Roasted Okra

roasted okra how to roast okra

If you’ve ever wondered if you can roast okra or if one could roast okra, wonder no more. Because roasted okra can be done and more importantly, it should be done. For real, after I finally tried roasting okra, I forgot why I ever fried it (besides the obvious crispy reasons). Roasted okra becomes chewy…

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How to Eat More Vegetables

Five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is kind of a lot, once you factor in all the servings of whole grain bread and oatmeal and pasta and eggs and cheese and meat (and donuts?) that we are also supposed to eat every day. The pressure is immense!! And unfortunately, a serving of vegetables…

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Fermented Pickles

An easy way to make fermented pickles using salt and a little apple cider vinegar

I’ve been sitting on this recipe since last fall when I finally figured out fermented pickles. It’s been VERY HARD keeping it to myself all this time so when I saw pickling cucumbers at the farmers market again this past weekend, I got VERY EXCITED. This easy fermented pickle method uses salt water but also…

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Rosemary Apricots

Rosemary-honey marinated dried apricots are a unique, delicious and easy addition to a holiday cheese plate!

Just three ingredients to make these chewy, sweet gems that are a marvelous addition to a simple holiday cheese plate. Rosemary apricots are great with soft cheeses like chèvre or brie, as well as strong cheeses like sharp Cheddar and blue cheese. And while the fanciest cheese plates have a few types of cheese and…

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Peach Bacon Salad

Wonderful main-dish summer salad with fresh peaches or nectarines, crispy bacon, toasted almonds, and arugula in a simple, homemade honey mustard dressing

Before you say “that does NOT sound like a salad” let me say that peach bacon salad also has arugula in it so it actually IS a salad. But peach bacon arugula salad with almonds has too many words. So peach bacon salad it is! This pretty little number makes a great main-dish salad for hot…

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Summer Squash Fritters

Summer squash fritters with sharp Cheddar and spicy serranos are a quick and easy vegetarian lunch or snack

Y’all ought to know by now I’m a fritter fanatic. They’re one of the best ways to eat vegetables and that’s the lord’s truth. Corn fritters, feta zucchini fritters (which I evidently used to call zucchini pancakes but forgot?) and now these dang ol’ summer squash fritters. Our neighbors gave us a few extra yellow summer…

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Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower potato salad has all the traditional creaminess of potato salad, but with some cauliflower in there, too, for good measure

You might be thinking this is some kind of “You Won’t Believe it’s Cauliflower” recipe, but it’s not. My cauliflower potato salad makes no effort to obscure cauliflower’s identity, but rather combines cauliflower AND potato into one, creamy potluck side dish with half the carbs and twice the flavor!™* *Not tested. And not really trademarked,…

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Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of Palm Salad with lime and lemon juice, olive oil, tomatoes and cucumber. This is a delicious brunch salad with the addition of chopped boiled eggs

Here’s a simple marinated hearts of palm salad to satisfy all of your tangy salad desires. Hearts of palm are sold in cans, jars, and even these bag things at Trader Joe’s. They are literally the boiled insides of a type of palm tree and they taste a little like bamboo shoots. So if you…

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Roasted Fennel and Peppers

5-ingredient roasted fennel and peppers makes a healthy, simple side dish or rustic pasta sauce

Here’s a recipe my husband would really hate! But I love it and I just ate an entire pan of it for lunch by myself with my bare hands like a vegetarian werewolf. Roasted fennel and peppers, to me, brings out the best of both vegetables. Assuming you like both vegetables to begin with. My husband…

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