Category: Side Dishes

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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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!

Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

It’s EASY to make absolutely delicious air fryer sweet potatoes! Topped with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter, this filling veggie tastes amazing!
It's EASY to make absolutely delicious air fryer sweet potatoes! Topped with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter, this filling veggie tastes amazing!

Do you enjoy sweet potatoes? We’ve been enjoying them recently, especially since I began cooking them in our Cosori air fryer. Sweet potatoes are incredibly high in Vitamin A, and loaded with beta carotene and fiber, so they’re not only filling, but delicious, too!

Sweet potatoes taste wonderful just the way they are… plainly cooked and unadorned. BUT we like to “spruce ’em up” with a couple of “add-ons” (butter, cinnamon and brown sugar) after they cook for even more great flavor! YUM!

My Grandma And Her Sweet Potatoes!

When I think about sweet potatoes, I ALWAYS think of my Grandma Viola. My grandma lived in Texas until her death, but used to come spend a couple months at a time at my parents home in California in her later years.

I remember my mom telling me that my elderly Grandma would eat a baked sweet potato or yam every night for dinner. She did that because she’d take out her dentures each evening, so a baked sweet potato would be soft enough to eat “without her teeth”. Ha Ha! True story!

Preparing Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes For Cooking

Making sweet potatoes in an air fryer is SUPER EASY and a bit quicker than baking them! NOTE: See the NOTES section of the printable recipe card below for instructions for baking them, if you do not have access to an air fryer.

Pick out sweet potatoes that are medium-sized, and both similar in weight. I made two, since I was only making them for my husband and myself. Scrub the potatoes very well, to remove any dirt. Once you’ve finished washing them, pat them dry with paper towels or a dish towel.

The sweet potatoes are washed, dried, and pieced with a fork before cooking.

Preheat your air fryer to 390°F. This typically takes 4-5 minutes. While the machine is preheating, lightly spritz or rub each sweet potato with vegetable or olive oil on all sides. Pierce the potatoes in several places (top and bottom) with a fork, because this helps them not to burst open during cooking!

When the air fryer is finished preheating, place the oiled and fork-pierced sweet potatoes into the basket.

Each sweet potato is rubbed or spritzed with oil lightly, before cooking.

Time To Cook Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes!

Cook the air fryer sweet potatoes at a temperature of 390°F for 30-35 minutes. Your cooking time may vary, due to differing weights of potatoes used. Each of the potatoes shown weighed about 9 ounces, and ended up taking 35 minutes to fully cook. If using larger or smaller potatoes, your cooking time will need to be altered slightly to adapt.

Check them at the 30 minute mark by pausing the machine and inserting a butter knife into the middle of the potatoes. When the knife meets no resistance, and the sweet potatoes are soft, they are fully cooked. If not quite done, place them back in the air fryer and continue cooking until ready.

Cook air fryer sweet potatoes at 390°F for 30 minutes, then check for doneness.

Once The Sweet Potatoes Are Fully Cooked

Once the potatoes are fully cooked, the skins will have darkened considerably, and be slightly crispy on the outside. Some of the juices may have also oozed out of the fork-punctures. Transfer the HOT potatoes directly to your serving plates.

When done, the skin on the sweet potatoes is very crisp and darkened in color.

Slice the sweet potatoes from top to bottom, and squeeze both ends of the potato to fluff up the insides.

Cut the sweet potato open, and fluff the insides with a fork.

Add 1 teaspoon butter and 1 heaping teaspoon brown sugar to each of the air fryer sweet potatoes, and then sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Mix the toppings into the fluffed sweet potato, and then dig in! They are SO GOOD!

Two of the air fryer sweet potatoes, filled with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar.Mix the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon into the sweet potato and serve.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for air fryer sweet potatoes! We sure do. Have a wonderful day, friends, and thank you for taking the time to visit. Come back soon!

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Air Fryer Sweet Potatotes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

It's EASY to make absolutely delicious air fryer sweet potatoes! Topped with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter, this filling veggie tastes amazing!

Category: Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer sweet potatoes
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 288 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Potatoes:
  • 18 ounces sweet potatoes , approx. 9 ounces each
  • vegetable oil or olive oil , to rub on sweet potato skin before cooking
To Serve:
  • 2 teaspoons butter , or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar , a heaping teaspoon
  • cinnamon , a light sprinkling over each potato
Instructions
  1. Pick sweet potatoes that are medium-sized, and similar in weight. Scrub potatoes well, to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with paper towels or a dish towel.

  2. Preheat air fryer to 390°F. Lightly spritz or rub each sweet potato with vegetable or olive oil on all sides. Pierce potatoes in several places (top and bottom) with a fork. When machine is preheated, place sweet potatoes into air fryer basket.

  3. Cook at 390°F for 30-35 minutes. Your cooking time may vary, due to differing weights of potatoes used. Check them at the 30 minute mark. Insert a butter knife into the middle of the potatoes. If knife meets no resistance, they are fully cooked. If not done, place them back in the air fryer and continue cooking until ready. Transfer potatoes to serving plates.

To Serve:
  1. Slice potatoes open lengthwise, and squeeze both ends of the potato to fluff up the insides. Add 1 teaspoon butter and 1 heaping teaspoon brown sugar to each potato, and then sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Mix the toppings into the fluffed sweet potato, and then dig in! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculations and cooking time for this recipe were made using one 9 ounce sweet potato per serving. Please note: As the weight of potatoes can vary widely, calories per serving and cooking times will tend to vary, as well.

NO AIR FRYER? NO PROBLEM! Follow all directions, but place prepared sweet potatoes on a foil or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for between 45-60 minutes, time dependent on the weight of the potatoes.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Sweet Potatotes
Amount Per Serving (1 potato + toppings)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 177mg8%
Potassium 860mg25%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 36322IU726%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's EASY to make absolutely delicious air fryer sweet potatoes! Topped with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter, this filling veggie tastes amazing!

 

Orange Glazed Carrots

Orange Glazed Carrots are a simple but delicious side dish, featuring buttery, marmalade coated carrots, pecans, fresh ginger and cinnamon!
Orange Glazed Carrots are a simple but delicious side dish, featuring buttery, marmalade glazed carrots, pecans, fresh ginger and cinnamon!

Most of my life I have not been a huge fan of cooked carrots. We enjoy them in casseroles, or cooked with a pot roast, and have occasionally oven-roasted them (see here for my recipe). I think they taste pretty good cooked or roasted, it’s just not my favorite way to eat them.

Well, my opinion of cooked carrots changed recently because of THIS recipe for orange glazed carrots! The recipe uses frozen carrots, which is really convenient, too! Oh. My. Goodness. These little orange things are so good I could have eaten the entire bowl of ’em by myself! But I didn’t (thank goodness!).

Cooked sliced carrots are coated in a simple marmalade glaze that also has cinnamon, butter, pecans, and finely grated ginger. Whoa… this veggie side dish is a treat for the taste buds! Here’s how to make this dish:

First Things First – Cook the Carrots!

Cook the frozen sliced carrots, according to the package instructions. Using frozen sliced carrots makes this recipe sooo easy! When done, drain the water out of the pan. Set the carrots aside while you cook the marmalade glaze.

Frozen carrots are cooked before adding them to a marmalade glaze.

Making The Orange Marmalade Glaze Is EASY!

Melt the butter in a skillet on low heat. Add orange marmalade to the melted butter (I used my homemade!), and stir to combine. Continue to keep the heat on very low while you make the orange marmalade glaze.

Once the two ingredients are combined, grate fresh ginger into the glaze. Use a micro-plane or the very small section of your hand held box grater to do this.

Orange marmalade and melted butter are combined in skillet.Fresh ginger is finely grated and added to marmalade and butter in skillet.

Now add the chopped pecans, and stir everything to combine, while still cooking on low heat. Add the cooked, well-drained carrots to the skillet. Stir well, to coat the carrots with the sweet, sticky orange glaze.

Chopped pecans are added to marmalade glaze in skillet.The cooked carrots are now added to the orange glaze in skillet.

Final Step!

The last thing you need to do is sprinkle the cinnamon over the carrots and stir well, to combine all the ingredients with that wonderful glaze.

Cook the orange glazed carrots until everything is fully heated through, and then it’s ready to eat! The glaze should be covering all the carrots, and be really hot at this point!

A light sprinkling of cinnamon adds to the flavor of the orange glazed carrots.

Time To Serve The Orange Glazed Carrots!

Carefully transfer the hot, orange glazed carrots to a serving bowl. Now this simple side dish is ready to dig into, alongside your favorite dinner entree! We enjoyed it alongside juicy pork tenderloin slices.

The buttery carrots will be tender, slightly sweet from the orange marmalade, and those yummy pecans give them a bit of crunch! Fresh ginger and cinnamon provide extra flavor to this yummy vegetable dish!

The orange glazed carrots with pecans are served in a white bowl.A close up view of a bowl of orange glazed carrots, ready to eat!

This Recipe Can Also Be Made In A Slow Cooker

This recipe can also be adapted to prepare in a slow cooker, using fresh, sliced carrots. I have included those instructions in the NOTES section of the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page, for your convenience!

Well, I truly hope you enjoy making and eating these yummy orange glazed carrots. They compliment many main dishes, and I hope you (and those you love), will really like them. Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you.

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Orange Glazed Carrots
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

Orange Glazed Carrots are a simple but delicious side dish, featuring buttery, marmalade glazed carrots, pecans, fresh ginger and cinnamon!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange glazed carrots
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 180 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces frozen sliced carrots
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Cook frozen sliced carrots until tender, according to package instructions (usually 6-8 minutes). When done, drain water from pan. Set carrots aside.

  2. Make The Glaze: Melt butter in a skillet, on very low heat. Add orange marmalade, and stir to combine. Continue to cook on low heat. Add finely grated fresh ginger, followed by the chopped pecans, stirring to combine.

  3. Now add the cooked, drained carrots to the skillet. Stir well, to coat carrots with glaze. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir to combine, and heat on low until the carrots are fully heated through. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: This recipe can also be made in a slow cooker. Place 6 peeled, sliced FRESH carrots with other ingredients into slow cooker, and cook on LOW HEAT for 2-3 hours, or until carrots have become tender.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Glazed Carrots
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 14471IU289%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Orange Glazed Carrots are a simple but delicious side dish, featuring buttery, marmalade glazed carrots, pecans, fresh ginger and cinnamon!

Thanksgiving Salad

Thanksgiving Salad is a delicious dish, with pearl couscous, roasted butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, spinach & red onion in a citrus dijon vinaigrette.
Thanksgiving Salad is a delicious dish, w/ pearl couscous, roasted butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, spinach & red onion in a citrus vinaigrette.

How I Came Up With This Salad’s Name

When I first made this delicious salad, my husband and I LOVED it! I knew I HAD to share the recipe on this blog, but really struggled to come up with a blog title for it. Pretty sure I didn’t want to call it a “Pearl Couscous Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, in a Citrus Vinaigrette”. That was more of a mouthful than a bite of this yummy salad! Hmmm.

Both my husband and I agreed that THIS beautiful salad would be absolutely PERFECT to serve for Thanksgiving! We both said it would be a perfect Thanksgiving salad. That is exactly how the easy to remember name “Thanksgiving Salad” came into existence!

The colors, ingredients, and flavors… everything about this salad screams Fall, and would wonderfully compliment any Thanksgiving feast. So… guess what? This salad will be served proudly at our family Thanksgiving dinner this year, along with all of our traditional dishes!

By the way- this is an absolutely delicious salad that can be served all year long, as a side dish, or a main dish salad! Here’s how to make it:

Roast The Butternut Squash

The first thing you will need to do is get the butternut squash roasted! The process is fairly simple. You can multi-task and get the prep work done on the other ingredients while the squash is roasting in the oven! Preheat your oven to 425° F.

Use a vegetable peeler, and peel the skin off the squash. Cut a thin slice off both ends of the squash. Next, slice the squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Cut the butternut squash into bite-sized cubes, trying to get them all about the same size.

Put the squash cubes on a large baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread the squash cubes out into a single layer, and then roast the squash at 425° F. for 20-25 minutes. Flip the squash over, half way through the roasting time.

A butternut squash is peeled, sliced, and cubed before roasting.

Prepare Pearl Couscous And Toasted Pecans While Squash Bakes

While the butternut squash is roasting, prepare the pearl couscous. Follow package directions, omitting any butter if called for. The couscous will take between 8-10 minutes to finish cooking. When done, remove pan from the heat, and set couscous aside to cool down, for later.

You can also dry toast the pecans while the squash (and couscous) are cooking.  Place the pecans in a dry skillet, and “toast” them over medium heat, stirring often. Toast the pecans for 3-5 minutes, and then remove pecans from the skillet. Set the toasted pecans aside to cool down, for later.

Pearl couscous is cooked according to package instructions.Pecans are lightly toasted in a dry skillet on medium heat.

Once the butternut squash has finished roasting, remove the pan from the oven, and transfer the squash to a plate or bowl to cool. Set the squash aside to cool down, for later.

The roasted butternut squash is baked, then set aside to cool.

Make A Simple Vinaigrette For The Thanksgiving Salad

Making the citrus and dijon vinaigrette is so easy!  Place orange juice, honey, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and garlic powder in a bowl. Season lightly with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Whisk these salad dressing ingredients together until fully blended. The dressing goes PERFECTLY with this salad, and adds another layer of flavor!

TIP: You can also mix the dressing up in a canning jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake the jar well, until the ingredients are fully mixed together.

A citrus dijon vinaigrette is made for the Thanksgiving salad.

Time To Create Your Thanksgiving Salad!

Okay… now the prep work is done and you are ready to build a delicious Thanksgiving salad! Gather all the ingredients together. You will have (clockwise) roasted squash, cooked couscous, dried cranberries, baby spinach, toasted pecans, thinly sliced red onions, and the citrus Dijon vinaigrette.

TIP FOR MAKING SALAD AHEAD OF TIME: If you wish to make the salad several hours BEFORE serving time, cover everything at this point with plastic wrap… and wait! All the work is now done, and you can EASILY put the salad together right before serving.

All the ingredients for the salad are prepped and ready to.

Time To Serve This Delicious Salad

Right before serving, place all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over the Thanksgiving salad, and toss the salad well, to fully combine everything. Isn’t it beautiful with all the pretty Fall colors?

Vinaigrette is poured over the Thanksgiving salad, and salad is tossed before serving.

Once fully combined, arrange the salad on a pretty serving platter, or into a salad bowl for serving! (P.S. Only part of the salad is shown in the photo below). This is one pretty good looking Thanksgiving salad, right?  YUM!

You’re gonna enjoy the sweet chewy cranberries, the crunchy pecans, the soft (and creamy) roasted butternut squash, and that pearl couscous, all covered in a flavor-filled citrus vinaigrette!

A pretty platter is the backdrop for yummy Thanksgiving salad.This is a closeup photo of the pretty Thanksgiving salad, ready for serving.

I really hope you enjoy this gorgeous and DELICIOUS Thanksgiving salad. Even though it has an unusual name, this pearl couscous salad can be prepared and enjoyed any time of the year.

The leftovers hold up really well, also. Place any leftovers in a well-sealed container, and the salad will keep for 2-3 more days! That’s a win-win, in my book! ENJOY, and have a GREAT day!

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Thanksgiving Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Thanksgiving Salad is a delicious dish, w/ pearl couscous, roasted butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, spinach & red onion in a citrus vinaigrette.

Category: Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving salad
Servings: 7 small servings
Calories Per Serving: 430 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Salad
  • 1 butternut squash , peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to lightly season squash
  • cups dry pearl couscous , cooked according to pkg. directions
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves (heaping cups)
  • ½ cup pecans , lightly toasted
  • ½ cup red onion , thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
For Vinaigrette
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Use a vegetable peeler to peel squash. Cut a thin slice off both ends. Slice squash in half, lengthwise, and remove seeds. Cut squash into slices, then into bite-sized cubes, trying to keep them about the same size. Put the squash cubes on a large baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season lightly with salt/pepper. Spread squash out in a single layer; roast at 425° F. for 20-25 minutes. Flip squash over, half way through roasting . When squash is done, remove from oven; transfer squash to a plate or bowl to cool. Set aside.

  2. Make Couscous: While squash cooks, prepare the pearl couscous. Follow package directions, omitting any butter (if called for). Couscous will take 8-10 minutes to cook. When done, remove pan from heat, and set couscous aside to cool.

  3. Toast Pecans: Toast the pecans while squash (and couscous) are cooking.  Place pecans in a dry skillet, and "toast" them over medium heat, stirring often. Toast for 3-5 minutes, and then remove pecans from skillet. Set pecans aside to cool.

  4. Make Vinaigrette: Place orange juice, honey, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and garlic powder in a bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until fully blended.

  5. Right before serving, place the salad ingredients into a large bowl. Pour vinaigrette over the salad, and toss the salad well, to fully combine everything. Serve, and enjoy! (Any leftovers can be stored for 2-3 days in covered container in refrigerator).

Nutrition Facts
Thanksgiving Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 594mg17%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 13011IU260%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Thanksgiving Salad is a delicious dish, w/ pearl couscous, roasted butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, spinach & red onion in a citrus vinaigrette.