Simple Side: Sauteed Asparagus

I love simple sides.  And asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables to cook as a side around this time of year.  If you are looking for how to cook asparagus, this is the easiest and tastiest way that I know, and it’s sure to turn out every time.  Sauteed asparagus is a quick and delicious side for just about any spring dish.

Sauteed Asparagus

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Shrimp Lo Mein

Shrimp Lo Mein, Chicken Lo Mein, Beef Lo Mein, Vegetable Lo Mein… Whatever you like, you can customize this recipe to fit your tastes or to fit what you have in your kitchen.  Adaptability is something that I love in a recipe, because sometimes I just forget what I have on hand.  This Lo Mein recipe is a great place to start, and you can add in your own choice of protein and vegetables.  As you all know, I’m a big fan of creating your favorite takeout dinners at home!

Shrimp Lo Mein

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Mandarin Orange & Almond Salad

I just love lettuce/spinach salads with fruit and nuts.  I don’t know what it is about the combination of those things that draws me in, but I have been known to fill my plate with one of these salads even when the main dish is one of my favorites.  Mandarin Orange & Almond Salad is one of those amazing combinations.  The sweetness of the oranges, the crunch of the almonds, and the tang of the vinaigrette are absolutely irresistible.  I could make a meal of this salad on its own.

Mandarin Orange & Almond Salad

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Frosted Zucchini Cake Brownies

You would probably never guess these cake-like brownies had vegetables in them.  They are so moist and full of chocolate flavor.  They also do not use any eggs, so they are a great for people who have that allergy.  While I won’t claim that these are healthy because of they contain vegetables, I will maintain that these Zucchini Cake Brownies are sure to be a hit!

Frosted Zucchini Cake Brownies

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

We love pancakes in this house.  Especially with lots of butter and syrup.  I love hearing my son ask for syrup; not because he needs lots of sugar or anything, but because of the way he says syrup.  It’s not “sear-up”.  It’s “sur-up”.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

But when I feel deviating from our usual recipe, I like to try things with different flavors.  These sweet potato pancakes fit the bill.  They are delicious, and as a bonus, sweet potatoes contain a lot of stuff that’s good for you!

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Crunchy Romaine Salad

We have a wonderful church home.  Every so often, they have what we all call “Family Dinner” on Wednesday nights.  One of our favorite things about family dinner nights is the salad.  I think if it were publicly acceptable, I would take the entire plate of salad that’s meant for the table of 8 as my meal for the evening!

Crunchy Romaine Salad

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Rigatoni with Roasted Broccoli and Red Onions

I found this recipe while paging through the February issue of Woman’s Day.  The bright colors of the vegetables caught my attention, and then the recipe list did, because I surprisingly had everything on hand!  So, I added it to my weekly menu plan.  I am so glad that I did, because it is so simple to throw together.  A bite with all of the ingredients together (what’s called a “representative sample” in this house 🙂 ) is quite delicious!

Rigatoni with Roasted Broccoli and Red Onions

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