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Vegetables are a mainstay for side dishes on a healthy diet whether it is low carb, keto or any other diet. Vegetable dishes are integral to a healthy lifestyle.

“Crispy” Zucchini Fritters with Yogurt Caper Dipping Sauce

These crispy zucchini fritters use shredded zucchini in place of potatoes, but the best part of this recipe is that the fritters hold their shape in the pan.  I’ll never forget sharing the first version of this recipe with my daughter only to get a tearful phone call about them falling completely apart in the …

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Italian-Style Asparagus Spears: Baked or Fried

This Southern Italian-Sicilian recipe for fresh asparagus can be served as a side dish or a snack, either hot or at room temperature. A light batter of Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano cheese, garlic, bread crumb, chopped Italian parsley and egg turn fresh asparagus into a special treat that Italians, and my family, devour in a …

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Chicory Varieties for Italian Kitchen Gardens: Grow and Cook

If you love Italian cooking and are experimenting with growing your own Italian herbs and vegetables, you will want to try some chicory in your Italian kitchen garden. This guide on growing chicory will help you decide between the best Italian chicory varieties and give you tips on growing, cooking and storing this delicious leafy …

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Mini Vegetables for Small Space Container Gardening

Short on garden space? You can still grow your favorite vegetables on a balcony, on a deck, on a roof top, or in a small side yard. Growing vegetables in small urban spaces is easier however if you opt for growing baby vegetables (aka mini vegetables). Jump to: Benefits and Nutrition of Baby Veggies | …

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Flat Beans (Romano Beans) for the Italian Kitchen Garden

Take a leaf out of the Italians’ book and learn to grow and cook with Romano beans, a broad, flat bean in the same family as garden variety string beans. Romano beans are juicy, with a sweet flavor and a great crunch, and they come in a wonderful range of colors. Italian flat beans taste …

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Pork Chops Smothered with Classic Peperonata (Stewed Peppers)

Peperonata is a rustic Italian stew of sweet bell peppers long simmered into a tender melt-in-your-mouth sauce. It is often a side dish or a topping for crusty bruschetta, but in this recipe, it is a sauce that is used to flavor and tenderize pork chops. A common problem with pork chops is that they …

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Slow Carb Peperonata with a Side of Butternut Squash

Peperonata (peh-peh-roh-NAH-tah) is an Italian vegetable dish of slow-cooked, or stewed bell peppers with onion and garlic.  Of course there are variations and some Italian cooks will add tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, or other vegetables. This recipe heightens the flavor of peperonata with an Italian romesco sauce served over a creamy bed of butternut squash. Jump to: …

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Traditional Chile Rellenos (soft not crisp) in Egg Batter

The first time you make chile rellenos can be a bit intimidating from all the roasting, peeling, stuffing and frying. The next ten times you make them, because they were so wonderful, it will come together much easier. The key is to grab a friend or family member and enjoy the process. Just don’t rush …

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Low Carb Baked Cauliflower with Saffron & Olives 

Cauliflower is a mainstay of many low carb diets. There are many different ways to prepare it however, and this simple baked cauliflower dish becomes special with the robust additions of saffron and Mediterranean green olives. It is easy enough for weeknight dinners and elegant enough for the Thanksgiving table. Jump to: RECIPE | About …

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Sheet Pan Dinner: Roasted Root Veggies with Pork Chops

Take the stress out of cooking and roast some Winter vegetables in one pan in the oven. All that’s required is a little chopping and peeling. Add your favorite spice blend and serve as a side dish to breaded pork chops for an easy Winter dinner. Jump to: RECIPE | Roasted Vegetables vs Sautéed | …

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Quesadillas Rajas con Crema: Poblanos in Cream Sauce

This creamy Mexican comfort food can be used in quesadillas or just eaten on it’s own. There are always nuanced versions of classic regional dishes, but the poblanos and crema are key ingredients in all versions of this dish. This recipe is from the Bajío region of Mexico and it includes mushrooms, corn and chicken …

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Best (and Worst) Vegetables to Grow When on a Budget

A vegetable garden can help keep your family’s grocery budget down, but which crops should you be growing? Let’s have a look at 14 cost-effective vegetables to get you the most bang for your buck (and 6 that will not). Gardening to save money is easy and fun. Jump to: Budget for Vegetable Garden | …

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