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Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce is not something that I was eating my whole life. My kids did have this sauce every Thanksgiving, for instance. My husband and I learned to enjoy it. It is one of those dishes that both of us have not grown up […]

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own. Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole is an appetizing and amazing side dish or dessert that will make any holiday dinner that much more special. The holiday season is […]

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite Autumn treats. It warms your heart and soul, and the pleasant aroma is just enchanting.

I did not grow up with sweet potatoes. The first time I tried sweet potatoes I was 18 or 19 years old.

That being mentioned, when I tried them I instantly fell in love with the taste, texture, and aroma.

It reminded me of these delightful winter squash that we had every fall season. It was not a pumpkin, but not a butternut squash either, somewhere in between.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

I dearly savored it when I was a little girl. I could not wait until squash slices come out of the wood-burning oven. Mmhmm! It was all I wanted and more. The 80s were special in every possible way.

Nevertheless, my kids are not enormous fans of the sweet potatoes, but they would eat a spoon or two. Well, I heartily enjoyed them mostly by myself through the season and I am entirely fine with it.

Typically, I carefully wrap them with alum foil and roast a couple of them to last me a few days. However, since many do not like to use aluminum making them just like this is just fine as well.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

I would recommend making them both ways; sweet and savory. As I said before, I make many of them for later.

I love adding a pat of butter in the hot sweet potato and drizzle with delicious maple syrup. I would rather have that over any dessert, plus it is quite healthy.

Sweet Potato Casserole is coming soon. I cannot wait to share my tasty recipes in two ways, and just before Thanksgiving!

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Baked Sweet Potatoes
Yield: Serves 4

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

An easy and tasty recipe for delicious Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds organic sweet potatoes

Savory Topping

  • sea salt butter, a tablespoon of each potato
  • dash of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • a sprinkle of dried parsley
  • A drizzle of olive oil

Sweet Toppings:

  • sea salt butter
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • chopped nuts

Instructions

1. Wash them.

The worst way to ruin a sweet potato casserole or stuffed sweet potatoes is with a gritty texture. Scrub the skins lightly before preparing. Pat dry after with kitchen paper towel or just regular kitchen towel.

2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Sweet potatoes tend to get a little juicy while baking, so lining the baking sheet first ensures easy cleanup. From time to time I forgot to do it or don't have any parchment paper on hand, but it is so much easier to clean up when you do have it.

3. Poke holes!

The pricking technique is always used when baking regular or sweet potatoes—it reduces the baking time and ensures the potatoes won't burst while baking. Poke the potato skin with a fork or knife in a few places before you bake it. We can't predict which potato might burst so this is always a wise idea.

4. Bake until tender.

How can you tell when they’re done? Stick a fork into the thickest part of the potato, if there’s no resistance it’s good to go.

  1. Preheat oven to 425º. On a baking sheet, prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork.
  2. Bake until tender, 50 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
  3. Let cool, then split the top open with a knife and top with a pat of butter.
  4. Season with salt and pepper dried parsley and serve. You may drizzle with olive oil just before serving.
  5. For the sweet option, add a pat of butter in each potato, then drizzle with maple syrup or honey, perhaps some chopped nuts or even chocolate and marshmallows.

Notes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

I could eat this delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese probably every other day. Well, I like calling this Mac-flower and Cheese ’cause I used Cauliflower instead of macaroni. This recipe blew my Instagram account after food52 reshared my picture of Mac-flower and Cheese. Since I […]

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Family Fare. All opinions are entirely my own. I do not know about you, but I could live on these Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes. My family is completely and utterly obsessed with the exquisite taste of this delightful side dish. Can you imagine […]

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce is a family favorite summer side dish. It goes well with grilled food, but you can just eat it as it is. I grew up enjoying rice with peppers and tomato sauce.

That being said, I loved mopping the sauce from peppers, onion, and tomatoes. That was my personal summer favorite dish. I got to mention, just like both of my boys, I was not a big fan of cooked, chunky veggies when I was a kid. Even now I won’t eat it, but dipping a piece of bread in this dish was most certainly always loved.

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Also, this dish is loved at The Balkan Peninsula, located in southeastern Europe. Peppers, onion, and tomatoes in tomato sauce would be called Satars (Sa-ta-rash), mix the rice in and most likely you will find it under the name đuveč (juw-vech).

Some people even add ground meat in the mixture, but I like it just the way it is. Although adding sauteed ground beef is absolutely amazing as well. It would taste like a deconstructed stuffed pepper.

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Now, I used yellow rice just because I love the flavor, however, you can use any rice that you have on hand. There is no right or wrong here. Use what you like, or have in your fridge or pantry.

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

If you do not like yellow pepper use orange or use just one kind. Ideally, you want to use at least two kinds of peppers; for the festive color but also for the taste, but you do not have to.

This is summer comfort food to me, but you can use frozen onion and peppers as well as, and cook this easy and tasty side dish all year round.

Just to lay this out there that frozen produce is just as good as fresh. Perhaps even better unless you are buying organic and locally grown.

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I had some backlash for using frozen peas in my recipes so I just want to clarify some things. Frozen fruits and veggies are picked at their peak, but if you buy, for example, Georgia peach in California, that peach won’t be fresh for sure.

Lastly, you can freeze your own produce and use it later. I do that most of the time, especially if I pick blueberries or but peppers from our local farmer. Nonetheless, sometimes it is just convenient to get it from the store when we need it.

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Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce
Yield: Serves 6

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce is a family favorite summer side dish. It goes well with grilled food, but you can just eat it as it is. Easy, simple and delicious recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Yellow onion, medium size, sliced (6 oz/178g)
  • 3 Bell peppers, red, green, yellow (10oz-12oz/250g-300g, each)
  • 1 ripe Tomato, diced (10 oz/280g)
  • 15 oz can Tomato Sauce (425g), preferably unsalted
  • Salt and Ground black paper to taste
  • Herbs such as dried parsley, oregano, etc.
  • 1 pack Yellow rice (5oz/ 142g)
  • Fresh parsley or garnish, or dried

Instructions

  1. Prep rice first by following the direction on the back; add water and oil to gently start rolling or boiling, then add rice and stir well. Turn the heat to simmer or low and let it cook until tender. I do not wait full 20 minutes, I take it off after 15 minutes, mix well, cover with a fitted lid and allow my rice to steam.
  2. Sauté onion in oil for a minute or two at the medium-HIGH heat. Meanwhile, dice peppers and tomato.
  3. Add diced or sliced peppers first, mix and allow it to cook for 5 minutes then add diced tomato; stir well and season with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper as well as a good pinch of dried herbs, let t cook for about 10 to 12 minutes or until everything starts getting softer and cooked through.
  4. Pour in tomato sauce, stir, cover with the lid and turn the heat down to medium-LOW. Allow the flavors to marry for 5 minutes. Just stir when needed so it does not burn.
  5. After 5 minutes add in prepared rice, stir well to coat it. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes just to complete this dish.
  6. Taste to see if you need to add more salt or pepper. Some people like crushed red peppers. Garnish with some dried herbs or freshly chopped parsley.

Notes

You may keep it in the fridge for 3 days for the best taste just make sure to heat it before eating.
You may use any peppers; red, green, yellow, orange. Preferably it is the best to use a couple of different peppers for the best color and taste, but you can use two or even one-color of the pepper.

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes are such a comfort food to me. Ever since I was little, I loved the combination of potatoes and onions sauteed in butter. I do not think there is a better side dish to compliment pretty much any meat, fish. It goes […]

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole, in my opinion, is one of the best side dishes for the holiday season, as well as all year round weeknight dinner dish. I do not make this often. Simply because my family cannot stop eating it until the baking dish […]

Cauliflower Ranch Parmesan Baked Bites

Cauliflower Ranch Parmesan Baked Bites

Cauliflower Ranch Parmesan Baked Bites Recipe

Cauliflower Ranch-Parmesan Baked Bites is amazingly delicious, easy and so versatile.

You can pretty much use any flavor that you want or desire. After testing several different coatings or flavors, my family liked this one the best.

To be honest, I do not know why this one. Perhaps it is because they love ranch, or because they love the taste of parmesan-herb breadcrumbs.

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One thing is for certain, this recipe will be made over and over again. I really do hope that you like this amazing Cauliflower Ranch-Parmesan Baked Bites.

My dear family ate a whole head of cauliflower before you could count to twenty. I actually made three big cauliflowers just to test different recipes. I must say that I am a bit proud to say that every bit of it was eaten.

Recipe for Cauliflower Ranch Parmesan Baked Bites

Ever since I was a kid I have always loved cauliflower. My favorite was pickled kind. It’s just so tasty like you are eating pickles but even more crunchy.

The second this was fried cauliflower. Goodness! I could eat full plate just of battered fried cauliflower florets. If you wish for that recipe please do let me know.

I imagine that is why my children love nutritious vegetable so much, fresh or cooked.

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Do you enjoy cauliflower? Have you always liked it?

We could probably go two to four heads a week, naturally depending on what we are making. I am rather thrilled at that announcement.

By all means, we are still talking about cauliflower. Most of the time it is replacing potatoes and we perfectly fine using cauliflower as a sustainable alternative.

Cauliflower Ranch Parmesan Baked Bites Step by step

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Cauliflower Ranch-Parmesan Baked Bites
Yield: Serves 4

Cauliflower Ranch-Parmesan Baked Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This recipe is amazingly delicious, easy and so versatile that you can pretty much use any flavor that you want or desire. After testing several different coatings or flavors, my family liked this one the best.

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets (about 1 to 1 1/2 lb)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chili Flakes
  • Drizzle Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Ranch Dressing vegan or non-vegan
  • 1 cup Parmesan with Herbs panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Wash and separate cauliflower into bite-size florets. It's ok if some are smaller and some bigger. Place cauliflower florets in a large bowl.
  3. Add a teaspoon of salt, and about 1/4 teaspoon of chili flakes, toss and drizzle with olive oil, toss again.
  4. Pour over ranch dressing and toss it very well so the cauliflower florets could get coated completely.
  5. In a separate bowl, add breadcrumbs. READ NOTES
  6. Working in batches, dip the cauliflower florets into the breadcrumbs, making sure that each piece gets completely coated. Place the coated pieces onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.
  7. Bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  8. Serve immediately

Notes

  • I tested this several times with different flavors, so what I would like to suggest is do not put bread crumbs over the cauliflower, right after you mixed ranch or any other sauce that you'd like to use it. Instead, dip each cauliflower floret in the breadcrumbs and try to coat it well before baking. If you add all the breadcrumbs on top of ranch coated cauliflower, then the breadcrumbs going to separate completely.
  • You can prepare cauliflower florets ahead, and before baking just coat them with breadcrumbs.
  • You could toast breadcrumbs before dipping the cauliflower florets in just by adding a bit of olive oil in the pan and heating it, then toasting breadcrumbs just for 20-30 seconds, take it off on the paper towel before they get a deeper color. You don't want to burn it, just lightly toast. This brings even deeper flavor and amazingly crunchy cauliflower. I did not do that for this recipe, but I have done it in the past.

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