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Category: Side Dishes

Roasted Broccoli & Cheese Risotto

More rice this week, except this time we are making risotto, and in a much easier way.  Usually risotto requires a little babysitting, this version is more forgiving.   We are also adding roasted broccoli and some sharp cheddar cheese, but given it is a basic rice dish, you can really make it whatever you want.  I like adding mushrooms or asparagus as a variation, oh and roasted butternut squash would also be amazing.   Some get intimidated by risotto, but not to worry you got this!  The texture is creamy (thank you starch) and when you shake the plate the rice should lightly spread but not run all over the plate.  Serve along side any protein of your choice or you could just have as is.  It feels a little fancy too, which is a nice touch for any holiday meal.  We are almost ready for Christmas around here, few last touches and I think we will be all set and ready to enjoy the family time.  I remember when I first started as a dietitian, I also worked Christmas day, so I am very thankful to have the time off now…

Mom’s Spanish Rice {A small batch}

This week was filled with making cookies, drinking cocoa and office holiday parties!!  It is always fun to share in some festive time and family traditions.  This recipe is another one from our family recipe box, the kind of recipe that has really never been written down.   My mom has made this since before I can remember.  It is a very traditional dish in our culture.  It is also beautifully simple, making it a go to week night side dish.  Spanish rice is the perfect addition to tacos or enchiladas, just to name a couple.   This week at work also got me thinking about the holidays and nutrition.  So many of my clients have some concerns and guilt around their eating this time of year.  I can understand that healing your relationship with food can be difficult any time, but the holidays bring out more stress for some and emotions around food in general.  I was recently apart of a great project by a fellow non-diet dietitian, she made an ebook that highlights some great advice about how to approach your mindset around food this holiday season.  I…

Roasted Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Gratin

This weekend was quite lovely.  I was lucky enough to spend time with some ladies I am truly grateful for!  The fall season and holidays always leave me so misty with reflection.  I talk about my girlfriends all the time, but I don’t always get to spend one-one time with them, which is different.  We all get busy– kids, work, life, and it just makes it a little hard to be consistent with visits.  Especially if you don’t live in the same town.  But, we did it.  We all got together, ate great food, drank wine and went to the movies, all NINE of us!! Amazing! Big shout out to you ladies, and thanks for moments like yesterday and today, that are just good for the soul.  In the month all about giving thanks, I am thankful for you all.  And for those fellas making it possible to get a night away, best dads around!!  I am also pretty excited to share with anyone needing a last minute side for Thanksgiving, or any holiday meal, today’s recipe! This vegetable dish is the…

Mint Pesto Pasta Salad

Morning everyone!! Hope your weekend is going well.  We are currently up in Phoenix visiting with my dad and his wife, little stay-cation and a fun getaway!  We are heading back soon and I am particularly excited for the week ahead.  I started at a new job last week and this will be my first week seeing clients there!  I am happy for a new challenge and look forward to continuing my work as a diabetes educator; helping people learn to be more flexible with food, finding ways to nourish their bodies, but also their souls!  Being more flexible with food is something I have been working on a lot.  Flexibility for me means being willing to make lots of different choices and listening to what my body craves.  But, I get that making food choices can be difficult.  I mean, there is so much advice out there, trying to influence your choices. When making food choices, there are so many factors at play.  Lately I have been trying to explore what those factors are for me and determine what is most important in my eating experience.  First with…

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Back with a quick recipe that gets better as it sits!  I make this dish once and use it throughout the week on salads as a protein topping, that provides so much flavor.  Meal preparation, as I’ve mentioned before, has been a game changer around here.  When our daughter was first born, we didn’t do this as well, and ended up eating a lot more quick dishes that maybe weren’t as healthy — and possibly more expensive.  But, we survived and for those quick side dish options sold at stores, we thank you.  It actually saved us from eating out more, and even though some of the sides were more “processed”, we were still eating at home and that was a big deal.  Plus, there was zero time given the lack of sleep and the fumbling through life we were doing.   This recipe has chickpeas as the base, a favorite legume of mine.  I made this originally because I was trying to copy a side dish they used to sell at a local sandwich shop, but got rid of.  The sandwich shop version…