All posts filed under: Starters & Sides

Potatoes with Greek Yogurt and Feta Dressing

Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Yogurt-Feta Dip

This isn’t a ground breaking recipe, but it definitely is delicious. Two amazing things come together here. My best ever roasted potatoes and my go-to yoghurt dip (a.k.a. sauce). The potatoes are a dream. Crispy on the outside, perfectly tender on the inside. And since I’m not much of condiment girl, I like homemade yoghurt […]

Beet Salad Hazelnuts, Goats Cheese and Poppy Seed Dressing

Beet Salad with Hazelnuts, Goats Cheese and Poppy Seed Dressing

Not only is this beet salad gorgeous, it also has a delicious poppy-seed dressing that makes it sing! Then there’s the roasted hazelnuts, creamy goat cheese and fresh herbs that transform an earthy root vegetable into something simply glorious. I know that not everyone likes beets but when cooked right, and paired with the right […]

Oven-Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Hazelnut Gremolata

Oven-Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Hazelnut Gremolata

these oven-roasted parsnips and carrots are cooked to perfection then served with a splash of lemon and a nutty hazelnut gremolata, making them the perfect side dish! This plant-based recipe makes such a satisfying side dish no matter what it is accompanying. It’s fantastically easy to makes, takes 30 minutes to prepare and tastes great […]

Roasted Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Roasted Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

So I thought it was high-time I share one of my favorite ways to enjoy roasted eggplant. Sweet and tender roasted Japanese eggplant (char-grilled a little at the end) served with sesame tahini sauce. A dream combination. But that’s not all. There are garnishes. Pomegranate, pine nuts and parsley. P-P-P. Three important P’s. The crème […]

Mediterranean Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers, Dill & Lemon

Mediterranean Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers, Dill & Lemon

Brussels sprouts lovers behold, here’s a recipe to pull you out of the same old, same old doldrums. These Mediterranean style roasted Brussels sprouts are full of bold flavors thanks to fresh dill, capers and lemon, making them a refreshingly new way to enjoy these cute looking cabbage-like sprouts. This is my new favorite way […]

Tomato Avocado Corn Salad

Tomato Avocado Corn Salad

This tomato avocado corn salad is so EASY, so FRESH tasting, and so YUM! Loaded with ripe tomatoes, sweet red pepper, creamy avocado, cilantro, red onion, lime, a little cumin, and sweet, smokey grilled corn, I couldn’t love it more! It’s grilling season, which also means corn on the cob season. And if your summer […]

Roasted Potatoes with Spanich Romesco Sauce

Roasted Potatoes with Spanish Romesco Sauce

Guys, I’ve got a pan of CRISPY potatoes for you! But guess what, this recipe isn’t just about the potatoes, it’s about my favorite sauce to serve with them — Spanish romesco sauce! It’s one of those OMG sauces, wow this tastes amazing type of sauce, and so much better and original tasting than, ketchup, […]

Cucumber Radish Tzatziki

Cucumber Radish Tzatziki

Okay tzatziki addicts, this is my new favorite tzatziki — cucumber radish tzatziki. It’s soooo addictive! I absolutely L O V E it! I hope you like GARLIC! Okay, there are two cloves, not enough to really scare off anyone. It is like the classic Greek dip after all. :-) Original Greek yoghurt is what […]

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Cream and Pork Belly Recipe

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Cream

It’s the time of year again, so I am busting out another Brussels sprouts recipe. This time, oven roasted Brussels sprouts with smoked pork belly and balsamic cream. Smoked pork belly is kind of a new addition cause I really thought I could convince anyone teetering between camp ” hate ’em, leave ’em” to come […]

Red Cabbage, Cranberry & Orange Salad

Red Cabbage, Cranberry & Orange Salad

I love simple, raw, shredded red cabbage salads. This red cabbage salad with dried cranberries, sweet and juicy oranges, green onions and fresh-tasting parsley and mint is packed with goodness. I guess you could say coleslaw is sort of a North American thing. And as I discovered also a Scandinavian favorite too. Which makes it […]

Asian-Style Broccolini with Sesame

Asian-Style Broccolini with Sesame

If you are looking for a seriously delicious side dish… look no further! Here’s an Asian-style broccolini (called “Bimi” here in Germany) with toasted sesame seeds that is so simple to make and yet still delivers loads of flavor. The key is the combination of toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar and dry-roasted sesame seeds ground […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

So how do you transform these cute little cabbages into something amazing? — Roast them! I love roasted Brussels sprouts! And I particularly love roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and roasted hazelnuts. There are tender sprouts, a hint of lemon, that uniquely sweet-tart flavor of pomegranates and roasted hazelnuts for a great nutty crunch… all […]

Moroccan Spiced Roast Carrots, Potatoes and Chickpeas with Bulgur

Moroccan Spiced Roast Carrots, Potatoes and Chickpeas with Bulgur

With winter around the corner I am always looking for new ways to enjoy vegetables. And being a fan of roasted anything, I wanted to add a little more pep to standard roasted veggies, which is why I came up with this recipe for Moroccan spiced roast carrots, potatoes and chickpeas. And because this is […]

Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Seriously delicious. Every time I roast cauliflower I am again completely surprised at how awesome it tastes. And I must say it is particularly good with the flavor of sesame seeds. Which is why I really love it tossed in a salad with a tahini dressing. This time, I went for a za’atar roasted cauliflower. […]

watermelon kohlrabi salad recipe, low-calorie, low-carb

Watermelon Kohlrabi Salad

This watermelon kohlrabi salad what I call a “blitz recipe”. For me, this is the kind of thing I like to serve with breakfast so that I get that extra dose of vegetables with my fruit salad. Plus with this kind of hydrating low-calorie and low-carb recipe, you can eat a ton of and still […]

green bean and cherry tomato salad recipe with capers, olives, anchovies, mozzarella, red onion

Mediterranean Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

This Mediterranean green bean and cherry tomato salad makes a great warm-weather side dish. It’s so quick and easy to prepare and full of fresh flavors. For a light meal, I like to serve it with some fresh crusty bread and a chilled bottle of rosé while I sit back and enjoy the summer sun. […]

Purple Cauliflower Salad

Purple Cauliflower Salad

Purple cauliflower. Is it not beautiful? And you may be thinking “is this really natural?”. Yes, it is! As part of the Brassicaceae family, just like red cabbage, it too can be found in this beautiful hue thanks to the antioxidant anthocyanin (also found in red wine my friends!). No dye, no GMO. Just an […]

Lentil Rice Pilaf Recipe with Sweet Potato and Peas

Lentil Rice Pilaf with Sweet Potato

Here’s a recipe inspired by the cleansing and healing Ayurvedic dish called kitchari (a one pot meal of lentils and rice with spices). Yes, I said inspired. In reality what I have created here is something a little more a Lebanese lentil rice pilaf. There’s garlic and onion here… extra flavor people! But I am […]

Roasted green beans recipe with fresh dill, lemon, red onion, and pine nuts.

Roasted Green Beans with Lemon and Dill

Hello fellow green bean loving friends! If any of you have had to endure some a childhood of very mediocre limp green beans (or worst canned ones!), then I am telling you now, forget those days. Green beams done right are awesome. Of course, blanched, crisp-but-tender beans are fantastic in a salad, BUT if you […]

Recipe for Roasted White Asparagus with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

Roasted White Asparagus with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

I adore simple, healthy recipes that pack a ton of flavor. Just like this roasted white asparagus with tahini-lemon sauce. Topped with fresh parsley and toasted pine nuts, these are flavors to fall in love with. There are two ways I like cooking asparagus. Actually, I stand corrected… three: grilled, roasted or blanched in a […]