Side Dish

Apple Mint Salad

2018-06-27T15:03:11+00:00Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a very simple, refreshing salad made mainly with apple, fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh mint. This salad is a great side dish for any occasion, especially with grilled meat or poultry…the refreshing and crisp apples with a hint of mint is very invigorating with fatty meal, giving the meal a nice balance. I learned this recipe with my little sister when she brought a large bowl of this apple salad and we all loved it…I could not believe that such a simple recipe with only a few ingredients could be so good. The combination of the crispy apples with orange and a hint of mint is so pleasant for the palate. I meant to share this recipe [...]

Air-Fried Brussels Sprouts

2018-06-18T10:52:24+00:00Air-Fryer, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

If you do not care for Brussels sprout, this recipe will change your mind…by simply placing the sprouts in the air fryer and you will totally change your mind about not liking Brussels sprouts. Lately I try to add Brussels sprouts on our table, and I have tried so many recipes, from stir-fry to roasting, and I have to admit that I am very impressed when I air fried it.  I already air fried Brussels sprouts many times, and now I got it really working well. On my first attempt, I treated the Brussels sprouts as I usually do when roasting in the oven…and realized that the loose leaves would be too well done for our taste (burned) and that [...]

Celery Salad with San-J Sauce

2018-06-18T11:17:40+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is simple salad recipe using mainly blanched celery and tossed with San-J organic soy sauce. This is a very simple and easy recipe using mainly blanched celery, yes blanched celery…this way the celery still crunchy and yet somehow delicate. I accepted the invitation to try more San-J sauces, they were sent to me without charge, and I did not receive any compensation for this post and all the content and opinion in this post are solely mine. I decided to use the gluten free organic tamari soy sauce in this recipe, and I love it, especially because this is a reduced sodium version of soy sauce. You can look for more San-J sauces here and pick your favorite one. In Asian [...]

Miso Glazed Delicata Squash

2018-06-18T11:19:58+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a simple recipe which by just adding a bit of miso you will find yourself indulging a simple roasted delicata squash with a hint of umami flavor.   Have you ever tried Delicata squash? If you have not, please check this post to see how this squash looks like. Anyway, this is a twist on the roasted Delicata squash recipe, miso is added almost at the end to give the squash an umami touch. I grew up with miso, therefore I never thought much about it, until recently I realized that I like the taste of miso and could not explain why…here is why, it is the now well accepted UMAMI taste which is known as the fifth primary taste. This [...]

White Bean Stew

2018-06-18T11:21:00+00:00Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Side Dish, Soup/Stew|

This is a Brazilian inspired recipe for white bean stew. Bean and rice are present in every meal in Brazil, okay, except breakfast. In this recipe instead of the traditional pinto beans I used white beans. In Brazil, like many Latin American countries, rice and bean (arroz e feijão) is a basic in almost every meal…Brazilians eat beans for lunch and dinner, and it is mainly served with rice. The most used bean for the everyday meal is a bean very similar to pinto beans, but the Brazilian national dish called “feijoada” which is a stew made with beef, pork, it uses black beans. Since it is an everyday dish, you can imagine how many recipes for making beans is [...]

Lemon Cucumber Salad and Summer 2015 Harvest

2018-06-18T11:03:50+00:00Edible Garden, Side Dish|

Have you ever seen or tasted lemon cucumber? This is sure my first time ever…we picked a small plant when we decided to put a small vegetable garden on the rooftop. Since we have never tasted or seen lemon cucumber, we decided to give this plant a try…so after a few weeks we harvested our first crop and made salad with it…so interesting! The lemon cucumber as the name says it…resembles lemon due to the round shape and yellow color. Lemon cucumbers are sweeter than the regular cucumbers. The skin is a bit hard, therefore it is better peeled. No recipe…I simply tossed the peeled cut up lemon cucumbers with tomatoes, fresh chopped cilantro, fresh squeezed lemon juice, extra virgin [...]

Rainbow Carrot Slaw Salad

2018-06-18T11:24:25+00:00Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a simple recipe for a very colorful salad using mainly carrots. This salad has great textures, especially when topped with chopped nuts. This is such a simple, fun and easy recipe for put together…the colors of the rainbow carrots are so “sunny”, and it will make any dinner table look very pretty and “happy”. The flavors of this carrot slaw burst with the tanginess of apple vinegar and the sweetness of the honey. There are many textures, from slightly chewy, crisp to crunch…as you can see and imagine…this rainbow carrot slaw is packed with a lot of pleasant qualities for the taste buds…I sure hope you get to try it… Ingredients: Approximately 1 lb of carrots, peeled and [...]

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Chia Sprouts

2018-06-18T11:24:34+00:00Side Dish, Vegetarian|

Now that yo have chia seed sprouts what you should do with it? Just toss it in your salad, in between your sandwich or just as a garnishment. I enjoy it in my cucumber and tomato salad. Oh! Before I forget…I hope all the mom’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day!   In this cucumber and tomato salad, I just added fresh squeezed lime juice, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, salt and fresh ground pepper…nothing else…it is simple and so tasty…     I hope you enjoy this simple salad recipe and this post get you going on sprouting chia seeds…   Did you know that chia seed gel can be used in food formulation as thickening [...]

Stir Fry Wheatberries

2018-06-18T11:27:55+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Pasta and Grain, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a simple recipe for an Asian inspired stir-fry wheatberries with eggs and Chinese sausage. Just by substituting rice for wheatberries you will have a healthy version of fried rice. This is a very simple and fast recipe considering that you have cooked wheatberries. The recipe is similar to the Egg Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage…and it is great as a main dish since it contains veggies and protein. Wheatberries are wheat, I mean the whole wheat kernel except the hull. I personally like to wash and soak the wheatberries before cooking, usually overnight. Wheatberries are chewy and packed with nutrients and dietary fiber, therefore much healthier than plain rice. So if you like wheatberry it is good to cook [...]

Zucchini Noodles

2018-06-18T11:28:32+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is an Asian inspired recipe for zucchini noddles by simply tossing the noddles with the already made ginger onion sauce. Great as a side dish. This is a simple and healthy way to serve zucchini…and really taste delicious! Just add the Ginger Green Onion Sauce that I posted a while, which you can find the recipe here and it is ready…Again, this is so easy and simple that I am embarrassed to post it, but hey…I am doing it anyway! Ingredients: Zucchini (as many as you want) Ginger green onion sauce to taste Method: In a medium pot place water and a pinch of salt and bring to boil. Wash and trim both end of the zucchini. Using a mandolin slice zucchini [...]