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Side dish

Side dishes include primarily vegetables that enhance low carb or keto lifestyles.  Most recipes are designed to be quick and easy.

Refried Black Beans to accompany Chilaquiles

Refried beans are usually made with pinto beans, however, they are equally delicious when made with black beans. This recipe for refried black beans from a can is easy and quick, and can be a nice alternative to the classic pinto beans. Serve with chilaquiles and an avocado and enjoy! **NOTE: This is a recipe …

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Making Vegetables Delicious with infused vinegars

Roasting vegetables to the point of caramelization is one popular way of eking out more flavor. Adding a few splashes of a flavored vinegar while roasting enhances flavor even more and can be a great way to customize dishes and add creativity. Best Vinegars to Use in Making Vegetables Delicious Vinegar, like salt, is a …

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Pepperonata Side Dish with Butternut Squash & Romesco Sauce

Pepperonata (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, or other Italian vegetables. Exclude the anchovies and it is a great plant-based dinner. The Flavor Boost of Adding Romesco Sauce However you decide to mix …

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Chimichurri Sauce to Enhance Low Carb Vegetables (like Cauliflower)

Vegetables are a staple for just about any kind of diet, but if you are not used to cooking with vegetables, getting great flavor from them can be challenging. Sauces and spices can turn vegetables into something you look forward to on a daily basis however. Try this chimichurri sauce with roasted cauliflower- it will …

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Bok Choy as a Quick and Easy Low Carb Side Dish

Leafy greens is one of the cornerstone vegetables of the Slow Carb Diet, and “greens” are starting to take a much higher profile in our meals. Bok Choy is one of those greens that sounds exotic but is actually quick, easy and quite delicious. The photo above shows the bok choy with harissa sauce. Another …

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Low Carb Cucumber Avocado Summer Salad

This is a great cucumber avocado salad that can be easily adapted for either diet or taste. Change the creamy dressing to an Asian dressing if you don’t use mayonnaise or greek yogurt.  It makes a wonderful, cool accompaniment to summertime grilled proteins. Tips on the Best Ingredients Whenever you make a recipe with very …

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Low Carb Side Dishes: Vegetables for Low Carb and Keto Lifestyles

While the macronutrients of protein and fat hold star status on low carb diets, the vegetable side dishes are often what make the meal more interesting and complete.  In the recipes below I am sharing a few of the vegetable side dishes that are truly creative, but remain quick and easy.   There are many …

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Hush Puppies with Hot Pepper Jelly (as a Dipping Sauce)

Hush puppies, a fried cornmeal ball, are a Southern delicacy, often served with deep fried seafood and a range of dipping sauces. The dipping sauces offered in this recipe include a hot pepper jelly, a citrus marmalade and a tomato jam. What are hush puppies? Hush puppies are a savory, deep-fried, round cornmeal ball. A …

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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Quinoa is an ancient grain that has regained popularity, partly due to the acclaimed health benefits but also due to its excellent nutty flavor profile. This quinoa salad enhances the nutty flavor with roasted cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and black olives. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Pine Nuts &  Olives Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa, rinsed …

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