Cilantro and Carrot Rice


This recipe works well to complement some grilled shrimp or fish.
You’ll Need
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 large red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups long-grain white rice
  • 6 ¾ cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Diced tomato

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Spicy Baked Sweet Potatoes

Here is an easy to make nutritious and delicious side option.

You’ll Need 

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive and coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions
  • Wash and scrub potatoes leaving the skins on.
  • Cut the potatoes into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sticks or cubes and set aside
  • Mix together the spices and oil
  • Add the potato sticks to the mixture and coat well
  • Lay onto a cookie sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Stir them halfway through cooking.

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Vegetable and Garbanzo Bean Couscous

Couscous is a featured grain in many regions of the Mediterranean. Enjoy this side dish as a complement to some grilled fish.

You’ll Need

  • 1 ¼ cups water or chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup couscous
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
  • 2 small zucchinis, thinly sliced

Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the butter, couscous, salt and pepper, garbanzo beans and zucchini.
  • Stir.
  • Cover.
  • Remove it from the heat and allow to stand 5 minutes.
  • Stir with a fork to fluff up and season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

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Beans and Greens

 Known as poor man’s food in Italy, yet this meal is fit to serve a king!

You’ll Need

  • 4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 can or 2 cups cooked cannellini beans (reserving 1/3 cup liquid)
  • 1 ½ pounds of chopped kale
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  • In a medium pot, sauté sliced garlic and red pepper flakes in oil on low heat until the garlic starts to brown.
  • Add the beans including the liquid.
  • Add the chopped kale and simmer until they’re cooked but still firm.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • If you would like it to be a bit more like a soup you can add some additional water.
  • Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on the top of each bowl and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with a nice piece of bread. Enjoy!

 

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Black-Eyed Peas and Rice Salad

Let’s prevent cancers! Beans are a super food and this is one of the many bonuses they may offer our health.

You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup minced parsley

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Pomegranate Carrot Salad

This is a unique salad that incorporates fruits and veggies and also makes a nice complement to a variety of meals.

You’ll Need

  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon scallions, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, toss and serve.

 

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Orange Sweet Potatoes

Give this interesting combination a try. It might just be your crowd pleaser at the Thanksgiving feast.

You’ll Need

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes or yams (about 2 pounds) or substitute one 23 ounce can
  • 6 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel (optional)


Directions

  • If you are not using canned sweet potatoes, you must first peel and boil the sweet potatoes until soft. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  • Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
  • Add sweet potatoes.
  • Stir gently until glazed and hot.

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Basil Carrots

Try this dish! You may end up considering having it as a side dish for one of your holiday meals.


You’ll Need

  • 6 medium carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted (or olive oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil or 1/4 Tablespoon fresh, chopped

Directions

  • Slice carrots into half inch slices.
  • Simmer, covered, in water until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes; drain.
  • Combine remaining ingredients, toss with carrots.

 

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