Category: Vegetables, sides & appetizers

Couscous, the versatile food

I love cooking with couscous. However, a lot of people don’t cook with it regularly. Most people probably serve it plain and use it to soak up sauce as an alternative to rice or pasta. It can be intimidating because it’s hard to categorize – is it a type of rice or a type of pasta? To make things more complicated, there are many different kinds of couscous – Moroccan (small), Israeli (mid-sized), and Lebanese (the largest). I generally cook with the smaller variety, which is also the easiest to find in the grocery store and the easiest, most quick cooking version. (more…)

Smoky, grilled peppers

Gotta love grilling in the Summer. The two almost go hand in hand. Last night I broke out the cuisinart grill/griddle for some marinated grilled chicken. I was trying to figure out what I would cook as far as vegetables go and I remembered that I had a few orange bell peppers in the fridge that I needed to use up. Generally, I would probably just cut them up and eat them raw, dipped in a little blue cheese dressing (my fave!), but I was in an adventurous mood. I figured since I was already grilling the chicken, why not grill the peppers too? I brainstormed and shuffled through my spice cabinet to see what I could put on the peppers to give them a little more flavor, although, quite frankly, grilling them gives them great flavor on their own. I settled on cumin and chili powder. I thought it would give the peppers a great smoky taste, and I just love the way cumin smells in general. (more…)

Eating more Kale

I’m a “cooking with Kale virgin”. The only time I’ve really eaten Kale is out at a restaurant or if someone else happens to cook it for me. It’s not that I don’t like it. I totally like it. It’s just that I’m never quite sure how to cook it. Kale is one of those vegetables you have to cook right or it can turn out tasting completely awful and bitter (same as Broccoli Rabe, which I still have not figured out how to cook with). (more…)

My Favorite Way to Eat Asparagus (or any veggie for that matter)

Asparagus can be a tricky vegetable. Luckily, I’ve found that most veggies taste good roasted. It’s a fool proof way to cook them too. Asparagus falls under this category. It is delicious roasted in the oven. This recipe is so simple, it’s embarrassing. It’s not really even a recipe so much as it is a method of cooking. Whenever I roast vegetables, this is how I do it. I’ll use asparagus as an example: (more…)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries with parsley and parmesan cheese

I love fries. Recently though, I’ve started to order sweet potato fries instead of regular fries. At restaurants you usually get thin cut, deep fried sweet potato fries which are obviously delicious. But I’ve found an equally delicious and healthier way to make them at home. I apologize for the lack of measurements. I hate to measure. (more…)

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