Courses Archives: Sides
Roasting a big batch of whole tomatoes it’s a simple way to stash away a useful dish with and intense, concentrate flavor. Tomatoes are not only delicious but they have cooling and astringent properties. They are rich in vitamin C, which can eliminate acne and brighten dull skin. I use Plum, Roma or any firm, meaty and ripe tomato. I skin them by plunging them in boiling water for 10 seconds then I roast them with garlic, good extra virgin olive oil, basil and thyme for 45 minutes. I always add salt and pepper after cooking them, because tomatoes don’t take to seasoning well before roasting them, and it’s just better that way.
Roasted Tomatoes can be used as a garnish, or as a healthy and fast sauce scooped on pasta and grains. I chop leftovers with ripe peaches, cilantro and small red onion and hot peppers for an assertive salsa.
The tomatoes keep, covered in the fridge for a week but no matter how many I make they never last that long.
This bright, green and crunchy salad is a take on the classic italian side dish of Peas and Prosciutto. I like this nutritious salad, it makes a very yummy power lunch or a delicious side dish and since I care about what I eat but I don’t want to lose sleep over –the past 100 days have been enough of a snooze disruptor — I’m happy when a recipe this balanced takes less than 15 minutes to throw together.
Asparagus mimosa is a simple, fresh and super easy way to cook this crisp, sweet vegetable. It’s also one of my Easter brunch favorite dishes. I look for asparagus at the farmers market or my local shops, as soon as March and April come around and I choose spears that are brightly colored and have a compact tip. Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Asparagus is also a brain booster because it’s loaded with vitamin B12, a vitamin with anti-aging property and known to prevent cognitive impairment. Brain power for pretty ladies, now that’s my kind of brunch.
Every mother is a working mother. This veggies concoction is lunch in less than 15 minutes. That means less time in the kitchen, more time to call our respective senators and to spread love and kindness to our beautiful families. The eggplant is a major brain food and the pine nuts, besides boosting energy, suppress appetite, helping us staying in tip top shape.
Move over avocado, the mighty artichoke is toast. Packed with antioxidant, the artichoke is a powerful defender against cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stomach troubles. Since women hold up half of the sky, my recipe for this sublime artichoke toast is the perfect lunch to sustain our tired bodies while we keep our daily action going.
Soft, creamy and cheesy polenta; yellow corn flour cooked until gooey. I don’t need to say much more. I like to serve polenta with a scoop of my always family favorite ragù sauce, or slow cooked ribs, veal stew, and even if you dare, rabbit. But frankly, a bowl of polenta mixed with hot fresh milk and what ever melty cheese you have in your fridge it’s heaven to me.
One-pot chicken paella. No mess, no hassle. In less than 30 minutes you have a meal for the whole family—and leftovers for lunch boxes.
Making your own nut butter is easy, quick and so GOOD! Try roasting all kind of nuts, or leave them raw. My favorite is hazelnut butter, maybe because it is the base for Nutella! Home- made nut butters are pure wholesome energy packed on a spoon.
Energy packed edamame beans, bittersweet fava beans, salty pancetta, all coated in delicious and healthy olive oil and finished with a bright squeeze of lemon juice. I like to pile up this satisfying and chewy medley on thick slices of toasted sourdough. Prep your beans and pancetta ahead of time, you can store them in the fridge for up to a week, keep them waiting and ready for lunch, side, snack or a last minute lite supper.
This salty and addictive anchovy-based dressing-similar to my beloved Italian classic Bagna Cauda is very easy to whip up. Serve it with a rainbow of good for you veggies or with steamed broccoli. Keep it in a jar in the fridge for weeks, ready for when you need some extra flavor. I swear, kids love it.
A glorious purple beetroot and walnuts hummus. This simple concoction is perfect in a sandwich with a tangy cheese or with flatbreads.
Home cured salmon is an elegant a starter or beautiful for a day after the party breakfast. No cooking required, a great thing when spending hours in the kitchen is not high on the agenda.
Buttery, crumbly cheesy. Just a little spicy and perfect with a glass of bubbly. They are a must at cocktail hour. Look at them disappear!
I like to gift this colorful, cheery and easy recipe for delicious berry vodka in pretty bottles . It’s great served on ice, in little shot glass or in flutes with champagne for an alternative to Kir Royale.