Cuisine: Vegetarian

Middle Eastern Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas with Bulgur

I love bulgur, which is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, traditionally used to make tabbouleh and pilafs. It has a satisfying, chewy texture and mild, nutty taste. Whole wheats, like bulgur, are richer in nutrients and vitamins than refined, processed wheat, which has been stripped of many beneficial ingredients. You can use bulgar in place of wheat berries, couscous or rice in your favorite grain salad recipes. This Middle Eastern Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas with Bulgur is a great way to give it a try!

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Honey-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

These Honey-Glazed Brussels Sprouts are a perfect side dish for your holiday table. They can be made ahead and reheated which my life easier.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 8 Servings

Asparagus with Curry Butter

A touch of curry-infused butter elevates this sautéed asparagus. The curry butter really enhances the tanginess of the asparagus and is a quick and easy side dish. I served it with Curry Roasted Chicken and Potatoes.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 - 6 Servings

Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cheese Ball

I am not a big fan of serving a boring cheese platter at a party. It usually doesn't get eaten. I guarantee this cheese ball will be the hit of your next party. Cheese balls were all the rage in the 1970s, but this Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cheese ball is an updated version of an old classic. So easy to make and the best part is that it has to be made ahead, so you can enjoy your party.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins

Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup

This Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup is a wonderful meal to warm you up. It's velvety and smooth and is perfect with this crusty cheesy bread.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields:  4 Servings

California Quinoa Salad

Yesterday at work, I wandered into the staff kitchen to find several people surrounding this California Quinoa Salad. They said it was the best salad ever. Of course, I had some, and yes, it is truly delicious. My friend Kristi made it. It has so much flavor and perfect for a weekday lunch. 

Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is a superfood, which is a complete protein. It has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and is one of the best sources of protein you can get from a plant source. It is gluten-free and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. ​

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Baby Bok Choy with Portobello Mushrooms & Ginger

Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage. Bok choy is a nutrient-dense vegetable and is a great food to incorporate into your diet because of its low calories and many health benefits, such as cancer prevention, healthy digestion, and a hefty serving of many vitamins and minerals. This Baby Bok Choy with Portobello Mushrooms & Ginger is very flavorful and quick and easy to prepare.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Stir-Fried Snow Peas with Beech Mushrooms and Ginger

Stir-Fried Snow Peas with Beech Mushrooms and Ginger is quick and easy to make and goes well with shrimp, salmon or any other fish. You can substitute shiitake mushrooms if you can't find beech mushrooms.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Scallion Butter

The Japanese Sweet, which may also be referred to as a Japanese yam, an Oriental, Kotobuki, Satsuma Imo, or Satsumaimo, is a variety of potato that is common in Japan and is now grown in the U.S. as well as many other regions of the world. Japanese sweet potatoes have a dark reddish-brown to rose-colored exterior skin with a creamy white to pale yellow inner flesh. They have a slightly nutty flavor, with hints of chestnut and a drier, starchier texture than other sweet potato varieties. 
These Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Scallion Butter has a sweet umami taste.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yields: 8 Servings

Caramelized Spicy Green Beans

I'm always searching for new side dish recipes. These Caramelized Spicy Green Beans are quick and easy to prepare. Haricot vert is the French term for these long, slender green beans. "Haricot" means bean and "vert" means green in French. They are also more tender and have a more robust flavor than your typical American green beans.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings