Side Dish Recipes

Baked Fries

  • 8 medium baking potatoes
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 t red pepper
  • 1/2 C Parmesan cheese, optional

Cut potatoes lengthwise into thin wedges and place in a bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the top and mix until wedges are lightly oiled. Sprinkle salt and red pepper over wedges; mix. Sprinkle cheese over the wedges; mix. Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Bake in a convection oven at 425 degrees for 35 minutes or till crisp and fork-tender, turning once.

(slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, March 1997)

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Baked Zucchini

  • 6-8 medium zucchini, cut to desired length and quartered
  • sweet onion, halved and cut in wedges, optional
  • olive oil
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 3/8 t coarse salt
  • pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large mixing bowl, pour olive oil over the zucchini and onions. Stir to coat. Mix the spices in a small bowl and pour over the zucchini and onions; stir to coat evenly. Spread the zucchini and onions onto a large jelly roll pan covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with pepper and Parmesan cheese. Bake until tender (30 minutes) at 350 degrees. This is also great grilled. Either way, serve immediately.

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Bev’s Potato Salad

  • 7 potatoes, diced and boiled for 15 minutes, or until tender
  • 1/2 C mayo
  • 1/4 C onion, chopped OR 3 green onions
  • 1/4 C relish
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 2 T sucanat with honey
  • 2 T vinegar
  • 3 T mustard (not Dijon)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t celery seed
  • 1/8 t pepper

Mix other ingredients; add potatoes and mix.  Chill.

(I don’t bother to peel the potatoes!)

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Black Bean and Mango Salad

Black Bean & Mango Salad

1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 C mango, diced
1 C sweet red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 C cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1 T olive oil
1 seeded jalapeno pepper, diced fine or hot sauce to taste (I use 1/2 of a jalapeno)
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve.

Note: We especially love this salad served with Taco Salad.


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Boiled Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1 t salt
  • pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Place sprouts in a saucepan with water and salt; cover and boil gently 15 minutes until crisp-tender.

  2. Drain and place in a baking dish. Season with butter and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

    Optional: Bake at 350 degrees an additional 20 minutes (or until dinner is done).

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Caramelized Butternut Squash

1 large butternut squash
6 Tbs coconut oil (or butter)
1 Tbs sucanat (or brown sugar), optional
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Cut off and discard the ends of each butternut squash. Peel and cut the squash into 1/2″- 3/4″ cubes, removing the seeds from the center of the squash. Place chopped squash in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and add the oil, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. With clean hands, toss all the ingredients together and spread out evenly. Roast at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes, until the squash is tender and the glaze begins to caramelize.  Serve hot.

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Cinnamon Parsnip Crisps

  • 2 pounds parsnips, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • olive oil
  • salt

In a large bowl, mix together the parsnips, parsley, and cinnamon. Drizzle olive oil over the top. Stir. Add more oil and stir until each parsnip round is well coated. Spread out rounds evenly on baking sheets. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until crispy.

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Corn Pudding

  • 4 cans organic corn, drained
  • 1 C flour
  • 2/3 C corn meal
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 C sour cream
  • 3/4 C butter

Mix batter by hand in a bowl. Place in a parchment lined 13×9″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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Easy Salsa Salad



  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned sweetcorn, drained (about half a 15 oz. can)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup salsa (I used Newman’s Own pineapple salsa)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Additional Toppings:

  • fresh parsley or cilantro
  • tortilla chips


Stir together all the ingredients. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

From Blog of Joy

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English Jacket Potatoes

Wash and salt the potatoes. Slice a cross shape about 1/4″ thick into each potato.

Bake at 400 degrees for nearly 2 hours. Cut deeper into the slices you made initially. Bake 10 more minutes.

Push open the crispy, crackly, salted skin. Drop butter into the lightest, fluffiest baked potato you ever made. Salt and pepper to taste.

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