Side Dishes

Eggplant Mint Quinoa

Eggplant Mint Quinoa

This vegan side dish is full of flavors and contains powerful ingredients such as red quinoa, herbs, and eggplant, which will help your body to stay healthy and energized. Eggplant, my husband’s favorite vegetable, belongs to the nightshade family like tomatoes and bell peppers and is well known for its unique taste and texture. Every time I prepare this dark purple vegetable, my husband will smell it right away and walk by with a huge smile. It not only brings happiness to people who love eggplant, it also contains health-improving components such as fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

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Asian Salicornia Stir Fry

Asian Salicornia Stir Fry

Have you ever heard of salicornia? Salicornia is a nutritious sea vegetable, also called sea beans or sea asparagus. It is a plant that grows in salty soil in shallow water along the shore. Its taste is crisp and crunchy with an intensely salty flavor. It’s high in protein and also a good source of vitamin A, calcium, and iron. You can eat it raw in a salad, steamed, or stir fried, like in my recipe. Make sure to not add extra salt when cooking with salicornia as it’s salty enough. Here I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce to avoid making it too salty.

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Thyme & Garlic Baked Spiraled Potatoes

Thyme & Garlic Baked Spiraled Potatoes

Potatoes or sweet potatoes are always a delicious gluten-free side dish. You can serve them in many ways, for example, baked, pureed, fried, or boiled. In this recipe, I spiraled the potatoes and baked them with the skin in the oven. This makes the outside edges very crispy and taste almost like potato chips, while the inside has a delicious soft and almost creamy texture. I created this recipe as a side dish for my Easter recipe Herb Crusted Lamb with Carrots and Broccolini.

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Whole Roasted Indian Cauliflower

Whole Roasted Indian Cauliflower

There are many ways to prepare cauliflower, but have you ever tried preparing a whole roasted cauliflower? This is a vegan side dish which is not only an amazing eye catcher, it’s also prepared with a lot of healthy ingredients. When it’s ready to serve, just slice it at the table like a cake.

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Sweet Potato and Thyme Gratin

Sweet Potato and Thyme Gratin

There are many ways to prepare sweet potatoes, just like carrots. You can enjoy them raw, cooked, fried, or out of the oven like in this recipe. They’re not only delicious, but also a great source of beta-carotene, which helps raise the vitamin A level in our blood. Adding just a little fat helps to extract the beta-carotene even more. This recipe I created as a side dish for my Wild Christmas Menu where it accompanies a delicious Fillet of Venison on Sweet Potato Gratin, Brussels Sprouts, Red Wine Shallots, and Juniper Berry Foam. The slightly sweet nutty flavor of the sweet potato combined with intense thyme flavor goes very well with it.

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