Easy Asparagus Side Dish

The easiest way to cook asparagus is just boil asparagus in a little H20 for a few minutes but some days you need a little more flavor to one of the yummiest veggies out there.

1. Asparagus
2. Olive Oil
3. Cajan Seasoning

Chop up asparagus to your liking and lay them out on a pan. Sprinkle olive oil over and dust with cajan seasoning. I would dust over just the tops unless you need more kick. 400 degrees in the oven for around 10 minutes and presto change-o! You have a killer side dish now.

Chopped asparagus  Add Olive Oil & Cajan Seasoning to Asparagus

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EGGCELLENT Lunch, Dinner or Snack

Egg veggie scramble

Yup, I’m into scrambles. There’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a few eggs. Well maybe not the squeak on the door in Evie’s room. This is a quick and easy lunch or dinner that I find to be extra tasty.

Veggies + Eggs = Problem Solved

Make a big batch, it’s great to get a few bites when you are on the go. I’m a new Mom of a two month old so know how time is important.

Broccoli
Zucchini
Red Pepper
(or whatever veggies you have available)
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Minced Garlic (optional)
5-6 Eggs

I’m rotten at measuring and just chop up what looks will fit in my pan. Heat up the olive oil, toss in some crushed garlic (yes mine is from the jar in a fridge).

Broccoli first since it takes the longest to cook, chop up the red pepper as the broccoli is cooking. Then chop the zucchini and add. Cover with a lid. Crack 5 eggs or 6 or 7 if you have more people or like more egg. Beat them with a fork, not at chess and add. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix eggs around until cooked.

DON’T forget the salt and pepper they make all the difference.

Egg veggie scramble

Egg veggie scramble

Egg veggie scramble

If you are feeling dangerous add some parmesan cheese. Or regular cheese. If you are feeling healthy add some beans. I had to sneak in some bacon once to get my husband to eat it. Whatever works! Extras go in the fridge for later.

Veggie Bacon Egg Scramble Lunch

 

 Meat + Veggies + Eggs + Lil’ Cheese = Fist pump for my taste buds and belly

2 mushrooms diced

1 small zucchini

1/4 red pepper

Two handfuls of spinach

2 eggs

2 pieces pre cooked bacon diced

Fry up the veggies, fry up the eggs, nuke the bacon in the microwave, chop up the bacon. Take everything out and mix on your plate. Add cheese if you want. Cook up the spinach, sprinkle with Parmesan if you want!

Sort of Jumbalaya

Sort of Jumbalaya

This dish is incredibly filling (in a good way not a “why did I eat that” way) and has a great heat to it. Don’t like spice? Use regular Italian Sausage instead of spicy. Or just drain more of the spicy sausage fat. Leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.

Heads up – I pretty much eyeball things so measuring is not my forte.

Ingredients
Package Spicy Italian Sausage
1 Large Russet Potato
1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
3 Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow whatever you have)
1 Cup Black Beans
1/2 Onion (whatever kind you have is fine)
Optional – Zucchini, Mushrooms, any other veggies you want to throw in

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1. Cook Sausage – remove sausage from pan – don’t drain fat
2. Use fat (which is a spicy oil perfect for potats) to cook potatoes
3. Add a healthy sprinkle of Creole seasoning and pepper

4. Mix the sausage and potatoes and put in a bowl with paper towel to help absorb the fat / extra spicy
5. Add a drop of olive oil, fry up teaspoon of garlic then add onions – cook for a minute or so before adding the other veggies

Peppers and Sausage and Potatoes

6. Add peppers and the rest of the veggies (peppers take longer to cook than mushrooms so first cook what takes the longest etc.)
7. OPTIONAL – top with cheese and sour cream (and by sour cream I mean plain Greek Yogurt.)

Sort of Jumbalaya

Best Veggie Side Dish

You can thank me later since you’ll be too busy scarfing this down. The blend of spices and oven roasting brings out the flavors to the extreme.

Pack of mushrooms
1-2 Zucchini
1 Sweet Onion (or yellow)
1 Green or Red Pepper
Broccoli florets (optional)

Olive Oil
Garlic Salt
Crushed Red Pepper
Oregano
Minced Garlic (optional – if you have it)

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Chop veggies put in a pan or glass baking dish.
Toss veggies with olive oil and sprinkle with spices
Go heavier on the oregano
I recommend going lighter on the crushed red pepper to start, I like things spicy but you can always add more later

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Bake in over around 375 – 400 for 10 minutes
Stir and taste
Re-season if necessary
(I’ve used so many different ovens for this sometimes it takes as little as 10 or 20 depending on your oven so it’s best to check.)
Cook in 5 minute increments and keep checking and stirring until done (I hate overcooked veggies.)

OPTIONS:
Add veggies on tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and add a dollop of sour cream = Veggie Wraps
Add next to chicken or fish and rice
Sautee chicken – chop up and add to dish then eat out of dish
Use as a side dish to pasta and garlic bread or toss in pasta
You get the idea of it’s versatility

Excuse the steam in the photo below! Veggies are paired with brown rice and scallops.

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Salmon Inspiration Recipe

Less is more and with all these options you aren’t going to feel lacking in the flavor department. (You will be satisfied and full too.)

1. Baked salmon
2. Sweet potato fries
3. Salad with oil & vinegar dressing
4. All the sides of a salmon sandwich without the bun:
onion, cucumber, thick bacon, tomato
5. Dill Sauce

Simple set up - full on flavor explosion

Simple set up – full on flavor explosion

1. Baked salmon
Your choice of seasoning (I used CAJUN – SO GOOD)
Bake at 400 F for around 10 minutes
When you see white juice coming out of the fish (double check by cutting it and looking)

2. Sweet potato fries
There are a zillion recipes out there from frozen in a bag to homemade – it’s your move how you want to roll, no judgement here

3. Salad with oil & vinegar dressing
Chop romaine lettuce
Add some of the cucumber and tomatoes you already have
I used a Penzey’s Italian dressing with some vinegar and olive oil and tossed it (Love Penzey’s  Spices – they have fresher, higher quality spices and started locally in Wisconsin.)

4. All the sides of a salmon sandwich without the bun
onion, cucumber, thick bacon, tomato
Cut up the sides – thin sliced onion, slice the tomatoes, cut the cucumbers, fry up the bacon and pat well with paper towel to absorb the grease

5. Dill Sauce
1/2 cup or so of regular greek yogurt (make sure you read the label there’s been a few times we’ve accidently grabbed the honey Greek yogurt.
2 tablespoons or so of dill (the longer it sits the more the dill flavor grows – so make this first)
Squeeze of lemon
Dash of Garlic salt

Chicken Awesome Recipe

I knew I had something when my hubby tried it and said, “This is awesome!” and then a few days later “Can you make that chicken awesome dish?” Chicken Awesome sounded like a much better name than chicken, tomato, artichoke, spinach and more dish. I’ve tested it out on a few happy participants and wanted to pass the recipe along. (Don’t like artichokes? Try it! My friend who hates artichokes, ate the whole thing and has recently changed their mind about them.)

CHICKEN AWESOME

1 can artichoke (cup in halves or quartered)
1 can chopped tomatoes (I like it with garlic and oregano)
1 pack of mushrooms (I like portobello mushrooms)
1-2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
A few big handfuls of spinach
Garlic salt and oregano

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BONUS
Above is all you need for delicious-ness but I’ve thrown in any other veggies that I have laying around – broccoli, zucchini, onion, asparagus.

1. Pan fry the chicken with a little oil for a few minutes on each side (drain if necessary) then cut them roughly into 1/2 inch cubes and cook for a few more minutes.
2. Once the chicken is cooked add the canned tomatoes (I drain some of the juice from the can in a side cup and add more if needed)
3. Drain artichokes then add to pan (make sure they’re cut into halves or quarters.)
4. Have other veggies? Add those too and mix everything together.

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5. Add oregano and garlic salt to taste
6. Cook for 5 minutes (to get the flavors to simmer together.)
7. Then add a few big handfuls of spinach and cook 5 more minutes or so.
8. Enjoy!

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