Roasted Ginger Sesame Green Beans

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Roasted Ginger Sesame Green Beans aren’t going to win any beauty contests. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. Roasted Ginger Sesame Green Beans have the dual advantage of residing firmly in the “WOW! I can’t believe how easy this is” and in the “Oh my word. I can’t stop eating these”…

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Slow-Cooker Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Corn + Bacon

Slow-Cooker Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Corn and bacon from

You’re probably familiar with the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day so I’ll spare the cultural lesson. Being married to a man born well south of the Mason Dixon and being the granddaughter of two very southern grandparents, black-eyed peas are part of my family’s heritage and I don’t mean the…

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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Puree

Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Puree makes a great year 'round side dish (or sauce for other vegetables!) from

I’m sharing Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Puree with you today. I could call it skinny mashed potatoes, cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’, healthy mashed ‘potatoes’ or any other combination of buzzwords and quotation marks. But you know what the problem is with labeling something as ‘low-carb’ or ‘healthy’ or ‘skinny’? It makes me want to run in the…

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Marinated Chickpea Salad

Marinated Chickpea Salad from

We have a lot of serious cooking holiday cooking looming on the horizon, and even though I love it, there are some nights leading up to and following the big events that I just plain don’t feel like cooking. Those nights call for a solid bed of mixed greens, a handful of leftover meat (maybe…

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Scallion Cilantro Lime Rice

Scallion Cilantro Lime Rice from Simple side dish that is mind-blowingly delicious!

This is swoon-worthy rice we’re talking about here today, friends. It’s a simple as cooking your favourite rice -be it long-grain, short-grain, white, or brown- as you normally would do. Whether you use my most beloved kitchen friend, the rice cooker, or a heavy-bottomed pan with a tight fitting lid on the stove-top, the next…

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Grilled Pineappple Relish

Grilled Pineapple Relish goes with pork, fish, chicken, and beef!

You know what’s awesome? This stuff is. I’m a big fan of fruit relishes and salsas as a fast way to add big flavour to grilled fish, chicken, pork, beef, and vegetarian main dishes. It is a salty/sweet juggernaut of deliciousness in one little fast and furious side dish. Pineapple relish or salsa by itself…

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Lemon Pepper Grilled Zucchini

Lemon Pepper Grilled Zucchini. Simple summer side dish that knocks your socks off.

Simple side dishes that knock your socks off are as easy as 1-2-3 in the warmer months when fresh produce is abundant. This Lemon Pepper Grilled Zucchini is as wonderful and fast as it gets and makes use of a corner of the grill while you’re cooking burgers, chicken, fish, or other goodies. Over and…

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Quick Pickled Red Onions

Quick Pickled Red Onions on Baked Ranch Fish Tacos

Quick Pickled Red Onions are a staple in my kitchen. They make their way into sandwiches and pasta, onto salads, and onto antipasto or charcuterie plates, and are used as garnish for their flavour, to be sure, but for their gorgeous hot pink colour as well! Simply put, I do not go more than a…

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Guaranteed Crispy BAKED Sweet Potato Fries

How to make perfectly crispy baked sweet potato fries in the oven every time.

I am passionate about sweet potato fries. Possibly, I qualify as being clinically obsessed with them. I can’t think of a single food I crave more consistently than the salty sweet perfection that is sweet potato fries. If I go out to dinner and sweet potato fries are on the menu, I order them. It…

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Greek Salad Gyro Plate {restaurant diy}

Greek Gyro Salad Plate like your favourite restaurant but at home. #restaurantDIY #mediterraneanfood

Earlier last week I talked about my deep and abiding love for the gyro plate I had when I went out to lunch with my mom and sisters. You HAD to know that this was coming, right? That meal was pure perfection to my brain. It was a salad, and we ALL know how I…

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