This was a last minute thrown together idea. I'd had some asparagus left over from an asparagus stuffed chicken I'd done a few days earlier and didn't want it to go bad. Normally, I just throw it in a steam bag with some butter but I looked up asparagus in my Taste of Home cookbook and found this great recipe! I had everything on hand but the bay leaf do I figured I'd give it a try without.
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 to 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
- 1 garlic clove, halved
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- In a large skillet, combine the broth, rosemary, garlic and bay leaf. Add asparagus and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Discard bay leaf. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.
Sauteed Spinach and Peppers
Another Taste of Home recipe which can be found here. As you can see, I use this cookbook a lot, and while you can get a lot of the recipes online, I would recommend buying the cookbook too...lots of good stuff in there!
- 1 large sweet red pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Crisco® Light Olive Oil or Canola Oil
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 cups packed fresh spinach
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon sugar
- In a large nonstick skillet, saute red pepper in oil for 1 minute. Add onion and garlic; saute until tender, about 1-1/2 minutes longer. Stir in the spinach, salt, pepper and sugar; saute for 1-2 minutes or until spinach is wilted and tender. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 4 servings.
So, a few good side dish ideas for you. Hope someone enjoys them, and seriously, if you're looking for a good cookbook, this is the one to buy! My friend Brittany bought it for me and its my current favorite!
I also want to close out this post by giving a shout out to my fellow August mommy, Dallas. She has some great recipes and tips for making great food on a budget. Check her out. Become a fan!
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