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Veggie Variety

Although I love to experiment with the main dishes and desserts, the variety in the vegetables is something that often eludes me.  I end up serving the same, old green beans, steamed broccoli, peas, or corn--all plain.

I made a bit of a search today for better ideas on the veggies and my efforts sent me to Simply Recipes.  Here's a link to their page on all their veggies WITH pictures (always a must for me).  Thankfully, they use a lot of veggies that are common in the garden--asparagus, green beans, broccoli, spinach, winter squashes, zucchini, and tomatoes--so there's a lot less hunting around and buying things out of season.  Just find another recipe! Also, I like how they don't automatically throw butter, cream, and other less-healthy things at the vegetables to give them some variety (think, green bean casserole--a personal favorite, but in moderation, please!).  Now, don't get me wrong, I love my cream and butter, but I've likely already "splurged" in that area on the main dish and I need something healthy as a side to balance it all out. 

On the menu tonight?  Meatloaf, Oven-roasted Potatoes with Thyme (see recipe at side bar), and Green Beans with Almonds and Thyme. (I'm a thyme fan...rosemary makes me feel like I'm eating evergreens.)

 
(Photo from Simply Recipes--Check out their website!)

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