Family Favorites, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Steamed Whole Artichokes

Total:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
40 min
Yield:
2 to 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 lemons, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 quart chicken broth or water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 whole artichokes

Directions

Put the parsley, garlic, bay leaves, lemons, wine, oil and broth in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Season the liquid with salt and pepper. In the meantime prepare the artichokes.

Wash artichokes under cold water. Using a heavy stainless steel knife, cut off the stems close to the base. Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke and rub with half a lemon to preserve the green color. Alternatively, you may put the artichokes in acidulated water. If you wish, trim the thorny tips of the petals with kitchen shears.

Place the artichokes in the steaming liquid, bottom up. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. The artichokes are done when a knife is inserted into the base and there is no resistance.

To eat, pull off a leaf and scrape the meat off the tender end with your front teeth. Dip the ends of the leaves in lemon juice and melted butter if desired. When you reach the center cone of purple prickly leaves, remove it. This is the choke that protects the heart. Now, scrape away the thistle fuzz covering the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke. Steamed artichokes may be served hot or cold.

Recipe Cred: Tyler Florence

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Side Dish

MOM’S BEST DIPPING SAUCE FOR STEAMED ARTICHOKE

READY IN:

1hr 5mins

SERVES:

2-3

YIELD:

2 cups

UNITS:

US

INGREDIENTS

 DIRECTIONS
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a glass or ceramic bowl.
  2. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  3. Chill for at least one hour.

Recipe Cred: Genius Kitchen

Family Favorites, Side Dish

Spinach with Sesame and Garlic Recipe

Spinach with Sesame and Garlic Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 2-4.

If you are using bagged baby spinach, the presoaking is not necessary, as that spinach is pretty clean. Also baby spinach does not need to be chopped. The spinach you get in bunches from the farmers market can have a lot of dirt at the root ball that needs to be washed out before you use the spinach.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb fresh spinach, soaked in water to clean, drained, excess water squeezed out, large stems removed and discarded, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free version)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

METHOD

1 If you haven’t already toasted the sesame seeds, do that first. Heat a stick-free skillet on medium high. Add raw sesame seeds and use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir. The seeds may make a popping noise and jump up, almost like popcorn. They will toast very quickly, so stir constantly until they begin to brown and smell like they are toasted. Remove from pan into a separate bowl as soon as they are done.

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2 Heat 2 tablespoons of the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic. As soon as the garlic begins to sizzle, add the spinach and cook, stirring occassionally, until the spinach is completely wilted. Turn the heat to low.

3 Stir in the sugar and soy sauce. Remove from the heat. Add salt to taste. Serve hot, warm, room temperature, or cold, drizzled with the remaining sesame oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Recipe Cred: Simply Recipes

Family Favorites, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Mexican Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes

MEXICAN ROASTED SWEET POTATO CUBES
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves 4 as a side 5 mins prep, 20 mins in oven
Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (ideally smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into 1cm cubes (ish!)
METHOD
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Mix together the cumin, paprika, chilli, salt, garlic, olive oil and lime juice in a large bowl.
  3. Add the cubes of sweet potato and stir to coat thoroughly. (Or use your hands!)
  4. Place the sweet potato cubes on a large non-stick baking tray, ensuring the cubes are well spread out (use 2 baking sheets if necessary) and in a single layer.
  5. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
NOTES

It’s crucial to ensure the sweet potato cubes are spread out well over the baking sheet – if they are touching each other too much or piled on top of each other they will steam rather than roast…which won’t be half so nice!

I have found that if you use a good non stick  baking sheet, the cubes don’t need turning throughout their cooking time, but if you are at all worried do give them a check after 10 minutes and turn them if you think necessary.

Recipe Cred: Easy Peasy Foodie
Breakfast, Side Dish

Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups multi-colored quinoa, uncooked
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook quinoa according to the instructions on the box or bag. (Instead of water, I used chicken stock for more flavor but if you want to keep this a vegetarian dish, go with water or vegetable stock.)
  2. Once quinoa is done cooking, turn heat to medium then add spinach, pesto, salt, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and heat until spinach has wilted, pesto is evenly distributed, and Parmesan cheese has melted.
  3. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Recipe Cred: Table for Two

 

Kitchen Tips, Side Dish

Tri-Color Slaw with Lime Dressing

Serves 8 at least

1/2 head green cabbage, cored
1/2 head red cabbage, cored
1 pound carrots, peeled and shredded
1 large bunch cilantro, leaves roughly chopped
3 limes, juiced (about 1/3 cup)
2/3 cup neutral oil, such as peanut or safflower
1 to 2 teaspoon sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Shred the cabbage finely in using a chef’s knife, a mandoline, or a food processor’s shredding blad. In a very large bowl, toss together the shredded cabbage with the shredded carrots and chopped cilantro.

Whisk the lime juice and oil together in a bowl or measuring cup, and whisk in the sugar. Toss with the slaw, and season generously with salt and pepper (it may need more than you think it will at first, and this salad definitely needs its salt!).

Best served within a day or two, cold from the fridge, but you can refrigerate it for up to 3 days or until it loses its crispness.

Recipe Cred: The Kitchn

Side Dish

Neva’s Yams

Neva’s Yams

 
3 c. cooked mashed yams 
3/4 c. sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2c. of soften butter
 
Topping
1/4-1/2 c of brown sugar
1/4-1/2 c flour
1/4-1/2 c butter
1/2-1 c pecans chopped
*Marshmallows
 
Combine and pour in a greased casserole dish. Mix topping ingredients together. Spread topping over the yams. Possibility of adding marshmallows also. Bake at 350 f for 30 minutes.