Grilled Zucchini

This side dish is pretty self explanatory, so I’ll skip a formal introduction. I like to make this whenever I’ve already fired up the grill (take a gander at Grilled Swordfish, NY Strip Steak, Gorgonzola Stuffed Steak, and Grilled Pork for a few ideas). This is a simple addition to any meal, and there is…

Grilled Veggie Pillow

It feels like my first recipe post was yesterday, so it’s a little surreal when I see that this one is my 100th! For a milestone post, it only seems fitting to share with you a staple from my childhood. My mom loved to grill…and (like postal carriers), no weather would stop her. If it…

Roasted Red Pepper and Veggie Barley

Looking for a good, healthy, hearty, and versatile side dish with grains and veggies?  Try this one on for size.  It’s great with grilled meat, as an addition to soup or stew, or even as a side salad if you let it cool and toss it in a little vinegar.  And with the ability to add any veggies…

Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Love brussels sprouts, but don’t have the time to let them roast? Here’s your solution! All of the flavour gets in, but these cook so much quicker. They can be served on their own as a side or used as a topping to a fall chili or a pork chop…they can even be mixed into…

Succotash

I never really grew up eating succotash. In fact, I grew up in a house where lima beans were treated with contempt and disgust. At the risk of incriminating myself in an unforgivable betrayal of family culinary traditions, I must say that I have actually grown to be sort of fond of the little legumes….

Roasted Asparagus

Here’s another simple side that requires almost no prep work, thus allowing you to focus on a more intricate main course (or anything else you want to focus on, for that matter). I think of the two main ways to cook asparagus (dry heat and wet heat), dry heat is the best. Whether you grill…

“Red” (aka Elbow Noodles in Meat Sauce)

Today would have been my mom’s birthday, so it seemed fitting to post a classic comfort dish that she would make for my sister and me while we were growing up. I think a lot of people have their own family versions of noodles in meat sauce, and I’d love to hear about your family’s…

Mashed Celery Root

Like Turnip and Cauliflower, Celery Root is a great replacement for mashed potatoes from a calories/carbs standpoint. It is also perhaps my favourite substitute for a few reasons: It’s got the most complex flavour. It gives off such a perfect blend of sweetness and savoriness through the cooked celery notes that develop perfectly as it…

Roasted Carrots

Simple side here. This one goes well with any roasted meat, and it takes so little time to prepare…and it takes about the same amount of time to roast as many meats. Add in that you can jazz the dish up with different spice profiles to really match the rest of your meal, and this…

Swiss Zucchini Gratin

Sometimes, I want a nice hearty gratin, but I don’t want to eat all that potato. This one is a perfect substitute, and it goes very well with steak any breaded and pan fried meats. In this case, I cooked it to accompany a chicken schnitzel dish. It’s easy, and it’s also very customizable to…