Eggplant Tomato Stack
Today's Eggplant Tomato Stack recipe is fun to make at harvest time if you have a garden. If not, this is great whenever your find the ingredients in the store. We are still working on our gardening skills. We get a lot of green tomatoes but they have a hard time turning to red. This recipe can be used with the traditional beef steak or roma tomatoes but heirloom tomatoes work well and even cherry tomatoes can be used.
The eggplant and the tomatoes are cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. As you ...
Roasted Mixed Vegetables with Basil
I made these Roasted Mixed Vegetables with Basil last night and they were a HUGE hit! I was shopping at a store where I get fruits and vegetables when I saw baby eggplant 5/$1. I had never seen eggplant in baby form and I thought it was a good deal so I bought some. A lady there who was also buying the baby eggplant said she loved it roasted.
My family loved the Sun Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan, Roasted Balsamic Vegetables, Roasted Brussels Sprouts also here on Five ...
Toasted Sesame Balsamic Asparagus
Asparagus is one of those last minute side dishes that I love because they are easy recipes. Usually you trim the ends splash a little oil and a few extras on top and bake for 6 minutes. That is about how long it takes for all my little chefs to wash their hands and get to the table. By the time they are sitting down the asparagus is ready to enjoy hot. This Toasted Sesame Balsamic Asparagus is just that. Roasting results in crisp, tender stalks with a nutty, earthy flavor.
Toasted Sesame ...
Seasoned Potato Wedges
Seasoned potato wedges are baked in the oven until crispy. This is a simple, cheap side dish or appetizer that can be served with sour cream or your favorite dipping sauces.
When we talk about easy recipes this is definitely one! It is easy in the prep work but you do need to allow some time for cooking. The potatoes are washed and cut in 8 wedges. Place them in a zip top bag with some seasonings then lay them flat on a baking sheet for 20 minutes. Flip the wedges over and bake for another ...
Honey Mustard Vegetables
These honey mustard vegetables are an easy recipe and quick to put together. It is a great last minute side dish because it uses common ingredients found in your pantry. The only thing you might need to buy is a bag of your favorite frozen vegetables. I always like to keep a bag or two in my freezer so that I can whip this up fast if I do not have any fresh vegetables from my garden or store. This also is a great starter recipe for kids.
Steam the bag of vegetables until done. While the ...
Microwave Sweet Potato
This microwave sweet potato recipe is one of my parents and kids favorite side dish at the moment. One sweet potato can be shared with two people. It is one of those good food recipes that is fast to prepare with great results.
Do you forget about the sides like me? I tend to plan the main dish and then figure out the sides just before serving. Sometimes this works better then others. But, because I am a last minute side dish person I like to have certain staples in my pantry and ...
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts are created in the oven until they are carmelized. This easy recipe makes the perfect side dish. Cut each sprout in half and cut out the choke which is the bottom inner part,see the "v" cut in the picture. Add the halved sprouts to a bowl with the remaining ingredients to season them before placing them on a lined baking sheet. Make sure each half is placed cut side down to achieve maximum carmelization. When the sprouts are brown and crisp they are done and ready to ...
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is a favorite Sunday side dish. It is an easy recipe to put together with bacon, cheese, green onions, potatoes and more. I love baked potatoes all loaded up but I have discovered they are not kid friendly. Whenever we have them my kids need help making their own so it is a lot of work. This Loaded Baked Potato Casserole has all the toppings mixed in before placing it on the dinner table. Everyone can serve themselves and eat right away.
Just a few tips:
Lemon Pepper Green Beans and Potatoes
Lemon Pepper Green Beans and Potatoes are surprisingly easy to put together. I love this easy recipe because I steam the beans and the potatoes separately in the microwave at the same time I'm making the sauce. Then all I need to do is toss it all together gently and it is ready to serve. My mom showed me these really neat Steam Cooking Bags. So many side dishes can be cooked in them. It is easy to scale for however many you are serving. We reuse the steam bags a few times to get more use out ...
Roasted Balsamic Vegetables
Side dishes are often times over looked, especially at my house. This is an easy recipe but you need to plan ahead to let the vegetables marinade for the best flavor. The balsamic vinegar and the caramelization from roasting adds a sweetness to the vegetables. It is easy to switch out these vegetables for those in season at different times of the year.
Just a few tips:
Lining the baking pan with foil helps with an easy clean up.
Try cooking this in a grill basket.
Go ahead and ...
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
If you need to have a quick meal when you get home or want to free up oven space for your Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter meal, cooking potatoes in the crock pot is a great solution. I love using potatoes because they are cheap and can compliment almost any meal. When I think of easy recipes including potatoes I immediately think of crock pot baked potatoes. The potatoes can be prepared in the morning and will be ready for lunch or dinner depending on your setting.
Crock Pot Baked ...
Easy Creamed Corn
Easy Creamed Corn is a favorite side dish. This easy recipe can be made along with the rest of the meal or make it in the morning and throw it in the crock pot to warm and thicken. Bring this to a large gathering to impress your friends.
Just a few tips:
If you want to use frozen corn put it in a colander and run some hot water over it for a minute to thaw.
If you use fresh corn cobs make sure you run the back of the knife over the cut area of the cob to extract the corn juice. It ...
Watermelon Spears – How To Cut A Watermelon
We recently spent a few fun days at a family reunion. At one of the meals we had watermelon as I'm sure many people do at a large gathering. When I saw my kids eating it I thought, what a smart idea! Why didn't I think of this way to cut a watermelon? You know I love easy recipes so of course I would love this easy watermelon preparation and delivery.
Before we cut the watermelon we need to pick the best watermelon. When you walk into the grocery store or farmers market you will find ...
Grilled Potatoes and Mushrooms in Foil
Grilled potato recipes are some of our summertime easy recipes. Potatoes are cheap and versatile which makes great side dish. Grilled Sweet Potatoes in Foil, Dill Grilled Potatoes in Foil, and Herbed Sweet Potatoes are some of our favorites.
Some of us like mushrooms, while others are not so fond of them. We occasionally cook with them and this is one of those occasional recipes.
4 potatoes, sliced
5 small mushrooms, sliced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
In the summer we grill a lot of chicken, steak and fish. This Avocado Compound Butter is an easy recipe that can be made in advance. When you pull your meat off the grill place a slab of butter on top and watch it melt.
We had a bunch of avocados that were all ripe at the same time. I needed to find something to do with them all so they would not be wasted. We could only have homemade guacamole two days in a row. I created a compound butter that we put on top of Grilled Lime Chicken. ...
Dill Grilled Potatoes in Foil
We are loving the weather and the opportunity to grill. My Little Chefs enjoy helping with easy recipes like these Dill Grilled Potatoes in Foil. The preparation is easy and the clean up is even easier.
I love cooking with potatoes because they are cheap and versatile. Peeling potatoes is an easy task my Little Chefs are able to do. I have so many helpers I have had to buy more potato peelers! I also love cooking in foil packets. Usually packet meals are easy to prepare because ...
Summer cooking to me means easy recipes. I always ask myself, "What can I make that is fast and will not heat my house." We like to get chips from a local restaurant then dip them in salsa, pico de gallo or some creamy homemade guacamole.
These chips come in a large bucket so that means a few days worth of meals. We reheat them a little at a time in the oven on a cookie sheet until they get nice and oily, then add a dash of salt. One thing my kids love to eat is nachos for dinner ...
Herbed Sweet Potatoes
Whenever I BBQ I always think to myself, what can I cook as a side dish that requires the grill? Why leave a big open space on the grill when you can fill it with something else that smells delicious! Cooking in foil is one of my favorite ways to make easy recipes. All those delicious juices are trapped inside the foil marinating whatever is inside.
Cooking in foil makes clean up a breeze. Just throw away the foil and you have one less pan to scrub. That is always a good thing in my house!...
Rainbow Fruit Parfait
One thing we love about the upcoming St. Patrick's Day is rainbows. My kids also LOVE fruit! This Rainbow Fruit Parfait is going to be perfect for our St. Patrick's Day dinner.
We just had our Valentine's Day Dinner and I'm sure you can guess it was a lot of work, but my kids absolutely loved it! My oldest said she wished we could do dinners like this all the time. It seemed like it was a day long affair. We were preparing or talking about it or crafting something new for it. I was ...
Bacon and Potato Chowder
We had a little help with the post today. Let's just say it's almost 11 weeks after Haley's surgery and things are still not back to normal. It is pretty difficult staying on top of everything. The Thanksgiving holiday was super busy for us which was more then Haley could handle. As a result we are currently working through a set back. She is crying a lot again which is not fun for anyone in the house! It is too painful to go out of the house but because I am good friends with Amazon now ...
Sponsored Post: Creepy Crawly JIGGLERS
Last week we shared some fun and easy Halloween ideas you could do for a school party or for a kids Halloween party at your home. We had the opportunity to try out a JELL-O JIGGLERS recipe perfect for Halloween, Creepy Crawly JIGGLERS. When I first saw these I was so excited because they are cute, easy enough kids can do and (besides the waiting time) they only have 20 minutes of prep time!
Little Chef D was overjoyed to make these but then her sisters quickly chimed in and wanted to help. ...
Sun Roasted Broccoli
Next Thursday is "Talk Like A Pirate Day." We thought it would be fun to have a pirate menu and craft/activity to make it a fun filled pirate day. That is why we are sharing "Sun Roasted Broccoli" today. Those pirates are on the ship all day being roasted by the sun.
First, wash your broccoli and then chop it into bite sized pieces. Some of ours were bite sized and some were larger, it depends on the chef and how particular they are. I prefer bite sized pieces because then I do not need to ...
Raspberry Honey Butter
Sometimes toast needs a little something extra, a little something different then honey or jam or jelly. Cinnamon sugar is a good option. It is quick and easy to make but so is Raspberry Honey Butter.
Soften one stick of butter, add 3 ingredients, combine in a food processor and you are good to go! It is a great beginner recipe for your Little Chefs to practice measuring liquid ingredients. It only takes a few minutes so even those with shorter attention spans will be able to make it ...
Grilled Sweet Potatoes in Foil
To continue with our Labor Day BBQ Meal today we are sharing Grilled Sweet Potatoes in Foil. We love this recipe because it is easy. You get to prep it and then leave it alone and focus on your main dish. As a recap, Monday we showed you how to store winter and summer squash, Tuesday we shared Fire Wire Beef Kabobs and Wednesday we shared Grilled Zucchini Halves.
Anything cooked on the grill in a packet is fun for my Little Chefs. Not only does it look like a present but they can ...