Sides, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Vegetarian

Roasted Leeks

Leeks look like oversized green onions. When raw, their flavor resembles the flavor of shallots, although sweeter and more delicate. Roasting leeks mellows their onion flavor, caramelizes them and brings out their natural sweetness. Click for the recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Although my favorite way to prepare Brussels sprouts is to roast them in olive oil and maple syrup, this recipe is a close second. The vegetables become nicely tender and caramelized as they roast, and combining them with butter, garlic and Parmesan is delicious. Click for the recipe

Broccoli Casserole

This pizza-inspired broccoli casserole is a very reliable way to serve broccoli to picky children, but it’s also loved by adults. I love how easy it is to make – it’s ready in 20 minutes! Click for the recipe

Cauliflower Gratin

Of all the many ways to prepare cauliflower, this creamy cauliflower gratin is one of my favorites. Granted, adding sour cream and gruyere to almost anything would make it taste good, but this is especially true for cauliflower. As versatile as potatoes, but healthier, it readily absorbs the richness of cream and cheese and is then elevated from a tasty veggie into a delicacy. Click for the recipe

broccoli fritters

What a fun way to eat broccoli! These cheesy baked broccoli fritters work as a tasty snack, as a healthy lunch, or as a vegetarian dinner when served with a salad. I make them with almond meal, to keep the carbs down and keep them gluten-free, but you can use breadcrumbs instead. The serving size listed is for a snack – double it if you plan to serve these broccoli fritters as a main dish. Click for the recipe

Portobello Pizza

Portobello pizza – cheesy, delicious, low carb, and very filling. Great as a side dish (one per person) or as a main dish (2 per person), accompanied by a tossed salad. Click for the recipe

Creamed Spinach

I’m always amazed when I order creamed spinach at a restaurant. Made with what must be more butter and cream than actual spinach, it is so incredibly tasty. At home, I try to use more reasonable amounts of butter, cream and Parmesan cheese, adding creaminess and flavor without turning this into a 500-calories dish. :)  Click for the recipe