Rapini is a green often used in Italian cooking. When choosing a bunch, look for a deep green colour with no yellowed bits, and tight buds. To prepare, cut off bottom inch or so of stalks. Bitter in taste, rapini can stand up to lots of garlic and hot pepper flakes as in this recipe.
Garlicky Fingerling Potatoes & Rapini
Chorizo Corn Bread Stuffing
Do not crumble corn bread too finely for this stuffing; 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks work best. If using to stuff a turkey, stuff loosely and roast until a thermometer inserted in centre of stuffing reads 165°F (74°C). You can bake any remaining stuffing in a separate dish.
Mushrooms, Broccoli and Snow Peas with Sesame Dressing
This Asian-inspired vegetable dish makes a great side to a chicken or beef stir-fry, or serve with rice for a vegetarian meal.
Broccoli and 5 Grain Salad
Arugula is the base for the dressing as well as the leafy green in this healthy grain salad. Substitute lime juice if you prefer for a different citrus kick.
Grilled Zucchini and Bean Medley
Grilling brings out the best flavour in zucchini. Tossed with beans and feta cheese, it makes a lovely side dish at a backyard barbecue. If you like a little spice, leave the seeds in the jalapenos before finely chopping.
Leek and Gruyere Bread and Butter Pudding
Make aheads are always welcome when you are serving a crowd. This savoury bread pudding is a wonderful side dish to serve with roast beef.
Easy Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic Vinegar and Goat Cheese
Roasting beans brings out more flavour than boiling them. Making a roast for a crowd? Throw these beans in the oven after the roast comes out and is resting before carving; the roast and the veg will be ready to eat at the same time.
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Orange and Spice
Sweet potatoes are a traditional holiday side dish, but are great at any time of year. This big-batch, orangey sweet potato mash is perfect to make if the main course is in the oven so you need to make your side dish on the stove-top.
Mediterranean Mixed Pepper Salad
A refreshing salad that you can eat right away, or pack up to take to a picnic later.
Loaded Baked Potato
Fat free Greek yogurt replaces the sour cream typically found in a loaded baked potato. Packed with cheese and turkey bacon, this side dish will complement any entree; or serve it as a hearty lunch all on its own.