This is a quick refreshing salad that you could really eat as a main dish if you wanted to. When I made it, I added brown rice and kale that I quickly steamed in the microwave with a tablespoon of water. I’ll definitely be trying it again this summer with fresh corn!
I’ve talked to a few people at work about beans and it appears as though many people only eat green beans and baked beans. I remember eating black eye peas growing up for new years, but not very often throughout the year. If you’re not eating beans, legumes, you’re missing out on a whole bunch of nutritional goodness. They are actually more effective at removing extra cholesterol from your system than oats.
Carrots are another vegetable that are best roasted. If you eat them raw, you know that they are sweet. When they are roasted those sugars are carmelized and they are even sweeter. So good! Oh and don’t be tempted to buy those bags of baby carrots. Buy carrots by the pound. It’s cheaper and the product is the same.
I discovered orzo, which is a small oval shaped pasta, a few years ago and fell in love with it. Once it’s cooked, it almost has a creamy texture. I ate a version of this dish at a restaurant a few years ago and came home determined to recreate it. This isn’t an exact replica, but it’s very tasty.
Squash is a standard side dish at my grandmother’s during the summer. It’s really quick to prepare since it can actually be eaten raw. If you fill your pan like I did, stir the zucchini frequently so that all of the pieces get cooked evenly. I was multitasking and ended up with some pieces more well done than others.
The first time I had asparagus was in high school at a classmate’s house. Her parents grilled it. I wasn’t overly impressed. My mother never prepared it and I didn’t try it again until I was in my late 20’s when a guy I was dating made it for me. This simple preparation is the key for me. Salt, pepper and lemon. It’s all these tender spears need. Take them out as soon as they turn bright green so you can enjoy the nice crunch.
Side dishes tend to be afterthoughts. A little steam or a quick boil might be the most action they see in the kitchen. Variety is often lacking in this area as well. Growing up, I saw potatoes, broccoli, green beans, corn and mixed vegetables the most. The green beans and mixed vegetables came frozen and were most often boiled. No wonder children don’t love their veggies. Over the next several days, I’m going to share 7 side dishes that could threaten to upstage the stars on your plates. Because many vegetables have a natural sweetness and deliciousness to them, it doesn’t take a lot of work to make them shine. Another bonus is price! As you’ll see, per serving, these dishes are very inexpensive.