Category: Side Dishes

Sweet Potato Rice

Perhaps you are in need of an elimination diet, maybe you are trying to restore your gut health, perhaps you are trying to get your kids to eat more colorful food, maybe you are nursing a baby with food sensitivities, or possibly you just want to drop a few pounds. Whatever the case, you might find yourself going grain free, Whole30, or Paleo and if that’s the case they you will want to make sweet potato rice! Sweet potato rice? What’s that? Sweet potato “rice” is faux rice made out of sweet potatoes! I came across the idea of...

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sage Brown Butter

Over the last few years, our family has added in a few new holiday favorite dishes. We’ve started including sugar free cranberry sauce and homemade stove top stuffing. However, when Thanksgiving comes around, the one dish my kids start requesting that I make is my mashed sweet potatoes with sage brown butter. I’ll be honest, I’ve never enjoyed mashed potatoes. I’ve got issues with textures apparently and thus mashed potatoes were something I completely ignored. One year, I was making most of the Thanksgiving side dishes and so I had to make mashed potatoes. I decided we needed to...

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Real Food Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is probably the one time during the year that people everywhere eat their hearts out. However, just because it’s a day of feasting doesn’t mean we can’t continue eating food made with real ingredients! You can have a real food Thanksgiving. Whether it’s cranberry sauce, stuffing, or potatoes there are recipes to help you switch out old traditional dishes for their real food versions. Don’t think that these healthy versions taste sub par! They honestly taste amazing and after having a few years of having real food Thanksgivings, I hope my family never goes back to it’s former...

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How to Soak, Cook, and Freeze Beans

 Before I get into the actual method of soaking beans, let me give you a few reasons as to why you would want to soak beans in the first place. One reason that you’d want to soak beans is because buying dried beans and cooking them yourself (as opposed to buying canned beans) is the frugal way to go. You can save a lot of money buying dried beans. Of course, cooking dried beans takes a bit of your time but I think that’s worth the money you save. Soaking beans prior to cooking them will reduce the cooking...

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Stove Top Stuffing

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that I love stuffing. It’s one of my favorite side dishes and I wish I had it more often then just during the holiday season. However, the stuff that comes in the classic box, the stuffing that I’ve grown up on and love is not healthy at all. It’s full of awful ingredients such as MSG, high fructose corn syrup, soy, partially hydrogenated oils, a bunch of preservatives and many more unnatural ingredients. This year, I wanted to make my own stuffing. I wanted to enjoy the dish without feeling like...

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10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

When Fall comes around suddenly every recipe involves pumpkins and with good reason! Pumpkin is amazing! It tastes great and it’s good for you! Pumpkin is a great source of  vitamin A, potassium, beta-carotene, b-complex vitamins, zinc, and fiber! Why wouldn’t you want to include pumpkin in your diet? You can use homemade pumpkin puree or if you’d rather not then you can buy it in stores. I actually buy my pumpkin puree from Tropical Traditions or Amazon in bulk. Why? Because I can get organic for as cheap as generic pumpkin and it comes in BPA-free packaging! Just throwing...

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