Category Archives: Vegetables

Honey-Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese and Thyme

I like lots of different veggies, but I’ve never been very crazy about raw carrots, unless they’re shredded—I have no idea why shredding them makes them more appealing to me! I also like carrots if they are cooked with some kind of glaze on them—like these Honey-Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese and Thyme! I became inspired to try a carrot side dish after I saw this recipe at Food52. I thought I’d add some honey, too, for a little sweetness, and I used more olive oil so I’d have a little extra glaze to spoon over the carrots.

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Lemon Thyme Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Roasted vegetables are so good, especially roasted potatoes! And when they’re flavored with herbs, that’s even better! These Lemon Thyme Rosemary Roasted Potatoes have a great lemony taste that really makes them different from your typical roasted potatoes. I love the tanginess of the lemon and the savory flavor of the herbs!

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Easy Au Gratin Potatoes

As I was going through my review copy of the new Unofficial ALDI Cookbook, I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to make these Easy Au Gratin Potatoes. I’ve never made au gratin potatoes before—it always sounded like a lot of work…peeling the potatoes, boiling them, and then slicing them. Well, as this cookbook says, “This recipe bypasses the peeling and the boiling by using ALDI’s canned potatoes, and your family and your guests will be none the wiser.” That sounded good to me! 🙂

So I’m sharing the recipe with you in this post, but first I’ll tell you a little more about the book! The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook (softcover, Ulysses Press) has 75 recipes you can make with budget-friendly ALDI products. Not an ALDI shopper? No problem—you can substitute products from your favorite grocery store. There are full-color photos of the recipes too and they all look delicious! The five chapters include recipes for Beverages; Sides, Appetizers, and Soups; Breakfasts; Entrees; and Desserts. Some that I’d like to try in the future include:

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Caprese Salad

Fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella…three of my favorite things to eat, in one great salad…Caprese Salad! It makes a nice lunch or light dinner. And in the summer, if you have a garden and grow tomatoes and basil, it’s so nice to be able to go out to your backyard and pick your meal fresh from the garden! Here’s a gardening tip too: instead of using bug sprays on your tomato or basil plants, plant big bunches of marigolds near them—I’ve found that marigolds are great at helping to keep the bugs away!

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Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

If you are a fan of mashed potatoes, these may be the creamiest mashed potatoes you’ll ever make! Sour cream and cream cheese make these Creamy Cheesy Potatoes very creamy indeed! They’re cheesy, too, with some Cheddar cheese mixed into the potatoes after mashing and then more cheese sprinkled on top. Oh, and the buttery, crumbly cracker topping is pretty good too!

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