Archives for the ‘Side Dishes’ Category

Sweet Potato Wedges

  There is often much confusion between sweet potatoes and yams.  Both are traditionally called “sweet potatoes,” although they are not from the same plant family.  Actual sweet potatoes have an off-white-ish color and the texture of a baked potato when cooked, yet they are very sweet tasting.  Yams, also “sweet” tubers, tend to be more […]

Cranberry Wild Rice & Buckwheat Salad

  Did you know that wild rice is not actually rice at all, but it is a seed-bearing grass that grows in marshes and shallow waters in the Midwestern United States?  Despite its name and resemblance to traditional rice, it is not in the same family.  It is however very nutritious – high in protein, […]

Tuscan White Beans and Spinach

  Forgive me, dear reader, for my lack of posting over this eventful holiday season.  A 10-day road trip, trying to go back to work full-force immediately afterward, and a week-long illness have really cramped my style.  I am still not 100-percent but today for the first time I woke up with a little bit […]

The Good Egg: Pasture-Raised Eggs & Sweet Potato Hash Browns

  If you’ve never tried a truly pasture-raised egg, you have never had a real egg.  If you’re not sure if you’ve had one, you probably haven’t.  You’d know it if you saw it.  That bright orange yolk and the colorful shell that’s difficult to crack are unmistakable.  Once you’ve tried one, you’ll never go […]

Tomato Cucumber Cilantro Salad

  Walking through the farmers’ market in late July and August, one cannot miss the signs that it is tomato season in California.  Everywhere you turn there are piles of ripe, organic tomatoes – bright red, yellow, orange ones, multi-colored heirlooms, cherry and grape tomatoes, you name it.  This is one of my favorite times […]

Mango Salsa

  This mango salsa is the perfect light, refreshing accompaniment to my ground turkey tacos – or enjoy it with some stone-ground blue corn tortilla chips!  It’s delightful on a warm, summer evening, and is always a hit at a backyard cookout.   You will need: a food processor 2 manilla mangoes 1 small onion 1/2 pasilla or poblano […]

Guide To Cooking Gluten-Free Grains

This is a guide to cooking all kinds of gluten-free whole grains.  Some work well as a side dish with a dinner entree, others are perfect for a hot breakfast cereal.  Most of these whole grains can be found in the bulk food section of your local health food store.  If you cannot find quinoa flakes […]