Zucchini Boats

Last week I wanted to do something different with the zucchini I bought to have with dinner one night. Zucchini boats seemed like a great idea. Both Chris and Dillon love zucchini, whether it be in bread, grilled or whatever so keeping it interesting means making it in different ways.

This one is a favourite! This time I served it up with some rice and homemade meatballs!

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Balsamic Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

I remember a while back asking Chris if he liked asparagus. He said No. I then asked him if he had ever had it…. again he said No lol! I made it for them the first time with parmesan cheese and both he and Dillon loved it…. so much so that he asked me to make it more often. I wonder what else he doesn’t “like” that he hasn’t ever tried??? I had some mushrooms that I had to use up before they got nasty, so I decided to add them to the asparagus because who doesn’t like roasted mushrooms??

This is a very quick and easy recipe roasted in the oven with mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, dill etc., with a prep time of about 5 minutes. You can’t beat that for a delicious side!

Sandie

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Parmesan Roasted Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes

That is a big title for an easy but delicious recipe lol! This recipe I made again the other night for dinner and wanted to share it with everyone.

It is quick to prepare and roasts in the oven in 20 minutes so your “Side” is ready in no time at all! I added a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar reduction to the top and plates were almost licked clean lol!

Sandie

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Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

I was making ham and pineapple the other night for “the boys,” and was thinking about what I would make with it.  I don’t know why, but as soon as I think about making ham, I think about scalloped potatoes, so that’s what I made.  They just seem to be The side dish that goes with it. 

While no one really likes the “old fashioned” way of making scalloped potatoes…. making it by layering the sliced potatoes with onions and flour and then adding dabs of butter and pouring milk over top before cooking.  I always found that so tasteless and that sort of defeats the purpose of cooking for me!

Adding some cheese and lots of garlic makes way more sense and practically disappears off the plates!

Sandie

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Garlic & Cheese Potato “Stacks”

For Sunday dinner I made a nice Herb & Garlic Pork Tenderloin and had to decide what I wanted to make to have with it alongside the requisite vegetable.  I knew I wanted to make some sort of potato side dish but I couldn’t decide on what.  I thought about scalloped potatoes, I thought about mashed potatoes but I wanted to do something different. I ended up making these potato “stacks,” loosely based on different versions I saw online.  Because the potatoes are sliced so thin they cook relatively fast and you end up with a garlicky, cheesy stack of delicious potatoes that look way fancier than how easy they are to make.

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I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Sandie

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Feta Cheese, Cinnamon and Honey

Somehow I ended up with butternut squash plants when I purchased my vegetable plants in the spring.  I honestly had no idea what they were because the little tag was missing.  I decided to plant them anyway and see what, if anything, they would grow into.  Low and behold, I managed to grow a couple of squash…. well, it was actually more than a few but I had run over part of the plant with the riding lawn tractor and destroyed a few other that had started 😦

While I personally don’t like squash of any kind, I still thought I would give it another try in case my tastes had changed… they haven’t… but surprisingly the one person I didn’t think would even try it, let alone eat all of it (Dillon) cleaned his plate lol!

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Instapot Cheesy Potatoes

I couldn’t figure out what to call these potatoes, other than Cheesy.  They came out different than I expected but one, I am still experimenting and two, they were delicious no matter what the consistency was lol.

These potatoes are sort of mashed, sort of cubed and sort of scalloped lol… so how do I pick which of these to label them?  I don’t… I just post the recipe as I made it and reiterate that they were delicious!

While the potatoes might not make for the nicest pictures, after taking his first mouthful of them Chris commented on how good they tasted!

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