Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Onion

I love sweet potatoes. Research has found that sweet potatoes have several health benefits like fighting inflammation, regulating blood sugar levels, and supporting weight loss. I’m always looking for recipes for them. Today’s recipe is a naturally sweet side dish that is perfect for holiday meals and makes every meal special. If you have family members who don’t like many of the popular sweet recipes for sweet potatoes, give this savory sweet dish a try. Sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection with chunky onion wedges and garlic, then finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a tasty, easy dish.

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Easy Marinated Tomatoes

Summer is a time of fresh vegetables whether you grow them yourself in the garden or buy them at the farmer’s market. One of my favorite veggies is tomatoes. I buy grape or cherry tomatoes all year long. In the summer I sometimes find heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Today’s simple recipe is a tomato marinade. Fresh tomatoes with olive oil, fresh herbs, pepper, a tablespoon of honey, and vinegar. I suggest red wine or balsamic vinegar but if you love apple cider vinegar like me, it’s good too. You can make it with 5 large tomatoes or 35 oz. in cherry tomatoes. I like using multicolored tomatoes too as it looks so appealing. For vegan-friendly, drop the honey and use maple syrup, agave, or brown sugar.

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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Several years ago I shared a recipe for marinated spicy roasted cauliflower. The marinade includes chili powder, cumin, and curry for a spicy flavor. Today’s recipe, parmesan roasted cauliflower is a simple but flavorful dish that many home cooks seem to overlook. This dish is perfect for winter, especially when paired with a side of roasted potatoes and meats or served with some warm pasta. Roasting the cauliflower brings out its natural nutty flavor, and the parmesan cheese adds a crispy richness that will have you craving more. A whole roasted head of cauliflower can be really impressive.

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Fresh Zucchini & Corn Sauté

It’s August with all its summer heat. Today’s recipe is a simple sauté of two of the season’s most bountiful crops, fresh corn kernels and zucchini. Nothing beats the fresh taste of vegetables. The classic sauté begins with butter. I am using 1/2 butter and 1/2 olive oil. For vegan, use vegan butter and/or olive oil. Olive oil adds a rich flavor to the buttery veggies.

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Fresh Succotash

Succotash originated from Narragansett Native Americans living in the area now known as Rhode Island. The name is derived from a Narragansett word meaning “broken or boiled corn kernels.” Native Americans introduced succotash to struggling colonists in the 1600s.

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! Today is the perfect time for a historic fresh vegetable side dish originally shared by Native Americans in the 1600s. Succotash is a highly underrated dish made with fresh sweet corn kernels, squash, onion, tomatoes, and lima or other beans. I remember enjoying it as a child with summer meals. Many Americans consider it a southern dish, but there are variations of the dish across the country. Now in modern times you can personalize the seasoning blend to be Greek, Latin, or Cajun. For example, you could use a green bell pepper or a red one. Today I am adding green beans, red bell pepper, cumin, and a jalapeno pepper. You can add whatever beans you have. Nearly every version has lima beans included but sometimes with the addition of other beans. I recommend using fresh vegetables in the summer if available except for the lima beans. You may use frozen lima beans defrosted.

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Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Fries

There is nothing like a side of fries with almost any meal. Today’s recipe is a healthier version with oven-baked sweet potato fries with a kick of Cajun spices. You can increase the heat or decrease as you need.  Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are high in anti-oxidants.  I am always looking for ways to use sweet potatoes without excess sugar.  Oven fries top the list.

 

 

 

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