted butter, Italian seasoning, garlic, dried parsley and dried basil together, in a small bowl.  Unwrap the crescent rolls. Separate dough into triangles. Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with the butter and seasoning mixture (but reserve a bit of the mixture to use later).

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place some of the grated mozzarella at the wide end of the dough (or place the string cheese half at the wide end).

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Carefully roll up the dough, and try to tuck the edges of dough in, to seal. Place dough onto parchment paper, with about 2 inches in between each one.  Brush the tops of the dough with the remaining butter/seasoning mixture. (I even sprinkled just a bit more mozzarella cheese on top)!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. Remove from oven. If any cheese has leaked out, simply push it back onto roll with a spatula while cheese is still warm!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Serve rolls while they are warm… and enjoy!  They taste wonderful (and I bet you can’t stay out of them)!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We really enjoyed these scrumptious rolls, and I LOVED how EASY they were to make!  The original recipe from Amanda at The Chunky Chef, was double this amount (16 rolls).  I cut the recipe in half (which is the way I wrote the recipe below), since we only needed 8 for our small family.

Sure hope you will give them a try.  They really are quite delicious!  Have a fantastic day, friends. God bless you!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  https://www.thechunkychef.com/cheesy-garlic-crescent-rolls/

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls
 
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These easy to prepare cheese-stuffed and Italian-seasoned crescent rolls will be a wonderful addition to any meal!
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Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 8 rolls
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese OR 4 pieces string cheese (cut in half to make 2 short pieces)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
Directions
  1. Before beginning, be sure to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
  2. Mix the melted butter, Italian seasoning, garlic, dried parsley and dried basil together, in a small bowl.
  3. Unwrap the crescent rolls. Separate dough into triangles. Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with the butter and seasoning mixture (but reserve a bit of the mixture to use later). Place some of the grated mozzarella at the wide end of the dough (or place the string cheese half at the wide end). Carefully roll up the dough, and try to tuck the edges of dough in, to seal. Place dough onto parchment paper, with about 2 inches in between each one.
  4. Brush the tops of the dough with the remaining butter/seasoning mixture. Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. Remove from oven. If any cheese has leaked out, simply push it back onto roll with a spatula while cheese is still warm! Serve, and enjoy!

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Potato Hash with Rosemary

If you are looking for a simple vegetable side dish to serve with beef, poultry or pork, may I suggest this simple yet delicious Potato Hash With Rosemary?Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found the recipe for this side dish in a Southern Living cookbook I bought while on vacation in Washington state earlier this summer. The recipe couldn’t be simpler… baking potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, fresh rosemary, and light seasonings are cooked together until tender… then served. The potato hash was a wonderful side dish for a chicken dinner I fixed recently, so I wanted to share this easy recipe with YOU, in the hope that you will want to try it, too!

Here’s how to make it:  First, prep the ingredients (truly this is easy, and it’s the “hardest” part of the whole recipe).  Peel and cube potatoes, mince garlic, chop onion and fresh rosemary.

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Add rest of ingredients except for garnish (potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, Tablespoon of fresh rosemary, salt and pepper). Stir together.  Cover skillet and cook (on medium-low) for 20-25 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally, until potatoes are tender.

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, transfer potato hash to serving dish and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.
Serve hot, and enjoy this simple veggie side dish!

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I think it looks pretty good… and guess what? It TASTES good, also! Win-Win!

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I enjoy finding and trying new recipes for side dishes, and glad I found this one. Hope you have the opportunity to try making these, as well, and trust you enjoy them. Hope you have a fantastic day, friends. I am grateful today for another GORGEOUS warm summer day here in Oregon.

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: The cookbook “Southern Living – 1998 Annual Recipes”, Published 1998, Oxmoor House, Inc., Book Division of Southern Progress Corporation, page 16.

Potato Hash with Rosemary
 
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This easy to prepare potato hash, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, onion, and fresh rosemary is a simple side for most beef, pork and poultry dishes.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • **Garnish (optional): fresh sprigs of rosemary
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Add rest of ingredients except for garnish (potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, Tablespoon of fresh rosemary, salt and pepper). Stir together.
  2. Cover skillet and cook (on medium-low) for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.
  3. When done, transfer potato hash to serving dish and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.
  4. Serve hot, and enjoy this simple side dish!

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P.F. Chang’s Spicy Green Beans (copycat)

Looking for a tasty new way to serve those yummy summer green beans you get from the grocery store, Farmer’s Market or your own garden?  How about this delicious, quick and easy recipe for P.F. Chang’s Spicy Green Beans (copycat)?P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I’ve grown my own green beans for years now, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to cook and serve them.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.  I think you will be surprised how GOOD these green beans are… the addition of an Asian pan sauce makes them “practically perfect in every way” (to coin a phrase from Mary Poppins).  All in all the beans take only 5-6 minutes to cook… really!  The “hardest” thing you will have to do is snip the ends off the beans… ha ha!  Here’s how to make this delicious (restaurant copycat) side dish, from the comfort of your own home:

First make the Asian sauce by mixing ingredients in a small bowl. See how EASY that was? Now set the bowl aside until ready to use.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Put sesame oil into a large skillet or wok (you can buy sesame oil in the Asian food section of most supermarkets). Turn heat to medium high heat for 30 seconds.  To the hot oil add the chopped green onions, minced garlic, and the red pepper flakes. Stir well and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly and being careful NOT to burn the garlic.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add the green beans to the skillet. Stir constantly and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they are just about fully cooked. The beans will turn a deeper green color as they cook.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When beans are done, move them over to one side of the skillet. Give the Asian sauce a good stir and add it to the skillet. Stir well, and cook the sauce for 30 seconds (still on medium-high heat); let the sauce come to a boil, then turn the heat to LOW. The sauce will thicken slightly.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Stir the sauce into the green beans to coat.  Cook beans and sauce for another 30 seconds, then remove skillet from heat.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place the hot green beans and sauce onto serving plate or in a bowl, and garnish with sesame seeds (if using). Serve the green beans while hot… and ENJOY!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We enjoyed trying this recipe for fresh green beans. They are NOT too spicy at all, and have fantastic flavor!  I used only 1 pound of green beans, so if you are using 2 pounds of beans the quantity will be much larger than shown in my photos!  Hope you will consider trying this recipe… and I trust you will find it just as delicious as we did! Have a great day!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://domesticsuperhero.com/copycat-pf-changs-spicy-green-beans/

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans
 
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Fresh green beans are cooked in a flavor-filled Asian sauce in this delicious P.F. Chang's copycat recipe!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
For Beans:
  • 1-2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed and beans cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 green onions, chopped thin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
For Asian Sauce:
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Sesame Seeds, for garnish (optional)
Directions
  1. Make the Asian sauce by mixing ingredients in a small bowl. Set the bowl aside until ready to use.
  2. Put sesame oil into a large skillet or wok. Turn heat to medium high for 30 seconds. To the hot oil add chopped green onions, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Stir well and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly and being careful NOT to burn the garlic.
  3. Add the green beans to the skillet. Stir constantly and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they are just about fully cooked. The beans will turn a deeper green color as they cook. When beans are done, move them over to one side of the skillet. Give the Asian sauce a good stir and add it to the skillet. Stir well, and cook the sauce for 30 seconds (still on medium-high heat); let the sauce come to a boil, then turn the heat to LOW. The sauce will thicken slightly. Stir the sauce into the green beans to coat. Cook beans and sauce for another 30 seconds, then remove skillet from heat.
  4. Place the hot green beans and sauce onto serving plate or in a bowl, and garnish with sesame seeds (if using). Serve the green beans while hot... and ENJOY!

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Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushrooms

Recently I cooked Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushrooms as a side dish for dinner, and was pleased with the results. The addition of bacon, mushrooms, onion and garlic to Swiss chard made this quite a flavorful vegetable dish!Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushroms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I started growing rainbow chard in my garden several years ago, so I enjoy trying new ways to prepare it (in the photo below you can see the young chard-with red and white stalks, growing in our garden)!  Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that has been around for centuries. The chard develops large stalks, once mature. The leaves can be green or slightly red, and the stalks can vary in color, such as white, yellow or red. The leaves are very nutritious, and fresh young leaves can be eaten raw in salads.  For this recipe I used red chard, and did not use a published recipe, only my ideas for what might taste good.

Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushroms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s how I made this veggie side dish:

Stack bacon pieces on top of each other. Using a sharp knife, slice bacon into thin strips. Place bacon pieces (sliced) into a large skillet. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon pieces begin to brown (3-4 minutes). Leave all bacon grease in the skillet (this photo is from another recipe, but shows how I slice the bacon).
Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushroms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add chard stems, sliced mushrooms and chopped red onion to the bacon and bacon drippings in the skillet. Continue to cook until chard stems become slightly tender (3-4 mins).  Add chopped chard leaves, and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until leaves have wilted and are cooked through (2-3 minutes).

Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushroms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add minced garlic and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute, being careful to not burn the garlic. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushroms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Serve hot.

Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushroms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I cut the Swiss Chard stalks into fairly large slices as you can see from the photos, so if you prefer smaller bites, slice them to the thickness you prefer.  Hope you will consider trying this recipe, and as always, I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

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Swiss Chard with Bacon and Mushrooms
 
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Swiss chard, bacon, onion and mushrooms are featured in this easy to prepare vegetable side dish.
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Recipe type: Vegetable Dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4-5 slices bacon, (cut into thin pieces before cooking)
  • 8-10 mushrooms, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 3 Tablespoons bacon grease (approx. from cooked bacon)
  • 1 head Swiss chard (I used red chard), chopped and divided (stems separated from leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Stack bacon pieces on top of each other. Using a sharp knife, slice into thin strips. Place bacon pieces (sliced) into a large skillet. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon pieces begin to brown (3-4 minutes). Leave all bacon grease in the skillet.
  2. Add chard stems, sliced mushrooms and chopped red onion. Continue to cook until chard stems become slightly tender (3-4 mins).
  3. Add chopped chard leaves, and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until leaves have wilted and are cooked through (2-3 minutes).
  4. Add minced garlic and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute, being careful to not burn the garlic.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve while hot.

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Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic

One of the foods trending recently is “cauliflower rice”, which is a healthy side dish for those wishing to avoid some of the carbs and starches found in “regular” rice (and a great way to get more veggies onto dinner plates). I recently found a recipe for Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic, and decided to check it out.Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The dish is called “rice” because a head of cauliflower is processed in a food processor (or by using a box grater) so that the florets become small enough that they LOOK like rice.  The cauliflower is then cooked and served. This recipe adds a bit of flavor to the cooked “rice” by means of fresh grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic and butter.

It’s very easy to make this side dish. If you’ve been curious like I was as to how to make it, give this simple recipe a try and see for yourself!  Here’s how to make it:

To “rice” the cauliflower, remove outer leaves and core from a medium sized head of cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place the florets into a food processor (with blade attachment).  Pulse several times until the cauliflower florets are small like grains of rice. If you do not own a food processor, no problem… simply use a box cheese grater and grate into small rice sized pieces!

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt butter in a large skillet or saucepan on medium-low heat. Add minced garlic and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes, so that the garlic flavor is infused into the melted butter. It is important NOT to burn the garlic, so keep an eye on it!  Add the “riced” cauliflower to the skillet, stir, and turn the heat up to medium-high.

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top and stir well, to combine. Cook cauliflower for about 5 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender, stirring often.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste. I added in some dried parsley at this point, as well. Stir to completely mix all ingredients, and reheat, if necessary to serving temp.

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour the rice into a serving dish, garnish with chopped fresh parsley and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.  Serve hot.

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will consider trying this recipe for cauliflower rice.  It fools the eye because it LOOKS like rice on the plate, but tastes like cauliflower (with some seasonings)!  What a great way to get more veggies onto the ol’ dinner plate, right?  Have a great day!

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: http://kirbiecravings.com/2016/05/garlic-parmesan-cauliflower-rice.html

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic
 
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (will yield approx. 4 cups of cauliflower "rice")
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Dried parsley (just a shake or two)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
Directions
  1. To "rice" the cauliflower, remove outer leaves and core from a medium sized head of cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small florets. Place florets into a food processor (with blade attachment). Pulse several times until florets are small, like grains of rice. No food processor? Use a box cheese grater and grate into small rice sized pieces!
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet or saucepan on medium-low heat. Add minced garlic and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes, so the garlic flavor is infused into butter. It is important NOT to burn the garlic, so keep a good eye on it! Add "riced" cauliflower to skillet, stir, and turn heat to medium-high.
  3. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top and stir well, to combine. Cook cauliflower for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until cauliflower is tender. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and dried parsley. Stir to combine all ingredients, and reheat if necessary, to serving temp.
  4. Transfer the rice to a serving dish, garnish with chopped fresh parsley and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve hot.

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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms

If you like trying new vegetable dishes, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna LOVE this simple and delicious side dish recipe for Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms, which we enjoyed with our dinner recently!Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I grew up not liking brussel sprouts at all, but as an adult I have really come to love them… pan-seared, roasted, steamed… practically every way they can be prepared. For this particular recipe I decided to try pan-searing brussel sprouts with a small amount of thick-cut bacon, then added sliced mushrooms, shallots, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and finished them with just a touch of butter. The results? DELICIOUS! Here’s how to make them:

Chop up bacon (I use kitchen scissors-easy!) and add it to skillet. Cook on medium heat 2-3 minutes, until it is about 1/2 way done.

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Add brussel sprouts that have been cut in half.  Continue to pan-sear the brussel sprouts in bacon drippings for a couple minutes (add a tiny bit of olive oil to skillet if necessary).  Lightly season the veggies with salt and pepper.

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Continue cooking until the brussel sprouts begin to soften (3-4 minutes), flipping half way through cooking time.  Add 3 Tablespoons water to pan, and cook until water has cooked away.

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add sliced mushrooms and shallots to skillet. Continue cooking until mushrooms are done and cooked through (approx. 3-4 minutes). Add minced garlic; cook for additional minute. At this point, brussel sprouts and mushrooms should be cooked through. Add a tiny pat of butter, and stir until butter has melted and coated veggies (**Butter is completely optional, but does add a bit more flavor… just sayin’).

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Remove pan from heat, season with additional salt and pepper (if necessary – to taste), then serve.

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The bacon will be fully cooked , the brussel sprouts tender, and there will be a whole lot of flavor going on!

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This is a very simple yet tasty side dish to prepare.  I hope you will consider trying these… it’s just another way to get some yummy veggies onto that dinner plate. Plus… everything’s better with bacon, right?  Have a great day!

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Pan-seared brussel sprouts are enhanced by adding bacon, mushrooms, shallots, and garlic, making this simple veggie side dish come alive!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 10 Brussel Sprouts (approx. 5 per person), cut in half (and stem removed)
  • 1-2 slices thick cut bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • Olive oil (only if necessary due to low bacon dripping residue in skillet)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 4-6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped shallots
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon butter
Directions
  1. Add chopped bacon to medium skillet. Cook on medium heat until about ½ way done. (do not drain bacon drippings).
  2. Add brussel sprouts that have been cut in half (and de-stemmed). Continue to pan-sear brussel sprouts in bacon drippings for a couple minutes (add a tiny bit of olive oil to skillet only if necessary). Lightly season brussel sprouts with salt and pepper.
  3. Continue cooking until brussel sprouts begin to soften (3-4 minutes), flipping over half way through cooking. Add 3 Tablespoons water to skillet; cook until water has cooked away.
  4. Add sliced mushrooms and shallots to skillet. Continue cooking until mushrooms are done and cooked through (approx. 3-4 minutes). Add minced garlic; cook for additional minute. At this point, brussel sprouts and mushrooms should be cooked through. Add butter, and stir until butter has melted and coated veggies. (Note: Butter is completely optional, but adds good flavor)
  5. Remove pan from heat, season with additional salt and pepper (if needed), then serve.

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Crispy Homemade French Fries

I LOVE french fries, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because Crispy Homemade French Fries are easy to make and delicious, and a curse, because they are easy to make and delicious! See my dilemma? Uh Huh.Crispy Homemade French Fries / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I tried a recipe for beer battered fish last year, and ended up making some homemade fries (chips) to serve on the side. Boy, oh boy… they were delicious, and actually very easy to make.  Crispy on the outside… soft on the inside. Thought I’d share it with you.  Here’s how you make ’em:

Peel, rinse, then cut potatoes, by slicing potatoes lengthwise into 1 inch slices, then cutting each slice into finger thickness sized strips. Dry the potatoes as much as you can by patting them dry with paper towels.

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Heat oil in large skillet or stock pot until it reaches 350 degrees. I used my electric skillet, which has a temperature gauge on it. (No electric skillet? Try using a meat or candy thermometer to get the accurate temperature). To ensure you get a good “fry” on the potatoes, make sure oil is heated to 350 degrees.  Carefully put cut, dried potatoes into hot oil. Let them cook for about 8 minutes, turning to cook on both sides.

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Remove potatoes from hot oil (Use a slotted spatula or slotted spoon to help remove them).

Crispy Homemade French Fries / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place hot potatoes onto a baking pan or a wire rack with paper towels underneath, to drain the oil off of them (without the paper towels sticking to the fries). Then let the fries rest on paper towels for just a minute while you reheat oil back to temp.

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Heat the oil back to 350 degrees. Once oil is at temperature again, carefully add the fries for a second cooking (this is what gives them a crispy texture on the outside). Cook for 3-4 additional minutes, until crispy and hot! Remove chips and drain on paper towels once again.

Crispy Homemade French Fries / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Season to taste with salt (or seasoning salt). Serve and enjoy your crispy homemade french fries!

Crispy Homemade French Fries / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

It’s really easy to make your own delicious and crispy fries at home… the key is cooking them twice and the temperature of the oil being ACCURATE and hot enough.  If I can do it, so can YOU.  Hope you have a great day, and please pass the ketchup to dip my fries in, okay?

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It's EASY to make your own delicious, crispy french fries at home!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3-4 small to medium russet potatoes
  • Vegetable oil (enough for 2 inches depth in skillet)
  • Salt (or seasoning salt), to taste
Directions
  1. Peel, rinse, then cut potatoes, by slicing potatoes lengthwise into 1 inch slices, then cutting each slice into finger thickness sized strips. Dry the potatoes as much as you can by patting them dry with paper towels. The drier the potato strips, the less oil splatters you should have.
  2. Heat oil (enough to cover skillet with 2 inches of oil) in large skillet or stock pot until it reaches 350 degrees. Use a thermometer (meat or candy) to gauge temperature. I used my electric skillet, which has a temperature gauge on it. Carefully place cut, dried potatoes into hot oil. Let them cook for about 8 minutes, turning to cook on both sides. Remove potatoes from hot oil (I used a slotted spatula to help remove them). Place hot potatoes onto a baking pan or a wire rack with paper towels underneath, to drain the oil off of them).
  3. Let them rest for just a minute while you reheat oil temperature back to 350 degrees.
  4. Carefully add the chips for a second "fry". Cook for 3-4 additional minutes, until crispy and hot! Carefully remove fries from hot oil with a slotted spatula or spoon and drain on paper towels.
  5. Season to taste with salt (or seasoning salt). Serve hot, and enjoy!

 

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Summer Vegetable Tian

There are a lot of fantastic Summer veggies coming into season right now. This Summer Vegetable Tian is a GREAT way to simply & creatively serve fresh veggies to those you love!Summer Vegetable Tian / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The recipe serves 6, and is very inexpensive to make (especially if you have a backyard garden like me, and are bursting with harvested zucchini, onions, yellow squash and tomatoes about this time of year)!  If you have ONE onion, ONE zucchini, ONE yellow squash, ONE potato, and ONE tomato, then you have almost everything you will need to make this great side dish!

Here’s how you make this beautiful, delicious dish:  Start by sautéing the diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil for a few minutes. Note: I added garlic during the last minute of cooking, so it wouldn’t burn or become bitter.

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Spread softened butter on the bottom and sides of a baking dish (again… playing with your food).

Summer Vegetable Tian / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spread the cooked onions and garlic on the bottom of the dish.

Summer Vegetable Tian / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Alternating veggies, stack the sliced vegetables in the dish vertically until dish is filled. (You will notice there won’t be as many tomato slices as everything else- no worries, just add them in.  Have fun playing with your food!  Season the veggies generously with salt and pepper, then add dried thyme.

Summer Vegetable Tian / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and place the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake veggies for 30 minutes, then take the foil off the dish, cover the top of the veggies with the shredded Parmesan cheese, then continue baking for another 15-20 minutes. This is what they looked like when I removed the foil. (oops-forgot to take a picture after adding shredded cheese to the top after this!)

Summer Vegetable Tian / the Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, the Parmesan cheese will be melted and light brown in color, and the veggies will be cooked through.  Remove baking dish from oven, and serve while hot!  I found it easiest to remove a “serving sized section” of veggies using a spatula to keep them together in a compact, colorful line.

Summer Vegetable Tian / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

On the plate, and ready to eat! I served this vegetable side dish with Baked Dover Sole Rollatini, but it would be a great side dish for a variety of main courses!

Summer Vegetable Tian / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I don’t think you can EVER go wrong with fresh vegetables on the table! The alternating colors displayed so beautifully made it a very appetizing looking dish. The vegetables tasted wonderful, too, so I will definitely be making this again! Have a blessed day!

Summer Vegetable Tian / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/08/summer-vegetable-tian/

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Delicious and colorful baked vegetable side dish, featuring zucchini, yellow squash, potato, tomato, herbs and Italian cheese.
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Recipe type: Side Dishes
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sized brown onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sized zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sized yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup shredded Italian Cheese (I used shredded Parmesan)
  • Non-stick spray (or softened butter), for pan. I used butter!
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400º F. While oven is preheating, dice the onion (finely) and mince the 2 cloves of garlic. Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add onions; sauté them for 4-5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add garlic the last minute of cooking, so as not to burn it. Set aside.
  2. THINLY slice zucchini, yellow squash, potato and tomato. It is best if these vegetables are all about the same circumference around, for uniformity.
  3. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray or coat bottom and sides of pan with softened butter (I used butter!). Place the cooked onions and garlic on the bottom of pan, spreading evenly.
  4. Evenly stack the thinly sliced vegetables vertically in dish (alternating veggies) to form a long line of colorful veggies in the pan. When one row is done, start another row, until all veggies have been distributed. (Think of this as playing with your food!)
  5. Once vegetables are arranged in dish, season them liberally with salt and pepper, then add thyme.
  6. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil; Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Take the foil off the dish, cover the tops of the veggies with shredded Parmesan cheese, then continue cooking (uncovered) for an additional 15-20 minutes (until the cheese turns light brown).
  7. Remove pan from oven, and serve! Enjoy!
Notes
I found it is easiest to serve the veggies by lifting a "section" out of the baking dish with a long spatula. That keeps the veggies together in a compact, colorful line.

 

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