Side Dishes

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – Perfect side dish or appetizer

bacon wrapped asaparagus

If you are having a party, recipes for easy appetizers are something that you will want to have on hand as go-to recipes. This easy bacon wrapped asparagus recipe makes a great party starter and is also a great side dish for any regular meal.    I love healthy side dishes that still have a taste…

20+ Easy Gluten Free recipes

20+ of my Favorite Gluten Free Recipes

Tempt Your Taste buds with these Gluten Free Recipes. Over the last few years, our awareness of some of the problems with foods which contain gluten has risen sharply.  Many readers, for health reasons, or sometimes to lose weight have tried to cut gluten from their diets.  This collection of Gluten free recipes should be…

Homemade Pear Preserves with Crystallized Ginger

Pear preserves with Crystallized ginger

This recipe for homemade pear preserves with crystallized ginger is easy to do (other than the canning part of course) and tastes delicious.  The simplicity of the preserves is just a small benefit. The star of the recipe is the delicious taste of the pears, accented with the crystallized ginger with sugar and lemon. To…

Citrus Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

Citrus Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

I came home from the grocery store yesterday with a huge bag of grapefruit instead of the oranges I thought I was buying.  I do like grapefruit but at 1/2 a fruit in the morning, these babies will take a long time to disappear. I love having really special salads as a lunch time meal.…

Creamy & Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

There is nothing quite like the taste of perfectly cooked, creamy mashed potatoes. They are the ultimate comfort food.   They are light and fluffy and make the perfect side dish for any meal. I have put together a step by step tutorial for making perfect mashed potatoes. Be sure to check it out!   Making…

Roasted Root Veggies with Maple Cinnamon

Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple Cinnamon

These roasted root vegetables use maple syrup and orange juice as well as cinnamon and ground cloves to give the dish a wonderful level of taste. I love to roast vegetables. Cooking them in the oven brings out their natural sweetness and adds a lovely flavor to them.  For another way to roast veggies, see…

Ziti Pasta with Asparagus & Mushrooms

Ziti Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus

My daughter visited for the Christmas holidays this year and she is a vegan. We were planning on having ham for Christmas dinner, and she could not eat this, so I wanted some tasty side dishes that she could enjoy.   This recipe for Ziti Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms was her favorite.  She said “I…

Brown Sugar Baked Pineapple Rings

Brown Sugar Glazed Pineapple rings.

This recipe for baked pineapple rings could not be easier to make. But don’t let the ease of the recipe fool you. The pineapple ends up moist and delicious and with a great brown sugar taste that can’t be beat. Brown Sugar Baked Pineapple Rings Fresh pineapple is a wonderful side dish all year round,…

Cream Cheese Appetizers with Tomato & spring onion

Tomato and spring onion crudites

These cream cheese appetizers with Tomato and spring onion were another big hit at my Christmas party this year. What I liked best easy appetizers like these, is that the mixture kept its consistency well and did not make the crackers soggy, so they could be made a little ahead of time.  The taste is…

Roasted Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Roasted Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

This recipe for roasted red potatoes with fresh herbs is easy and very tasty.  The potatoes are just lightly coated with a bit of olive oil and some fresh herbs and then roasted in a hot oven. Roasted Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs The result of roasting potatoes is that are crispy on the outside…

Baked Onion Rings

Baked Onion Rings from The Gardening Cook

These healthy baked onion rings are crispy on the outside with a tender and savory center.  Ingredients 1 Vidalia onion 1/3 cup of oatmeal (not instant) 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper 1/4 tsp garlic salt 1/4 tsp seasoned salt 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk 2 egg whites

Easy Homemade Garlic Bread

Easy Homemade Garlic Bread

I love garlic bread. Not only does it adds the perfect touch to any hearty Italian meal but it is also one of my favorite easy appetizers.  You can buy the garlic butter loaves at the store but there is no substitute for this homemade garlic bread just out of the oven, made with fresh ingredients.…

Roasted Herb Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Herb Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese

These roasted herb potatoes have a crisp outer coating but the center is soft and moist.  They make the perfect side dish for any protein choice. Don’t know how to cook veggies in the oven? See my tips for roasting vegetables here. Ingredients: 4 cups cubed potatoes 2-3 tbsp. mixed fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, oregano…

Cheesy scalloped potatoes

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

 I love cheesy scalloped potatoes.  The creamy cheese sauce gives the dish a richness that is so delicious.  Chives and nutmeg are the secret ingredients to complete the flavor profile. Every time I serve this recipe, it disappears quickly. And if you do happen to have any left, it is great heated up later and…

Cheese Potato & Italian Sausage Casserole

Cheese Potato & Italian Sausage Casserole

This recipe goes back to the hearty food of the 1970s.  My mom used to make hearty side dish casseroles a lot since we had a big family and food had to go a long way. Printable recipe – Cheese Potato & Italian Sausage Casserole The recipe is easy to make and delicious.  I used…

Teriyaki Sauteed Mushrooms in a Red Wine Sauce

Mushrooms and Garlic in Red wine Teriyaki Sauce

This recipe for Teriyaki Sauteed Mushrooms in a teriyaki wine Sauce are a simple and delicious dish that can be used in so many ways. . It will be on the table in about 15 minutes and your family will love it.  Teriyaki Sauteed Mushrooms in a Wine Sauce Mushrooms are one of my favorite…

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds

Brussels sprouts with Bacon and Almonds

This recipe for Brussels sprouts with bacon and almonds makes a delicious side dish.  Cooking the sprouts in chicken broth takes away the bitterness that these sprouts sometimes have. Printable Recipe:  Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds First cook your bacon.  I like to bake my bacon.  It gets most of the grease out and…

Scalloped Potatoes

cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

If you are looking for a wonderful recipe for scalloped potatoes, you just cannot go wrong with this one.  It is very fast to assembled and the flavors are to die for. How to make scalloped potatoes I first started making this recipe when I lived in Australia. It was a favorite recipe of a…