Sides

Think outside the potatoes/rice box! Recipes for healthy, delicious side dishes include quinoa, lentil salad, baked mushrooms and more.

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad is one of summer’s little pleasures, much like cold watermelon, fresh raspberries and chilled soups. It’s the simplest salad, really – cucumber and onion slices are mixed with a simple dressing of sour cream, vinegar and salt, and allowed to macerate in the fridge for a few hours. The result is incredible – tasty, refreshing, and the perfect side to grilled meats and seafood. Click for the recipe

yellow squash fritters

These yellow squash fritters make a nice, tasty alternative to hash browns or potato pancakes. Lacking the starch in potatoes, they are flimsy and delicate, so take great care when flipping them and when removing from the skillet onto a serving plate. I fry these squash fritters in butter, but if you prefer, there’s no reason not to use olive oil instead. Click for the recipe

eggplant chips

Crispy, savory and delicious, these eggplant chips make an excellent snack that satisfies that “crunchy/salty” craving. I use Japanese eggplants because their elongated shape allows for more uniform chips, but regular eggplants should work too. Click for the recipe

Zucchini Salad

OK, this zucchini salad is now officially my favorite way to enjoy zucchini (close second is these baked zucchini fries). Who knew that raw zucchini can taste so good? But when seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and spices and left to soften a little, it’s an amazing, simple, fresh-tasting dish. The perfect summer side dish! Click for the recipe

Mini Bell Peppers Recipe

A very easy side dish, these broiled mini bell peppers are delicious and fun to eat. Their unique flavor is perfectly complemented by the olive oil and Parmesan. Click for the recipe

Roasted Cabbage

Cabbage is always delicious, even when very simply prepared with butter and garlic. But roasting cabbage certainly elevates it into a whole new level, turning the humble cabbage into a crisp, tasty, salty-spicy snack. Click for the recipe

Jicama Fries

Jicama fries make a tasty alternative to regular fries. In this version, the fries are coated in olive oil and yummy seasonings, then baked until tender. Microwaving the fries prior to baking them is optional, but keep in mind that if you don’t microwave them first, jicama fries retain some of their crunch even when baked for a long time. I tried both versions, and we all liked the microwaved fries better. Click for the recipe