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Purée de Petits Pois Recipe (Mashed Peas) Recipe

Mashed potatoes are my guilty pleasure. For this version, green peas complement the flavor of this version and gives a beautiful color and wonderful texture to the purée.

My baby girl is already over 5 months old and I've started introducing solid food to her in the past 2 weeks. I've given her a diversity of vegetables already. Today, I tried feeding  her legumes and made some baby food for her using peas. They're perfect because they're starchy and have a wonderful texture. I passed them through a large mesh sieve to remove the "skin" from the peas, which gave me the idea of making something similar for the family.


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Roasted Broccolini Recipe Recipe

Roasted Broccolini Recipe

02.22.12 by Jackie

Wintry leafy greens are available everywhere now. I particularly like broccolini. The long-stemmed broccoli look-alike is rather delicate with hints of bitterness. You could sauté, steam or simply boil this vegetable, but I prefer roasting it. In general, roasting vegetables enhances the natural sweet notes of the greens and turn the thin stalks almost as sweet and tender as asparagus.

The preparation is fairly simple. Toss broccolini in garlic, olive oil and a bit of Parmesan cheese for a touch of saltiness. The vegetables go into the oven until the stems are tender and the leaves are nice and crisp.


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Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta Recipe Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta Recipe

02.16.12 by Jackie

Polenta is a coarse corn meal that, if cooked properly, makes a great side dish. It's definitely a change from mashed potatoes. I had some left-over polenta from last time I made cornbread, so I made this version, flavoring it with a small jar of sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. 

The preparation is similar to making risotto. The polenta cookes in a certain amount of broth until all the liquid is absorbed and there isn't a raw, starchy taste. At the end, I add sour cream for a richer mouth-feel.


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Quinoa with Asparagus and Mushrooms Recipe

Quinoa is a great side dish. By itself it can be pretty bland, so I seasoned it using vegetable stock and added asparagus spears and beech mushrooms. The dish pairs wonderfully with chicken or tofu. I could eat several plates of it without worrying about calories!



It's a great, healthy alternative to pasta or rice. Quinoa is incredibly versatile, and you can pair it with pretty much any combination of protein and vegetables. Plus, it's gluten free!


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Savory Apple Side Dish Recipe (Baked Stuffed Apples)  Recipe

Apples are the quintessential fall fruit. They're a great substitute for boring vegetable side dishes or potatoes. Granny Smith apples work wonders in savory dishes because they have a crunchy, crip texture with a hint of acidity.

This particular side dish is ultra-easy to prepare. I stuffed the apples with a combination of freshly cracked walnuts and hazelnuts, red onions, pure cane sorghum (you could also use maple syrup) and a few spices. To add a little tenderness and sweetness to the dish without overwhelming it, I alternated a few slices of McIntosh red apples and stuffed the apples with Kentucky pure cane sorghum from Bourbon Barrel (check out the tip section), which has a texture similar to corn syrup but is so much more flavorful. I placed a little apple cider at the bottom of  an oven-safe baking dish, added the savory stuffed apples and baked them for about 30 minutes. Et voilà!

 


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