Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spiced Up Spring Veggies

We all get in a veggie rut from time to time, but new recipes for old favorites can breathe new life into dinner time.  Spring is a great time to expand your horizons for vegetables. Check out local farm stands and farmer's markets for fresh from the garden picks.  

Sweet and Spicy Carrots
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp. Splenda brown sugar
1/2 tbsp Thai Spice Blend

In a large skillet, bring carrots, brown sugar, oil, Thai Spice Blend and 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered for 6 minutes. Cook uncovered, tossing frequently until tender for 3-4 minutes and serve.

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
1  lbs asparagus, trimmed
1  tbsp olive oil
1/2  tbsp Italian  Mediterranean Spice Blend
1/4  cup parmesan, grated

Preheat oven to 450. On a baking sheet, toss asparagus with oil and Italian Mediterranean Spice Blend. Spread in an even layer. Sprinkle with cheese and roast for 10-12 minutes until tender and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

“New Southern” Green Beans 
1 lb green beans
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 Tbsp Southern All-Purpose Spice Blend
1 Tbsp Apple Wine Vinegar

Trim beans of ends and strings.  Cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes in boiling water.  Drain beans and set aside.  Heat olive oil in a sauce pan and add green onions, saute for 30 seconds.  Add vinegar, Southern All-Purpose Spice and green beans, stir until mixed well.  Serve warm.  

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