Category Archives: Side Dish

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Gay Nell Nicholas of Henderson, Texas submitted this recipe to Taste of Home.

2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into wedges

3 T soy sauce

2 T sherry or apple juice

2 T honey

2 T water

1 garlic clove, minced

1 T sesame or canola oil

Place sweet potatoes in a steamer basket; place in a saucepan over 1″ of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 5-7 minutes. Place potatoes in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the soy sauce, sherry, honey, water and garlic; pour over potatoes and toss gently.

Drain sweet potatoes, reserving soy sauce mixture. Arrange sweet potatoes in a single layer in a grill basket coasted with Pam. Brush potatoes with oil. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender, basting with reserved soy sauce mixture and turning occasionally.



Filed under Grilling, Healthy, No oven necessary., Potatoes, Side Dish

Spinach Rice Bake

10 oz package frozen spinach

1 cup cooked long grain rice

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup milk

3 T finely chopped onion

2 T minced fresh parsley

2 T butter, softened

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Cook spinach according to package directions; drain well. Add the remaining ingredients; mix well. Transfer to a greased 1-quart baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minuets. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

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Filed under Casserole, Cheese, Comfort Food, Rice, Side Dish, Vegetarian Main Dish

Green Bean Casserole (The One & Only)

Remember the other day when I said I draw the line at cooking with cream of mushroom soup? Well, not in this recipe. For whatever reason, it just isn’t Thanksgiving-Christmas-Easter without it.

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tsp soy sauce

dash pepper

4 cups cooked cut green beans (this is the one & only time of year we use canned green beans)

1 1/3 cups French fried onions (the more the better)

MIX soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, beans and 2/3 can onions in a 1 1/2 quart casserole.

BAKE at 350 for 25 minutes.

STIR and sprinkle with remaining onions. Bake 5 minutes.

 Some tips: If you’re going to do it wrong (making & eating this unhealthy monstrosity), do it right.  Don’t make it soupy!  And for goodness sake, please cover the entire casserole with the French fried onions and not just the edges.  

Please enjoy this Friends video where Joey says, “If you’re going to do it wrong…do it right.”

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Filed under Casserole, Christmas, Comfort Food, Mike's favorite, Side Dish, Thanksgiving

Italian Potato Pancake (For One)

This recipe is by Celeste Rossmiller from Denver, Colorado.

1 medium potato, peeled and grated

2 T chopped onion

2 T whole wheat flour

1 egg

1/4 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp dried oregano

s & p to taste

1 T olive oil

shredded mozzarella cheese

Rinse grated potato in cold water; drain thoroughly. In a bowl, combine potato, onion, flour, egg, basil, oregano, s & p. In a skillet, heat oil; add potato mixture. Cover and cook over med-low heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Turn; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook over low heat 5 minutes longer.

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Filed under Cheese, Comfort Food, Italian, No oven necessary., Potatoes, Side Dish, Vegetarian Main Dish

Oven Roasted Kabocha Squash

We received some kabocha squash in our co-op basket and I found this recipe on  It was delicious!! The photos on that site are so great, in fact, I’ll just refer you straight to it instead of typing it out here:

She’s right, too, about using a really good knife. (God bless my parents who bought us Henckel knives! There’s no going back.)


Filed under Healthy, Side Dish, Squash

Carmelized Onions

Makes 2 cups

3 T butter

2 T olive oil

2 1/2 lbs onions, thinly sliced

s & p

2 tsp sugar

1. In a large skillet, melt butter in the olive oil over med-high heat. Add the onions and 1/4 tsp each s & p, and cook, stirring constantly, until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in the sugar and cook, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan frequently, until the onions are golden brown, about 20 minutes.


Filed under Basic Cooking, Side Dish

Spanish Rice

I forgot all about this recipe!  It is very good.

2 T vegetable oil

1 cup uncooked white rice

1 onion, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped (we usually opt for red or yellow  instead)

2 cups water

10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1. Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Saute rice, onion, and pepper until rice is browned and onions are tender.

2. Stir in water and tomatoes. Season with chili powder and salt.

3. Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed.


Filed under Mexican, Rice, Side Dish