Side Dishes

My Favorite Baked Macaroni and Cheese | Southern Plate

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www.southernplate.com
This recipe was originally published in 2008, but I’ve updated the post and added new photographs.  Its just about a requirement that all Americans love macaroni and cheese in some form and at some time in their lives, I’m no different. Growing up, my mother made a creamy homemade mac and cheese with a sauce …
Photo by Viana Boenzli

The words French Bread Pizza have always elicited feelings of excitement and almost giddy anticipation of mouthwatering flavor. It's such a quick & easy dinner and I guarantee this recipe will be the best you've ever tasted!

1 loaf French or Italian bread
2 tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
8 oz block mozzarella, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely grated
3 Tbsp olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn into small pieces
oregano
salt and pepper
your favorite pizza toppings
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Nutritions

Calories
597

Sodium
790mg
32% DV

Fat
44g
68% DV

Protein
28g
56% DV

Carbs
14g
4% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

One of the most amazing things about this absolutely delicious one-pan chicken pasta dish is the consistency of the sauce.

2-4 chicken thighs, depending on size
12 oz pasta
4 c chicken stock - or 4 c water and two Knorr chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tbsp canola oil - or any neutral oil
1 tsp salt, plus salt to taste
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 shallot, finely chopped
14 oz can of diced tomatoes - or 1 c chopped fresh tomatoes
1 c chopped vegetables - I found an asparagus in the garden
4 basil leaves, shredded - that's what they call chiffonade in fancy cookbook slang
2 oz shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano - or other hard cheese
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Nutritions

Calories
968

Sodium
2310mg
96% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
48g
96% DV

Carbs
139g
47% DV

Fiber
15g
62% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

There's just something about this fruit that makes it refreshing like no other…the soft red flesh of the fruit, juice dripping down your arm. It's the best! But let's kick it up a notch, add just a few more ingredients, and make a fruit salad that's worthy of a hot summer afternoon or a dinner party with friends. And best of all, this salad is so easy, it'll be ready in just a few minutes!

3 c watermelon, cubed
6 strawberries, sliced
1/2 c blueberries
4 mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled
balsamic vinegar
Nutritions

Calories
1262

Sodium
2557mg
106% DV

Fat
49g
75% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
172g
58% DV

Fiber
34g
137% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

My twist on a classic pesto recipe will be your new favorite! That's because I've changed just a couple ingredients to create a scrumptious sauce you'll want to eat warm or cold any day of the week.

3 c fresh basil
1 c olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 c Locatelli or Parmesan, shredded
1/4 c walnuts or pine nuts
salt and pepper
1 cup
Nutritions

Calories
393

Sodium
2mg
0% DV

Fat
17g
27% DV

Protein
15g
30% DV

Carbs
7g
2% DV

Fiber
4g
18% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Shirred eggs? Intriguing to say the least...and absolutely delicious! It was an eye-opener. And brain opener. A taste-bud opener.

2 large eggs
1/2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp Pecorino Romano
1 Tbsp chives, chopped
salt and pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
93

Sodium
134mg
5% DV

Fat
7g
12% DV

Protein
5g
11% DV

Carbs
0.8g
0% DV

Fiber
0.5g
2% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

I'm not going to hike up to my favorite hawk watching spot without bringing along some of my homemade beef jerky. And neither should you.

2 lbs top-round London broil
2/3 c soy sauce
2/3 c Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp pineapple juice
For spicy version, simply replace 1 tsp liquid smoke with 1 Tbsp hot pepper flakes
Nutritions

Calories
411

Sodium
3609mg
150% DV

Fat
12g
19% DV

Protein
6g
12% DV

Carbs
100g
34% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Every year, I try to improve my favorite butternut squash dish: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. This year's version is so far my favorite and that's why I've decided to share it with you.

2 lbs butternut squash, cut in half and de-seeded
2 c chicken stock
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 c sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp nutmeg, grated
1-2 Tbsp butter
salt and pepper
sage for garnish
2
Nutritions

Calories
425

Sodium
712mg
29% DV

Fat
23g
36% DV

Protein
15g
31% DV

Carbs
52g
17% DV

Fiber
10g
40% DV
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