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Hi everyone- I am in desperate need of vegetable side dish ideas. I feel like I am in a rut with them. I can't do salad or raw veggies yet so my options are limited and I would like to learn to cook some new veggie dishes with vegetables I really haven't worked with before like swiss chard, rhutabaga, etc. If any of you have any simple recipes to share I would really appreciate it. Or a good cook book suggestion that contains lots of veggie ideas. My energy level is not high so the simpler the better right now.

Thanks in advance!

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I really enjoy making sweet potato french fries - I use nonstick cooking spray, top with some spicy seasoning, and bake them in my oven, so they're really healthy. There are tons of recipes for them online.

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Roasting or grilling veg really brings out their sweetness (i.e. red peppers, tomatoes, carrots, all root veg). I also love to make several purees with carrots, parsnips, peas, roasted butternut squash, etc. Have you tried spaghetti squash with melted butter, sage leaves and Parmesan?

I also marinate mushrooms for a bit of a change. Have you tried kale chips (in the oven)?

Some of my favourite veg side dishes include the following (let me know if you're interested in any and I will post the recipes):

- sweet and sour roast vidalia onions

- fava bean saute with marjoram and feta

- marinated grilled leeks

- stuffed roasted artichokes with chile and mint

- sauteed peas with garlic and sesame

- steamed new potatoes with chive oil

- sauteed baby spinach with lemon zest and cream

- artichoke ragout with garlic, saffron and orange zest

- two-pea saute with basil and pecorino

- steamed green beans with tarragon dipping sauce

- grilled sweet corn with maple-cayenne butter

- zucchini "pasta with fresh toato sauce

- sauteed yellow pear tomatoes with arugula pesto and feta

- poblano chiles stuffed with black beans and summer squash

- marinated summer veg grilled on rosemary skewers

- creamed corn with chipotle chiles

- potato celeriac pancakes

- stir fried broccoli with cashews and soy

- roasted beets with orange and herbed goat cheese

- wasabi-chive mashed potatoes

- sauteed broccoli rabe with garlic, anchovies and red pepper flakes

- roasted acorn squash with chipotle and cilantro

- caramelized cauliflower with honey and smoked paprika

- shell beans with butternut squash, bacon and sage

- mushroom and potato gratin with thyme and parmesan

- spicy roasted potatoes with cool yogurt dipping sauce

- braised kale with white beans and smoked ham

- vinegar-glazd brussels sprouts with chestnuts and walnut oil

- gingered winter squash and pear puree

- braised mustard greens with pancetta and lemon

- grilled radicchio with salsa verde

- braised winter veg with coconut and red curry

- parsnips and sweet potatoes with hazelnuts and brown butter

- wok-seared bok choy with chile oil and garlic

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I like purees of cooked vegetables for iffy stomachs. For example: steam up some carrots and cauliflower and then puree with some seasoning. I've a recipe posted if you want the link. (PM me for actual recipes/links).

You can do the same thing with a mix of root vegetables, too.

Winter squash with sweet potato, sage, cheese (optional), and maybe garlic.

Creamed turnips are very nice, a little decadent.

Roasted cauliflower with lemon and mustard.

Sauteed cabbage.

Vegetable soup.

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Roasting or grilling veg really brings out their sweetness (i.e. red peppers, tomatoes, carrots, all root veg). I also love to make several purees with carrots, parsnips, peas, roasted butternut squash, etc. Have you tried spaghetti squash with melted butter, sage leaves and Parmesan?

I also marinate mushrooms for a bit of a change. Have you tried kale chips (in the oven)?

Some of my favourite veg side dishes include the following (let me know if you're interested in any and I will post the recipes):

- sweet and sour roast vidalia onions

- fava bean saute with marjoram and feta

- marinated grilled leeks

- stuffed roasted artichokes with chile and mint

- sauteed peas with garlic and sesame

- steamed new potatoes with chive oil

- sauteed baby spinach with lemon zest and cream

- artichoke ragout with garlic, saffron and orange zest

- two-pea saute with basil and pecorino

- steamed green beans with tarragon dipping sauce

- grilled sweet corn with maple-cayenne butter

- zucchini "pasta with fresh toato sauce

- sauteed yellow pear tomatoes with arugula pesto and feta

- poblano chiles stuffed with black beans and summer squash

- marinated summer veg grilled on rosemary skewers

- creamed corn with chipotle chiles

- potato celeriac pancakes

- stir fried broccoli with cashews and soy

- roasted beets with orange and herbed goat cheese

- wasabi-chive mashed potatoes

- sauteed broccoli rabe with garlic, anchovies and red pepper flakes

- roasted acorn squash with chipotle and cilantro

- caramelized cauliflower with honey and smoked paprika

- shell beans with butternut squash, bacon and sage

- mushroom and potato gratin with thyme and parmesan

- spicy roasted potatoes with cool yogurt dipping sauce

- braised kale with white beans and smoked ham

- vinegar-glazd brussels sprouts with chestnuts and walnut oil

- gingered winter squash and pear puree

- braised mustard greens with pancetta and lemon

- grilled radicchio with salsa verde

- braised winter veg with coconut and red curry

- parsnips and sweet potatoes with hazelnuts and brown butter

- wok-seared bok choy with chile oil and garlic

WOWZERS Love 2! You sure can cook.....Could you please post the following recipes? (They all sound good but I will pick the ones that most light my fire for now)

1. Parsnips and sweet potatoes with hazelnuts and brown butter

2. Kale chips

3. Marinated leeks

4.Braised kale with white beans and smoked ham

5. Roasted Beets with orange and goat cheese

If this is too many to post feel free to do just do one or two....do you have a certain cook book or web site you use? or do you make them all up yourself?

Thanks so much! I am so tired of my same old same old stir fries and veggies...these will be so fun to try...

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Here is a website I really like for ideas of what to do with veggies: http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/

It is not a gluten free site, but many of the recipes are gluten-free or could be easily made that way. If you click on her recipe box she has all her recipes organized by vegetable in alphabetical order. So you can search for your favorites or for any new ones you want to try.

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My favorite veggie sides are:

*Roasted brussel sprouts...use a lot of oil and let them roast till the edges get slightly crispy. Season with your favorite seasoning.

*Asparagus...with some olive oil, salt, and fresh herbs wrapped in parchment paper packages with the edges twisted shut. Bake at 300 for a loooong time (1-2 hours?) and they are so flavorful.

*Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) are really good either as chips, sliced thin and fried in oil till slightly crisp and seasoned with salt and rosemary, or steamed and mashed with potatoes and carrots. They are super nutritious.

*Greens (kale, collards, mustard) cooked in a little bacon grease, and add a little water to the skillet to cook the greens thoroughly. Serve with chopped bacon, a little brown sugar and sprinkle of apple cider vinegar (This got my kids so into eating greens...they always yell "More kale please!").

*Any veggies I have, stir-fried. Simple and always good. I use some gluten-free soy sauce or fish sauce and some garlic.

*Steamed or boiled beets, cold with chopped onion and cucumber, a dressing of sour cream or plain yogurt, apple cider vinegar, a little honey, salt, and dill.

*Roasted fennel bulbs. They really don't need anything fancy, imo. They are good just plain.

But when I'm tired, I just stir-fry. Or make the greens minus the bacon.

Hi everyone- I am in desperate need of vegetable side dish ideas. I feel like I am in a rut with them. I can't do salad or raw veggies yet so my options are limited and I would like to learn to cook some new veggie dishes with vegetables I really haven't worked with before like swiss chard, rhutabaga, etc. If any of you have any simple recipes to share I would really appreciate it. Or a good cook book suggestion that contains lots of veggie ideas. My energy level is not high so the simpler the better right now.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi everyone- I am in desperate need of vegetable side dish ideas. I feel like I am in a rut with them. I can't do salad or raw veggies yet so my options are limited and I would like to learn to cook some new veggie dishes with vegetables I really haven't worked with before like swiss chard, rhutabaga, etc. If any of you have any simple recipes to share I would really appreciate it. Or a good cook book suggestion that contains lots of veggie ideas. My energy level is not high so the simpler the better right now.

Thanks in advance!

Here's a good one

chop up one yellow squash and one zuccini

put them in a frying pan and add one can of sweet corn (drained)

cook those with a good amount of olive oil and mrs. dash seasoning

when you think they are done top it with crunched up pieces of bacon and grated cheddar cheese.

keep cooking until the cheese is melted (wont take long)

It is sooooo good!

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