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Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Slimmed Down

Printable recipe – Lightened Down Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes This recipe for creamy garlic mashed potatoes is a slimmed down version of the original recipe.  Light sour cream and skim milk are the secrets to keeping the fat in check but not losing any of the flavor. The potatoes are cooked with garlic cloves in …

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Cheesy Herb Biscuits with Tarragon – Great Side Dish

Whenever I go to Ruby Tuesday or The Red Lobster restaurant, I always look forward to their cheesy herb biscuits.  I decided to try and make an approximation of them that would not break my calorie bank. These biscuits are savory and slightly rich but have far less calories than the restaurant version. Cheesy Herb …

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Today’s Featured Recipe: Gluten Free Treat – Pão de Queijo

It’s featured recipe time.  This one comes from my friend who used to blog at an international recipe site called Molly Mel.   Regina is a fabulous cook and many of her recipes are Brazilian in nature.  Most are easy to do and look just delicious. Regina submitted this gluten free treat called Pão de Queijo.  …

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Caramelized Mushrooms – How to Make Savory Caramelized Garlic Mushrooms

Caramelized mushrooms are one of my favorite side dishes.  Who doesn’t love the delicious taste of these slowly cooked mushrooms that take on a lovely caramel color and a boat load of amazing flavor. This recipe is super easy to make and a must have addition to any side dishes recipe collection. Cooking mushrooms this way …

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Roasted Herb Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese

These roasted herb potatoes with Parmesan cheese make a wonderful side dish for any protein choice. Roasted Herb Potatoes make a Great Side Dish I make roasted herb potatoes all the time.  Each time I do them, I do something a little differently with the recipe.  Sometimes, they are just roasted with herbs.  Other times, …

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Slimmed Down Roasted Root Vegetables

These roasted root vegetable bring out the sweetness of any vegetable choice. Use them as a side dish or as part of a salad. Printable Recipe – Slimmed Down Roasted Root Vegetables When my daughter is visiting, we often go to a local restaurant in Raleigh called Lily’s Pizza. The restaurant is located in Five …

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Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

 This recipe for roasted butternut squash is just delicious. It combines the richness and sweetness of butternut squash with a wonderful Moroccan spice mix, for a taste sensation. My garden had a huge harvest of butternut pumpkin this year. I particularly like growing this type of squash because it is known to be a variety …

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Slow Cooker – Crock Pot Recipes – My Favorites

Putting everything in a pot, turning it on and coming home hours later to a dinner all made.  Sounds like heaven, right?  If you prepare slow cooker recipes, that is what happens. My slow cooker is used year round, but I particularly love to cook in it for the cooler weather. These delicious crock pot recipes …

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This Colorful Sauteed Swiss Chard Brightens up Dinner Time

This recipe for colorful sauteed Swiss chard is brimming with the flavor of garlic, onions and Chardonnay wine for an easy and refreshing side dish. Swiss chard has a taste that is quite similar to spinach or beet greens, with stems that are slightly sweet and taste almost like bok choy. It is a wonderful addition …

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Mushrooms and Garlic with Brandy and Thyme

I love mushroom side dishes and am always looking for new and interesting ways to cook them.   This recipe for mushrooms and garlic with brandy and thyme is my latest addition to my arsenal and it is delicious. Printable Recipe:  Mushrooms and Garlic with Brandy and Thyme. The recipe is fast and easy to do. …

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary and Garlic

This recipe for roasted root vegetables is easy and delicious. They are very easy to prepare and make a great side dish for any protein choice. Printable Recipe – Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary and Garlic. I love roasting most of our vegetables.  The slow cooking process reduces the vegetables natural flavors.   I made a …

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Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Basil

This recipe for tomato and mozzarella salad with basil will take just a few minutes to prepare but will delight your guests. Printable Recipe: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Basil Assemble your ingredients:  Fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, olive oil, basil, kosher salt and black pepper. Slice the tomatoes and the cheese.  Alternate the tomato …

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Stuffed Eggplant with Ground Beef

This recipe for stuffed eggplants uses small eggplants that hold the ingredients perfectly.  The eggplants are stuffed with ground beef and taste just delicious. Printable Recipe: Stuffed Eggplant with Beef I used Cabot 40% reduced fat cheese for the stuffed but topped them with normal cheddar cheese so it would melt best. Preheat oven to …

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Thai Vegetable Rice – Asian Inspired Side Dish Recipe

This recipe for Thai Vegetable Rice makes a great dish for oriental inspired main courses.  It has a nice mix of veggies and the chopped peanuts over the top give it the distinct Thai flavor. The recipe is fast and easy to do.  You can use either white rice or brown rice if you want …

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Roasted Okra With Garam Marsala Recipe – No Slime!

This roasted okra recipe has an exotic blend of spices to give the dish an international flavor. Okra is a southern staple and there are many ways of cooking it.  Stewing and pickling is often seen, but roasted okra is another great way.  Roasting the okra brings out the natural flavor but results in a …

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Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Kale and Quinoa

Mmmm mmmm – one of my favorite dishes – a stuffed portobello mushroom recipe.  It’s a great side dish and a staple of vegetarian diets.   This recipe features another healthy vegetarian staple – kale and a gluten free grain substitute – quinoa. I also used sliced shallots, red peppers, and parsley for this recipe. Stuffed …

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