The other day, I said to Teresa, “You know, we never really make side dishes.” She followed, “We eat the same vegetables every single day.” In fact, we had been eating the same rotation of three or four vegetables for months. Stir-fried cauliflower. Stir-fried zucchini. Grilled squash. Broccoli. Yup. We were in a rut.
Recipes: Sides Posts
“Real” Chinese food, more often than not, is a far cry from the sugary, glazed, and fried take-out stuff that many westerners envision. Authentic Chinese cuisine tends toward simple and good nourishing recipes designed to feed a family, like this healthy stir fry made with nothing but fresh tomatoes, eggs and scallions.
I like pasta covered in butter and cream as much as the next guy, but even I will admit that it’s a wee bit indulgent. The addition of fresh spinach, however, can add a nice touch of healthy greenery that plays surprisingly well with all that butter and carbs. We got this recipe from the farmer’s market we now visit each week, and it’s definitely a keeper! This really changed up boring old pasta.
I love recipes like this – hardly a “recipe” at all. Take a few good quality ingredients, combine, and enjoy.
Wow, I thought my Beer-Battered fried cauliflower recipe was an offensively unhealthy way to eat this delicious veggie, but covering it in cream, butter, milk, cheese and BACON might trump even that. Doesn’t matter, no one will give two sh__s about how healthy it is or isn’t once they taste the cheesy bacon goodness. Bon Appetit! This recipe came from my Christmas present, the wonderful book by Dorie Greenspan Around My French Table.
Tucked away on a particularly bad street in an unlovely part of Prague is a wonderful basement trattoria my wife and I visited last year. The entrance is sprayed with graffiti and next door is a porn shop. We were skeptical. We thought about turning back. We certainly didn’t expect to find a rustic, cozy gem that would stick with us forever. We did, and it was so memorable we went back the same week (on a one-week trip). We had great casual meals, cheap red wine and never felt better.
One of the things we remember from that visit were the potatoes. Just a little plate of pan fried potatoes and fresh rosemary. They were simple and delicious. I make these and try to remember to stick to just that. Simple is so often best.
Cauliflower is one of our favorite veggies; it’s on the table almost every week. The mild flavor is delicious and seems to go with just about anything. Plain, steamed cauliflower is a healthy, if simple, preparation. If you want to really dig into an indulgent snack, there is a dark-side way to prepare it. It won’t win any healthy cooking awards, but it sure is tasty.
Yesterday Teresa and I stopped by a farmer’s market and picked up, among other things, a handful of long, sweet peppers. I had a big hunk of goat cheese and a half-tub of cream cheese kicking around the fridge, so I knew just what to do.