Scalloped Potatoes

I have to admit that in three holiday meals this year, I’ve made scalloped potatoes every. Single. Time.  I just love them.  Especially given that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of spuds, this is a winner.  This is a Cooking Light recipe I got years ago.  I’ve always made it as-written, and am always happy with it.



Spicy Garlic Roast Asparagus

Great side that’s festive enough for a holiday, but great for a weeknight dinner too!  We love this one and make it a lot…asparagus is one of our favorites.

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400.  Spread out asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss with garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.  Roast for about 20 minutes or until done to your taste.

Spicy Squash

Easy side dish that goes well with lighter meals like fish or chicken. 

  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • Pinch salt
  • Cooking spray

Coat a nonstick pan with cooking spray over medium heat.  Toss sliced squash with pepper flakes, dill, and salt.  Sautee until lightly browned and cooked through.

Roasted Garlic Green Beans and Potatoes

Great little side dish that goes well with just about anything.  I’ve served this with lamb, and also with roasted chicken and pork since the oven is already going and it’s easy to just toss it in.  You can use any variety of potatoes, but my favorite is purple – very colorful!

  • 1 bunch fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3-4 medium potatoes, course dice 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • crushed red pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 400.  Arrange green beans and potatoes on a baking sheet, and toss with oil, garlic, salt and pepper.  Add a pinch of crushed red pepper if desired.  Roast at 400 degrees until tender and lightly browned, about 20 minutes, tossing once.