Category Side Dishes

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad


This is a perfect potluck dish. Everyone loves fresh fruit. Especially when everything is in season. Rachel Schultz adds a special secret ingredient to make this simple fruit salad make fireworks in your mouth. Dry instant vanilla pudding mix. Crowd pleaser!
2 tablespoons dry instant vanilla pudding mix
1 pound of strawberries, quartered
½ pint blueberries or 6oz. container
½ ...
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Cucumber Watermelon Salad

I poured wine this year at the Great Wine Festival in Irvine, CA. Snuck away for a quick bite of local Orange County restaurant samples throughout the festival. One sample I had that met all my requirements was a salad that included watermelon, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, basil, croutons, and a sherry vinaigrette. It was colorful, flavorful, light, and refreshing on that 90 degree day...
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Edamame Quinoa Salad

While skimming through my mom’s magazine while she was on the phone yesterday, I ran across this quinoa salad. When I left her house I immediately headed to Vitamin City Health food store in San Dimas for the items I knew I didn’t have at home, edamame and grape tomatoes. I love that store. If you are ever near there, pop in! There’s something for everyone...
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Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad

I tried this fruit salad years ago at a friend’s on Thanksgiving. It paired perfectly next to the turkey and ham. When you eat it by itself it is very sweet but oh so yummy. Next to meat dishes it is a perfect balance. Having a little dessert with your dinner is wonderful. You just can’t go wrong with this side dish. Perfect for pot lucks and beyond easy to make. Only 4 ingredients.
* Make sure you g...
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Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

Chili is always made with meat. My husband even walked over and told me that the only thing wrong with the chili was that it was missing ground beef. When I made him take a bite he took back what he said. He dove in for another bite and then kept grabbing tortilla chips and dipping them in my bowl of chili after he ate his hamburger. He will now be having his own Chili Size tonight...

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Bacon Wrapped BBQ Baked Potato

My husband loves bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon? He also loves the baked potatoes from Outback. I figured I would incorporate both to make this a dream side dish for any main course. You just can’t go wrong with this! i make the BBQ sauce one day ahead. Recipe link at the bottom. Give yourself a good 2 hours to prepare this, bake this, and assemple all the toppings. WORTH IT!
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French Onion Soup

One day I just happened to catch the show, The Chew and they were making French Onion Soup. I had always wanted to make my own so I thought I would start with their recipe as my first attempt. My mom was in town from Ohio and she loves French Onion. We headed to the store to grab some of the ingredients...
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Potato Wedges

Crispy on the outside, and tender in the inside. Oven-roasted potato wedges are easy to make, and a great alternative to French fries. Some restaurants often call these steak fries. You can marinade in advance to save time.

Makes 8 portions
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed, rinsed, and cut into wedges
3 tablespoons oliv...
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Pierogi Little Pies

One of Poland’s most popular foods, probably because of its versatility, each “little pie” is hearty and pleasantly chewy. They’re delicious stuffed with almost anything and can be served as a side dish, a main dish, or even as dessert. Here’s a basic pierogi dough that I used in Potato vegetarian Pierogi and a Potato bacon Pierogi...
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Spicy Mae Ploy Cauliflower

I was with some co-workers enjoying dinner at Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar in Coral Springs Florida last month. We ordered the Sautéed Cauliflower for a side dish. It was fantastic. Simple, a little spicy, and very good. I decided to come home and try to duplicate it.


1 head of cauliflower

1/4 cup of Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced


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