Side Dish

Pan Fried Tofu

2018-03-12T11:42:44+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is such a simple recipe for pan fried tofu.  Once it is pan fried just dip the tofu in your favorite sauce or make a stir fry with it. Being raised in an Asian family I grew up eating a lot of tofu, all kind of shape, texture and flavors…you name it I am pretty sure I had it. Here is a very simple, way too simple of a recipe… Okay…I must admit that this is one of another recipe that it should not be called a recipe…there is really nothing to measure or weight… You can use this tofu as it is, and eat by simply dipping into your favorite sauce or use in any stir-fry dish…it is [...]

Couscous with Mushroom

2018-03-12T17:36:12+00:00 Pasta and Grain, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a side dish recipe made with couscous and cremini mushroom.  It is very easy and fragrant. Great with any poultry or meat dish. This is a simple and quick couscous recipe. It is easy and great as a side dish to accompany meat or chicken. The couscous is so fragrant with the cremini mushrooms in it. Ingredients: 2 cups cooked couscous (follow the instructions form the package) ½ lb cremini mushroom, sliced 1 small onion, finely sliced 4 to 5 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Parsley or cilantro, chopped Method: In a large pan, heat the olive oil and saute the onion with garlic, until slightly golden. Add the mushrooms [...]

Pickled Cucumber and Carrot

2018-03-13T12:44:51+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This recipe for is for an Asian inspired pickled cucumber and carrot with a hint of ginger. This dish is very popular and can be served as a side dish, in sandwich and in salad. I love this pickled cucumber and carrot…it is a nice addition to the table as a side dish and yes, taste delicious in a sandwich as well. There is a nice balance between the tart and sweetness, and the ginger just adds a nice kick to it. The great thing about this simple way to pickled is that they stay almost forever in the refrigerator…not that it last that long, you know what I mean. My mom makes this pickled cucumber and carrot very often…and [...]

Simple Fennel Salad

2018-03-13T13:11:51+00:00 Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a very easy and simple salad using just a few ingredients. The fennel is thinly sliced therefore it is light, crunchy and refreshing. Have you ever used fennel in your cooking? I have been very skeptical since I do not care for licorice and was always reluctant to buy fennel, but after seeing so many nice recipes using fennel, especially in salad I decided to try when I saw it at Trader Joe’s a package of a couple of plump fennel bulbs. The simple shaved fennel salad recipe from Kitchen Riffs just clicked, when I searched for the recipe, I then realized that I have been contemplating in trying this salad for more than a year. I followed the recipe [...]

Roasted Delicata Squash

2018-02-01T12:24:45+00:00 Side Dish, Vegetarian|

Have you ever seen a Delicata squash? They are so cute! I got mine Delicata squash at Trader Joe’s and as soon as I saw it I told my husband I need to try this…and boy, they are so good. This squashes are simple and easy to manage as compared to some other squash that are so hard to cut. I simply wash, cut add some olive oil and freshly grounded pepper and put them to roast on the small oven. They taste so sweet and creamy, almost melting in your mouth…the texture of this squash is indeed very delicate as its name…now that I know how this squash taste, I will make sure that grab them everytime I see [...]

Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms

2018-02-02T00:59:35+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

Have you noticed the change in my blog’s header? I have  wanted to update the header for a while but did not have the time nor the inspiration to do it until recently, when a friend asked for my blog address. I said in a very comfortable manner “simplerecipes[dot]me”. She then asked me right away “what? simplerecipes[dot]me[dot]com?”. I then had to explain that instead of [dot]com it is [dot]me . She was very confused…she is not the first person and will not be the last person that will give me a puzzled or suspicious look after I say [dot]me. So here I am, with a new header look…I hope I did not confuse you…even more…actually nothing has changed, my domain name [...]

Quinoa Salad with Mint

2018-02-01T14:09:21+00:00 Gluten Free, Pasta and Grain, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

I hope all of my friends from US had a great holiday weekend…we had a wonderful time with family and friend with lots of BBQ and to finalize the party we saw the fireworks from the rooftop…it was a beautiful day… I got this idea after having quinoa salad at the Stonefire Grill. Although the one that is offered at the restaurant comes only with lemon, mint and green onion, I decided to dress a little more when making my version of the quinoa salad. This simple recipe for quinoa salad is refreshing and so good…super simple to put together…just prepare the quinoa as described on the package and have cucumber, tomatoes and lots of fresh mint. It is great [...]

Strawberry Salsa

2018-01-30T03:27:53+00:00 Fish and Seafood, Side Dish|

I always like fruits in savory dishes…back in Brazil during festive time like Christmas and New Year we always have turkey or ham with fruits, therefore serving savory dishes with fruits always remind me of my childhood. Strawberries are everywhere…and they are at its freshest season. After making all kind of drinks with strawberries and eating them fresh or topped with condensed milk, I decide to make this simple and easy strawberry salsa,  served with a simple flour coated hake and scallops. It was divide…so refreshing and so summery. Ingredients: Strawberry Salsa 8oz fresh strawberry clean, hulled and cut in small pieces 2 tablespoons sweet onion, finely chopped ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste Fresh lemon [...]

Caesar Salad Dressing

2018-02-01T14:22:39+00:00 Gluten Free, Sauce/Dressing and Condiment, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

I hope that all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. I learned this recipe from a class that I took a while ago at the CookinStuff and I must tell you…it is a very simple recipe and it is so good. I must confess that I never made Caesar salad prior to this class mainly because of the fear of raw eggs. This is a simplified version of Caesar salad dressing, which uses mayonnaise instead of raw eggs, and after reading John’s post on Kitchen Riffs, I realized that this might be one of the 21st century versions since the original is lighter. Please check Kitchen Riffs for the history of this famous salad…and his recipe for Caesar Salad [...]

Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Butter Sauce

2018-02-01T07:50:28+00:00 Side Dish, Vegetarian|

I had a similar dish in a neighborhood restaurant a few weeks ago and in spite of being delicious, I just felt that it was loaded with butter sauce and a bit too salty. Therefore, I decided to make my own…the nice thing about cooking your own, is that you can really “control” the amount of the sauce and salt and finish with a dish that still delicious but somehow healthier. As I keep trying different recipes for Brussels sprouts, slowly but surely the rank of “unlike” Brussels sprouts is decreasing, which makes me feel kind of “victorious”. Ingredients: Approximately ½ lb Brussels sprouts 1 small onion, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper to taste [...]