• Pasta,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vegetables

    Orzo and Vegetable Pasta Bowl with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Onions

    This time of year, there’s an amazing abundance of fresh vegetables, and it’s a great opportunity to get your children to try some new produce. Think about hitting a farmers market this weekend, and let your kids pick out something new to try. When you get home, make this recipe. With it’s grown-up and child-friendly versions, everyone in your house is guaranteed to eat dinner. The adults get to enjoy a delicious dijon vinaigrette while the kids sample the new vegetables with the buttery pasta they always enjoy. The slow-roasted tomatoes and onions are delicious, but this dish will be tasty even without them. Although they do take a while in…

  • Recipes,  Vegetables

    Roasted Cauliflower Mash

    It took me years to really understand why anyone would make pretend mashed potatoes. The real ones were just so good and cauliflower was so bland. Two things happened to change my mind. First, I got older and my metabolism started to slow down. Suddenly the idea of not eating carbs at night seemed to make a lot of sense. Second, as I began to roast more and more vegetables I added cauliflower into the mix. Cauliflower is not my kids favorite veg, but they will eat it, especially when it’s combined on a tray with broccoli. Roasting cauliflower, alongside a head of garlic, turns a boring mash into a…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Grilled Asian-Style Portabello Mushrooms

    Few vegetables are more delicious on the grill than portabello mushrooms…they lend themselves to all types of flavor profiles and they grill beautifully. This mouthwatering marinade pairs perfectly with the mushrooms, but would also work well with steak. Grilled Asian-Style Portabello Mushrooms Author: Kate Wagner Serves: serves 4 This marinade is soooo good! Your mushrooms need as little as an hour in the marinade, but up to overnight works well too. Planning a quick weeknight dinner – I would double the marinade and include a few steaks. Happy cooking! Ingredients 4 tbsp Soy sauce, low-sodium 1/2 of a Lime, zested and juiced 2 tsp Garlic, minced 2 tsp Sambal oelek…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Grilled Baby Bok Choy

    Bok choy on the grill is so good, flavorful and interesting…and best of all quick, which makes it the perfect candidate for a weeknight dinner side. Of all the Asian ingredients I keep in the fridge, miso paste might be my favorite. I love it’s unami punch and versatility. Grilled Baby Bok Choy Author: Kate Wagner Serves: serves 4 I love bok choy on the grill, it’s just like grilled romaine, unexpectedly good in a way you never anticipated. I know it sounds crazy, but bok choy is actually very kid-friendly. You don’t need to do much for these ingredients, just toss them with a bit of butter or oil,…

  • Recipes,  Sides,  Southern,  Vegetables

    Southern-style Green Beans

    Green beans are a favorite of mine – grilled, roasted, steamed, sauteed – always delicious and enjoyed by the kids. But sometimes I crave them softer and more unctuous, and only a long-cooking time can coax out that level of flavor. I made these for Sunday dinner a few days ago, and served them alongside a baked ham. There’s an element of nostalgia in a meal like this…it’s comforting, delicious and feels like home – all on a plate of simple food. Southern-style Green Beans Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8 I was a little apprehensive to make these beans for my kids, because they loathe mushy food, so instead of the…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    Refrigerator Pickles

    Somehow it’s taken me all these years to make pickles and now that I have, and perfected this super easy recipe, I’m wondering what took me so long! We love pickles in our house, for snacking and also on sandwiches, so homemade pickles make a great addition to our fridge. Plus, the flavor is sooo much better, and of course they taste so fresh. It also occurs to me that making a quick jar of pickles is an excellent way to make sure all those cucumbers we are always buying (we love to snack on cucumbers) never go to waste. And if you are farmers market regulars you can also…

  • Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Broccoli with Lemon-Dijon Sauce

    A new favorite dish, the flavors are just incredible! My kids love broccoli, but only if it’s steamed, sauteed or roasted – definitely no sauce! So, to make this side kid-friendly, reserve some broccoli after the initial sear and either transfer to finish steaming or zap it in the microwave. Your more adventurous eaters and every adult will love this sauce! Broccoli with Lemon-Dijon Sauce Author: Kate Wagner My favorite broccoli recipe – ever! This is the perfect side to a simple main dish, Parmesan Scallops or grilled chicken, the pan sauce is terrific drizzled over everything. Happy cooking! Ingredients 1 lb Broccoli, sliced thinly with a flat side to…

  • Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Summer Succotash

    Inspired by my favorite vegetable cookbook, Susie Middleton’s Fast, Fresh & Green, I wanted to transform her summer ragout into a quick succotash. Fresh corn, green beans and zucchini…simply sauteed and then tossed together with fresh herbs – absolutely delicious and equally good room temperature, making this a perfect side dish for a barbecue. Summer Succotash Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8 I made a big batch of this, and it was only for Jeff and I, because I LOVE succotash and wanted to have lots of leftovers. Feel free to halve the recipe, but I promise if you make the full recipe it will get eaten! We had succotash for lunch…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Ridgely’s Brussel Sprouts

    This past Christmas, and for her 7th birthday in January, Ridgely asked for “real” cooking stuff. You can imagine how happy I was! She and I have the best time cooking, she has her own cabinets and loves to be in the kitchen with me! I promised Ridgely that if she started to measure her ingredients, I would post her recipes. She was so excited! We love Brussel sprouts with bacon in our house – it’s one of our favorite winter sides. For spring, Ridgely decided to switch to shallots. Ridgely will tell you that salads and brussel sprouts are her favorite things to make. And as this picture shows,…

  • Grilling,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Grilled Green Beans

    I love the taste of grilled food and I equally love washing as few dishes as possible. I have a grill basket, but I have to clean it and my children seem to always find the char marks and refuse to eat that piece of food. Enter aluminum foil, a great way to grill vegetables and you get to throw it away! Make sure you buy the long foil, short pieces won’t work here. Grilled Green Beans Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6-8 This recipe makes a lot of green beans! I make extra so we have leftovers for dinner the next night or I put the green beans in a…