First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and/or friends! We got to get together with my husband's extended family and have a pot luck dinner. We had ribs, ham, meatballs, green beans and almonds (my husband made it and it was heavenly. It always is!), jello salad, fruit salad, and rolls. They were all very tasty!!
Today, I'd like to introduce to you two of the simplest and quickest side dish recipes- my favorite way to prepare asparagus and a new recipe that I came across a while back when I asked you for healthy recipes. If you are trying to get more greens in your diet, try these. They are healthy and also tasty.
This broccoli recipe comes from "The Cutting Back Kitchen" and the Chinese flavor goes very well with the taste of broccoli. If you don't have a low-sodium soy sauce, I'd reduce the amount of soy sauce to 1 tablespoon so that it's not too salty. I also added a little bit of almonds and it was great!
Chinese Style Broccoli
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
1 (1 1/2 pound) head broccoli, cut into florets (6 cups)
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)
Heat oil in a large wok or high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, and almonds; continue to stir-fry until broccoli is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
This is my favorite way to serve asparagus. I normally use "Santa Maria" seasoning to season many of my vegetable dishes (You can see and order your products HERE on Susie Q's brand website). The way to prepare this dish is very simple. You will need a bunch of asparagus and break off the tips. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season them with Santa Maria seasoning. If you'd like, you could add a little bit of freshly ground black pepper and roast them in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 8-10 minutes. Simple, eh?