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Lemon & Garlic Green Beans

Lemon & Garlic Green Beans by John Spottiswood

It is rare to have a side dish which everyone keeps reaching for instead of the main dish. That's especially true if its a fairly simple green vegetable side. But these green beans were truly that good. We used packaged, thin french cut green beans from Trader Joes. They are tender and tasty on their own, but I've never had them taste…

8 votes
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Red beans and rice

Red beans and rice by John Spottiswood

I've adapted this recipe from a number that I have used in the past. You can deviate from this and it is still delicious! Normally, I serve this with a jerk marinated chicken or pork, but it also goes well with grilled fish, steak and many other treats. If you serve it with something that isn't spicy, try adding some of the spices…

47 votes
71604 views
Brussel Sprouts Sauteed in Garlic & Olive Oil

Brussel Sprouts Sauteed in Garlic & Olive Oil by John Spottiswood

This is a simple, tasty side dish to add to your menu. I've adapted it from Marcella Hazan's recipes for other vegetables. It tastes GREAT with Brussel Sprouts. Broccoli is good too.

25 votes
58217 views
Pasta with Spinach, Ricotta, Ham

Pasta with Spinach, Ricotta, Ham by John Spottiswood

This is one of our family staples. It is healthy and delicious! Two of our kids say it is their favorite dish. We've adapted it from Marcella Hazan. It's easy to throw together and great the next day too.

10 votes
33059 views
Dominican style spaghettis ("A la criolla")

Dominican style spaghettis ("A la criolla") by Arturo Féliz-Camilo

Spaguettis "a la criolla" is a very common and traditional way to have spaguettis in Dominican Republic. A "must" in street food vendors...

1 vote
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Easy Pan Fried Tomatoes

Easy Pan Fried Tomatoes by Nancy Miyasaki

This recipe is incredibly easy and really tasty. We're healthy eaters, so frying tomatoes isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But you have got to taste these. Amazing! Disclosure: we used fresh tomatoes from our garden that were really flavorful. You may not get the same results with less flavorful tomatoes. We served with…

11 votes
18559 views
Basmati Rice with Herbs

Basmati Rice with Herbs by Nancy Miyasaki

This is an excellent, flavorful side dish that goes really well with fish, shrimp, or chicken. It's like a mild version of a Briyani...easy to make and full of healthy ingredients. I thought the Parmesan cheese was weird addition, but the flavor blends nicely and it isn't over powering. Enjoy!

11 votes
15959 views
Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms

Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms by Nancy Miyasaki

This is a simple and fresh tasting dish that I created myself. I don't do that very often, but I must admit this was a success. I might try adding red onion and experiment with different spices, but honestly this is simple and delicious as is.

3 votes
10427 views
Rice with Lentils - Khichdi Jamai Ji

Rice with Lentils - Khichdi Jamai Ji by John Spottiswood

Khichdi is a mixture of dal and rice that is cooked together so that the flavors blend together. Various lentils can be used, such as split moong dal with or without skin, whole brown lentils (mosoor) or mooth lentils. It can be made with or without the addition of any number of vegetables. The proportion of rice to lentils also…

7 votes
6433 views
Homemade Swedish Pancakes

Homemade Swedish Pancakes by Nancy Miyasaki

I love swedish pancakes and have made them for a few years from a mix I bought at Trader Joes. I was out of the mix a few weeks ago, so I tried making them from scratch. It turned out to be incredibly simple and the kids love these as much if not more as the pre-packaged mix. It's also quite a bit cheaper and means one less box I…

5 votes
7179 views
Green Beans with Basil and Tomato

Green Beans with Basil and Tomato by John Spottiswood

This is an attractive and tasty side dish. The butter, basil and tomato adds a nice flavor boost to the green beans. I've made them with garlic salt and regular kosher salt, both are delicious. If you want to spice it up, add more black pepper or substitute crushed red pepper for the black pepper.

9 votes
5590 views
Scambled Egg Whites with Tomatoes and Herbs

Scambled Egg Whites with Tomatoes and Herbs by John Spottiswood

This is my standard egg dish that I make with a variety of seasonal vegetables and herbs. I use whatever I have in my garden or my refrigerator. Every variation is delicious in it's own way. This is so easy to make and always gets rave reviews.

5 votes
10652 views
Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes

Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes by John Spottiswood

I love my wife's traditional swedish pancake recipe. However, I feel much better when I eat a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, so I tried combining the two. I think the combination is wonderful. It still has the chewy, crepe-like texture of the traditional swedish pancake, with just a bit of nutty whole grain texture. Our kids say…

3 votes
5143 views
Georgian Eggplant with Walnut

Georgian Eggplant with Walnut by John Spottiswood

This is a delicious dish that I had in a Georgian restaurant in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was delicious, and this rendition does it supreme justice. This will taste best if you use asian eggplant (chinese, japanese, etc.) which is much thinner than regular eggplant and had smaller and fewer seeds. Makes a great appetizer that can…

2 votes
21997 views
Creole Style Butter Beans

Creole Style Butter Beans by John Spottiswood

Butter beans (another name for Lima beans) are super healthy and flavorful. I've been looking for a simple and flavorful way to cook these, and after a lot of research I found and adapted this delicious recipe. This is flavorful and hearty enough to make a full meal out of, probably accompanied by a salad or green vegetable and some…

12 votes
7663 views