This dish is delicious and decadent. The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any special dinner. They bake in a rich butter sauce so they absorb all of the flavor with none of the fluff of the traditional Sweet Potato and marshmallow casserole. Try this as an elegant alternative this year.
Baked Maple Mascarpone Sweet Potatoes
3 large sweet potatoes peeled and sliced in 1/4 ” rounds
4 T butter
8 0z mascarpone cheese
1 t chopped rosemary
2 T maple syrup
1/2 c milk.
Preheat the oven to 350. Arrange sweet potato slices in layers in an oven proof dish ( I used a 8×8)
In a sauce pan melt butter and mascarpone cheese together over medium heat. Add maple syrup, milk and rosemary and stir to combine.
Pour mixture over potatoes and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Serve on the plate with a spoonful of the butter sauce from pan over the top.
Quinoa is a food trend that is delicious and healthy. It is as versatile and as easy as rice. This recipe is a perfect side dish to a spicy entree like jerk chicken, Hot wings or Spicy Lime and Honey Chicken. Try incorporating it into some of your weekday dishes. For ease and clean up I make mine in my rice cooker.
3 c water
1 1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 c chopped mango
1/2 t chopped garlic
1/4 c chopped cilantro or parsley ( I used a combination)
1/4 c crumbled Queso Fresco Cheese or Feta
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
2 t olive oil
Add water and quinoa to the rice cooker and turn on, when quinoa is finished pour into a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, stir and serve.
My husband is back on the low carb diet so I am back to being creative with cauliflower. This hand mashed cauliflower has the same texture and flavors of a risotto without the rice and carbs. I don’t even think my kids noticed the difference.
Parmesan and Cauliflower “Risotto”
1 head cauliflower cut into florets
1/2 c ricotta cheese
3 T- 1/4 c cream
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
juice of 1/2 lemon ( about 2 T)
salt and pepper
Steam or cook cauliflower until fork tender. Drain excess water, Add to a med sized pot and hand mash with a potato masher. Add ricotta, lemon juice, cream (start with 3 T and add more if needed) stir in Parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Heat over low until heated through.
Here is a close up of the texture. If you prefer a puree of cauliflower instead just add to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
Sides can be boring, this one isn’t. Perk up your broccoli with this easy recipe but be careful it might steal the show.
Broccoli with Lemon, Olive Oil and Parmesan
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1-2 t olive oil
1 T lemon juice
1/4 c shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
1/4 t salt
Steam broccoli until crisp tender. I used a microwave steam bag this time, but any method with work, just don’t over cook it. Toss with oil, lemon juice, parmesan and salt. Serve.
Potatoes are my favorite food!
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
1 bag small (petite) yukon gold potatoes cut in 1/8″ slices
1/4 c green onion or chives chopped
5 sliced cooked bacon
2 t salt
1/2 stick of butter
2 c milk
1/4 c flour
1 c shredded cheese
Pre heat oven to 350
Add potatoes, green onion and bacon to an oven proof baking dish
in a sauce pan melt butter over med heat, add flour and stir. Slowly add milk and continue cooking over med high heat until mixture starts to bubble, turn heat to low and continue stirring until liquid thickens into a sauce. Add salt and cheese, stir until cheese is melted. Pour mixture over potatoes in baking dish. Cover with foil and cook for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender, remove foil and cook 15-20 minutes more or until top is golden.
Trying to get kids and some adults to eat vegetables can be tricky. Trying to limit you carbs and find hearty, comforting, side dishes can be challenging. Mixing up your week night dinners and getting out of a rut can be tiring. This recipe solves all of these problem and is quick and easy, and I even like it better than mashed potatoes.
Mashed Broccoli and Cauliflower
16 oz of broccoli and cauliflower florets (I bought them already mixed in a bag at my supermarket)
1 oz cream cheese (from the brick, not soft)
1/2 tsp salt
2T half and half or milk
Steam broccoli and cauliflower until soft, you could use a microwave steam bag or steamer ( you could even boil it in a small amount of water). Add cooked veggies, cream cheese, salt and half and half to a food processor and pulse until “mashed”, mash by hand if you don’t have a food processor, it just may be slightly chunkier. Serve, see I told you it was easy. Try doing cauliflower or broccoli solo too.