Vegetables / Side Dishes

Quick Minestrone

There is no one recipe for minestrone, which means “thick soup” in Italian. Recipes vary from summer to winter depending on whatever vegetables are in season. A summer minestrone may contain asparagus. A winter version may contain potatoes. Recipes may or may not contain: pasta, rice and/or meat, but traditional minestrone includes beans, onions, celery, […]

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

It’s going to get cooler next week here in the American Midwest, time to start thinking about warming soups, stews and chili. Early this year I posted an awesome recipe for slow cooker turkey chili for Super Bowl Sunday. According to Southern Living, it’s their most popular chili recipe, which speaks volumes since Southern Living […]

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Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

Cauliflower rice. It’s the newest thing in healthy, low refined-carb eating. It’s not really rice, it’s raw cauliflower minced up into tiny pieces to look like rice. There are plenty of cauliflower rice recipes online, but wait. Don’t go to all the trouble. Just head straight to Trader Joe’s for their newest sure-to-sell-out product: Riced […]

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

A classic meal in the UK is the “jacket potato,” a baked Russet potato stuffed with a variety of fillings and served as an entree. A popular one is a jacket potato stuffed with tuna and sweetcorn.  Think of it as a tuna sandwich minus the bread. I kid you not. Here in the U.S. […]

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Ratatouille-Stuffed Shells

I am a bona fide lover of ratatouille, the classic French provincial dish of eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes.  You can find several variations of this summer vegetable stew here on hungry poodle. Each time I post a ratatouille recipe I say it’s my new favorite, and today is no exception.  We all need […]

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