Tag: SIDE DISH

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 […]

Air Fryer Rainbow Potatoes with Rosemary

Air Fryer Rainbow Potatoes with Rosemary

These new potatoes in the assorted rainbow mixture made in the air fryer have its own distinctive flavor and texture as well as color. Some will cook quicker than others, of course. Needless to say, these air fryer rainbow potatoes with rosemary will turn crunchy […]

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

My delicious Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad. Who does not appreciate a hearty salad?

Needless to say, we eat classic salads all year round, naturally depending on the season, of course.

However, with all the ingredients convenient even during the winter season, we are able now to eat this salad any time we want.

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Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

I know very well the taste is not the same. After all, freshly harvested fruit and vegetables are indeed the best eaten in season.

However, for the gracious sake of your cravings, we can most certainly eat delicious salads like this 365 days a year.

Above all, Cucumber, Tomato, and Mozzarella Cheese Salad undoubtedly my absolute favorite summer food. We probably eat this on a daily base during hot summer days.

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

It is so refreshing and tasty it goes perfectly with any grilled food, even grilled vegetables if you are vegetarian.

You assuredly have a possible option here to include some avocados or grilled tofu even if you do not consume cheese. As you can see it is most definitely versatile salad.

So next time when you have a family gathering or just grilling time, make this salad. I am sure that you will not regret because it is really tasty.

Recipe

As I said below, you can add other ingredients and make it your own depending on the season.

My daughter loves Avocado so we always add it, especially if we are out of cheese. It just gives you a bit of creaminess which would be perfect for vegan.

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Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad
Yield: 4 SERINGS

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy. healthy and tasty salad recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Tomatoes on the Vine, sliced
  • 1 cup Snacking Tomatoes, orange, but sweet golden would work as well or multicolored
  • 1 Organic English Cucumber, diced
  • 6 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, cubed or Fresh Mozzarella Pearl Cheese
  • 3 Organic Green Onions, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced tomatoes, diced cucumber, chopped green onions.
  2. For the simple vinaigrette: in a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and herbs such as oregano or parsley. Pour over salad; toss well to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Just before serving, stir in cheese. Serve with a slotted spoon.
  4. This is a perfect salad with anything grilled or with fish.

Notes

You may add avocado or red onions in this salad It is very delicious. Also, if you by any chance do not have any mozzarella but Feta is in your fridge, use it. It is so tasty in this salad.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200 Total Fat: 14.7g Saturated Fat: 5.6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 30mg Sodium: 251mg Carbohydrates: 8.6g Fiber: 1.8g Sugar: 3.8g Protein: 8.9g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate, but we try our best.

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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 […]

Pan-Roasted Peppers with Garlic Infused Sauce

Pan-Roasted Peppers with Garlic Infused Sauce

For some people letting go of summer is hard, and some people live with summer all year round. We make this recipe all summer long and I am officially letting go of summer with these amazing Sweet Pan-Roasted Peppers with Garlic Infused Sauce. I am […]

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Little Italy in the Bronx.  The opinions and text are all mine.

When it comes to the easiest dinner ever, pasta and sauce would naturally come to your mind, right? Well, this is far better than any plain pasta and classic sauce. Don’t you agree with me?

Not only that, I’ve made these incredibly delicious and I must add easy, cheese stuffed meatballs, but I cooked them in this equally incredible Little Italy in the Bronx Marinara, which I found very well stocked on the shelves in the pasta sauce aisle at my local Publix.

I got to tell you that this meal never lasts long on our table. I always have to make extra because I love these meatballs in my sandwich the next day. This is my family’s absolute favorite dish. The meatballs came out so perfect; especially when you have Italian bread to mop up all that sauce. It is pure comfort food that I’ve been making for years.

 

Little Italy in the Bronx sauce is made with simple and wholesome ingredients. They use imported Italian tomatoes, no paste, it’s gluten-free and let’s not forget that Little Italy in the Bronx sauce is actually made in small batches.

Little Italy in the Bronx sauces comes in multiple varieties available at Publix, of course. You can find Marinara, Tomato Basil, Alla Vodka, Arrabbiata and Alfredo sauce.

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

With every purchase made, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Little Italy in the Bronx sauce is passionately devoted to the Belmont Business Improvement District, a local nonprofit organization.


These funds tremendously help wonderfully preserve the traditions of the area by enthusiastically promoting business development, cultural programming, and streetscape improvements so that Little Italy in the Bronx can properly preserve its unique charm for future generations.


Little Italy Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is designated as one of the “great streets” of America by the American Planning Association. It’s a global destination known around the world for its restaurants, handmade local and imported goods, and the authentic Italian culture that’s been passed down by the generations of families that have lived, worked and shopped there for well over a century.


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Also, from 10/27/18 – 11/9/18, you can find Little Italy in the Bronx pasta sauce on sale at Publix for $3.99 ($2 off the original price per bottle).

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

These meatballs are not only delicious but extremely easy to prepare. Serve over pasta or in bread as a meatball sub.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword beef, meatballs, pasta
Servings 16 meatballs apx.
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 16 + pieces cheddar cheese cubed
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste and a generous pinch of each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus a drizzle to coat the skillet
  • 1 jar 24 oz. Little Italy in the Bronx Marinara

Cheese For the sauce:

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 8 oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste a good pinch of both.

Instructions

  1. Cube cheese into 1” cubes or use store bought cubed cheddar cheese.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the cheese for the sauce, cover and refrigerate until ready to be used.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Scoop meatball mixture into a small ball (about 2 tablespoons, or a size of a larger golf ball) and press into a disk. Then place in the middle of the patty, 1 cube of cheese (you can use mozzarella string cheese as well) into the center, sealing meat tightly around cheese. Repeat with remaining meatball mixture and cheese.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook to brown on all sides. When the meatballs have developed a nice crust, remove them from the skillet and wipe the skillet clean. Return skillet to stovetop over medium heat. Pour marinara into the skillet then add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon sauce over the meatballs. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer meatballs for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. Lastly, add previously prepared cheese mixture for the sauce; a spoonful all around the skillet and in between meatballs. Cover and allow it to cook on low heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm over pasta. Garnish with more herbs and parmesan, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Leftovers: Place in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for a month.

Boiled Potatoes with Butter and Parsley

Boiled Potatoes with Butter and Parsley

What is your favorite way to eat potatoes? I feel like that I don’t have a favorite way. I simply love potatoes. Just like pasta, potatoes are a staple of my household. Potatoes are important in my life and in lives so many people…