Looking for a flavorful new grilled vegetable side dish? Try my recipe for Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers!

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

If you are a regular reader of Katie’s Cucina you know I love to grill. I’m not intimidated of grilling I’ve learned to embrace it. Living in Florida we grill a lot. Especially when its still 90 degrees out as the rest of the country is finally starting to cool off. I’ve been making these Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers all summer long. I’ve refined the recipe over the summer and finally took the time to photograph this delectable grilled side dish. I prepped all the veggies, placed them in a gallon-size ziplock baggie and poured in all my seasonings. Sealed it up, mixed the veggies using my hands on the outside of the bag and let it sit until I was ready to grill dinner. You can even prep this in the morning, place it in the refrigerator and when you get home from work your side dish is already ready for you.

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

I love my STOK® grill. I love that my grill has interchangeable grill inserts. I typically grill chicken on the traditional grill grate and then throw in some veggies into the vegetable basket at least once a week.  This is what the green beans, red bell peppers and red onion looked like as I poured my zip lock baggie full of veggies into my vegetable basket.

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell PeppersJust 10-15 minutes later this is how my veggies looked. Nicely cooked with little grill bits. The green beans were still al dente and crisp. The bell peppers and red onions were sweet in taste. I now love grilling green beans! Who would have thought to grill green beans?

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

Katie Original Recipe

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Green Beans, trimmed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red Onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic in Water

Directions

  1. In a large gallon bag, place green beans, red bell pepper, and red onion in the bag. Then add in the sesame oil, salt, black pepper, soy sauce, and minced garlic. Seal bag and mix with hands in the outside of the bag.
  2. Heat the grill to medium-low heat (should be at 350 degrees Fahrenheit). Pour the vegetables into a vegetable grill basket and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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Simple 5-ingredient side dish -->>> Pesto Pasta with Peas

My husband and I love pasta with peas. Anytime I make pasta I almost always throw in a cup or two of frozen green peas. Three things I always have on hand in my kitchen; garlic, olive oil, and frozen green peas. True statement. Some people hate peas. I love them, and boy am I glad I married someone who loves peas as much as I do!

I’ve been trying to spice up my side dishes. I feel like I constantly make the same side dishes with every meal night after night. That’s when I decided to use a jar of pesto sauce, pasta, frozen green peas, heavy cream, and grated parmesan cheese. Yes, just five ingredients to make this Pesto Pasta with Peas. Five ingredients ,that I just about always have on hand made for a tasty new side dish.

Pesto Pasta with Peas

Yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have any homemade pesto on hand–my poor basil plant bit the dust earlier this summer before I was able to harvest enough basil for pesto. So when I don’t have homemade pesto on hand I buy the jarred variety. Either way it doesn’t matter. If you’re looking for an easy summer side dish–whether entertaining or just want to jazz up the weekly dinner routine this recipe for Pesto Pasta with Peas is sure to be a winner!

Katie Original Recipe

Pesto Pasta with Peas

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Pesto Pasta with Peas

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water to the side, then drain. Place half of the pesto in the pot, add cooked pasta, thawed green peas, and the remainder of the pesto. Begin to mix then add in the starchy water.
  2. Place heat on low, add in heavy cream and stir until well incorporated and hot. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately!

Notes

This pasta side dish can be served hot or cold!

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Banana

I eat bananas on an almost daily basis. Never in a million years would I think to mash it into a side dish. Let alone with sweet potatoes. But after reading a magazine last month I saw the idea and I felt the urge to try it. I love sweet potatoes. My husband on the other hand, not a huge fan but he will eat sweet potatoes or starve. I started a new fitness program called Baby Boot Camp at the beginning of last month. I’ve been working out 3 days a week with fellow mom’s of babies ages 3 months (mine is currently the youngest) to 5 years of age. It’s a boot camp style workout where you can bring your baby. No one judges at the screaming, crying, cheeri-o throwing tots that are with us, because we are all experiencing this thing called motherhood, together. Since I’ve started working out I’ve really been trying to eat a little healthier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still indulging (because you know I do need a few hundred extra calories a day since I’m breastfeeding) but for the most part I’m trying to make even more health conscious decisions. That’s the good thing about always eating relatively well–eating healthier is not that difficult. And can I just tell you that I’ve dropped 7 lbs since starting boot camp and I’ve had to ditch my large stretchy maternity shorts for actual non-maternity shorts. I never knew how much I missed being sore until I started working out again. To say I’m addicted to it is an understatement. I’ve never been one too really want to work out but since joining Baby Boot Camp I’m in love with working out.

Each week, our fearless instructor, Kirstin, gives our group an ingredient of the week. It’s a challenge to add it into your daily meals. A few weeks ago it was sweet potato and since I love sweet potato I was up for the challenge. I wanted to do something different other than just baking the sweet potato which is what I normally do. Of course, my recipe for twice baked candied sweet potatoes was not going to fly. Ironically, this week our ingredient of the week is bananas! So I felt it was fitting to post this recipe this week rather than wait a few more weeks. Sweet potatoes are loaded in fiber and are naturally high in vitamin A. Bananas are a heart-healthy food and a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamins B6 and C. (Banana Facts courtesy of Chiquita)

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Banana

This side dish comes together in a flash. I used the microwavable sweet potato bags to expedite the process. I let them cool down once they were done cooking, cut them length-wise and scooped the insides into a bowl. Then I took one really ripe banana and mashed that into the sweet potatoes using a fork because I couldn’t find and didn’t have the time to look for my potato masher. I also added in fresh orange juice and a little brown sugar for good measure! This made 3 portions and was the perfect side dish to a tasty grilled chicken recipe I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks.  I did not tell my husband that I mashed a banana in with the sweet potatoes I wanted to see if he would notice. He noticed alright and at first wasn’t sure if he liked it or not but after a few bites he said he loved it and actually prefers a side dish of sweet potatoes thanks to this recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Banana.

Katie Original Recipe

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Banana

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 3

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Banana

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb. petit sweet potatoes (about 4-5)
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Microwave sweet potatoes according to package. Let rest to cool 5 minutes, then slice lengthwise. Scoop out the insides of the sweet potatoes (discarding the skins) and place in a large bowl.
  2. Place sliced ripe bananas in the bowl, add the brown sugar, and the orange juice. Using a fork, mash until desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you cannot find or do not like to use microwavable sweet potato bags you can peel and dice 1.5lb of sweet potatoes. Boil in a pot of water with salt for 15 minutes until fork tender.

*Like it spicy? Add 1-2 tablespoons of minced jalapeño to the sweet potato mash!

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Enjoy fresh Idaho® potatoes cooked in rendered bacon fat to create the ultimate breakfast side dish; Bacon and Onion Breakfast Potatoes!

Bacon and Onion Breakfast Potatoes #FWConWe love breakfast in our home. We also feel that a hot cooked breakfast is not complete without breakfast potatoes. Something about the starchy side that makes me feel like breakfast is complete. I’m attending the second annual Food & Wine Conference here in Orlando, Florida in just three short weeks. The Idaho Potato Commission has challenged attendee’s to develop a recipe using fresh Idaho® potatoes! Since we love potatoes and adore breakfast I knew this was one recipe contest I not only wanted to enter but needed to enter! 

Bacon and Onion Breakfast Potatoes

I have my traditional breakfast potato recipe that I make time and time again. I also make southern-style breakfast potatoes on occasion. While brainstorming the other weekend I brought up the contest to my mother in-law in hopes she would help me come up with a new breakfast potato dish. She told me how she makes her breakfast potatoes, loaded with bacon! I immediately thought that was genius. She fries up the bacon, uses the rendered bacon fat to cook her potatoes in it, caramelizes onions, and crumbles the bacon on top. I think she even takes it a step further and smothers cheddar cheese on top and pops it under the broiler for a minute or two.

The idea of Bacon and Onion Breakfast Potatoes in my mind are pure genius. Without knowing all the spices and measurements my mother in-law uses for her own recipe I went to work in my own kitchen. I decided to cut the potatoes thin. I love to use my OXO Hand-held Mandoline Slicer. It’s the best slicer that can be bought for just $15! I cut everything on it from cucumbers and tomatoes to onions and potatoes!  This recipe for Bacon and Onion Breakfast Potatoes is the perfect side dish to any breakfast item in town! I actually have also served this as a side with dinner the other night just because I couldn’t get my mind of this recipe.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to cook my traditional breakfast potatoes again. Even my bacon hating husband LOVED these breakfast potatoes!

Katie Original Recipe

Bacon and Onion Breakfast Potatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4

Bacon and Onion Breakfast Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 Idaho® potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 6 strips of Bacon + rendered bacon fat (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Lawrys Seasoning Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

Directions

  1. Scrub and thinly slice about 1.5 pounds (4) Idaho® potatoes. Rinse in a pot with cold water three times until the water runs clear. Place on stove top, add one tablespoon of salt, and cook on high for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and place to the side.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, cook the six slices of bacon in a skillet on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes (turning half way through) until golden brown and crispy. Work in batches if need be, and place the crispy bacon to the side on a paper towel. Make sure you keep all the rendered bacon fat in the skillet.
  3. Place the drained cooked potatoes and the diced onions in the skillet with the rendered bacon fat. Sprinkle Lawrys seasoning salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika on top of the potato and onions. Carefully flip potatoes to mix the seasoning (trying not to break the thin slices of potatoes). Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, flipping potatoes often to prevent burning. Once the potatoes are cooked to your liking place the minced fresh parsley in the skillet and crumble the bacon on top. Serve immediately.
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Looking for a light and refreshing Mexican-style salad? Give my recipe for Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad a try! 

Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

Tomorrow, is the official start to summer. It’s also my sixth wedding anniversary. Seriously, I’ve been married six years–where the heck has the time gone? One thing I’ve learned about being married to my husband over the past six years is that he is a “dip” guy. He loves chips and dip and if he could have chips and dip as a meal he totally would. However, being the loving and nurturing wife that I am I will not allow a meal of only chips and dip. Instead I added other components to the meal like my Chipotle Chicken & Bacon Baked Quesadillas.

I struggled on what to call this side dish. In the end I decided on Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad. I ate it as a side dish with my quesadillas. However, my husband turned it into a dip. Bite after bite was consumed with a chip in his hand. I also scooped some of the salad on to my plate. My husband scooped up each bite directly from the bowl. Even at dinner that night we both debated about what to call this side dish. In the end, I won with Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad. Because let’s face it–the wife is always right, and well… after six years my husband has learned to pick his battles!

I shared my recipe for Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad over at The Law Student’s Wife. Head on over to get the full recipe and read about her amazing host parents in France. Erin is spending four (yes, you read that correctly) weeks in France with her husband. Her husband who just so happened to graduate from law school! I’ve been living vicariously through her blog post, and if you like to travel I think you should too!

 

 


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I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product and coupons for writing this post, but all opinions are my own.

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad using @stonyfield and @bobsredmill #cleanplateclub #stonyfieldblogger

The official start of summer is next Saturday, and barbecue season is upon us. Looking for a healthy side dish to bring to your next barbecue? Why not try my recipe for Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad? Its full of flavor and healthier than most “creamy” salads–I used Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt to obtain that creamy texture!

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad using @stonyfield and @bobsredmill #cleanplateclub #stonyfieldblogger

I recently received a box of Bob’s Red Mill grains as well as Stonyfield Yogurt coupons to create a salad perfect for summer. I found my self starring at a box of grains I’ve never cooked with–let alone ate. Grains like Amaranth, Bulgur, Farro, Grande Whole Grains Blend, and Sorghum. Ok, I’ve had bulgur, but that’s about it. I went for the whole grains blend because that seemed the most common to me. My goal was to create a pilaf salad fit for a picnic or barbecue.

The Bob’s Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Cereal/Pilaf is a special combination of grains, blending wholesome hard red wheat, nutty long grain brown rice, fiber-rich oats and barley, rye, triticale, plump Kamut® Khorasan wheat, earthy buckwheat and sesame seeds for a little bit of crunchy texture. I had never cooked with it before the challenge, and now I’m hooked. It’s an easy and healthy side dish or even better you can use it as a hearty breakfast cereal!Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad using @stonyfield and @bobsredmill #cleanplateclub #stonyfieldblogger

Make sure you scroll past the recipe for a chance to win a box of grains from Bob’s Red Mill and free yogurt coupons from Stonyfield so you can make my recipe for Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad!

Here are a few other grain salad recipes from the challenge:

Greek Tabouli Recipe from Cook the Story

Goat Cheese and Grape Salad with Green Goddess Yogurt Dressing from Sweet Remedy

Creamy Balsamic Sorghum Salad from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Mexicali Grain Salad from My Baking Heart

Southwestern Pilaf Salad from Turning The Clock Back

Katie Original Recipe

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Blend
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Cucumber, diced
  • 12 Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives, sliced
  • 3 Peporicini's, sliced (optional--I used them as a garnish)
  • 1/4 cup Feta, divided
  • 1/2 cup Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Greek Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Dill, minced

Directions

  1. Cook 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Blend with 2-1/2 cups water according to package (I used my rice cooker and it turned out perfect)! Remove from pot and set to the side to cool.
  2. In a large bowl place the Bob's Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Blend with diced cucumber, halved grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and sliced peporicini's (if you want the heat) in the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons feta and mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl, add Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt, greek seasoning, fresh dill, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of feta. Mix well.
  4. Combine the greek yogurt sauce with the pilaf. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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the easiest and most amazing cheesy artichoke bread

Are you ready for the most decadent bread you’ve ever tasted? I mean, how can you go wrong slathering a creamy cheesy artichoke spread on top of soft French bread? This recipe happened on a fluke, and I’m so happy I decided to photograph it before we devoured it. This recipe is all about using up leftovers, however, you can easily make a big batch of artichoke dip and use a full loaf of french bread. That is my plan the next time I go to make this bread.

cheesy artichoke bread

I had a quarter cup of leftover artichoke dip and instead of eating it as an afternoon snack I decided to mix it with some mayonnaise, shredded cheese, and garlic. Within five minutes I had a cheesy artichoke concoction that was ready to get slathered onto the last of my soft french bread.

cheesy artichoke bread I served my cheesy artichoke bread as a side with spaghetti bolognese. But let’s be honest this cheesy artichoke bread was the star of our dinner. We were both fighting over the last slices. This bread is perfect to entertain with. Make the spread ahead of time and right before your about to serve dinner slather it on to the bread and bake for 8-10 minutes. This recipe is for a quarter half of a loaf of soft French bread (cut your loaf in half lengthwise, then cut it in half width wise. One quarter of the bread was used–got it?). So whether or not you have leftovers or simply want to indulge in the most decadent cheesy artichoke bread on the planet, give this recipe a try!

Katie Original Recipe

Cheesy Artichoke Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 5 slices

Cheesy Artichoke Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup leftover Artichoke Dip
  • 1/2 cup 6 Cheese Shredded Italian Blend
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp minced garlic in water
  • 1/4 slice of Soft French Bread

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, mix together leftover artichoke dip, shredded Italian cheese, mayonnaise, and garlic until well blended.
  3. Slather the cheesy artichoke blend on top of the soft Italian Bread. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbling. Serve immediately.
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Utilize leftover baked potatoes, oil, and seasonings to whip up a tasty side dish of of italian-style baked potato wedges.

 Use up leftover baked potatoes and make these Italian-Style Baked Potato Wedges

You guys, I’m so sorry I was absent all last week. Every time I tried to get on the computer something else was calling my name. Whether it was my newborn, my home, or paid projects I was a busy lady. By the time I would get free time in the evening, the baby was asleep and this mama was tired. Since being pregnant I’ve tried not to “sweat the small stuff”. I’ve really tried to roll with the punches, and for someone who is a planner–that is a challenge. But overall I think I’m doing good just taking it day-by-day, and because of that I’m finding that some evenings I make random meals. Meals that we would not normally eat for dinner. With that being said I’m constantly looking for ways to not only use up leftovers but make really quick and delicious tasting side dishes.

Italian-Style Baked Potato Wedges

I find that I’m making baked potatoes in the slow cooker at least every two weeks. I typically just eat the leftovers for a quick lunch, or chop them up and make a quick breakfast potato. Most recently, I had this ah-ha moment. Why not make potato wedges out of the leftover potatoes. So, that is exactly what I did. I split the potatoes in half and then cut 3 thick wedges from each half. I placed them in a ziplock bag and tossed them with an olive oil blend, garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Gave them a shake and then roasted them for 20 minutes.

Italian-Style Baked Potato Wedges

Katie Original Recipe

Italian-Style Baked Potato Wedges

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 18 wedges

Italian-Style Baked Potato Wedges

Ingredients

  • 3 cooked baked potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp Mediterranean Blend Oil (Olive Oil, Canola Oil, and Grape Seed Oil)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut leftover, cooked baked potatoes in half, then cut each half into 3 wedges. Each baked potatoes should yield 6 large wedges. Place the wedges in a ziplock bag and combine with oil, garlic, italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Carefully toss, then place on a tinfoil lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.
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Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Looking to spice up the traditional mashed potatoes? Why not make my recipe for Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes? They are perfect for any day of the week, a special occasion, or even a holiday. The other day, I need to make a new slow cooker ham recipe and while that ham was slow cooking away in the slow cooker I started to think about the side dishes I wanted to serve with it. That’s when the idea of Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes came to mind. I had a 5lb bag that was close to being on its way out, so I decided to make the entire bag. I know what your thinking… you made 5 pounds of potatoes for just two people?

Well, yes, but I have a great reason. I froze the leftovers! Yes, you can freeze mashed potatoes. Who knew?

I’m kind of on a food freezing kick since the baby will be here any day now (15 days and counting–gah)! I don’t think I can fit a single item in my freezer at this point, so I guess this baby better come soon, so we can start eating every thing I’ve been making/freezing.

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

I was also a nice friend/neighbor and invited our neighbor over for dinner to help with the 5lbs of mashed potatoes. We hadn’t had dinner together in a while and I knew I had plenty of food. Plus who doesn’t love a ham dinner on a Tuesday night? That’s the beauty of the slow cooker, my friends. You can have a swanky holiday like meal during the week day. And mashed potatoes don’t take long at all to make. I had contemplated baking these mashed potatoes after I was done mashing them, but didn’t feel the need to add more time to the cooking process. I was hungry and wanted to photograph them and then do a face plant right into the bowl. If you love a good sour cream and chive baked potato you’ll love these mashed potatoes. They complemented our sweet ham perfectly. Stay tuned next month for the ham recipe.

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Katie Original Recipe

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5lbs Golden Russet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 2 tbsp chives, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic in water,
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, add salt to water and boil peeled cubed potatoes for 20-25 minutes until they are fork tender. Drain the potatoes.
  2. While potatoes are draining melt the butter in the stock pot. Once the butter is half way melted, add the potatoes back to the stock pot followed by sour cream, chives, minced garlic, and black pepper. Using a hand mixer, mix potatoes until smooth and creamy. Taste and decide if you want to add any additional salt and/or pepper. Top with additional chives and butter if desired and serve immediately.

Notes

Have leftovers? Freeze the mashed potatoes in a freezer zip lock. They will store for up to 3 months in the freezer. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal side dish!

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Healthy and quick Mediterranean Couscous Salad

The other week I had a hankering for couscous. But since my husband doesn’t like the traditional variety I went with the pearled couscous (larger than the normal). I’m still digging all things Greek and wanted to make a Mediterranean Couscous Salad that we could pack with our lunches during the week to eat with a sandwich or just as a snack. I mainly consumed it as option 2 since I find myself grazing the refrigerator every hour on the hour. And I also find that when I have a craving for something I need it right away. Not tomorrow or a week from now, no, I need it asap. Thankfully this urge came on a weekend when I had a little time to spend in the kitchen.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is packed full of veggies and full of flavor and even better it doesn’t take that long to make! It refrigerates well and the flavors only intensify as the days progress. Whether you want to eat the Mediterranean Couscous Salad as a snack, an easy lunch, or packed as a side for lunch or dinner–this is the recipe for you.

Katie Original Recipe

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 6

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Ingredients

  • 6oz. box of Pearled Couscous
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 3 tbsp kalamata olives, chopped
  • 3 tbsp feta
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp greek seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, minced

Directions

  1. Cook pearled couscous according to instructions. Drain couscous and place in large bowl.
  2. Add diced cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives, feta, lemon juice, olive oil, greek seasoning, and fresh dill to the bowl. Mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
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