Vegetable Side Dishes

Vegetable side dishes appropriate for Real Food, Ancestral, Grain-Free, Weston Price, SCD, GAPS, Paleo, Primal and diets

Recipe: Smashed Parsnips (SCD, GAPS, Paleo, AIP) post image

I'm falling in love with parsnips. They can be used in so many ways to replace white potatoes! Some folks have to avoid white potatoes because they are in the nightshade family and contain a chemical called glycoside that can induce inflammation. Check out this… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Lemon Parsnip Salad (Paleo, GAPS) post image

If you have any inflammatory issues, white potatoes should be eliminated. They are in the night shade family and have properties that encourage inflammation. However, you don't have to feel deprieved at all. Parsnips are a root vegetable and can taste amazingly like white potatoes… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Oven Roasted Asparagus

Recipe: Oven Roasted Asparagus post image

This time of year it's easy to source fresh asparagus. Did you know that it is one of the clean 15 indicated by Environmental Working Group (EWG)? It's safe to eat even if it isn't organic. Asparagus is tasty and versatile and so easy to… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Roots

Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Roots post image

Its still cool and windy here on the east coast and I am still very much craving savory hearty foods. One of my favorite side dishes to make is composed of a variety of root vegetables. It's easy to prepare and simple to roast in… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Butternut Squash Zoodle Sauce (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, SCD) post image

Commercial pasta is simply wheat and salt. It's empty calories and it is highly glycemic. Starches turn into sugar very quickly and raise blood glucose and insulin levels very rapidly. Using vegetables in place of wheat pasta is popular in Paleo and grain-free dishes. It's so… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Paleo Parsnip Fries

Recipe: Paleo Parsnip Fries post image

Oh how I miss french fries! Don't you? If you cannot tolerate white potatoes because they are a nightshade, or if you are following the Paleo diet you are going to love this simple recipe! These parsnip fries look and taste just like french fries… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Grain Free Kabocha Squash Stuffing (SCD, GAPS, Paleo) post image

I'm in love with kabocha squash! It is more starchy than butternut and has an earthy essence that goes well with the savory umami of turkey. When you add in the seasonings of stuffing you don't miss the bread at all! Here are some other… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Spicy Guacamole (SCD,GAPS, Paleo) post image

The fat content of avocado is incredibly healthy for a baby's growing brain and body – so much so – it should be one of baby's first foods. It's also a perfect finger food as it is soft and not a choking hazard. However, avocados… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Zucchini Pasta with Artichoke, Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes post image

Using vegetables in place of wheat pasta is popular in Paleo and grain-free dishes. Actually, even for folks that are not grain-free or on Paleo, it makes sense to use vegetables instead of wheat. There are so many problems with eating wheat and gluten grains… Click to Continue →

Coconut Ghee Curried Fiddlehead Ferns post image

At the market today I noticed a basket of fiddlehead ferns. I love this nutrient dense, earthy, evanescent delicacy that only appears for 2 weeks in early spring here in the East. As a forager (sort of) I get excited when I see budding, tender… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Spiced Cranberry Squash

Recipe: Spiced Cranberry Squash post image

I was asked at the last minute to make a squash dish for Thanksgiving and I just happened to have a large butternut squash on hand. I like the long ones that don't have a large bulb -- you can get a lot of squash… Click to Continue →

Recipe: The Easiest Way to Make Winter Squash post image

There are so many varieties of winter squash, but I usually stick with just two. These two varieties are my tried and true types of squash that I use in many recipes. They are butternut and kabocha (buttercup) squash. You can use these instead of… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Avocado Peach Salsa

Recipe: Avocado Peach Salsa post image

A sweet and spicy salsa adds dimension to any meal. This sweet salsa compliments salmon and other seafood as well as chicken very well. With summer light fare and lots of outdoor eating, this seasonal Avocado Peach Salsa is a treat to look forward to… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Grilled Balsamic Shrimp Kabobs post image

It's summer and grilling season! Here's a fun recipe that the whole family loves! These shrimp kabobs provide a complete meal with protein, fat and carbohydrate all in one package. Get your kids to help in the cutting of the vegetables and even placing them… Click to Continue →

Recipe: Golden Roasted Beet Salad with Dill post image

Golden beets are beautiful. Roasting the beets adds another dimension to the flavors of this root. A simple dressing made of extra virgin olive oil, lemon and dill creates a light and fresh salad for summer.  Lots of Nutrition in Beets Cooked beets are high… Click to Continue →