Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

Eat your vegetables!  They are healthy, delicious and naturally gluten free.  Roasting is my favorite way to cook veggies, and a little bacon adds a pop of flavor to well, anything. 🙂  The nuts and seeds give it great texture and crunch.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large, sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 bag frozen halved Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 tbsp. olive or canola oil (or oil of your choice)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 strip hickory smoked bacon, diced
  • 3 tbsp. chopped almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 425º.

Peel and dice the sweet potato, place in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tbsp. water and microwave for 10 minutes.  Carefully remove the bowl (it will be hot) and set aside to cool.

Combine the brussels sprouts, red onion, and bacon in a 9″ nonstick baking pan or parchment lined sheet pan.

Stir in the cooled potatoes and toss with oil, salt and pepper.  Top with the nuts and seeds and make sure everything is spread in an even layer.

Roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Finish under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to get a little color on the Brussels sprouts.

Notes ♪♫ For convenience and speed, I precooked the sweet potato in the microwave and used frozen brussels sprouts.  If using raw potato and fresh Brussels sprouts, allow 45 minutes for baking.

Originally published 09/28/2018            Updated 08/26/2023

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Gluten Free Peas and Elbows

Do you get bored with the same old side dishes?  I tend to always go with rice or potatoes for dinner, but it gets monotonous!  So, here’s a little something I made to change things up one weekend.  I served it with steak, but this nifty little side dish would go well with chicken or pork chops too!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup gluten free chicken stock
  • 1 cup (3 oz.) gluten free elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 heaping tbsp. shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh chives, for garnish

Preparation:

In a small nonstick saucepan, sauté the onion in 1 tbsp. olive oil until the onions are translucent.

Add 1 cup gluten free chicken broth, 1 cup water, salt to taste and seasoning of choice.  Bring to a simmer and add the elbows, cook to package directions.  With 5 minutes left on cook time, add the peas and simmer 5 minutes longer.

Stir in 1 tbsp. butter, a heaping tbsp. of cheese (or more if you like) and transfer to a serving bowl.

Garnish with fresh chives or parsley.  Mr. Cucina loved this side, so it will definitely be going into our dinner rotation!

Notes ♪♫ I used Jovial brown rice elbows in this recipe.  One of my favorite brands of gluten free pasta, I was thrilled to find elbows at the store.  If they aren’t available where you live, you can get them here on Amazon.

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Hash Brown Muffin Cups

Aren’t these the cutest?  Hash Brown Muffin Cups are fun to make and eat, kid friendly and adult approved!  Using frozen hash browns really cuts down on the prep work.  This is a great brunch recipe because you can prepare it the night before and bake in the morning.

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Are hash browns gluten free?

As long as you are buying plain hash brown potatoes, they should be fine.  I always look for the gluten free label as an extra measure of security, but as long as the only ingredient is “Potatoes” you are good to go.  If the potatoes are seasoned or include other ingredients, then investigate further before buying.  I used Ore-Ida frozen shredded Hash Browns in this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 20 oz. frozen shredded hash browns (for a standard 12-cup muffin tin)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • cooking spray (I like Bertoli spray, because it has no propellants to damage your nonstick pans)

Preparation:

Weigh 20 oz. hash browns and place in a zip top bag.  Defrost in the refrigerator.

I used a salad spinner to be sure the potatoes were as dry as possible (see notes).   After spinning the potatoes (or pressing them dry with paper towels) transfer to a clean bowl.

Toss the hash browns with the cheese and seasonings.  Drizzle with 2 tbsp. olive oil and toss again to coat thoroughly.

Mist the muffin tin with cooking spray and spoon the potatoes evenly into the 12 cups.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 400º and spritz the tops of the muffin cups with olive oil spray.  Bake for 45 minutes.

The edges should be browned and crispy.  Use a spoon to slide them right out of the pan onto a serving dish!

Hash Brown Muffin Cups will be a great addition to your brunch menu, or a fun dinner side.  They reheat well, and ours stayed crispy even after microwaving.  You will want to keep a bag of hash browns in your freezer pantry, so you can make a batch any time you like!

Notes ♪♫ My salad spinner is over 20 years old.  We originally purchased ours when my husband used to plant a large garden and I needed an easy way to wash the veggies.  Today we still eat lots of salads and this is just a handy thing to have in your kitchen!  Here’s the current model.

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Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Are you looking for a beautiful and easy side dish for your holiday table?  Roasted Rainbow Carrots are so pretty and go well with a variety of roasts and main courses.  In this easy preparation, I roast them whole with butter and herbs then give them just a brush of maple syrup at the end for sweetness.  Of course, you can do this with regular carrots.  Just be sure to choose slender carrots that are about the same size, so they cook evenly.

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Peel and trim the carrots, leaving a little of the stem (for appearance, not to eat).

Rinse the carrots and pat dry.

Line a sheet pan with foil and mist with cooking spray.  Arrange the carrots in a single layer, dot with butter and season with salt, pepper and thyme.

Roast at 400º for 20-25 minutes or until they reach the desired softness.

You can prepare to this point the night before and reheat in the morning.  Brush the carrots lightly with maple syrup and return to the oven for 15-20 minutes at 325º.  Transfer to a serving dish.

Notes ♪♫ Thyme pairs beautifully with carrots.  I was fortunate enough to still have fresh thyme from my herb garden when I made this for Thanksgiving.  Look for it in the supermarket, or if you can’t find it, use dried thyme.

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Easy Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Here is a simple, Italian inspired Gluten Free Pasta Salad to bring to the family BBQ, or to make ahead and enjoy with dinner after a busy workday.  With no mayonnaise, it won’t go bad on those hot summer days.  It’s a light refreshing side dish that won’t leave you feeling stuffed.

My biggest tip for this recipe is to assemble it no more than a few hours before serving.  You can prep the veggies the night before, but don’t cook the gluten free pasta too far ahead, it won’t keep as well in the fridge as regular pasta.  For best consistency, I like to drain and chill the pasta for 30 minutes before tossing it with the veggies and dressing.

8 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of bacon, diced
  • 8 oz. gluten free pasta
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups veggies cut into small dice –
      • frozen peas, thawed and drained
      • red onion, small dice
      • grated carrot
      • cucumber, small dice seeds removed
      • red bell pepper, small dice
      • green beans, blanched and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Italian cold cuts, chopped (optional but good)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

It’s been hard to find these Garden Pagodas from Ancient Harvest since the pandemic.  But they are just perfect in this pasta salad, so if you spot them be sure to grab a couple of boxes!

Tinkyada also makes tri-color spirals, as does Lieber’s although I haven’t tried them.  I will update the post if I can find any others.

Preparation:

You will need about 2 cups total diced veggies.  This is a great way to use up leftovers, use veggies you have on hand or use your favorites!  Today I’m using red onion, cucumber, carrots, bell pepper, peas and green beans.  You can do this step a day ahead to save time.  Keep everything chilled until ready to assemble the pasta.

Cook the bacon and drain on paper towels.

As I mentioned above, I recommend that you wait until a few hours before serving to assemble the salad.  Cook the pasta to al dente.  This will likely be several minutes less than the package directions, so taste frequently.  Drain the pasta and immediately rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking.

Place the colander over a large bowl, toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Combine the drained, chilled pasta with the veggies in a large bowl, toss with the bacon, cold cuts and cheese.

Add the Italian dressing and toss well.  You can serve it just like this!

Or transfer it all to a pretty serving bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes ♪♫ I always add a gluten free marker to a dish that I bring to a cookout, in case there are other guests with the same dietary restrictions.  I’ll bet that if I didn’t tell anyone it was gluten free no one would be the wiser!  Make it for your next get together and watch it disappear 🙂

 

Originally posted 5/28/2018                      Updated 7/15/2022  

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Cheesy Potato Stacks

Here is a beautiful potato side for your Thanksgiving table with all the colors of fall.  A festive presentation of white and sweet potatoes, layered and baked gratin style in a muffin tin.  You will want to make a double batch, they are so good everyone will want seconds and thirds!

The Apple Smoked Gruyere that I used in this recipe was just amazing.  The unique flavor is a definitely a little bolder than plain Gruyere, but it was the perfect pairing to this fall inspired potato side.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large, sweet potato, peeled
  • 4 small red potatoes, skin on
  • cooking spray
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk
  • seasoned salt, to taste (I used Lawry’s reduced sodium)
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese (I used Red Apple Smoked Gruyere)
  • fresh thyme for garnish

Preparation:

Grate the cheese.  Slice the potatoes very thin, using a mandoline or sharp knife.  Leave some of the skins on for more color and texture.

Heat the butter, milk and seasoned salt, whisk well.  Preheat the oven to 400º and coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.  Begin layering the potatoes in the muffin cups, alternating white and sweet potato slices until the cups are half full.

 Use the smaller slices on the bottom for the best fit.  Drizzle one tsp. of the butter mixture over each stack and top with half of the grated cheese.

Continue layering the potatoes, mounding them to just a little higher than the top of the muffin cups (they will cook down) and finish with the remaining butter and cheese.  Sprinkle more seasoning over the top.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the edges are nicely browned, and the cheese has melted.

To serve, use a spoon to carefully remove each stack and invert onto a serving platter.  Garnish with fresh thyme.

Notes: ♪I entered this recipe in the 2021 Beyond Celiac Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Contest.  Well guess what, my Cheesy Potato Stacks recipe earned an honorable mention!  You can view it on the Beyond Celiac website where it has been featured, and the recipe was also linked to their November newsletter.  Pretty exciting stuff for this home cook!

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Easy Apple Sauté

This Easy Apple Sauté is a favorite at our house.  It makes a great breakfast accompaniment to oatmeal or pancakes.  Do you ever have a side of fruit with dinner instead of a veggie, just to change things up?  Apples go well with any pork dish or BBQ meal.  And if you like, this basic recipe can stand in as a light dessert without all the extra fat and carbs.  Best of all, it’s ready in 5 minutes, no baking!

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples (I used Cortland)
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • cinnamon and nutmeg

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Preparation:

Peel and dice the apples.

Heat a 10″ skillet on medium and melt the butter.

Add the apples to the skillet and toss to coat.  Cook 1-2 minutes.

Sprinkle with  brown sugar, and stir it in to melt.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Cook for 2-3 more minutes, stirring frequently.  A light syrup will form in the pan.

I love this diet friendly treat as a standalone side or as a topping for other other fall veggies, like  my Apple Walnut Butternut Squash.

Notes ♪♫  Granny Smith apples are most often recommended for cooking, but there are so many varieties that would be delicious in this fast and easy preparation.  I used Cortland apples in this post because a dear neighbor recently gifted us a bag.  They were so good, so use what you have!

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Gluten Free Corn Cakes

Are you tired of the usual rice and potato sides?  When you’re gluten free, it can really get monotonous.  So tonight I thought I’d try something different.  Popular in the South, I had (can you believe) never had corn cakes before.  I just made a small batch for the two of us to taste, and wow, we both loved them.  Corn Cakes would be a fun and easy side for a BBQ dinner or potluck.  You can easily double or triple the recipe, and add more or less spice to suit your family’s taste.  Making them gluten free was easy, just by swapping out the flours.

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4 Servings

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Whisk together the flour, corn meal, salt, baking powder and seasoning.  In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk and oil.

I took my corn kernels out to defrost about 30 minutes earlier.  Stir them into the egg mixture to finish thawing while you heat your griddle or skillet.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet.  You will have about 1 of cup batter.

When I first made this recipe, I used a large nonstick skillet.  Today I made them on my new waffle maker because I wanted to try out the pancake plates.  I preheated it to 350° and brushed with butter.  I ladled the batter into the 4 pancake cups, about 1/4 cup each.

Cook them for about 4 minutes, until the bottoms are set and you can see a few bubbles in the batter.

Carefully turn them over with a spatula and cook 3-4 minutes longer.

Check the center with a toothpick, if it comes out dry they are done.  Serve hot or at room temperature.

This is a fun side that goes with so many things, from your favorite BBQ fare to a casual steak dinner.

Notes: ♪♫  I used this Mexican Spice Blend to kick up the flavor of my corn cakes.  Made with Chipotle Chile, cumin, onion powder and oregano, it is a salt free blend with some heat!  Since the recipe already has salt and baking powder, I didn’t want to add more sodium.  If salt isn’t an issue for you, you can sub your favorite gluten free seasoned salt and make it as mild or spicy as you like!

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Apple Stuffed Honeynut Squash

Have you seen the adorable Honeynut Squash at your local market this fall? I couldn’t resist buying one, they are so cute!  At about 6″ in length, the size is perfect for the two of us.  Similar to butternut squash, the Honeynut is much smaller and sweeter, with a dark orange pulp.

Unlike the larger butternut and acorn variety, you won’t pull a muscle slicing through this petite squash.  The skin is much thinner, so thin that you can eat it!

Roasted and stuffed with a simple sauté of diced apples, the finished dish is as appealing to the taste buds as it is to the eye.

Follow these easy steps to create the perfect fall side dish for two!

Ingredients:

  • 1 honeynut squash
  • olive oil
  • maple seasoning
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • cinnamon
  • fresh rosemary for garnish

Preparation:

Roasting is the way to go with this tiny squash.  Simply cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and brush the inside with olive oil.

Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice.

 Arrange cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil, and bake for 35 minutes at 375º.

The Honeynut squash is so small, you can easily fit one on a sheet pan with another veggie course.

While the squash is baking, peel and dice the apple.  I used a Honeycrisp apple.  Heat a small skillet on medium low.  Add the apples with a pat of butter and toss to combine.  Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Remove the squash from the oven turn it over carefully, use tongs.  Spoon the apples into each half.  Garnish with fresh rosemary.

The old saying “we eat with our eyes first” is so true.  Look at that beautiful presentation!  Guest worthy, but on the table in under an hour so you can try it on a week night!  Be sure to pin this side dish to your fall favorites!

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Sweet Potato Flatbread

This delicious flatbread recipe features sweet potato and cassava flour.  The latest addition to my gluten free pantry, cassava flour is made from the root of the yuca plant.  The entire root is grated, dried, and ground into a mild tasting flour that is both gluten free and Paleo friendly.

This gluten free, grain free flat bread was a nice change from my usual potato side, really different from anything I have ever made.  To achieve the same results, I recommend weighing your ingredients.

6 Servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, about 12 oz.
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour, about 2.2 oz. plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. gluten free Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese such as parmesan, gruyere etc.

Preparation:

Peel the sweet potato and cut into chunks.  I used 1 sweet potato for this recipe.  After peeling, it weighed 10 oz.

Steam the potato until very soft, 25-30 minutes.  Remove the potato and add to the bowl of a stand mixer.

Beat with the paddle attachment until smooth.  Whisk together ½ cup of cassava flour with salt and Italian seasoning.  Add to the bowl and mix until a soft dough forms.  The dough will be heavy and clinging to the paddle, like this.

Transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment paper.  I used a pie dough roller and floured fingers to gently roll and press the dough into a 1/4″ thick round.  Use a spatula to neaten the edges.

Slide the parchment onto a pizza stone.  Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with more seasoning and the grated cheese.  I used Parmesan and it browned up nicely, but Romano, Gruyere or even cheddar would be fine.  Use your favorite, or whatever you have on hand.  Bake at 375◦ for 25 minutes, then broil on high for 5 minutes.  The cheese should be melted and starting to brown, the edges crispy.  Watch that it doesn’t burn!

Use a large spatula to slide the flatbread off the parchment onto a cutting board.  Slice into wedges and serve.  You should hear a nice crunch when you cut into it.  Once the flatbread begins to cool it will soften up, so it is best eaten immediately.  Leftovers can be reheated on a pizza stone.

The verdict, hubby and I both loved it!  Potato lovers, change up your menu with this easy, gluten free side.  Everyone will want a slice, so be ready to share!

Notes ♪♫ Cassava flour is quickly gaining popularity in gluten free baking.  If you can’t find it at your supermarket it is widely available online from sites like Amazon.

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