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Susan Arthur
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MA, Counseling Psychology

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Fresh Cranberry Relish
An easy no cooking required cranberry sauce! Ingredients: 1 Bag of fresh cranberries 2 Medium red delicious apples (cored-leave skin on) 2 Cups of frozen raspberries (slightly thawed) 2 TBSP of orange marmalade 2 TBSP of sugar Directions: 1. Combine fresh cranberries and apples in food processor and pulse until finely chopped 2. Add raspberries, or...
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish for any holiday feast! Ingredients: 2-3 lbs. of russet potatoes peeled and diced 4-5 medium cloves of fresh garlic peeled and left whole ½ cup of milk 1/3 cup of butter 2 tbsp. fresh chopped chives Directions: 1. In large pot boil potatoes and garlic cloves until potatoes are soft but not mushy 2. Drain pot...
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Herb Vinaigrette Potato Salad - Mayo Free

Herb Vinaigrette Potato Salad - Mayo Free
Ingredients: 5 lbs baby red potatoes ​ 3 hard boiled eggs - diced​ 1/4 cup minced red onion Herb Vinaigrette: 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp diced fresh rosemary 1 tbsp diced fresh thyme 2 tbsp diced fresh flat leaf parsley ¼ cup diced fresh chives 2 tbsp stone ground mustard 1 tbsp honey ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil salt and pe...
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Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce

Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce
A simple side dish that's bursting with lemon flavor. Perfect for a spring dinner, lunch or even breakfast! ​ Roasted Asparagus With Dijon-Lemon Sauce Ingredients: ​ 1-2 lbs of asparagus trimmed ​ 4 tsp of olive oil, divided ​ ½ tsp of salt ​ 2 garlic cloves minced ​ 1 tsp grated lemon zest ​ 2 tbs fresh lemon juice ​ ½ tsp...
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Roasted Asparagus With Ginger Sesame Dressing

Roasted Asparagus With Ginger Sesame Dressing
This asparagus recipe is bursting with Asian flavor and it is so easy to make! The whole family is sure to love it. Roasted Asparagus with Ginger Sesame Dressing  Ingredients: ​ 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed ​ 2 TBS olive oil ​ ¼ tsp salt ​ 1 pinch pepper Dressing: ​ 1 whole green onion, chopped ​ 1 clove garlic, minced ​ 1 piece fresh ginger...
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French Green Bean Salad With Pears

French Green Bean Salad With Pears
This is a refreshing spring salad with matchstick pears and tons of fresh herbs! Let us know what you think in the comments below. French Green Bean Salad With Pears Ingredients: ​ 3lbs Haricot Verts green beans ​ 1/2 cup of olive oil ​ 3 TBS of Sherry wine vinegar ​ 6 TBS chopped fresh chives ​ 6 TBS chopped fresh parsley ​ 6 TBS minced fresh...
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Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad

Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad
Pasta salad has always been a staple inspiring and summer time dish 1, because it is so easy to whip together for a large crowd and 2, because it is so darn delicious! This pasta salad combines the fresh flavors of western Europe to create a beautiful, healthy and tasty dish! ​ Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad Ingredients: ​ 1 lb boneless, skinless ...
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Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

Crispy Roasted Mushrooms
​These Crispy Roasted Mushrooms are so much better than the soggy sauteed ones! Try these out as a side dish alone or add to another salad for a crispy crunch and earthy taste. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! ​ Crispy Roasted Mushrooms Ingredients: ​ 1 LB of assorted m ushrooms  (such as Oyster, Shiitake, Cremini...
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Minted Beets

Minted Beets
Roasted, Minted Beets are a delicious way to enjoy the lovely root vegetable that is beets! This simple recipe is super easy to throw together and is sure to impress the entire table. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Minted Beets Ingredients: ​ 2 LBS of beets trimmed ​ 1 head of red leaf lettuce for lining platter ​ 1 TBS o...
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Green Bean Almondine

Green Bean Almondine
Green Bean Almondine is such a simple yet elegant dish. Impress your guests with this side dish filled with fresh green beans and nutrient dense almonds. This recipe is spiced up with the addition of sliced red pepper! Adults and kids alike are sure to enjoy. Green Bean Almondine Ingredients: ​ 1 LB of fresh green beans (I prefer Haricots they are ...
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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables
These Roasted Winter Vegetables are a great way to enjoy all of the wonderful vegetables that are in season. We love hearing from you so let us know what you think in the comments section below. ​ Roasted Winter Vegetables Ingredients: ​ 4 large beets, peeled and cut into ½ inch wedges ​ 1 pound of turnips, peeled and cut in ½ inch wedges ​ 2 pound...
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Creamy Mushroom Dip

Creamy Mushroom Dip
This Creamy Mushroom Dip makes a tasty, easy side dish for the holidays. It can be served chilled or at room temperature on crusty crackers, toasted bread or raw vegetables. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. ​ Creamy Mushroom Dip ​1 lb. of mushrooms (white or cremini) 1 TBS of oliv...
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Sweet Potato and Apple Puree

Sweet Potato and Apple Puree
The mixture of sweet potatoes and apples makes this puree so delicious and so easy to make! This is a good recipe to have the kiddos help out with in the kitchen. Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Attached is a printer friendly version for printing. ​ Sweet Potato and Apple Puree ​2 lbs of sweet potatoes (or yams) 2-3 large ...
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Herbed Green Olive Tapenade

Herbed Green Olive Tapenade
This Herbed Green Olive Tapenade is great served with crusty crackers or as part of an antipasto! We love hearing from you so please leave a comment in the section below to tell us what you think. A printer friendly version is attached for easy printing. ​ Herbed Green Olive Tapenade ​2 cups of firmly packed pimiento-stuffed green olives (sliced cr...
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Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce
​ Cranberry sauce is a staple side dish during the holidays. Everyone loves it! This recipe, with the addition of orange is sure to impress the entire table. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below! Attached below is a printer friendly PDF version of this recipe. ​ Cranberry Orange Sauce ​1 lb of fresh cranberries 1 cup of fresh or...
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Ginger Carrots

Ginger Carrots
These glazed Ginger Carrots make a great side dish for any festive meal! We encourage you to cook these simple and delicious recipes with your kids. Please give them a try and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Attached below is a PDF version for east printing. Ginger Carrots ​3-4 bunches of fresh baby carrots (true baby carr...
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Greek Style Roasted Vegetables

Greek Style Roasted Vegetables
​ We think you'll love these Greek style roasted veggies! It's a simple side dish where the fresh herbs shine! Please let us know what you think in the comments section below. We love hearing from you! Attached is a PDF version for printing. Greek Style Roasted Vegetables  ​1 LB small red potatoes quartered  2 small eggplants cut into ½ i...
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Maple Glazed Beets and Carrots

Maple Glazed Beets and Carrots
​The beautiful fall colors of this side dish are a perfect fit for any Thanksgiving meal. Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. Maple Glazed Beets and Carrots ​1 LB. of carrots cleaned and sliced about ¼ inch thick  1 LB. of beets cleaned and sliced about ¼ inch thick 2 TBS. coconut oil  1 TSP. whole fennel seeds crushed lightly&nbs...
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Cauliflower Tapenade

Cauliflower Tapenade
​ Cauliflower Tapenade makes a great party dip. This version has the added nutrition from the secret ingredient...cauliflower! Please let us know if you've tried it and what you think! Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. Cauliflower Tapenade  ​3 cups of Cauliflower florets  1 cup of Olive Oil  1 Cup pitted Green Olives  ...
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