Category: Vegetable Dishes

Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette

Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is a fast, easy way to serve a tasty veggie side dish! Enjoy steamed broccoli, drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.
Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is a fast, easy way to serve a tasty veggie side dish! Enjoy steamed broccoli, drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.

Do you ever get tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, and long for something that’s not too difficult to make, but tastes good? I do, so when I saw this recipe for quick broccoli in vinaigrette in a really old “Cooking Light” cookbook, I knew I had to give it a try!

This recipe is so incredibly easy! Broccoli spears are steamed, and then are enhanced, flavor-wise, by topping them with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. The vinaigrette only takes a few minutes to whip up, with very common ingredients. The tangy addition of this vinaigrette imparts unique flavor to otherwise “routine” broccoli!

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Making A Dressing For The Broccoli in Vinaigrette Is EASY!

To make the easy vinaigrette, measure balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Use a whisk or a fork to blend these ingredients together, until completely blended. Set vinaigrette aside while you steam the broccoli.

Ingredients for balsamic dressing in small bowl.The balsamic vinaigrette which will be drizzled over the steamed vegetable.

Prepare The Broccoli

Trim the leaves, and cut off the really tough ends of the broccoli. Give the broccoli a quick rinse, then cut the broccoli into spears. Place the broccoli spears into a steamer basket or rack, and steam (covered) over boiling water for 5 minutes. When done, the broccoli should be crisp/tender in texture.

NOTE: My photos only show HALF of the broccoli the recipe calls for – only my hubby and I were going to eat this! The recipe (as written in the printable recipe card at the bottom) will serve 6.

Broccoli is cleaned, then cut into long spears before cooking.The spears are steamed on a rack over water, in a saucepan.

Immediately transfer the steamed broccoli out of the steamer and onto a serving plate. Drizzle the broccoli spears with the balsamic vinaigrette, using all of it.

The balsamic vinaigrette is drizzled over the steamed broccoli.

Serve The Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette

Sprinkle the broccoli with white sesame seeds for garnish, if desired. Serve the broccoli in vinaigrette immediately. Hope you enjoy it!

Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is garnished with sesame seeds before serving.Tangy balsamic dressing adds flavor to the cooked broccoli spears.

I hope you will consider trying this totally EASY vegetable side dish! If you enjoy broccoli like we do, be sure to check out my recipes for Broccoli Salad, Bacon Broccoli Quiche, and Broccoli Cauliflower Bake! Have a GREAT day!

Looking For More VEGGIE SIDE DISH Recipes?

You can find all of my veggie side dish recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few you might enjoy include:

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Original recipe source: “Cooking Light 1994 Cookbook”, published by Oxmoor House, Inc., 1993, page 49

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Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is a fast, easy way to serve a tasty veggie side dish! Enjoy steamed broccoli, drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli in vinaigrette
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 55 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • pounds fresh broccoli
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds (optional, for garnish)
Instructions
  1. To make vinaigrette, measure balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Use a whisk or a fork to blend ingredients together, until completely blended. Set vinaigrette aside while you steam broccoli.

  2. Trim the leaves, and cut off really tough ends of the broccoli. Give broccoli a quick rinse, then cut into spears. Place broccoli spears into a steamer basket or rack, and steam (covered) over boiling water for 5 minutes. When done, the broccoli should be crisp/tender in texture.

  3. Immediately transfer the steamed broccoli out of steamer and onto a serving plate. Drizzle the broccoli spears with the balsamic vinaigrette, using all of it. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 706IU14%
Vitamin C 101mg122%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is a fast, easy way to serve a tasty veggie side dish! Enjoy steamed broccoli, drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.

Loaded Grilled Cauliflower

You’re gonna love this loaded grilled cauliflower! Cauliflower steaks cooked on the BBQ, loaded with cheese, crisp bacon, green onions, and jalapeños!
You're gonna love this loaded grilled cauliflower! Cauliflower steaks cooked on the BBQ, loaded with cheese, crisp bacon, green onions, and jalapeños!

So… I had a head of cauliflower hangin’ out in the fridge, and wanted to try something a little “different” with it! This recipe for loaded grilled cauliflower is the result! Cauliflower is grilled on the BBQ, and topped with all kinds of yummy goodies.

We LOVED this dish! If you enjoy recipes for grilling veggies (or fruit) like this, you might also enjoy my recipe for grilled pineapple with brown sugar and cinnamon. Soooo yummy! Making grilled cauliflower is also a fairly easy thing to do, as well… hooray! Let me show you just how easy it is to make this delicious vegetable side dish.

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How To Make Loaded Grilled Cauliflower

As always, it is “first things first”! Grate the cheddar cheese, slice and de-seed jalapeños, slice green onions, and cook bacon until crispy, then crumble! Set aside. Once the add-ons are prepped, the rest of the dish is a cinch to make. TIP: Be sure to have all of these add-ons ready to go BEFORE you put the cauliflower on the grill, cause this dish cooks fast and you will need these!

Grated cheese, jalapenos, green onions and crisp bacon are ready to add to grilled cauliflower.

Prepare The Cauliflower

Trim an entire head of cauliflower. This means remove all the green leaves that protrude from the bottom. Slightly trim the stem a little bit, but make sure to leave the rest of the steam intact!

Slice through the cauliflower from top to bottom, cutting each piece into 3/4″ thick slices. Some of the florets will fall off. Save those to use another time! You want to end up with 4 thick (3/4″) slices of cauliflower (as shown below). I had leftover cauliflower, which was used for another dish.

The leaves of the cauliflower and part of the stem are trimmed.Cauliflower is sliced from top to bottom into 3/4" wide "steaks".

The cauliflower is delicate, so take care not to break off the florets during preparation. Use a spatula to place each cauliflower “steak” onto a baking sheet. Brush both sides of each piece with olive oil, and then lightly season with salt and pepper.

Four cauliflower steaks are placed onto a baking sheet.Each piece of cauliflower is basted with olive oil on both sides.

Time To Make Loaded Grilled Cauliflower!

Now the cauliflower is ready to grill. We cooked our loaded grilled cauliflower with some grilled chicken with my Mom’s easy basting sauce! Use a spatula to transfer the four cauliflower steaks onto the hot grill. Cook for about 3 minutes (lid open), and then carefully turn the grilled cauliflower over.


Cauliflower steaks are grilled on one side, then flipped over.Load “Em” Up!

As soon as you turn the cauliflower over, add the toppings. Cover with the grated cheese first, and then top with the green onions, bacon, and jalapeños. If the fire is too hot, move the cauliflower away from direct contact with the flames, and continue cooking.

Put the cover on your grill, and let the loaded grilled cauliflower cook for 4-5 minutes longer. When done, the cheese should be melted, and the cauliflower should be “fork tender”. Remove from grill carefully, using a spatula, and transfer to a serving platter.

Loaded grilled cauliflower is topped with cheese, bacon, green onions, and jalapeños.

Serve the loaded grilled cauliflower immediately, while it is still hot! It is a colorful, and flavor-filled side dish, and we loved it alongside our grilled chicken!

All of the loaded grilled cauliflower on a serving platter.Close up view of one piece of grilled cauliflower with all the add-ons!Chicken and green salad were served with the loaded grilled cauliflower.

I can’t say enough great things about this simple dish! My husband wasn’t so sure when I first told him what I was planning to have him add to the grill! However, he raved about the loaded grilled cauliflower after tasting it! Hope you enjoy it, too!

Looking For More Grilled Veggie Recipes?

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Original recipe source: fredmeyer.com

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Loaded Grilled Cauliflower
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

You're gonna love this loaded grilled cauliflower! Cauliflower steaks cooked on the BBQ, loaded with cheese, crisp bacon, green onions, and jalapeños!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: loaded grilled cauliflower
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 216 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower , trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper , to season cauliflower
  • 2 slices bacon , cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup green onion (scallions) , sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper , seeds removed, sliced
Instructions
  1. Prep: Preheat BBQ grill. Grate the cheddar cheese, slice and de-seed jalapeños, slice green onions, and cook bacon until crispy, then crumble! Set aside. TIP: Be sure to have all of these add-ons ready to go BEFORE you put the cauliflower on the grill, cause this dish cooks fast and you will need them quickly!

  2. Trim cauliflower. Remove all green leaves that protrude from bottom. Slightly trim stem a little bit, but make sure to leave the rest of the steam intact! Slice through the cauliflower from top to bottom, cutting each piece into 3/4" thick slices. Some of the florets will fall off. Save those to use another time! You want to end up with 4 thick (3/4") slices of cauliflower. Use a spatula to place the 4 cauliflower "steaks" onto a baking sheet. Brush both sides of each piece with olive oil, and then lightly season with salt and pepper.

  3. Use a spatula to transfer the four cauliflower steaks onto the preheated, hot grill. Cook for about 3 minutes (lid open unless flame gets too hot), and then carefully turn the grilled cauliflower over. As soon as you turn the cauliflower over, add the toppings. Cover with grated cheese first, and then top with green onions, bacon, and jalapeños. If the fire is too hot, move cauliflower away from direct contact with the flames, and continue cooking. Put the lid on your grill, and let the loaded grilled cauliflower cook for 4-5 minutes longer.

  4. When done, the cheese should be melted, and the cauliflower should be "fork tender". Remove from grill carefully, using a spatula. Transfer to serving platter, and serve while hot. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Remove the seeds from the jalapeños if you don't want them too hot. If you don't mind the heat, just leave 'em in!

Nutrition Facts
Loaded Grilled Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 271mg12%
Potassium 282mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 383IU8%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 224mg22%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!You're gonna love this loaded grilled cauliflower! Cauliflower steaks cooked on the BBQ, loaded with cheese, crisp bacon, green onions, and jalapenos!

How To Can Asparagus

Learn how to can asparagus for long term storage, using a pressure canner. Once fresh asparagus is canned, it’s shelf stable, & ready for your pantry!
Learn how to can asparagus for long term storage, using a pressure canner. Once fresh asparagus is canned, it's shelf stable, & ready for your pantry!

It has been such a fun project, learning how to can different soups, vegetables, jams, and fruits since learning basic canning techniques.  This “recipe” for how to can asparagus is a pressure canning recipe, and I am happy to share it with you today.

Please note that you will need a pressure canner to do this, since asparagus is a low-acid food. Low acid foods (most veggies, meats, and soups) require higher temps, achieved through pressure canning, to be safely canned for storage.

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Prepare Canning Equipment Before Beginning

Before beginning, make sure to have your pressure canner, canning jars, flat lids and screw bands prepped and ready, according to manufacturer instructions and USDA guidelines. If you are at higher altitudes (above 1,000 feet), or are using a dial gauge pressure canner, make sure to refer to the instruction manual for your pressure canner for additional info.

Prepare The Fresh Asparagus For Canning

Rinse the asparagus really well, and then drain. Snap off the tough (woody) ends of each stalk (discard ends). There are two methods to can asparagus. I prefer the hot pack method, but the choice is yours:

RAW PACK METHOD: You can either leave asparagus whole and tightly pack them, stem down into jar, or cut into 1″ pieces and tightly pack jar. Leave 1″ headspace in the jars. Raw veggies will shrink more during the canning process, so pack ’em in there.

HOT PACK METHOD: This is the method shown below.  Cut each asparagus stalk into 1″ long pieces. Place in large pot or skillet and add water, to fully cover asparagus. Turn the heat to medium-high, and bring the water to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, and the asparagus should be tender-crisp.

Drain the asparagus, but save the cooking water for the jars (if desired). Pack the asparagus tightly into jars, leaving 1″ of headspace in the jars.

Fresh asparagus is cut and then quick boiled, before placing into canning jars.

Filling The Jars

If you want to add canning salt to the asparagus, add 1/2 teaspoon canning salt to each PINT jar, and 1 teaspoon canning salt to each QUART jar.

Carefully ladle the boiling water into each jar to cover the asparagus (and still leave a 1″ headspace). Remove the air bubbles from each jar, by inserting a knife or plastic utensil into jars in several places. Adjust the headspace, if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars clean, and then place flat lids and screw band onto jars. Tighten bands to fingertip tightness.

Canning jars and funnel used to pour asparagus into jars.

How To Can Asparagus – Processing Times

Once jars of asparagus are sealed, place them into your pressure canner. Make sure to adjust the water level if necessary, according to your canner’s manufacturer instructions. Lock the lid, and then bring the water to a boil, on medium-high heat. Vent the steam (vent open) for 10 minutes once boiling, and THEN close the vent or add vent cover.

Continue to heat the canner until it reaches 10# (pounds) pressure. You need to maintain 10# pressure the entire processing time. Process PINTS for 30 minutes, and QUARTS for 40 minutes.

Canned asparagus is processed at 10 pounds pressure, as shown on the canner gauge.

Processing Time Is Complete – Now What?

Once processing time is complete, turn off the heat, and let the pressure in the canner drop NATURALLY until it reaches 0 (zero pressure). Open the vent (or remove vent cover), and let the steam vent for 2 more minutes.

Carefully open lid. Wait for 10 more minutes, and then carefully remove jars of canned asparagus with canning tongs. Set the hot jars onto a dish towel, to avoid jars cracking due to temperature variances of various types of countertops.

I'm glad I learned how to can asparagus so I can keep it on hand in our pantry!

Let the jars cool completely (12 hours or overnight) without disturbing. Once cool, check to ensure the jars have sealed properly, wipe jars clean, and label them. You have now learned how to can asparagus, and the properly sealed jars are now ready for long term storage in your pantry! Congratulations!

Jars of canned asparagus are labeled and ready to store in pantry.

I hope you will consider canning fresh asparagus. It’s very convenient to pull a jar out of the pantry and whip up asparagus soup or add the asparagus to another dish!

The recipe, as written below, will make 2 pint jars, but the recipe below has a feature to let you calculate the exact amount of jars you wish to make. Once you add the number you want, it will adjust the ingredient amount automatically.

Looking For More PRESSURE CANNING Recipes?

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Original recipe source: The Ball Complete book of Home Preserving, copyright 2006, published by The Jarden Corporation, page 386

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How To Can Asparagus
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Learn how to can asparagus for long term storage, using a pressure canner. Once fresh asparagus is canned, it's shelf stable, & ready for your pantry!

Category: Canning and Preserving, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to can asparagus
Servings: 2 pints
Calories Per Serving: 91 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • Boiling Water
  • canning salt (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. Have pressure canner, canning jars, flat lids and screwbands prepped and ready, according to manufacturer instructions and USDA guidelines. If at higher altitudes (above 1,000 feet), or are using a dial gauge pressure canner, make sure to refer to instruction manual for your pressure canner for additional info.

  2. Rinse asparagus well, and then drain. Snap off tough (woody) ends and discard. There are two methods to can asparagus. RAW PACK METHOD: You can either leave asparagus whole and tightly pack them, stem down into jar, or cut into 1" pieces and tightly pack jar. Leave 1" headspace. HOT PACK METHOD: This is the method I use. Cut each asparagus stalk into 1" long pieces. Place in large pot or skillet and add water, to fully cover asparagus. Turn heat to medium-high, and bring water to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes; asparagus should be tender-crisp. Drain asparagus, but save the cooking water for jars (if desired). Pack asparagus tightly into jars, leaving 1" of headspace.

  3. If adding canning salt to the asparagus, add 1/2 teaspoon to each PINT jar, and 1 teaspoon to each QUART jar. Carefully ladle boiling water into each jar to cover asparagus (still leaving 1" headspace). Remove air bubbles from each jar. Adjust headspace, if necessary. Wipe rims of the jars clean, and place flat lids and screwband onto jars. Tighten bands to fingertip tightness.

  4. Once jars are sealed, place them into prepared pressure canner. Adjust the water level if necessary, according to your canner's manufacturer instructions. Lock lid, and bring water to a boil, on medium-high heat. Vent the steam (vent open) for 10 minutes once boiling, and THEN close vent or add vent cover. Continue to heat until it reaches 10# (pounds) pressure. You need to maintain 10# pressure the entire processing time. Process PINTS for 30 minutes, and QUARTS for 40 minutes after pressure has been reached.

  5. When processing is complete, turn off heat, and let the pressure in the canner drop NATURALLY until it reaches 0 (zero pressure). Open the vent (or remove vent cover), and let steam vent for 2 more minutes. Carefully unlock and open lid. Wait for 10 more minutes, and then remove hot jars with canning tongs. Set the hot jars onto a dish towel, to avoid jars cracking due to countertop temperature variances. Let jars cool completely (12 hours or overnight) without disturbing. Once cool, check to ensure the jars have sealed properly, wipe jars clean, and label them. Store in pantry.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If using QUART sized jars, please know that EACH quart jar will require about 3 1/2 pounds of asparagus.

Nutrition Facts
How To Can Asparagus
Amount Per Serving (1 pint jar)
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 916mg26%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 3430IU69%
Vitamin C 25.4mg31%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 9.7mg54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Learn how to can asparagus for long term storage, using a pressure canner. Once fresh asparagus is canned, it's shelf stable, & ready for your pantry!

Greek Garbanzo Salad

Delicious Greek garbanzo salad, with kalamata olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, peppers & light dressing, is vegetarian, gluten-free, and super easy to make!
Delicious Greek garbanzo salad, with kalamata olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, peppers & light dressing, is vegetarian, gluten-free, and super easy!

Do you enjoy garbanzo beans? If you do, then you will love this absolutely yummy Greek garbanzo salad! This little legume (also called a chickpea) is a protein packed, and fiber filled super food in my book! This delicious salad can be served as a side salad OR as a meatless option for a main course.

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Other Salads Using Garbanzo Beans

Two other dishes I really enjoy using garbanzo beans in are Nanci’s 4-Bean Salad, and Lemony Chickpea Salad. They are so light, and flavorful, and I hope you will consider checking out these recipes, as well. Both of these salads take only minutes to pull together, so they are perfect, convenient dishes to prepare on busy days!

How To Make This Greek Garbanzo Salad

The first thing you need to do is prepare the (totally EASY) dressing for the Greek garbanzo salad. Place minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and a small amount of salt in a medium sized salad bowl, and mix until combined. See how easy that was?

Lemon juice, olive oil, salt and minced garlic are blended to make dressing for salad.

Add the drained garbanzo beans, bell peppers (orange or red), cherry tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, and fresh parsley and oregano (can substitute dried oregano).

Give the ingredients a good stir, so they are fully combined with the dressing on the bottom of bowl. **Do not add the cucumber and feta cheese at this time, unless you are serving the salad right away.**

For Best Flavor, Let Salad Marinate In Refrigerator

For the very best flavor, I recommend placing the salad (covered) in the refrigerator for a couple hours minimum. This will give the salad a good chill, AND let the flavors mingle and get to know each other! You can even let the salad marinate overnight, if desired!

Tomatoes, bell peppers, garbanzo beans, red onion, kalamata olives & fresh herbs in bowl.The salad ingredients are mixed to coat with the lemon/olive oil dressing.

Before Serving The Greek Garbanzo Salad, Add Final Ingredients

Right before you serve the salad, add the chopped cucumber (they should be nice and crunchy), and the crumbled feta cheese. Toss, to combine.

NOTE: I mixed both the feta and cucumbers into the Greek garbanzo salad, but you can also mix in the crunchy cucumbers, toss to combine, and then top the salad with the feta, if desired.

Feta cheese and diced cucumbers are added to the Greek garbanzo salad before serving.A bowl full of the Greek garbanzo salad, ready to eat!

Now you’re ready to serve this cool, crispy, colorful, and flavor-filled Greek garbanzo salad! The salad has a wonderful taste thanks in part to the feta cheese, simple lemon dressing and tangy kalamata olives. YUM!

Greek garbanzo salad is chilled, then served!

Here is a close up view (below) of a forkful of the Greek garbanzo salad… ready to eat! My husband and I loved this simple salad. Our grown son (a vegetarian) popped in for a visit, and tried this salad. He loved it, too!

A bite of the Greek garbanzo salad on a fork, ready to eat.

Hope you will consider trying this delicious Greek garbanzo salad. It truly is very good, and would be a perfect side dish to serve on a hot, summer evening! The salad will keep well for several days, covered in the refrigerator! Have a great day, friends.

Looking For More SALAD Recipes?

You can find ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have a nice variety of delicious salad recipes for you to enjoy, including:

Interested In More Recipes?

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Original recipe source: “The Skinnytaste Cookbook”, by Gina Homolka, published 2014 by Clarkson-Potter Publishers, page 146.

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Greek Garbanzo Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Delicious Greek garbanzo salad, with kalamata olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, peppers & light dressing, is vegetarian, gluten-free, and super easy!

Category: Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Garbanzo Salad
Servings: 5 (1 cup servings)
Calories Per Serving: 141 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Salad Dressing
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For Salad
  • 2 cups canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas) , rinsed and drained (gluten free)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , quartered
  • ½ cup red (or orange) bell pepper , chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion , chopped
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives , pitted and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley , chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh oregano leaves , chopped (OR 1/4 tsp. dried)
  • cups English cucumber , chopped ( or regular cucumber, seeded)
  • cup feta cheese , crumbled
Instructions
  1. Place minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and salt in a medium sized salad bowl, and mix together until combined.

  2. Add the drained garbanzo beans, bell peppers (orange or red), cherry tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, fresh parsley and oregano (can substitute dried oregano). Give the ingredients a good stir, so they are fully combined with the dressing on bottom of bowl. For the very best flavor, I recommend placing the salad (covered) in the refrigerator for a couple hours minimum. This will give the salad a good chill, AND let the flavors mingle and get to know each other! You can even let the salad marinate overnight, if desired!

  3. Right before you serve the salad, add in the chopped cucumber (it should be nice and crunchy!), and crumbled feta cheese, and toss to combine. NOTE: I mixed both the feta and cucumbers into the salad- you can also mix in the crunchy cucumbers, toss to combine, and then top the salad with the feta, if desired. Serve, and enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers.

Nutrition Facts
Greek Garbanzo Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 638mg28%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 850IU17%
Vitamin C 33.2mg40%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Delicious Greek garbanzo salad, with kalamata olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, peppers & light dressing, is vegetarian, gluten-free, and super easy!

Oven Roasted Veggies

Oven roasted veggies are lightly seasoned with olive oil and a few spices, then baked. It’s a great way to cook a variety of veggies, & it’s ready in 20 minutes!
Oven roasted veggies are lightly seasoned with olive oil and a few spices, then baked. Great way to cook a variety of veggies, & ready in 20 minutes!

For many years I steamed almost all of our vegetables for our meals. It was so easy to just pop them into a steamer and heat them on the stove top. However, for the past couple of years I’ve begun oven roasting them, and have discovered we love them even more prepared this way!

Truthfully, both ways of cooking vegetables (steaming or oven roasting) are very simple cooking methods to prepare a variety of fresh veggies. Oven roasted veggies, though, have a slightly “caramelized” look and taste to them, due to a bit of olive oil and seasonings! YUM!

If you have never oven roasted veggies before, it’s SO EASY!  Obviously you can roast the types of veggies you and your loved ones enjoy the most, but for purposes of this blog post, I am showing the veggies we used THIS time (when I took pics!). Let me show you how simple this method is.

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Prep The Veggies

Begin by preheating the oven to 425° and prepping the baking pan. Cover a large baking sheet (with edges) with aluminum foil. Give it a light spray of non-stick baking spray. Cut and slice the veggies you are going to use. For this meal, I roasted fresh asparagus spears, mini carrots, russet potato slices, and fresh broccoli florets.

The asparagus spears are snapped at the bottom, to remove the “woody” part of the stem, and the mini carrots are sliced in half lengthwise.  Broccoli is cut into bite-sized florets, and the russet potato is cut into approximately 3/4 inch round slices, then each slice was quartered. Place veggies onto foil covered baking sheet in a single layer.

NOTE: It’s important to not cut the potatoes too thick, to enable them to roast fully in the same amount of time that the other veggies take to cook.

Veggies are placed on aluminum foil on baking sheet, then seasoned before roasting.

Season The Veggies

Drizzle the veggies with olive oil, then lightly sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I gently turned veggies over a bit to ensure they were all lightly covered with the oil and seasonings, then placed them back into a single layer.

Cook the Oven Roasted Veggies

Once the veggies are seasoned, place them into a preheated 425° F. oven (preferably on the middle rack of the oven, for most even heat).

Bake the oven roasted veggies for about 18-20 minutes. About half way through the cooking time rotate the pan in the oven, to ensure consistent cooking on all sides. If you want, you can also flip the veggies over to the other side before placing them back in oven, but this is optional.

Oven roasted veggies, cooking away in the oven.

This is what the oven roasted veggies looked like once they were done. The veggies should be tender, very lightly browned on the outside, and smell wonderful!

The vegetables are flipped to other side half way through roasting time.

Here’s a couple closeup photos, so you can see the carrots and asparagus up close and personal! Below the first photo is a pic of the broccoli, potatoes and carrots up close!

The oven roasted carrots and asparagus are finished cooking and are ready to serve.Potato slices, broccoli and carrots are done being oven roasted and are ready to eat!

We really enjoyed this delicious and colorful variety of seasoned, oven roasted veggies with our dinner!

The oven roasted veggies are served hot, alongside the main dish.

An overhead view of some of the oven roasted veggies on a dinner plate.

I sure hope you will try oven roasted veggies, if you have never prepared them this way before. I think you will be surprised at how easy it is, and how delicious the vegetables are! Hope you have a wonderful day. I trust you will find great joy in the simple things you experience today. Be blessed, friends.

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Oven Roasted Veggies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Oven roasted veggies are lightly seasoned with olive oil and a few spices, then baked. Great way to cook a variety of veggies, & ready in 20 minutes!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oven roasted veggies
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 91 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (fresh) , in bite sized pieces
  • 1 medium russet potato , unpeeled, cut in 1/2" rounds, then quartered
  • 15 baby carrots , sliced in half lengthwise
  • 25 spears asparagus (fresh) , bottom ends trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil , approximate
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (each) , or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • non-stick spray for aluminum foil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and spray an aluminum foil covered baking sheet with non-stick spray.

  2. Prepare veggies: Snap asparagus spears at the bottom, to remove the "woody" part of the stem. Slice baby carrots in half lengthwise.  Cut broccoli into bite-sized florets. Slice russet potato into approx. 3/4" round slices, then cut each slice into quarters. Place veggies onto prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle veggies with olive oil, then lightly sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Gently turn veggies over a bit to lightly cover with oil and seasonings, then reposition them in a single layer.

  3. Bake on medium rack in a preheated 425° F. oven for 18-20 minutes. About half way through cooking time, rotate the pan to ensure consistent cooking on all sides. If you want, you can also flip the veggies over to the other side before placing them back in oven, but this is optional. When done, veggies should be slightly caramelized on outside and tender. Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Oven Roasted Veggies
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 338mg15%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 5500IU110%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Oven roasted veggies are lightly seasoned with olive oil and a few spices, then baked. Great way to cook a variety of veggies, & ready in 20 minutes!

Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

Broccoli Cauliflower Bake is a yummy veggie side dish with vegetables baked in a creamy Parmesan white sauce, topped with Parmesan garlic herb crumbs!
Broccoli Cauliflower Bake is a yummy veggie side dish with vegetables baked in a creamy Parmesan white sauce, topped with Parmesan garlic herb crumbs!

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new recipes for vegetable dishes. Most of the time I steam, bake or pan-sear fresh vegetables just as they are, with a minimal amount of spices to add flavor.

Every now and then I want something different than “plain” vegetables to serve. This delicious broccoli cauliflower bake fits that bill. It seems more like a vegetable “casserole”, than a side dish. Fresh (or frozen vegetables are cooked in a  simple white sauce, and baked with a seasoned bread crumb topping. EASY PEASY! Here’s how to make this dish:

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Make The Bread Crumb Topping

The bread crumb topping for the dish is very easy to make. Place bread crumbs, melted butter, two Tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese and the three spices (garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley) in a small bowl, and stir to combine. Set this mixture aside.

NOTE: There is a product from Progresso called “herb & garlic bread crumbs”. If you want to use those, simply omit the spices from the topping mix. You will still need to add the Parmesan cheese and melted butter.

A simple bread crumb mixture is made to top the broccoli cauliflower bake.

Cut the fresh (or frozen, but thawed) cauliflower and broccoli into small bite-sized florets. I used fresh cauliflower and frozen (but thawed) broccoli for this dish.

Cauliflower and broccoli are cut into bite sized florets for the veggie dish.

Prepare The Creamy Sauce For The Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

Spray a very large skillet with non-stick baking spray. Add the chopped onions to the skillet and heat on medium heat until they are softened and golden brown. Stir often while they cook.

A chopped onion is cooked and browned to add to the sauce for the veggie dish.

Stir the flour into the onions, and then add the milk to the skillet. Give it a good stir, and you will see the sauce beginning to thicken fairly quickly as it cooks.

Flour is added to cooked onions, then milk, to make sauce for the broccoli cauliflower bake.

Once the sauce has begun to noticeably thicken, add the remaining grated Parmesan cheese and the cream cheese. If you cut the cream cheese into chunks it will melt much faster! Continue to cook, stirring often, until all of the cream cheese has melted.

Cream cheese and Parmesan cheese is added to the sauce for the broccoli cauliflower bake..

Add the broccoli and cauliflower florets to the sauce, and stir to fully cover the veggies with the sauce.

TIP: At this point, I recommend taste-testing the sauce. Season it with a little garlic powder, salt and pepper, to suit your personal taste buds!

The broccoli and cauliflower florets are added to the sauce, and stirred to combine.

Finish Preparing The Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

Spray a 2 quart baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour the veggies and sauce into the dish.  Top the surface of the broccoli cauliflower bake with the bread crumb mixture. It’s looking pretty good, right? Now, all you have to do is BAKE it!

The veggies and sauce are put in baking dish, and topped with bread crumb mixture.

Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 45 minutes. Once the broccoli cauliflower bake is done, the top will be nice and golden brown, and some of the sauce should be bubbling around the edges.

Transfer from the oven to a wire rack, and let this steaming hot veggie dish cool for just a couple minutes before serving.

The broccoli cauliflower bake is cooked, and then served.

We enjoyed our broccoli cauliflower bake as a side dish accompanying a nice juicy slice of Traeger roasted turkey breast. YUM!

A serving of the veggie dish, on plate with slice of roast turkey.

We really enjoyed this EASY broccoli cauliflower bake, and hope you will consider trying this delicious side dish! Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you!

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Broccoli Cauliflower Bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Broccoli Cauliflower Bake is a yummy veggie side dish with vegetables baked in a creamy Parmesan white sauce, topped with Parmesan garlic herb crumbs!
Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli cauliflower bake
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 175 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Bread Crumb Topping: (can substitute Progresso herb & garlic bread crumbs-but omit spices)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
For Rest of Dish:
  • 16 ounces fresh broccoli florets (or frozen, but thawed) , cut in bite sized pieces
  • 16 ounces fresh cauliflower florets (or frozen, but thawed) , cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion , chopped
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper (to taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • cups milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Place bread crumbs, melted butter, two Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder and parsley in a small bowl, and stir to combine. Set aside.

  3. Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray. Add chopped onions and cook on medium heat until softened and golden brown, stirring often. Stir flour into onions, and then add milk to skillet. Give it a good stir; the sauce will begin to thicken as it cooks. Once sauce begins to thicken, add remaining grated Parmesan cheese and cream cheese (cut cream cheese into chunks- it will melt faster). Continue to cook, stirring often, until all the cream cheese has melted.

  4. Add broccoli and cauliflower florets to the sauce; stir to fully coat veggies with sauce. TIP: At this point, I recommend taste-testing the sauce. Season with a little garlic powder, salt and pepper, to suit your personal taste buds!

  5. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour veggies and sauce into dish.  Top  the dish with the  reserved bread crumb mixture. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes, until top is golden brown, and sauce is bubbling around the edges. Let cool for a couple minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Cauliflower Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/8th of total))
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 276mg12%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 79.3mg96%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Broccoli Cauliflower Bake is a yummy veggie side dish with vegetables baked in a creamy Parmesan white sauce, topped with Parmesan garlic herb crumbs!

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan

It’s easy to prepare grilled asparagus on the BBQ in only a few minutes! Garnished with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, this is a delicious, low calorie side dish!
It's easy to prepare grilled asparagus on the BBQ in only a few minutes! Garnished with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, this is a delicious side dish!

Do you enjoy fresh asparagus? We sure do, and look forward to it, especially in the spring, when fresh asparagus hits the grocery stores in all it’s glory! We enjoy pan-cooking or baking asparagus inside in our kitchen, but one of our favorite ways to prepare it is to grill it on a BBQ!

Last week we had what my husband and I call a “Traegerpalooza”, where we smoked/grilled lots of different meats on our Traeger grill. We cooked enough to provide our meals for almost a week! Another dish we made was this delicious grilled asparagus with lemon and Parmesan cheese! Asparagus is very easy to grill. Let me show you just how simple it is!

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How To Make Grilled Asparagus

Before grilling the asparagus, you need to get it ready! Snap the “woody” ends of each asparagus spear off, at the bottom. It should easily snap off between your fingers. You can discard the end pieces.

Lightly drizzle the asparagus with olive oil, and then lightly season with salt and pepper. I also squeezed a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice over the asparagus. Mix this all together with your fingers until the asparagus spears are well coated. Now it is ready to grill. You will need your Traeger OR traditional BBQ preheated and ready to go!

Fresh asparagus is drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil, and seasoned before grilling.

I’m showing you a photo (below) of the items we smoked and grilled on our Traeger along with the grilled asparagus. We cooked two different recipes for pork chops, some brats and turkey sausages, tri-tip steaks, the asparagus, and a bone-in turkey breast (not in photo).

The seasoned asparagus is ready to grill, along with other meats.

The grilled asparagus can be prepared this way on any kind of BBQ. When we grilled them on our Traeger, we went through all the normal preheating necessary, and then heated the grill to 450° F. to prepare the asparagus.

Cooking The Grilled Asparagus On The BBQ

The seasoned asparagus spears are placed directly on the grill grate in a single layer.  Cook the grilled asparagus for 4-5 minutes at 450° (high heat). Once done, the asparagus spears will be slightly tender and still slightly crisp after this time. If you want them a tiny bit softer, cook them just a tiny bit longer. Be sure to NOT overcook the asparagus!

On a Traeger grill, there is no need to turn the asparagus, because there is no direct flame underneath the grill grate. If making this on a traditional BBQ (with propane or briquettes), you will need to keep a close eye on the veggies. Turn them once during the cooking. Once done, remove the grilled asparagus to a serving plate.

Grilled asparagus is placed directly on the BBQ grill, to cook.

To Serve The Grilled Asparagus

Immediately after transferring the hot grilled asparagus to a serving plate, garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.

Grilled asparagus is garnished with lemon zest and grated Parmesan cheese, to serve.

The heat from the asparagus should slightly melt the Parmesan cheese you have added to the top of the dish. A little lemon juice and zest help to give the finished grilled asparagus a nice fresh “pop” of extra flavor! Serve immediately, and enjoy this simple vegetable dish!

Grated Parmesan cheese and lemon zest help flavor and garnish the grilled asparagus.

Grilled asparagus with lemon and Parmesan is a delicious, and totally simple side dish, and I really hope you enjoy it! If you enjoy grilling fresh vegetables dishes, you might also enjoy my recipes for Grilled Summer Veggies or Grilled Corn on The Cob. YUM.

Thank you for stopping by today, and I truly hope you will come back again soon for more family-friendly recipes. Be sure to check out ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a wonderful day!

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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
It's easy to prepare grilled asparagus on the BBQ in only a few minutes! Garnished with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, this is a delicious side dish!
Category: Side Dishes, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled asparagus
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 81 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound asparagus (fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
To Garnish Asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
Instructions
  1. Snap the "woody" ends of each asparagus spear off, at the bottom. It should easily snap off between your fingers.  Lightly drizzle asparagus with olive oil, and then lightly season with salt and pepper. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the asparagus. Mix together with your fingers until the asparagus spears are well coated.

  2. If cooking on a Traeger grill, complete all the normal preheating necessary, and then heat the grill to 450° F. to prepare the asparagus. Place seasoned asparagus spears directly on the grill grate in a single layer.  Cook asparagus for 4-5 minutes at 450° (high heat). Once done, the asparagus spears will be slightly tender and still slightly crisp after this time. If you want them a tiny bit softer, cook it just a bit longer. Be sure to NOT overcook the asparagus!  On a Traeger, there is no need to turn the asparagus, because there is no direct flame underneath the grill grate. If making this on a traditional BBQ (with propane or briquettes), you will need to keep a close eye on the veggies. Turn them once during the cooking. Once done, remove the grilled asparagus to a serving plate.

  3. Immediately after transferring the hot grilled asparagus to a serving plate, garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 of total))
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on you Pinterest boards!It's easy to prepare grilled asparagus on the BBQ in only a few minutes! Garnished with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, this is a delicious side dish!

 

Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash is an easy to make, healthy and delicious roasted vegetable side dish – this is caramelized squash you’re gonna love!
Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash is an easy to make, healthy and delicious roasted vegetable side dish - caramelized squash you're gonna love!

Do you like butternut squash? While it is not something I routinely fix in our home, I sure do enjoy this delicious veggie once made. A few years ago I made the best butternut squash soup (with bacon) that I’ve ever had. Now we routinely enjoy this soup, especially in the Fall and Winter. Seriously… YUM!

I’ve also used this versatile “winter” vegetable to make a couple other delicious recipes. The recipes include Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta, and Butternut Squash Ravioli with Browned Butter Sage Sauce. Both are delicious!

THIS recipe I am sharing today is for simple roasted maple cinnamon butternut squash. This dish is gluten-free, and doesn’t contain any refined sugar, for those of you that are interested. Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, it’s easy to prepare, and is a GREAT side dish!

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How To Make Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Before starting, preheat your oven to 400° F.  Peel a large butternut squash with a vegetable peeler. This is the “hardest” and “messiest part of the recipe (and it’s not really that bad). Once peeled, carefully slice the squash in half lengthwise.

Use a spoon (and maybe even your fingers) to remove all the seeds and “fibrous strings” from the inside. Once all seeds have been removed, cut the squash into bite sized cubes. Try to keep most of the pieces about the same size, for even baking.

Butternut squash is ready to be peeled, seeded and cubed, to make maple cinnamon butternut squash.

The butternut squash is peeled, seeded, then cut into bite sized pieces before baking.

Place the butternut squash pieces into a large bowl, and drizzle them with the olive oil. Season the squash with a pinch of salt and pepper (to taste), then add the cinnamon, and maple syrup. Stir the ingredients, in order to fully combine and lightly season all the pieces of maple cinnamon butternut squash.

Maple syrup and cinnamon are mixed into the butternut squash pieces before baking.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the butternut squash cubes out in a single layer, leaving a bit of space between each piece.

The pieces of maple cinnamon butternut squash are placed on parchment paper to bake.

Roast The Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Roast the maple cinnamon butternut squash in a preheated 400° F. oven for 35 minutes. HALFWAY through the baking time, rotate the pan in the oven to ensure even baking. When the 35 minutes is up, carefully flip each piece over so the bottom side is up, and put back in oven. Cook for 5 more minutes, to help caramelize the squash a bit on the other side.

Halfway through baking time, maple cinnamon butternut squash is turned to other side to finish cooking.

Once the maple cinnamon butternut squash has finished roasting, remove from oven; transfer squash to a serving platter. It is now ready to enjoy!  This time, we enjoyed it served alongside our main dish of grilled chicken!

Once done, the maple cinnamon butternut squash is transferred to serving platter before serving.

See the dark caramelized parts of the roasted maple cinnamon butternut squash? It tastes wonderful!  The natural sugars (and maple syrup) caramelize slightly while baking, which leaves the outside slightly crispy, while the inside is soft and creamy!

The maple cinnamon butternut squash is caramelized on the outside and soft on the inside.

This really is a GREAT tasting, simple side dish that pairs especially well with chicken, turkey or pork!  Maple cinnamon butternut squash would also be an easy veggie side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!  If you prefer your butternut squash “mashed”, be sure to try my recipe for Creamy Mashed Butternut Squash, too! Sure hope you enjoy it! Have a GREAT day, friends.

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Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash is an easy to make, healthy and delicious roasted vegetable side dish - caramelized squash you're gonna love!
Category: Side Dishes, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple cinnamon butternut squash
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 151 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.  Carefully peel a large butternut squash with a vegetable peeler (or sharp knife).  Once peeled, slice the squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to remove all the seeds and "fibrous strings" inside squash. Cut squash into bite sized cubes. Try to keep the pieces about the same size, for even baking.

  2. Place squash cubes into a large bowl; drizzle with olive oil. Season the squash with a pinch of salt and pepper (to taste), then add the cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir to combine ingredients, so all pieces are coated.

  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread seasoned squash out in a single layer, leaving a bit of space between each piece. Roast in 400° F. oven for 35 minutes. HALFWAY through baking time, rotate the pan in the oven to ensure even baking. When 35 minutes is up, carefully flip each piece over so the bottom side is up, and put back in oven. Cook for 5 more minutes, to help caramelize the squash a bit on the other side. Once squash is done, remove from oven; transfer to a serving platter. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 676mg19%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 19930IU399%
Vitamin C 39.4mg48%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash is an easy to make, healthy and delicious roasted vegetable side dish - caramelized squash you're gonna love!

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion and Garlic

This simple, yet absolutely delicious side dish of fried cabbage is enhanced with the addition of crisp bacon crumbles, onions, carrots and garlic!
This simple, yet absolutely delicious side dish of fried cabbage is enhanced with the addition of crisp bacon crumbles, onions, carrots and garlic!

Over the past 30+ years, I have made fried cabbage very simply, just like I was taught by my mom.  She cooked cabbage with onion and butter, and seasoned it with salt and pepper, for a no-frills version.

Recently I tried a NEW WAY to make this simple veggie side dish, and it tastes so good that it will be the way I will cook it, from now on!  My husband and I LOVED this fried cabbage (with bacon, onion and garlic)!

This simple dish of fried cabbage went from good to GREAT, with the addition of a few extra ingredients, so I am sharing the recipe with you today. The recipe, as written below, makes 4 servings of about 3/4 cup each, but can be EASILY doubled.

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How To Make Fried Cabbage (with bacon, onion and garlic)

Before beginning to cook this dish, get all the veggies prepped and ready.  Chop the onions, grate the carrots, and core, then thinly slice the green cabbage. Once done with this step, set the veggies aside.

Chopped onions, shredded carrots and cabbage are ready to make fried cabbage.

Place the chopped bacon into a large stockpot. Turn heat to medium-high, then cook the bacon until it is brown and crispy, stirring often. This step will take between 8-10 minutes. When done, do NOT drain the bacon grease from the pan. It will be left in the pan, which will add lots of flavor to the fried cabbage!

Thinly sliced bacon is cooked to add to fried cabbage.

Bacon is cooked until crispy, before adding to fried cabbage.

Add the chopped onions to the bacon in the pan. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions have softened and slightly browned. Now add the minced garlic and cook for one minute, stirring the mixture often, so the garlic doesn’t burn.

Chopped onions are added to bacon, before adding them to fried cabbage.

Add the sliced cabbage and shredded carrots to the bacon and onion mixture. Stir the mixture to combine, and cook for 5-6 minutes (uncovered), stirring often.

Shredded carrots and cabbage are added to bacon and onions to make fried cabbage.

Season the fried cabbage with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Put a lid on the pan, and turn the heat down to LOW. Continue to cook the fried cabbage (covered) on low heat for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally during this cooking time. The fried cabbage will “wilt down” as it cooks.

The fried cabbage ingredients are combined, then cooked until tender.

The Fried Cabbage Is Ready To Serve

Once the fried cabbage has finished cooking, it is ready to serve!  Transfer the cabbage into a serving bowl, and serve while hot!

Once done, the fried cabbage (with bacon, onions and garlic) are served.

The fried cabbage is so delicious, and filled with flavor! With pieces of delicious bacon, onions, and carrots throughout it, how could you not like this simple vegetable side dish?

Fried cabbage, with bacon, onions, carrots and garlic is served as a side dish.

Sure hope you will consider trying this easy, simple, and DELICIOUS side dish of fried cabbage, with bacon, onion, carrots, and garlic! It’s going to be my “new” way of cooking cabbage!  Have a wonderful day… there really is so much to be thankful for!

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Recipe Adapted From: https://www.justpaleofood.com/fried-cabbage-bacon-onion-garlic/

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Cabbage with Bacon, Onion and Garlic
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This simple, yet absolutely delicious side dish of fried cabbage is enhanced with the addition of crisp bacon crumbles, onions, carrots and garlic!
Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried cabbage
Servings: 4 (3/4 cup servings)
Calories Per Serving: 131 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 slices bacon , chopped
  • 1/2 large onion , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic ,minced
  • 1/2 head cabbage (large) , cored/thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
Instructions
  1. Chop onions, grate carrots, and core, then thinly slice the green cabbage. Once done with this step, set the veggies aside.

  2. Place the chopped bacon into a large stockpot. Turn heat to medium-high, then cook the bacon until it is brown and crispy, stirring often. This will take about 8-10 minutes. When done, do NOT drain the bacon grease from the pan. It will be left in the pan, which will add lots of flavor to the fried cabbage!

  3. Add chopped onions to the pot. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions have softened and slightly browned. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring often so the garlic doesn't burn. Add the sliced cabbage and shredded carrots to the bacon and onion mixture. Stir the mixture to combine, and cook for 5-6 minutes (uncovered), stirring often.

  4. Season cabbage with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Put a lid on the pot, and turn the heat down to LOW. Continue to cook the fried cabbage (covered) on low heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally during this cooking time. The fried cabbage will "wilt down" as it cooks. Once the cabbage has finished cooking, it's ready to serve!  Transfer cabbage into a serving bowl, and serve while hot! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cabbage with Bacon, Onion and Garlic
Amount Per Serving (1 (3/4 cup serving))
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 458mg20%
Potassium 263mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 43.4mg53%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!This simple, yet absolutely delicious side dish of fried cabbage is enhanced with the addition of crisp bacon crumbles, onions, carrots and garlic!

Kale Orange Salad

Kale Orange Salad, topped with a creamy citrus vinaigrette, crumbled goat cheese, fresh oranges, and jalapeño slices, may surprise you with just how GOOD it tastes!
Kale Orange Salad, topped with citrus vinaigrette, crumbled goat cheese, fresh oranges, and jalapeño slices, may surprise you with how GOOD it tastes!

KALE… most people either LIKE it or HATE it! I happen to like it. Several years ago I found a recipe for a kale and citrus salad online, from Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman.  She had ordered a similar salad at a restaurant in Hollywood, loved it, then went home and recreated it! I enjoy her cookbooks and recipes, so I knew this kale orange salad just HAD to be GOOD!

Our little backyard raised bed garden, at the time, happened to be overflowing with kale! I use our homegrown kale in my recipe for Olive Garden’s “Zuppa Toscana” Soup (a favorite), so I try to have it around. After reading through the ingredient list, a kale orange salad sounded very interesting, so I harvested a bunch from our garden, and made this salad! YUM!

My husband and I really enjoyed this unique salad (and he’s not a HUGE kale fan)!  It’s also easy to make, which is always a big PLUS in my book! Here’s how to make this delicious salad:

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Prepare The Kale For The Salad

Rinse and drain the kale thoroughly, then place the leaves onto a cutting surface. Using a sharp knife, remove the long stem from the middle of the leaves (discard the stems). Once de-stemmed, thinly slice the kale, a handful of leaves at a time. Place all the sliced kale into a large salad bowl, and set aside.

Kale is rinsed, then finely chopped to prepare it for the kale orange salad.

Make The Salad Dressing For The Kale Orange Salad

Place the orange juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, granulated sugar, minced garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Whisk these ingredients together until fully blended. Add the sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt, if using), and whisk again, to blend fully. The finished salad dressing will be smooth and creamy.

The citrus vinaigrette is prepared, to dress the finished kale orange salad.

You will need beautiful, peeled orange chunks for this salad. Below is a handy photo of how to peel an orange to get perfect little chunks, without all the bitter tasting white “pith” attached!

Cut a slice off the bottom of the orange. Stand up the orange with the sliced edge on the bottom. Carefully cut off the peel, from top to bottom, following the curve of the orange. Remove all the white “pith” from the outside of the orange. Slice the peeled orange into chunks.

Photo collage showing how to peel whole orange to add to the kale orange salad.

Assemble The Kale Orange Salad

Gather the salad bowl and the rest of the ingredients when ready to build the salad. This includes the thinly sliced kale, seeded and thinly sliced jalapeños, citrus salad dressing, orange chunks, and the goat cheese. (Oops… sorry about the slightly blurry photo).

Kale, jalapenos, orange chunks, goat cheese and salad dressing ready to make a kale orange salad.

Pour HALF the salad dressing over the sliced kale, and give it a good toss.  Add the oranges and the sliced jalapeños, and toss again, to ensure everything is covered with salad dressing. If the kale orange salad needs a bit more dressing, add more, until it is to your liking. TIP: Any extra salad dressing can be stored (covered), in the refrigerator for several days, and can be used on other salads.

Use a fork to crumble up the goat cheese, and add it to the kale orange salad right before you serve it! Give the salad one final toss, to combine ingredients, then serve!

The kale orange salad is tossed with the salad dressing before serving.

We enjoyed this simple, but yummy salad, along with a piece of pan seared creole salmon, and a small baked potato! The creamy goat cheese, along with the sweet oranges and creamy citrus salad dressing really make this a delicious side salad!

Baked potato and roasted salmon on dinner plate with the kale orange salad.

I hope you will consider trying this kale orange salad, and have a feeling you will be pleasantly surprised with the taste (even if you’re not a big KALE fan!). Have a wonderful day!

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Kale Orange Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
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Total Time
20 mins
 

Kale Orange Salad, topped with citrus vinaigrette, crumbled goat cheese, fresh oranges, and jalapeño slices, may surprise you with just how GOOD it tastes!

Category: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale orange salad
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 127 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Salad:
  • 1 bunch kale , rinsed, stems removed
  • 1 large orange , peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium fresh jalapeño pepper , seeded/sliced very thin
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (chevre)
For Salad Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream , or plain Greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Prepare kale: Rinse and drain kale thoroughly, then place leaves onto cutting surface. Using a sharp knife, remove long stem from the middle of the leaves (discard the stems). Once de-stemmed, thinly slice kale, a handful at a time. Place sliced kale into a large salad bowl; set aside.

  2. Make The Salad Dressing: Place orange juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, granulated sugar, minced garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Whisk together until fully blended. Add sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt, if using), and whisk again, to blend fully. Finished salad dressing will be smooth and creamy.

  3. Build Salad: Pour HALF the salad dressing over sliced kale in bowl; give it a good toss, to distribute salad dressing.  Add orange pieces and sliced jalapeños, and toss again, to ensure everything is coated with salad dressing. If salad needs a bit more dressing, add more until it is to your liking. TIP: Any extra dressing can be stored (covered), in refrigerator for several days, and can be used on other salads.

    Use a fork to crumble up the goat cheese, and add it to the kale orange salad right before you serve it! Give the salad one final toss, to combine ingredients, then serve! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Substitutions for the orange chunks in the Salad: 3 tangerines or clementines.

Nutrition Facts
Kale Orange Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6th of total))
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 2475IU50%
Vitamin C 50.4mg61%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Kale Orange Salad, topped with citrus vinaigrette, crumbled goat cheese, fresh oranges, and jalapeño slices, may surprise you with how GOOD it tastes!