Sides

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is an amazing vegetarian side dish. Feel free to add a small amount of turkey bacon for added flavor if you wish. Serves 4 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20-30 minutes Total Time: 35-45 minutes Ingredients: 1 pound (approximately 4 cups) Brussels sprouts 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons… Read more »

White Bean Hummus

Traditional hummus is made with chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans). This recipe uses white beans. It gives it a great mild flavor that lets the blast of lemon come through, and it’s very easy to make. Serve with carrot and/or celery sticks for a great snack or lunch.   Serves 14 Serving Size: ¼ cup… Read more »

Whole Wheat Couscous Salad

This dish is a real crowd pleaser. The nutty couscous pairs well with the sweet dried fruits. It makes a great side dish. You can also add chicken or garbanzo beans to up the protein and make it a main dish. Serves 8 Serving Size: ½ cup as side dish, ¾ cup as main dish… Read more »

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe is for cauliflower, however, you can use this for any vegetable. It calls for ground spices; however, if you have a spice grinder, it is extra tasty to grind the spices from whole spices. Either way, you will love this easy recipe. The roasted vegetables are great hot or cold in salads. Serves… Read more »

Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

This one-pot meal is a great way to use leftover rice and/or chicken. You can use egg or shrimp instead of the chicken. The type of vegetables can vary depending on what you have on hand. You just need 2 cups of vegetables in total. A good combination is mushroom, peas, carrots, cabbage, and green onion. … Read more »

Salmon Chowder

Any mix of rice will work in this recipe, however wild rice adds a nice bit of color. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup finely chopped onion ½ cup chopped carrot ⅓ cup chopped celery ½… Read more »

Olive Oil Toast

Is there anything better than toasted bread? Toast in the morning, toast at dinner, toast most anytime. How do you get your toast fix and still stay true to the Med way? Here is a simple two-step process for having your toast and eating smart. Serves: 1 Serving Size: 2 pieces Prep Time: 2 minutes… Read more »

Green Beans with Lemon Zest

The first time I had this dish I thought it was one of the best ways to make fresh green beans then and still do. The brightness of the lemon zest is delicious. Below the recipe I will give you several versions that I use throughout the year. Serves 4 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep… Read more »

Oven-Roasted Vegetables

You really don’t need a recipe for roasted vegetables, but here are some recommendations for tasty combinations. Spices may vary based on your taste or you can go au naturel with just salt. Serves (depends on amount prepared) Serving Size: approximately 1 cup (as a side) Prep Time: Depends on vegetables, approximately 15 minutes Cook… Read more »

Spicy Garlic Rice

This recipe is a great way to use leftover rice. The long-grain brown basmati rice can be substituted with regular brown rice. Garnish with cilantro or scallions for extra flavor. Serves 2 Serving Size: ½ cup Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5-7 minutes Total Time: 10-12 minutes Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil 3 garlic… Read more »

Brown Rice Salad

This is an example of a recipe that can be made literally hundreds of ways. Add one or two vegetables, one or two fruits, a grain, a bean, and dress with citrus vinaigrette. This recipe uses avocado and orange. You could use cucumber, tomato, onion, or shredded squash – really any vegetable. For the fruit… Read more »

Chili Lime Salad with Grapefruit, Mango, and Pineapple

This recipe calls for grapefruit, mango, and pineapple, but you can use most any combination of fruit. Serves 6 Serving Size: 1¼ cups Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: Salad: 2 grapefruit, cut into sections 2 mangos, chopped ½ pineapple, chopped (can use canned – discard juice) Dressing: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil… Read more »

Cabbage Stir Fry

This recipe is extremely easy to prepare and makes a great side dish. If you like spice, add a Thai green chili or jalapeño. Serves 2 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons cumin seeds 2 teaspoons freshly grated… Read more »

Olive Oil Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a popular staple on the Southern dinner table. I have made literally hundreds of dozens over my life. The recipe I always used was the one my mother taught me as a child – mayonnaise (Duke’s of course), vinegar, yellow mustard, pepper – sometimes pickle, sprinkled with paprika. They are delicious. However,… Read more »

Cucumber Avocado Salad

This simple salad is really delicious. The process of hand mixing and slightly macerating (slightly crushing) the avocados makes it a bit creamy. You can alter this recipe and use different vinegars based on your taste. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Chill Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 15… Read more »

Black Bean Salsa

This salsa is great on a salad, as a dip, or with your favorite taco. Vary the ingredients as you like for your taste. If you like it spicy, you can add jalapeno or other chili peppers. You can add different spices to your taste, such as cumin or coriander. Serves 6 Serving Size: 1… Read more »

Apple Cucumber Slaw

This recipe goes well with Salmon Burgers, or as a bed for fish or chicken. Serves 2 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 apple, cut into matchsticks (use a sweet apple such as Red Delicious, or a tart apple such as Granny Smith) ½ English cucumber, chopped… Read more »

Black Bean Soup

This recipe uses canned beans, which can be high in sodium. Be sure to rinse well to remove over ⅓ of the sodium indicated on the label. If you want to add some spice, serve this with hot sauce on the side. Serves 6 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10… Read more »

Cabbage, Pasta and Pepper

Splurge on the cheese for this dish, the economy of the main ingredients (pasta and cabbage), allow for purchasing a really good cheese and still staying within budget. Any aged white cheese (e.g., parmesan, cheddar, provolone, manchego) will do. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1½ cups Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45… Read more »

Lentil and Beet Salad

This is an interesting main-dish salad that, thanks to canned beets, is really quick. It is a great use for leftover lentils, you could even use other beans. You can use any salad green, however, arugula, gives a nice spice to the salad. The cumin vinaigrette is great with other salads as well or just as a… Read more »

Mexican Salad

This salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. The recipe calls for making one large salad to serve family style. You can also make individual salads as well. The lemon juice helps keep the avocado from turning dark so you could make this a few hours ahead and keep in the refrigerator. Serves 6… Read more »

Citrus Salsa

This salsa is easy and quick and goes great on fish tacos, grilled fish, or with beans and rice. The daikon or jicama gives it a great crunch but is optional. Serves 6 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 4 naval oranges, peeling and white removed, chopped ½… Read more »

Fruit Chaat

This is an Indian-style sweet and savory snack that is super easy to prepare. You can vary the fruits to your liking and what’s readily available.   Serves 6 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 medium bananas, peeled and sliced 1 medium apple, chopped into small pieces… Read more »

Quinoa Strawberry Salad

Quinoa is a popular whole grain thanks to its quick cooking time, high protein content, and nutty taste. The quinoa really soaks up the dressing in this recipe. Wait to dress the salad until right before serving. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes… Read more »

Super Tomato Soup

Here is a quick and delicious way to add a serving of vegetables to your day. Don’t try this without the sun-dried tomatoes, they are the secret to this soup. Serves 6 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes Ingredients: 1 tablespoon… Read more »

Kachumber Salad with Peanuts

This recipe has an Indian name, Kachumber, that means chopped; however, my dear Indian friend says it is not Indian at all. It is, however, delicious. Serves 8 Serving size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 large English cucumber, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, minced 1… Read more »

Cucumber Olive Oil Sea Salt Yogurt

If you are tired of sweet yogurt, this recipe is for you. You can use kosher salt but flake salt, such as Maldon, is better. It may sound strange but the tiny kick of salt makes this dish. If you are taking this for lunch, put the salt in a baggie and add just before… Read more »

Lentils with Cumin Vinaigrette

Lentils are a quick alternative to dried beans. No soaking required and cook in a very short time. Delicious on their own, added to salads or soups, or as a base for fish or chicken. This recipe uses a delicious cumin vinaigrette to make a delicious side or main dish. I prefer to use brown… Read more »

Avocado Salad

This is a colorful and tasty salad that is especially good during summer months. It is easy to prepare and only has a few, simple ingredients. For variation, add chopped onions, black beans, and/or red pepper according to taste preference. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cool Time: 10-20 minutes Total… Read more »

Sofrito

Sofrito is a sauce that is used as a base for many Mediterranean dishes, including soups and sauces.  It is a flavorful condiment over chicken, fish, and vegetables. For fans of spicy foods, substitute some or all of the bell peppers in the recipe for hotter peppers. Serves 20 Serving Size: 5 tablespoons Prep Time:… Read more »

Curry Quinoa Salad

This is a great side dish or can be a main dish if added to a large vegetable salad. Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main dish Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes (for quinoa) Total Time: 30 minutes (less if using already prepared quinoa) Ingredients:… Read more »

Ginger Curry Mashed Carrots

This is a versatile side dish. You can use it as a base for grilled fish, and it also goes great with lentils. You can even thin it with water to make a soup. You will be hooked the first time you make it. It keeps for several days in the refrigerator and freezes well.… Read more »

Summer Green Bean Salad

This is one of the best salads to make when the corn is really fresh. The easiest way to cook the corn is in the microwave. Cut off one end, microwave for 4 minutes, remove with hot pad – shake the corn out of the husk. (Tip: All of the silks should remain in the… Read more »

Sauteed Squash and Onions

I grew up eating squash and onions. It was a summer favorite of our family. I converted the bacon grease version my mom made to the Med Way by using olive oil. I use both zucchini and yellow squash but you can use just one variety if you like. This recipe calls for green onions,… Read more »

Simple Stir Fry

Everyone should have a go-to stir fry recipe. This is a basic recipe that you can vary based on availability of seasonal vegetables. The fresh grated ginger gives it a wonderful Asian flavor. If you like spice, you can add some Asian chili sauce, which can be found in most grocery stores (also called sambal… Read more »

Avocado Toast

This is a great breakfast or lunch. Healthy fat helps keeps your hunger in check throughout the day. Serves 1 Serving Size: 2 pieces Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 3-4 minutes Total Time: 8-9 minutes Ingredients: 2 slices of whole-wheat bread ½ avocado, sliced thin Pinch salt 1 teaspoon olive oil Directions: Toast the… Read more »

Ginger Carrot Eggs

This makes a great side dish and can also be used as a filling for tacos. The ginger garlic paste can be substituted with freshly grated ginger and finely chopped garlic.  Serves 2 Serving Size: ½ cup Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes  Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil 2… Read more »

Mango, Black Bean, and Quinoa Salad

This is a perfect dish for a summer picnic or potluck. Super easy, quick, and delicious.   Serves 6 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1½ cups chopped, peeled ripe mango 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt added black beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup cooked quinoa 1 cup thinly… Read more »