Posts Tagged ‘Side Dishes’


Okra! It’s one of those vegetables where you find very little middle ground. It seems that people either love it or they hate it. I, of course, fall into the “love it” category. I like it every single way I’ve ever had it. Fried, boiled, in gumbo, in soup, and of course the classic dish of okra and tomatoes.

BeeBop on the other hand, falls into the “hate it” category. Just not his thing. That’s okay. We don’t judge. I try to tell him what he’s missing, but that just falls on deaf ears.

Okra and tomatoes is a quick side dish that goes with so many entrees.  And the frozen okra is always just as good as fresh. Cooking okra with something slightly acidic like tomatoes, cuts out nearly all of the slime factor, too.

So, next time you’re at the grocery store, grab a bag of frozen okra and give this a try.

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 Bonus time! The sauteed broccolini is a bonus Barefoot Blogger recipe for the month of March and it was chosen by Mary of Meet Me in the Kitchen. I actually made this to serve with the Chicken Piccata a few days ago. BeeBop and I were both kinda on the fence about it. I’ve cooked broccolini a few times in the past and we’ve never really been crazy about it. And, truth be told, this was much the same. If you just want something different for a side dish, though, this could work. So, if you want to give it a try, then…

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beans_tomatoes_finishedThis is a very easy, very quick side dish that compliments almost anything but is particularly good with roasted or baked chicken. I got the original recipe from allrecipes.com and have tweaked it only slightly. I cut the amount of butter in half. Also, the original used a tablespoon of sugar in the sauce and I omit that. But if you like sweet tomato sauces, go for it.  Something about sugar and tomatoes together is just a “no” for me. Tomatoes were meant for salt and pepper and herbs. No sugar, but thank you anyway.


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