Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Recipe of the Week: Simple Side Dishes

Side dishes are a rare occurrence in our home. We usually have enough time to make just an entree, but last week we went all out and made little accompaniment side dishes to go with our main courses. Here are recipes for two simple side dishes ...

Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Almonds, and Avocados 
Topped with Citrus Vinaigrette

1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
1 bag of spinach
3/4 cup of sliced almonds, toasted
(for dressing)
1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup orange juice
1 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp dried oregano
dash of pepper

In a large bowl, toss oranges, onions, avocado and spinach.
Add all the ingredients for the dressing to a large jar with a lid. Seal, shake to mix.
Drizzle with dressing and serve!

Baked Wild Mushrooms

1lb of assorted wild mushrooms 
1/2 onion, diced 
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3 tbsp white wine
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375F degrees
In a large oven-safe bowl, stir together onion, 
garlic, thyme, wine and salt and pepper. 
Add mushrooms, toss to coat.
Cover and bake for 35 minutes.

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