Side Dish Recipes

Wheatberry Salad with Mango and Pecans

Now that spring is here, it is nice to enjoy lighter food.  This salad is substantial enough to be a meal, yet light and won’t weigh you down. If you haven’t cooked with wheat berries before, they are really nutritious, containing protein and fiber.  Here, I combine them with sweet mangoes, vegan feta, and crunchy pecans in a light vinaigrette dressing for a delicious combination.  This would be great for a vegetarian main dish or side for Easter!

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Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad

This salad is not only colorful and pretty, but good for you too!  It is packed with fiber and vitamins from the veggies, and it is so good!  Beets and carrots are about to come into season here now that it is spring, so it is the perfect time to make it!

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Garlic Dill Saurkraut

Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, it is the perfect time to try making home made saurkraut.  Not only is it fun and easy to make, it is filled with probiotics, which are important to keep our bodies healthy. Much of our immune system is in our gut, and healthy bacteria in the form of probiotics help to keep the good flora of bacteria in our gut at a good count. Although you can take probiotics in the form of pills, it is also beneficial to add them to your diet in the form of fermented foods. Home made sauerkraut is an easy way to get these good probiotics, plus it is satisfying knowing you made it yourself!  It is fairly easy to make, and it keeps well in the fridge for a few months.  I like to add it to my salads as a tangy topper, but you can also use it in sandwiches, or just as a side dish.

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Thai Peanut Broccoli Salad

If you are looking for a new way to enjoy broccoli, give this salad a try!  It has a creamy peanut dressing with a little bit of a kick, crunchy peanuts and colorful carrots and red bell pepper. It is easy to make and so good!  Perfect for making ahead of time to use in lunches!

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Pineapple Black Bean Quinoa

If you are looking for a protein packed healthy but delicious meal, look no further than this quinoa!  It is packed with southwest flavor, and you get plenty of protein and fiber thanks to the beans and quinoa.  Combining beans with quinoa is something I do often, and I always feel good and satisfied after enjoying it.  This would be perfect to make ahead and bring in your lunches too!

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Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer or finger food for a party!  These stuffed mushrooms happen to be vegan, gluten free and actually healthy!  Instead of being filled with cheese and breadcrumbs, I make a filling with walnuts, Italian flavors and a bit of nutritional yeast to give them a cheesy flavor!  They are delicious!  These would be the perfect thing to make for New Years Eve!

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Maple Miso Mashed Rutabaga

Most people think of mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potato for a Holiday side dish, but did you know rutabagas make a delicious side as well?  In this recipe I cook them until tender and mash them with a bit of sweet maple syrup and miso for a delicious combination that is perfect with any protein!

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Festive Charcuterie Board for the Holiday

This holiday season let’s spread holiday cheer by creating a wow-worthy charcuterie board when entertaining! Here are some tips and tricks to create one effortlessly:

1 Variety of Selection

Select special ingredients to elevate your charcuterie board like Merlot Bellavitano Cheese or a variety of season nuts, herbs, and fruits for garnishing.

2 Build Your Board

Start by placing key elements on the board first, like your cheeses and bowls to hold smaller ingredients. Use these as pillars to balance the layout and fill in the with supportive ingredients.

3 Made to Wow Styling

To give your board a wow-factor, add styling elements: delicately fold pieces of sliced meats, fan out crackers and bring in different shapes like baguette slices for added texture.

4 Festive Finishing

To create a sense of movement and depth on the board, use tiny bowls, low mason jars or layering on smaller marble boards to hold ingredients.

Tip:  To make your board feel extra festive, select ingredients that speak to the seasons like sprigs of rosemary or cranberries.

There is an array of products at Fresh & Natural Foods that would make great components for your charcuterie board. Come in and select what you like best. 

Happy Holidays!

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Cranberry Kale and Delicata Squash Salad

There is so much heavy rich food at Thanksgiving, it is nice to sometimes have a lighter salad on the table to balance it out.  That is why I love this kale salad!  It is packed with flavor, and is delicious, but it is also pretty healthy thanks to all of the nutrients and fiber from the squash, kale and pumpkin seeds.  It is easy to make too, and could even be made a day ahead of time (just don’t mix in the squash until you are ready to serve). This would make a lovely addition to your holiday meal!

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Vegan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Many people think that mashed potatoes need to be loaded with dairy to be delicious, but did you know that vegan ones can be just as satisfying?  These mashed potatoes are really easy to make and so good!  You would never guess that they are vegan!  If you don’t prefer the garlic and green onions, just leave them out to make plain vegan mashed potatoes.

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