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
Mediterranean Green Bean Toss
Tender-crisp green beans spiked with capers and olives make a quick and tasty side dish to turkey or whatever else may be roasting in the oven.
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.
Spicy and Cool Roasted Cauliflower
A delicious contrast between the spicy cauliflower and the cooling yogurt makes this a fabulous vegetable side dish to serve with your favourite curry.
Mashed Cauliflower with Goat Cheese
Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C and contains iron. Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower have been shown to protect against some forms of cancer. Adding some potato to cauliflower helps it mash to a nicer consistency.
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.
Loaded Sweet Potato Wedges
Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse, full of fibre and vitamins A and C. Serve our loaded version in place of fries, with chicken fingers, burgers or almost any other main.
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.