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Colorful Summer Salsa

No Comments | Written on June 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm , by

Summertime is here, so that means food dishes that are light and refreshing will be feature at many bbq parties. This salsa will go great with tortilla chips drizzled with lime flavor. The red and yellow tomatoes offer great taste as well as great flavor that is just perfect for the warm season.


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Quick Pickled Cucumbers

No Comments | Written on September 30, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Looking for an effortless side dish with crunch and zing?   These “Quick Pickled Cucumbers” are right up your alley.   

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Mediterranean Rice Pilaf

No Comments | Written on September 5, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

The other night I was preparing fish for dinner and wanted to find just the right side dish to complement the delicate main dish without overpowering.  This “Mediterranean Rice Pilaf” was exactly what I was looking for!

It starts with basmati rice, toasted with turmeric to give the dish that alluring golden hue.  Dried currants are included for a subtle sweetness and slivered almonds finish off the dish for crunch.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

3 Comments | Written on June 11, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Imagine perfectly crisp sweet potato fries…without deep frying!

This side dish is covered in a crunchy coating and then baked in the oven.  Wait until you see the spicy dip…heavenly!

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Santorini Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

1 Comment | Written on June 10, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This recipe is a fresh take on a classic Greek salad.  Cucumbers, radishes, and red onion are tossed with a creamy but light dressing made with Greek yogurt, fresh herbs and feta cheese.

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Sicilian Cauliflower Antipasti

No Comments | Written on January 1, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Let’s kick off 2014 on the right foot!

This easy (and healthy!) recipe is a wonderful side dish when served warm, and also is a fantastic addition to an antipasti spread when served at room temperature.

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Sweet-Hot Marinated Cucumbers

No Comments | Written on September 6, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

I admit…we have had a few indulgent recipes posted over the past few days.   How about a crisp and flavorful vegetable side dish (or snack) to round out the week?

These “Sweet-Hot Marinated Cucumbers” are a great accompaniment to an Asian-inspired meal or just a crunchy snack to satisfy those afternoon cravings.

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What is Quinoa?

4 Comments | Written on August 28, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Quinoa has become a trendy ingredient in the past few years, not only for its delicious flavor, but for its nutritional qualities.  At first glance you might presume it is a grain, but it is actually a small seed.  It can be used in recipes as you would rice, pasta, or couscous, however, quinoa provides additional health benefits because it is actually closely related to beets and spinach!

This gluten-free super food is also high in protein, rich in fiber and a source of calcium.  This is useful for anyone who is lactose intolerant or follows a vegan diet.

Originally cultivated in the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, quinoa has been a staple since the ancient Incan Empire.  This crop can only be grown at high altitudes and often has to be shipped to the US and around the world from the Andes.  That’s why I was so excited to find this brand grown right here in the US from the White Mountain Farm in Colorado.  They are actually the first large-scale quinoa operation in North America.

This recipe for “Italian Quinoa Salad” is a great addition to your Labor Day Picnic menu.  I like to store individual portions in canning jars for easy transportation and serving.

All you have to do is toss cooked quinoa with small fresh mozzarella balls, pine nuts, spinach and tomatoes.  Then whisk up an easy balsamic vinaigrette and you are ready to go!  I like to allow the salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the flavors to combine.  You can certainly prepare this recipe in advance and have it all ready to go for your Labor Day festivities!

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Four Bean Salad

5 Comments | Written on April 24, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

We are in the middle of “gluten-free” week here at Better Recipes!

For the recipe contest, we are in search of the “Best Gluten-Free Recipe Ever.”   (Click here to view the entries and upload your own!)

Plus, we are giving away an awesome Gluten-Free Baking Prize Package right here on the blog.  Complete with a gluten-free baking mix developed by Thomas Keller!  Yep, you need to click here and enter.

This easy and flavorful recipe also just happens to be Gluten-Free and Vegan.  With recipes like this, I can get behind this movement!

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2012 Grand Prize Winners!!

3 Comments | Written on January 25, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

This is it… the moment you have all been waiting for, the winners in our 2012 contest!!  After careful consideration by our judges and online voting from our readers, we have a $2,000 Grand Prize Winner and a $500 Ultimate Reader’s Choice Winner!

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