Monday, March 26, 2012

Two easy side dishes

Sometimes the hardest part of making a meal is what to serve on the side as opposed to the main attraction. I was lucky enough to be born with a love for pretty much every vegetable, so I like to play around with them to create easy and yummy side dishes.

Per usual, this Sunday involved me cooking a few things to put on the blog! Here are two side dishes that I've made before and are always delicious!

Rainbow Corn Salad
Ingredients (serves 6): 
2 16oz bags of frozen corn
1-2 large white onions, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced 
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1/4 scallions, diced
2 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black or white pepper

Put olive oil in a large pot on medium-high heat and add your diced onions. Cook them until they are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add your peppers and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add your corn, scallions, and spices, and stir. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let sit for 15 minutes or until the corn is heated through. Can be served hot or cold!

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 143 per serving
Total fat: 3.3g
Sodium: 394.6mg
Carbohydrates: 29g
Fiber: 4.1g
Sugars: 2.8g
Protein: 4.2g

Lightly Creamed Garlic Spinach
Ingredients (serves 4):
2 bags of fresh spinach
1 medium white onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup light cream
1/4 cup pecorino romano cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbl butter

Heat your butter in a skillet over medium-high and add the onion. Let cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an addition 2 minutes. Add the spinach, turn the heat down to medium-low, and cook until all the spinach has wilted. Add your cream, cheese, and spices, and stir. 

As you can see, I ate my spinach with a blackened tuna steak! I'm attempting to take more pictures of my food before I dive right in and eat so I can stop stealing food pics from other people

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 111 per serving
Total Fat: 7.9g
Cholesterol: 22.5mg
Sodium: 505.7mg
Carbohydrates: 9.3g
Fiber: 2.7g
Sugars: 1.8g
Protein: 4g