Salads & Sides

Sweet Potato Mash (with Pecans)

I love how fancy restaurants often do a nice little smear of some sort of puree on your plate. It’s a simple concept really, just not something I usually think about doing to “switch things up” at home! So, inspired…

Beet and Goat Cheese (Brown Rice) Risotto

Risotto is such a special treat and something that often makes an appearance on our holiday table (thanks to a tradition started by my dad!). So I’m excited to share this vibrant seasonal version, inspired by a dish we had…

Eggplant with Corn and Feta

I’m excited to share a new recipe using eggplant because is it just me, or does it seem most people don’t know what to do with it besides Eggplant Parmesan? I love how eggplant has one of the longest growing…

Brown Rice Pilaf with Golden Raisin and Almonds

I have to give my older daughter credit for this recipe! I asked her if she had any ideas for dinner for the upcoming week, and she randomly said, “rice with golden raisins and almonds,” even though it’s not anything…

Layered Roasted Beet & Orange Salad Recipe

I know it isn’t really beet season at the moment, but it sure is salad season. And this layered beet, goat cheese, and orange salad is one of those dishes that, with a few extra minutes, can be so presentable…

Traditional Greek Salad (+ all about our trip to Greece!)

We just got back from an amazing trip to Greece, and I’m so excited to share all the details along with one of our favorite dishes we ordered almost every other day while we were there. I don’t think I saw…

Loaded Chicken Salad—YUM!

My 14-year-old daughter, who usually doesn’t even like chicken salad, gave this one an “11” on a scale of 1 to 10. I think that says a lot about this recipe! Also, it backs up the theory that your kids…

Braised Asparagus (That Your Family Will Actually Eat)

I am on a mission to get my kids to like asparagus. You see, I planted my very first asparagus patch, and when I can finally harvest the spears next season (you have to wait for 1 to 2 years…

Warm Breaded Goat Cheese & Beet Salad with an Orange Dressing

I can attest that some things are an acquired taste! At least this has been my experience with beets—something I rarely make, until now! Several years ago, I started ordering beet salads at restaurants whenever one looked especially good, in…

Easy Miso Ginger Dressing

Prior to our trip to Japan, I was never one to buy miso paste. What I learned though is that miso paste lasts close to forever (it is fermented), so you aren’t going to waste your money buying some for…