Side Dish Recipes

Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash Radiatore Pasta Recipe Recipe

Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash Radiatore Pasta Recipe

02.09.15 by Jackie

Our entire family is vegetarian except for little Aria and me so Meatless Monday isn't something out of the ordinary in our household.  It’s part of an effort on my part to eat a little bit healthier by reducing our meat consumption. If we can hit two targets with one bullet, I want to go for it. And since I'm keeping a strict vegetarian diet this week with the beginning of the Vietnamese Tết celebrations (a tradition of Tết is that you  eat vegetarian (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of Asian New Year), it's perfect timing for this.. 

I prepared roasted butternut squash and mixed in cooked radiatore pasta. It's super easy to prepare and if you want to be on the healthier side, you can completely omit the cheese from the sauce.


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Oyster Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe Recipe

Oyster Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe

01.29.15 by Jackie

Israeli couscous, also known as Middle Eastern couscous or pearl couscous, is a great alternative to potatoes, rice or pasta. I served the less-common starch with oysters and marinated artichokes as a starter during a recent dinner party. 

I served the Israeli couscous salad with wild cherry-flavored red pepper and walnut sauce, which complements the dish wonderfully and provides a pleasant color contrast. 


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Zucchini Potato Gratin (Gratin Dauphinois aux Courgettes) Recipe

Zucchini Potato Gratin (Gratin Dauphinois aux Courgettes)

01.28.15 by Jackie

Gratin dauphinois is one of the gourmet potato dishes featured in my first cookbook Haute Potato. It consists of just potatoes, cream, cheese, butter and a little salt, with fresh-cut herbs on occasion. 

This potato gratin is delicious and easy to make. Today, I prepared a version using zucchini. This is a great way to conceal a nice portion of vegetables, especially if you're trying to feed children who don't like to eat their veggies. You can easily replace it with other greens such as broccoli. It's that easy! "Le tour est joué" (That's all there is to it! in English).


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Thinly Sliced Baked Potatoes Recipe

Thinly Sliced Baked Potatoes

01.05.15 by Jackie

After publishing my first cookbook Haute Potato (75 gourmet potato recipes) and feeding our family our favorite potato dishes for years, I thought I had come up with all of the possible ways to cook the starchy, tuberous crop. This potato recipe is an adaptation of my potato flower crisp. This variation is a little easier and quicker to prepare than the original. It's the result of improvising for a dinner party; instead of using individual servings, I laid uniformly mandoline-sliced potato slices in a pretty design on a baking pan and baked them just as you would the potato crisp. The finished product is a thinner potato layer, which might not be as visually festive but it's just as delicious.

So next time you're tempted to create the crispy potato flower but are pressed for time, opt for this quick and easy version. 


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South Indian Spiced Lemon Rice Recipe Recipe

South Indian Spiced Lemon Rice Recipe

09.03.14 by Jackie

I've had South Indian lemon rice several times and always wondered how it was made. Naively, I thought the rich yellow hue of the rice came from the abundance of lemon in the dish. In fact it's because of turmeric. I finally learned the recipe from my husband Lulu's aunt, Sara. We get along great; we're the same age and Sara is so much fun to be around.  

The preparation requires 3 steps. First, making lemon rice is a great way to use leftover cooked basmati rice. Separate and massage the grains of rice and season them with turmeric, lemon and red chili powder. Then comes the baghar (which translates to "tempering," which involves frying chana dal (dried chickpeas), red dried chiles, mustard seeds, curry leaves, onions and cashew nuts. Lastly, the yellow rice is added, then flavored with a generous amount of ghee (clarified butter). A last drizzling of lemon juice provides a touch of tanginess to fragrant, spicy rice. Our family loves it!

For extra richness, you could sprinkle a bit of coconut powder at the end or serve the rice with coconut chutney and raita (Indian yogurt sauce)


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