sides + vegetables

oven applesauce

My son and I have a habit of watch­ing the cook­ing chan­nel together. He sali­vates and tells me what he likes to eat and I take notes. A few nights ago, we watched The Bare­foot Con­tessa, oth­er­wise known as Ina … more




zucchini cakes

I hap­pen to love zuc­chini, a fond­ness my fam­ily does not share. I’ve been tor­tur­ing them for years, offer­ing new recipes in the hope they will grow to love this del­i­cately fla­vored veg­etable. Mis­sion accom­plished (except for the 10 year … more




gluten-free citrus rice salad

Wild rice is typ­i­cally some­thing you would serve in the fall, but I love it year round. You can find it in the bulk sec­tion of your health food store. Take a big whiff — it spells exactly like black … more




gluten-free green beans gremolata

I per­son­ally could eat green beans every day. Steamed, roasted, blanched and sauteed with olive oil… My hus­band finally asked for a new pre­sen­ta­tion. When I saw Ina Garten’s vaca­tion to Napa show on the Food Net­work, I knew I’d … more




dandelion greens

I’ve always had a curios­ity about the greens I watched my father eat his whole life. My mother steamed or sautéd them with but­ter, salt and pep­per and I would watch him eat a plate­ful, grate­ful that I was not … more




sweet potato casserole

There is no other meal I can think of, where we hold tighter to our sacro­sanct tra­di­tions than Thanks­giv­ing. For every per­son who par­takes, I find there are one or two dishes that must be on the table for the … more




lisa’s greens and quinoa salad

My niece, Lisa came up with this won­der­ful salad. Bright­ened with pis­ta­chios and cran­ber­ries, the quinoa pro­vides a nice punch of pro­tein that would accent a hol­i­day table. This a won­der­ful side for a Frit­tata brunch or along­side a nour­ish­ing … more




perfect corn

There’s few things bet­ter than a fresh ear of corn in sum­mer. But how many times have we suf­fered through an over-cooked ear with wilted ker­nels? Here’s a fool-proof way to make corn that pops as you bite into it. … more




onion rings

This is a splurge. Things like french fries and onion rings are kind of a pain to pre­pare, which keeps us from doing it too often. We have these once in a blue moon. One large onion is the right … more




rice pilaf with noodles

When­ever we go to one of our favorite Greek restau­rants, my son and I can’t eat the rice because it has those threads of noo­dles in it. I saw Lucinda Scala Quinn demon­strate a sim­i­lar dish, so here’s my gluten-free … more




saffron rice

In the past, I kind of shied away from using a lot of saf­fron because it was so expen­sive. But I found a lit­tle bot­tle at Trader Joe’s for right around $6. Saf­fron, the sta­men of the cro­cus flower pro­duced … more




quinoa tabouli

In place of bul­gar wheat, this tabouli uti­lizes protein-rich quinoa as a base. This is a fresh side for a Chicken Wrap, or with any din­ner. Or, you can throw chicken or shrimp in and make it a main dish. … more




celery root slaw

Cel­ery root is one of those under appre­ci­ated veg­eta­bles that is eas­ily over­looked because it looks like jicama’s ugly cousin. But don’t be put off by it’s appear­ance. With a sharp knife, you can cut off the stem and slice … more




coleslaw

Often times, mod­i­fied food starch (code name “gluten”) is added to many com­mer­cial may­on­naises. It helps give the may­on­naise body and stiff­ness. Coleslaw is one of those things we are accus­tomed to buy­ing at the deli counter, but you’ll be … more




sweet potato latkes

Safe for peo­ple with night­shade aller­gies, these Sweet Potato Latkes are a snap to pre­pare. If you’re cook­ing for an army and have a food proces­sor, you can grate them in sec­onds with your grater attach­ment. They are won­der­ful as … more




cucumber salad

A nice change from a green salad, this is a typ­i­cal Hun­gar­ian side, with­out the sour cream. It’s light and fresh and keeps for another day. My kids love this (even the raw onion part). Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: … more




latkes

We just cel­e­brated Christ­mukkah last week. Just like it sounds, this mish-mash of Christ­mas and Chanukah is a time to dec­o­rate our tree with friends, play the drei­del game and cook latkes. My kids love to col­lect choco­late gelt from … more




holiday bread dressing

My lit­tle boy is 7 and a half (as he will tell you) and he just had his first bite of dress­ing, thank you very much to Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread. Thanks­giv­ing din­ner is my absolute favorite din­ner of the entire … more




sauteed haricoverts

I feel like I make a thou­sand deci­sions a day. So when I’m stand­ing in front of the pro­duce aisle try­ing to fig­ure out what to pre­pare that night, I wish some­one would just TELL me what to make. It … more




easy risotto

I would never have thought that risotto could be this easy. I’ve stood patiently in front of the stove, stir­ring reli­giously, after each half cup addi­tion of stock, but this recipe from Ina Garten’s new cook­book How Easy Is That? … more




holiday rice pilaf

This pilaf is a won­der­ful com­pli­ment to the No-Fail Roasted Chicken or the Roasted Turkey & Gravy. Stud­ded with orange-infused cran­ber­ries, toasted almonds and fresh scal­lions, it’s per­fect for the hol­i­days, but I serve it year around. The wild rice … more




roasted carrots

It’s said that we taste first with our eyes. I love the deep rich­ness of roasted car­rots, but their color adds a par­tic­u­lar beauty to any plate. Active time: 5 min­utes Total time: 25 min­utes Yield: 4–6 serv­ings 6 car­rots, cut … more




broccoli bacon salad

This is for my friend Brad who is try­ing to sneak more veg­eta­bles into his kid’s diet. Not only is this deli­cious, but the veg­gies are raw — another nutri­tional bonus. Prep Time: 10 min­utes Yield: Serves 4–6 12 oz. … more




spanish rice

I usu­ally make a dou­ble recipe of Bas­mati rice so that I always have extra for just this type of recipe. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 20 min­utes Yield: Serves 4–6 as a side. 1 c. Bas­mati rice 1 1/2 … more




steamed cabbage with caraway

There are cer­tain things that just go together. Car­away and cab­bage are one of those per­fect pairs. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time:  18 min­utes Yield: Serves 4 1/2 green cab­bage, cut in half with stem removed 1 T car­away seeds … more




green and yellow rice

I obvi­ously have a love affair with cilantro. I think peo­ple either like it or don’t. If it’s not your cup of tea, use Ital­ian pars­ley or basil instead. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 20 min­utes Yield: Serves 4 … more




sweet potato hash

Prep Time: 5 min­utes Total Time: 20 min­utes Yield: Serves 4–6 as a side Sweet pota­toes are one my favorite veg­eta­bles and often over­looked in favor of white pota­toes. This is great as a break­fast side or with din­ner. Remem­ber, sweet … more




fruit platter

Never under­es­ti­mate the appeal of fresh fruit. When I bring an this to a party, fruit is always a nice con­trast to all the stan­dard heavy, creamy fare. Use what­ever is in sea­son and it makes a beau­ti­ful appe­tizer or … more




herbed rice

This is my week­day go-to rice. It’s light and fresh and pairs well with chicken and beef. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 20 min­utes Yield: 6 serv­ings 2 c. white Bas­mati rice 2 1/2 c. water juice of 1 lime … more