Baked Spanish Rice

Rice baked in a sauce make of fresh vegetables and herbs comes together quickly then bakes for an hour giving you a delicious, hands’ off side dish.   If you’d have asked me a few weeks week ago if I liked Spanish rice, I would have given you a fervent “Nuh-uh!”  When I was growing up, my mom would occasionally make roasted green pepper stuffed … Continue reading Baked Spanish Rice

Chicken & Pineapple Fried Rice

Rice and chicken cooked over the weekend make this an even speedier dish for a busy weeknight! I was perusing the interwebs and came across a number of chicken and pineapple recipes such as chicken and pineapple skewers (much like the steak ones I made) and Hawaiian chicken sandwiches.  I started to think about doing a stir-fry but remembered the bags of Success Rice I … Continue reading Chicken & Pineapple Fried Rice

Mexican Sour Cream Rice

Creamy, cheesy, simple yet decadent… this is a side dish for those who love lots of flavor but don’t mind a few extra calories on their plate.   Remember the carnitas I posted on Monday for my Secret Club Recipe reveal day?  Go ahead and look.  I’ll wait.  Well, this is the side I made to go with them from the same blog: SteaknPotatoesKindaGurl.  I … Continue reading Mexican Sour Cream Rice

Strawberry, Tangerine, & Brown Rice Fruit Salad

Fresh fruit, brown rice, and a dressing sweetened with just a touch of honey come together for a healthy side that’s pleasantly perfect for picnics or potlucks.   I remember going to family reunions and big potlucks as a kid and someone would always bring a fruit salad.  I’m not talking about a bowl of mixed fruit but that cloying confectioners’ concoction  of rice, marshmallows, … Continue reading Strawberry, Tangerine, & Brown Rice Fruit Salad

Tomato & Mushroom Risotto (+ a giveaway!)

Many risotto recipes require 25-30 minutes of constant stirring.  This recipe which is full of tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh basil uses a more hands-off approach and still yields wonderfully creamy results!   I know this will seem weird since I’m not a fan of most rice dishes but I loooove a good risotto, specifically tomato-based risotto dishes.  There’s a local pizza place that has okay-at-best … Continue reading Tomato & Mushroom Risotto (+ a giveaway!)

Potato and Vegetable Casserole

Thinly sliced potatoes, chopped vegetables, cheese and BUTTER are baked together for a simple weekend side dish.   When I decided to make the spicy pulled pork this past weekend, I knew it needed a side that would complement it.  I wanted something hearty but with a light flavor so when I came across Taste of Home’s Herbed Harvest Vegetable Casserole, I knew that’s what … Continue reading Potato and Vegetable Casserole

Barley-Stuffed Peppers

Veggies, beans, and barley make a great filling for peppers that make for either a perfect light dinner or a hearty side dish.   I don’t think I’d ever even eaten barley before making this much less cooked it before.  I was expecting it to be a lot like rice so wasn’t too terribly excited when I decided to give this a try but was … Continue reading Barley-Stuffed Peppers

Firecracker Chicken and Broccoli

Homemade buffalo sauce and brown sugar come together to make a spectacular sauce for pieces of chicken and steamed broccoli.  Serve it over rice for a complete and satisfying supper.   I’ll be honest.  I don’t go on Pinterest very often because I  get overwhelmed by all the great ideas for food, recipes, and life hacks.  Time just disappears and then I suddenly find that … Continue reading Firecracker Chicken and Broccoli

Vegetable & Couscous Salad with Lemon-Lime Dressing

Couscous is a fun word to say.  Couscous.  I can’t help but make a kissy face while saying it.  Couscous.  Koooskooos.  I like couscous. The first time I ever actually ate this grain-like pasta was back in college when a Middle Eastern friend invited me over for a home cooked dinner.  I’m guessing his college-level cooking skills were lacking because my first introduction to Middle … Continue reading Vegetable & Couscous Salad with Lemon-Lime Dressing

Beef & Broccoli (from the slow cooker)

I love my slow cooker.  In the winter, I can come home to warm, delicious meals with little fuss and in the summer, I can keep my kitchen from getting over heated.  It’s a win-win all year long!  In the summer time, there is a part of me that wishes we had a grill because food off a grill always seems to taste better, whether … Continue reading Beef & Broccoli (from the slow cooker)