All posts filed under: side dish

Tropical rice

You would think the way I have been cooking lately I need a vacation. If you can not get there we can at least eat like we are there. We love rice, I made a fish dish ( in future post) and it needed a side. This turned out wonderful. It has a beautiful light flavor with natural sweetness.  1 cup white rice 1 large can hunk pineapple plus the juice 1 can coconut milk In tall sauce pan mix all ingrediants together. Turn heat up pretty high until it starts to bubble. Stir, cover and reduce heat to medium low, cook 35-45 minutes. About halfway through gently stir rice mixture. Rice will be creamy and light.  As always we hope you enjoy

Kale casserole 

All you need is kale….bomb bomb de bah….. So many types of kale. I am finding the flat leaf type is a bit milder than the curly leaf kind. In making this dish that is what I used but I bet the other would work just fine. This is a great potluck addition or side for a meat dish.  1 bunch kale 2 can chicken broth or vegetable if vegetarian 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 3/4 cup short grain white rice Thin cheddar or Colby cheese slices about 6 11×7 baking dish Heat oven to 350. After washing kale and chopping onion put several leaves on the bottom of baking dish. Now chop up the remaining kale into large pieces. Sprinkle 1/4 cup rice over kale leaves that are in the baking dish, then place handful of kale over the rice, sprinkle 1/4 cup rice over that and repeat again until kale is used up. Having to top layer kale. Pour the broth over the mixture and sprinkle the onions over the top. Place cheese …

Baked grass….. Aka asparagus

Spring is here and that means grass is growing. All kinds of grass, the kind you mow to the kind you pull and even the kind you eat. Commonly know as asparagus. Having a mighty fine patch of grass means picking daily. In a short time you have enough for several meals during the week.  I don’t know about you but I can get tired of eating something the same way over and over again. I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit. It turned out so good I could have devoured the entire pan that night.  A bunch of grass rinsed and tough bottoms removed 2 tablespoons lemon infused olive oil 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs A shake or two of garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese Shallow baking dish  Plastic bag or large bowl Heat oven to 350, place grass in bowl or bag. Add oil and close bag, mix around with hands. Open bag and add seasoning and bread crumbs, mix again. Add almost all the …

Roasted garlic rice

We love rice; black, red, white, wild…….you name it. Plus we love garlic. Most everyone has heard of garlic mashed potatoes but what about garlic rice? Had to think about it for a day and this is what I came up with. It takes some time to roast the garlic. I did it the day before then added it to the rice the day I cooked it. The flavor is creamy, light and surprisingly nutty in flavor.  1 cup white rice ( I would say any kind should work)  2 cup chicken broth 1 head of pre roasted garlic Squeeze garlic out of pods. Smash garlic in a sauce pan add broth then mix well. Add rice, stir then heat to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 40 minutes.  Fluff before serving. Yummy stuff Roasting garlic. You might have a garlic roasting terra cotta bowl, if not a baking dish with a lid should work. Heat oven to 350, cut top off garlic just so the cloves are exposed. Remove excess outside leaves if …

Mexican kale

LouAnn this is for you. ­čśť this lady is always telling me how much she dislikes kale. However I think if she gave this recipe a try she could have a different take on this green leafy vegetable. When you have a bunch of something being creative is a challenge. We were having tacos and I wanted to use some more of the wonderful kale we had purchased the other day. I do have to say it was pretty tasty.  5-6 clean kale leaves, stems removed and chopped 1 can drained whole kernel corn 4 hatch chiles roasted, skinned and chopped or one small can ( about 1/2 cup ) 1 cup grated jack cheese plus a little more to sprinkle on top (about a handful) 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1 large tablespoon finely chopped onion (optional) Heat oven to 350. Coat a covered baking dish so food does not stick. In a medium bowl add all ingrediants stir well. The corn will want to settle on the bottom. Mix so everything …

Jalape├▒o garlic kale

Kale is the new four letter word in health. There are so many types and ways to prepare it. If you are lucky you have a farmers market near by or you grow it yourself. We usually have a nice winter garden however, this year nada. Store bought is okay but just not the same. And now……. We have a local hydroponic certified farmer here. This place is amazing. Over 5000 sq ft of produce will be grown at Fambro Family Farms here in Breckenridge, Texas. David’s Drawf Siberian Improved is creamy, tender and delicious. This is just one of a thousand ways to prepare it. One large bunch of Drawf Siberian improved kale- chopped stems and all no need to wash because there is no dirt Two cloves garlic – peeled and chopped fine 1/2 large jalape├▒o – seeded, viened and finely chopped Two tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt I used a red rock salt In a large skillet heat up oil, add greens. Stir a bit, then add garlic and jalape├▒os. When …

Pear salad

The other day we were treated to some organic fresh greenhouse butter lettuce. It tasted just like the name….creamy and buttery. Instead of putting normal dressing on it I wanted something that would bring out the light lettuce flavor. We had a ripe pear, and a small amount of blue cheese left. So……I put this together and the flavors were fantastic. The recipe is for two dandy salads. 1 ripe pear cut into small cubes 4-5 butter lettuce leaves tore into bite size pieces you might need more or less leaves 1 heaping tablespoon grey poupon mustard 2 tablespoon good olive oil About a quarter cup of water 1-2 tablespoons blackberry balsamic vinegar  1 large tablespoon crumbled blue cheese Wash lettuce leaves wrap in damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag, wrapping tightly but don’t bruise the lettuce leaves……refrigerate while preparing everything else. Or longer, this makes the leaves firm and have some crunch.  In a small bowl add mustard and oil. With a whisk whip it good. It takes some whipping to …

Kale salad

Kale is the green of choice these days…..so many recipes and ways to eat it. Dried, boiled, fried, baked, and in a salad are just a few. I have several recipes for a salad however this one is a favorite. Light, flavorful, and easy….what else can you ask for?  1-2 bunches of kale. Remove stems and cut into small pieces  1/2 cup soy sauce. Aka bug juice 2 tablespoons of sesame seed oil 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds 1 big tablespoon fresh grated ginger  3 oranges juiced Zest from 1/2 orange After cutting kale into pieces blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes. Put into an ice bath for a few minutes and then drain, gently squeeze water out if necessary.  In measuring cup, place  bug juice, oranges juice, sesame seeds, all the zest and grates. Mix well.  After kale is cooled and drained well put the kale in a bowl. Pour dressing over the top and stir, refrigerate for an hour and serve with you meal.  As always we hope you enjoy 

Green tomato casserole 

Winter is almost here in Texas, but would believe we have more tomatoes than we did all summer? With the days much shorter it is taking them forever to ripen so we have a bunch of green tomatoes. Besides fried what the heck do you do with them? So I thought about it and came up with this dish…….let me tell you it is awesome!  6 green tomatoes sliced 3/4 cup quinoa Garlic salt (a few shakes per layer) 1 1/2-2 cups grated medium cheddar cheese 1 can vegetable stock Heat oven to 350. In a glass baking dish either spray or grease to help from sticking. Slice tomatoes, put broth in a microwave proof cup or bowl, on high heat cook for 2 minutes. Grate cheese.  Layer in oven proof dish, half the tomatoes then half the quinoa, about half the cheese and sprinkle some garlic salt on it. Make another layer doing the same thing. Poor heated vegetable broth over the ingrediants, put a lid on it and bake for 45 minutes.  If …

Butter lemon sauce for vegetables

I know….nothing low calorie here, but it taste good over cooked cauliflower and broccoli.  3/4 stick of butter 1/4 cup olive oil 1 shallot or 1 tablespoon dry shallot 1 1/2 teaspoon herbs de Provence Juice from 1 small lemon Zest from 1/2 lemon 1/8 teaspoon salt In a small flat sauce pan on low heat, melt butter with olive oil. Add shallots and herbs. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add lemon juice and zest then salt. Turn heat up just a bit…..still low but a higher low. ( if there is such a thing). Cook another ten minutes. Stir before serving. Drizzle over cooked vegetables.  As always we hope you enjoy.