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Simple and Delicious Boiled Baby Potatoes

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Looking for a incredibly simple side dish for the holidays, or an easy side dish for a weeknight meal? Although these boiled baby (or new) potatoes take very little work and ingredients, they look stunning…

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

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Thank you to my mother-in-law for this quick trick on how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave! Did you know that cooking corn on the cob doesn't require dirtying up a pot, heating up the kitchen,…

Sweet and Savory Roasted Carrots

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Little fun factoid of the day: In the book, Salt Sugar Fat, I learned that the man responsible for popularizing baby carrots was a top executive for Coca-Cola. After years of using his genius marketing…
Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

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This colorful Cranberry Spinach Salad and Creamy Citrus Dressing came from my mom and was a delightful hit at our family's Christmas celebration. The dressing is just about perfect in my estimation--citrusy,…

Broccoli and Wild Rice Casserole {Freezer Meal}

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Since I was in charge of bringing some type of broccoli casserole to Thanksgiving this year, I searched high and low for a recipe that could be made in advance (since we had to drive 2 hours that day)…
Corn and Blueberry Salad

Corn and Blueberry Salad

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Guest post by Sarah from The Pajama Chef. You guys are going to love her and her recipe! She's so sweet and has a real talent for really good food. Hey everyone! I'm so glad that Rachel and Polly asked…
balsamic dressing with herbs

Balsamic Dressing with Herbs

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For Thanksgiving, I worked up this new dressing recipe and it did not disappoint. Several family members commented on the outstanding flavor of this salad/dressing combo. Although I love my mom's Balsamic…

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

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Do you have a green bean hater? I dare you to try this bacon-wrapped green bean recipe. I dare you. I took the dare and I now have a transformed husband who looks forward to his green beans. Not…

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

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I love potato side dishes because they are cheap, filling, and almost everyone likes them. When I saw this potato recipe on the Rachael Ray show, I knew I had to give them a try. She calls them "Butter…

Crowd Pleaser Green Beans

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For some reason I have always preferred canned green beans versus fresh. Maybe it's just what I grew up on, but I have never been able to LOVE fresh green beans. However, when I saw the Pioneer…
creamy avocado dip

Creamy Avocado Dip: For One or For a Crowd

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As afternoon snacks go, dark chocolate chips and peanuts rank #1 in my book. But, Creamy Avocado Dip might come in at #2. This healthy and filling dip is a great love of mine for lunch or for snacking. You…
Basic Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Basic Roasted Vegetables Recipe

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Build Roast it, and they will come eat. I've found this mantra to be so true over the years--from Brussel Sprouts to Asparagus to Purple Potatoes and Carrots to Broccoli. My young kids will try just…

Creamy Citrus Pasta Recipe

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I seriously can't believe it has taken me this long to share this citrus pasta recipe. After my friend Sara shared this dish with me that she found in a Rachel Ray cookbook, I've been making it for years.…

Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe

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Friends, take me seriously when I tell you that cooking broccoli this way will convert your family into broccoli eaters. Want proof? My husband who has turned his nose up at broccoli his entire life…
garden greek salad

Garden Greek Salad Recipe

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It's not often I get addicted to a salad and can't stop eating it. But, I did with this Garden Greek Salad. (Oh, and this one, too.) Who doesn't want to be addicted to veggies?!? The simplicity…
Roasted Potatoes and Carrots Recipe

Roasted Purple Potatoes and Carrots

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Have you ever had purple potatoes? My son picked them out at Natural Grocer a few weeks ago (that's one of my keys to getting the kids to try new foods) and they were delightful. The bluish-purple…
Seven Layer Taco Dip Recipe

7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe (Healthified!)

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I'll give you 3 reasons why you need to make this dip soon: 1 - It's an easy, no-cook and healthy meal. I left this in the fridge, and we ate on it for lunch, snacks, and dinner throughout the week.…
easy sweet potato recipe

Balsamic Sweet Potatoes

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We get a little crazy with the sweet potato recipes around Thriving Home. Rachel has found amazing ways to sneak them into banana bread, biscuits, pancakes, and even french toast. If you poke…
Asian Slaw Salad Recipe

Asian Slaw Recipe: No MSG Included!

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You know that delicious slaw salad made from Oriental Ramen Noodles? You know...the one full of processed ingredients and MSG? Well, my friend Carla took a stab at making a homemade (read: real food)…

Jane's Grilled Peaches Recipe

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This grilled peach recipe is an explosion of flavors. It's a perfect side dish for your next cookout! Grilled peaches are also a great recipe for large groups. Ever had grilled peaches? I hadn't until…
Oven Fries Recipe

Oven Fries with a Secret Ingredient

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Oven Fries are one of our favorite side dishes. The secret ingredient in this oven fry recipe is a bit of sugar!  It really makes a difference in taste.  I serve these alongside things like…
Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits

Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits {Freezer Meal}

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As you might know, I love finding ways to sneak more vegetables into food for my kids.  One of our favorite and fast side dishes is Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits. The sweet potato adds moisture and a…