Monday, February 01, 2016

Need a Quick Side Dish?

Cooking dinner in our house always seems to become a family event and I am not upset about it at all. :)  I believe that cooking is a great way to bond and have a little fun as a family.  Hannah loves helping and learning about recipes and cooking.  Not only is cooking a great skill for her to have but it is also really good practice for using fraction and math skills.

I usually set Hannah up to make the meals side dishes.  It allows her to prepare and execute the entire recipe… and eat her hard work.  I usually give her free range to what she thinks would work well with the dinner and give her a little guidance.  She is really becoming quite the chef.
Side dishes really can make a meal, here are a few really easy and healthy side dishes that anyone can make.

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

•    1 ½ lbs. red potatoes, cubed in 1 inch pieces
•    1 tbsp. olive oil
•    1 tbsp. chopped rosemary…(from my herb garden :D)

•    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
•    In a bowl mix the potatoes, olive oil, and rosemary.  Toss until the potatoes are coated and spread on the baking sheet. 
•    Roast for about 40-45 minutes until the potatoes are browning and season to taste.  Enjoy!

Perfectly Sautéed Mushrooms

•    3 tbsp. olive oil
•    3 tbsp. butter
•    1 lbs. button mushrooms, sliced
•    1 clove of garlic, minced
•    1 tbsp. red cooking wine
•    1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
•    ¼ tsp. garlic salt
•    Pepper to taste

•    In a large saucepan on medium heat, heat the olive oil then stir in the mushrooms, garlic, cooking wine, teriyaki, garlic salt, pepper, and better.  Stir until the mushrooms are lightly browned, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5-8 minutes until the mushrooms are tender. Enjoy!

Spinach Soufflé
•    1 egg
•    1/3 cup milk
•    1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
•    1 tsp. crushed garlic
•    2, 10 oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained.

•    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
•    Whisk together an egg, milk, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Fold in the spinach and pour into a small casserole dish.
•    Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!

Go Green and Stay Keen,



  1. Roasted potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes.

  2. Those potatoes look amazing. I get so bored with mashed and baked potatoes often. These look like they have a little more jazz.

  3. looks super yummy and super quick! two of my very favorite things!

  4. Yum, that looks really good! I'm excited I found your blog - I just started the Whole 30 and you have so many great recipes. :)

  5. This all sounds great! Can't wait to try.

  6. I LOVE these recipes and bookmarking this for the future :)


  7. Roasted potatoes are one of my favorite go to side dishes when I am short on time. So many ways to change up the spices to make them delicious each time.

  8. What yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing!! (I love rosemary, and that recipe made me hungry!)