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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sauteed Squash and Onions
Squash and onions are a staple in the South in the summer. It is a favorite for many families. Use olive oil for a Med way version of this famous dish.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This is an amazing vegetarian side dish. Roasting the Brussels sprouts gives them a great smoky flavor.
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 dressing for lentils.
You really don’t need a recipe for roasted vegetables, but here are some recommendations for tasty combinations.
Mango, Black Bean, and Quinoa Salad
This is a perfect dish for a summer picnic or potluck. Super easy, quick, and delicious.
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.
Green Beans with Lemon Zest
This is a great twist on just plain green beans. The brightness of the lemon zest is delicious.
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.
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.
Curry Quinoa Salad
This is a great side dish or can be a main dish if added to a large vegetable salad.
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.
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.
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.
Chili Lime Fruit Salad
This recipe calls for grapefruit, mango, and pineapple, but you can use most any combination of fruit.
Apple Cucumber Slaw
This is one of the most popular recipes, and goes well with Salmon Burgers, or as a bed for fish or chicken.