Spectacular Italian Side Dishes that a mere mortal cannot resist! Treat your taste buds to my recipe for stuffed tomatoes , or perhaps my baked zucchini recipe.
Many times we succumb to plain old potatoes or plain rice to accompany our meat dishes. Why not venture into a whole new world of side dishes such as, amazing risottos, vegetable rice medleys or irresistible potato creations that will not soon be forgotten. Or try some Quinoa (which is almost a complete protein in itself) or maybe a creamy polenta side dish. The possibilities are endless! I am excited to complete this section of my website and then also in my cookbook because personally I could make a meal out of just about any side dish.
I have many healthy side dish recipes that you will surly want to try. Creamy Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas, Stuffed Tomatoes, Swiss Chard Patties, baked Cauliflower or fried Eggplant and many more! (scroll down for more free recipes) These are just a sampling of the simple and tasty Italian side dishes that you will be able to cook up in very little time. If you really want to impress your guests you may want to give Baked Artichokes or Braised Fennel Bulb a whirl. This is what I mean about endless possibilities!
By the way, artichokes are rich in minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling blood pressure and heart rate by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for an antioxidant enzyme named superoxide dismutase. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is used for red blood cell formation.
For more on eating healthy, I find The Health Benefits Times very informative.
From the end of June to mid October our garden supplies us with an endless selection of nourishing vegetables. Harvest time is when I really get creative with side dishes. My Dad always seems to be coming up with some delicious authentic Italian side dish (like Pigweed and Romano Beans) passed down from the Romano family generations.
Italian Recipes are famous for their savory tastes with considerable emphasis on vegetables. Did you know Italy is like one great vegetable garden from the Alps on down? Anything that can be grown is grown! These abundant vegetable crops are then turned into delightful side dishes of one sort or another, many of which can also double as a main course if desired.
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