Dilly Potato Salad

Many think potato salad is for summertime – which may be mostly true but not entirely. I like to use my smoker year round for my proteins – brisket, pork butt, chicken, ribs you name it! Which means I need BBQ style side dishes all year round too. So trying different pasta and potato saladsContinue reading “Dilly Potato Salad”

Chickpea Summer Salad #sidedish

Who doesn’t love a summer salad that requires absolutely zero cooking!?!?! In the hot summer months, any meal that I can make entirely away from a heat source is a win. This hearty – protein-packed – Chickpea Summer Salad is so bright and full of flavor. It can also be easily doubled for a crowdContinue reading “Chickpea Summer Salad #sidedish”

Colorful Couscous Salad #sidedishes

Summer is knocking on our doors which means meals start to be in the backyard for our family. Most meals include a protein prepared on the Traeger Grill – so a simple pasta salad that I can make ahead is perfect. It gives me the chance to actually hang out with the family while theyContinue reading “Colorful Couscous Salad #sidedishes”

Cauliflower Salad #keto #sidedish

When trying to keep mostly keto – side dishes can become a little hum-drum. Especially at potlucks and backyard BBQs – where you probably have rather limited choices. I really prefer to enjoy my entire meal, not just the main entree. So I started thinking about some of my favorite side dishes and settled onContinue reading “Cauliflower Salad #keto #sidedish”

Balsamic Coleslaw #nomayo

My middle son has this very real aversion to mayo – and he can taste it even in the smallest amounts. I really don’t know where it comes from but it encourages me to try to come up with alternative to using mayo. So of course, I had to see what I could do toContinue reading “Balsamic Coleslaw #nomayo”

Warm Potato Salad #sidedish

Often called “German Potato Salad” – Warm Potato Salad is basically a version of the popular side dish that doesn’t have mayonnaise involved and it is typically served warm. It is a very simple – yet very tasty – accompaniment to burgers, steaks, sausages, grilled chicken, all sorts of backyard BBQ dishes. It is alsoContinue reading “Warm Potato Salad #sidedish”

Bourbon Baked Beans #sidedish

Baked Beans are such a great side dish. They go with burgers, any type of grilled meat, chicken, steak, ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, tri-tip, cue Bubba (because I could go on and on) – lol. They are also great for just about any type of potluck event. This recipe for Bourbon Baked Beans alsoContinue reading “Bourbon Baked Beans #sidedish”

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables out there. You can use them in so many different ways and different styles of food – it’s incredible. I think the only thing they can’t really do is be served raw. And that’s just because it’s unpleasant – it won’t do anything to you. This goContinue reading “Crispy Parmesan Potatoes”

Bacon Risotto – so yummy!

Risotto is one of those dishes that people tend to shy away from because they think it’s too difficult. Probably because on all those cooking competition shows it’s always the risotto that sends someone home. In truth risotto is a very technique driven dish – but it’s not actually difficult. This recipe for Bacon RisottoContinue reading “Bacon Risotto – so yummy!”

Creamed Corn Pasta

Side dishes are so important so often over looked with it comes to meal planning. This usually leads to them becoming an afterthought, resulting in a side dish rut. So many people serve basically the same side dishes over and over, only changing up the main! Don’t be like those people – please I’m beggingContinue reading “Creamed Corn Pasta”

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