Category Archives: Side Dishes

Very Cheesy Veggie Pasta

On chilly days like today, a nice hot pasta dish makes a great meal! And since this Very Cheesy Veggie Pasta is particularly cheesy, I would even say it qualifies as comfort food! 🙂 And the bonus in this dish is that there are some veggies in it too! Win win win! 🙂

This pasta dish was kind of an experiment. I had some extra rotini pasta and wanted to make a casserole with it…something cheesy, but with some veggies in it, too. I also like crumbly toppings. So I tried combining all of that into this pasta dish. This works great as a main dish or side dish for lunch or dinner. And your kids may actually eat this, since all that cheese somewhat disguises the veggies! 🙂

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Onion-Roasted Potatoes

This is a super-easy recipe I found a while back on the box of a Lipton® Onion Soup package. It’s so good! And I also like these Onion-Roasted Potatoes because you don’t have to peel the potatoes—just leave those skins on and cut them into chunks! This is a very versatile side dish—you can serve these potatoes at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Creamy Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs always bring back memories to me of summertime picnics…a picnic just does not seem complete somehow without deviled eggs! Even if you’re not having a picnic, they’re still a great side dish for a summer meal…and I know a lot of people who serve deviled eggs as a side dish for Thanksgiving too! So I guess Deviled Eggs are something we can enjoy all year round, right?

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Tomatoes Provençal

Have you ever been to Provence? I have never been to France  but if I have the chance to go, Provence will be one of the areas I want to visit! This region of southern France stretches from the Mediterranean to the hills of Haute Provence, and from the Rhone River valley to the Italian Alps. It was the site of the first Roman colony beyond Italy and today it’s known for fragrant lavender fields, beautiful beaches like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Nice, quaint small villages, and fine wines and food. The cuisine of this area includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and nuts—basically the core of the healthy Mediterranean diet.

I learned these things about Provence when I did a review a few years ago of Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living, by François Millo and Viktorija Todorovska. This book introduces you to the geography, history, traditions, wines, and recipes of the region, one of which is Tomatoes Provençal. Since I love tomatoes, that is the recipe I chose to make from the book, and I’m reposting it now because it is a wonderful recipe for summer and a simple yet delicious way to use your garden tomatoes!

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Peach-Strawberry Salad with Feta

This fresh and fruity salad was something I discovered at a potluck. I love all the healthy ingredients in it—slices of fresh peaches (or nectarines) and strawberries, with some slivered or sliced almonds added in—all tossed in a slightly sweet-and-tangy vinaigrette. Crumbles of delicious Feta cheese top the salad.

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