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Roasted Cauliflower “Rice”

An easy way to sneak in extra vegetables into your day! Try this as a side dish with your next meal. Alternatively, you can also experiment and make this the star of your dish in different ways such as cauliflower “fried rice”, red beans and “rice”, or a “rice” casserole. 

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Ingredients:
16 oz fresh cauliflower
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp fresh lemon juice Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash got its name from the angel hair pasta-like strands that form naturally after the squash has cooked. While it does not taste or have the same texture as regular pasta, it is a great low-carb substitute for refined white pasta.. or even an interesting vegetable side dish! Spaghetti squash has so many unique uses, but first you have to properly cook the squash! Here’s how…

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Ingredients:
1 medium spaghetti squash (2-3 pounds)
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Grilled “Mexican Street Corn”

Summer time and using the grill seem to go hand in hand in my house. We like to keep the cooking heat outside so our house doesn’t heat up! This recipe for grilled corn is a unique side dish and a fun take on the traditional Mexican Street corn. If you cannot find crema Mexicana, swap it out for reduced fat sour cream or plain greek yogurt. 

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Ingredients:
cooking spray
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
6 ears corn
1/4 cup crema Mexicana
6 lime wedges Continue reading

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Parmesan Garlic Orzo

A delicious and light side dish for any meal! Quick and easy to make, this is my go-to pasta side dish for a weeknight meal. Perfect with marinated grilled chicken or seafood.

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Ingredients:
1 cup orzo pasta (look for whole wheat orzo!)
1/4 cup butter
1-2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
salt and ground black pepper, to taste Continue reading

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Cabbage, Potato & Bacon Bake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This recipe is the BEST side dish to corned beef. Tender cabbage, potatoes, caramelized onions, and crispy bacon. What more can you ask for? Caution: I only make once a year… all in moderation!! 

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Ingredients:
1 cabbage (I look for a medium-small one)
2-3 baking potatoes (depending on size)
6oz bacon, chopped
1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
cracked black pepper, to taste
1 can chicken broth Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

One of my favorite vegetable side dishes! I love the crispy edges and the bold flavors produced by roasting in a hot oven. Cauliflower is another great vegetable to cook in a similar way. 

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Ingredients:
1 pound Brussels Sprouts
2 Tbsp Extra-Virigin Olive Oil
salt and ground black pepper, to taste (I usually use 1/4 tsp of each)
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less, as desired) Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Apple Bake

With one of the biggest eating days of the year right around the corner, now is the time to think about what you plan on serving for Thanksgiving! The average adult consumes over 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving — maybe it is time to lighten up the meal!! Instead of a calorie, sugar, and fat heavy sweet potato casserole, try this lightened up sweet potato apple bake! All the delicious flavors you are looking for, but with less calories!

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Ingredients:
3 cups sliced peeled cooked sweet potatoes
3 cups sliced peeled tart apples
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 Tbsp butter Continue reading

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