TGIF isn’t only for kicking off the weekend — any day can be fryday if you put your mind to it. Classic french fries are deep-fried until crisp, sprinkled with salt and devoured instantly, but other vegetables can be made equally craveworthy for side dishes with less guilt.
Check out five of our favorite alternative fries, like Tia Mowry’s zucchini sticks with ranch dip (pictured above) — which are still fried, but made of squash instead of potatoes — and oven-fried potato wedges that may convert you from your fast-food favorites. They’re also a great way to coax your kids into eating vegetables without even realizing what’s under the crunchy batter. Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens.
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Roasting is usually associated with the cold winter months, but as the temperature fluctuates and spring showers have us staying inside, it makes sense to crank up the oven. Bring out the natural sweetness in vegetables like carrots with a slow roast in the oven, allowing them to get tender and crisp while you save time preparing meals for the week.
An easy starter recipe is Tiffani Thiessen’s Honey-Roasted Carrots with Sesame Seeds (pictured above), which are coated with honey so they blister and get a little sticky in the oven, and then are tossed with soy sauce and sesame seeds for great umami flavor.
Check out more of our favorite ways to use roasted carrots below.
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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
I’m the weirdo that actually likes broccoli. It may be one of the most polarizing vegetables, but it has been my favorite since I was a little kid. My parents didn’t even need to disguise it with cheese or butter — up until a couple weeks ago, the only way I knew the little green veggies was simply steamed. So when I finally got around to roasting broccoli, my mind was blown.
Drizzled with olive oil and thrown in a hot oven, the broccoli almost caramelizes and takes on a smoky sweetness. It’s tender with a bit of a charred crunch. Add breadcrumbs, garlic and a bit of cheese, serve it alongside a main or toss it with pasta, quinoa or rice, and you’ll likely win over even life-long broccoli haters.
Oven Roasted Broccoli
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All winter long I fill my side dishes with cheesy, gooey goodness. From cheesy roasted vegetables to cheese-filled pastas and casseroles, it’s a go-to ingredient fit for comfort food-filled months. But with the warm weather approaching, I’m not giving up one of my favorite forms of dairy. These summery side dishes have enough cheese to satisfy my cravings without being too heavy.
1. Antipasto Salad
Giada’s summery pasta salad features two types of Italian cheese: Asiago and provolone. The salty, crumbly Asiago and the more mild, smooth provolone are tossed with fusilli pasta, salami, turkey, olives, red peppers and a homemade red wine vinaigrette.
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One of the things I love most about Southern food is that it draws flavor inspiration from cultures all around the world, yet still maintains a unique identity of its own. It truly is a melting pot of tastes—hot, sticky, spicy and sweet—all boxed up in one.
Take spoon bread for example, a quintessential down-home dish. Its name may not turn any heads (or open any mouths), but one bite is enough to convert even the biggest of skeptics. Spoon bread, in fact, has a pretty distinguished pedigree if you ask me. It’s part French soufflé, part English Yorkshire pudding, but once you add the cornmeal, it’s all Southern.
If you still can’t wrap your head around this old-fashioned recipe, just imagine a rich, custardy version of cornbread worthy of scooping up with a spoon. Or better yet, picture the lightest, fluffiest grits casserole you’ve ever had. I mean, what’s not to like?
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Mississippi Mud Brownies by Bev Cooks
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- We’re eating our way through America and discovering the deliciousness each state has to offer. Bev Cooks’ recipe for Mississippi mud brownies captures the taste and soul of the state’s infamous Southern pie.
- Its National Peach Month and Fork vs. Spoon’s peach butter breakfast rolls are calling our names. Don’t worry peach cobbler, we still love you.
- National S’mores Day came and went, but the ooey gooey marshmallow treat is just as good on any day of the year. Zesty Bite’s S’more cookies capture all the classic flavors without the campfire.
- Sunday brunch anyone? Featured on Ode to Awe, these Bloody Mary shooters with an Old Bay rim are just the ticket to keep the weekend fun rolling.
- It’s been a summer of light and zesty pasta salads. Love and Lemon’s summer squash and corn orzo celebrates late summer produce and makes for excellent picnic fare.
Comforting. Elegant simplicity. Potatoes au gratin’s soft layers of creamy potatoes topped with a golden, slightly crispy crust embodies the definition of comfort food. Especially with a couple layers of bacon nestled in between the potatoes.
Using just a few common kitchen ingredients, and with a little technique and time, one can create an unforgettable dish. Potatoes au gratin isn’t complicated to make, but does benefit heavily from a bit of attention to detail.
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Cooking up Asian-themed recipes is a staple in our kitchen. There hardly goes a day when we don’t have a meal that has some type of Asian-inspired flavors and spices. These dishes are second nature to us; from the techniques to the ingredients, it all comes rather easy to us.
Unfortunately, we have friends who are so intimidated by Asian recipes that they would rather go out to eat than to even try cooking. Perhaps it’s the thought of exotic spices and ingredients that keeps them from whipping up even the simplest recipes. But it’s definitely understandable when there are recipes that require a long list of unfamiliar ingredients, spices and cooking tools.
One of our goals is to always create Asian recipes for the novice cook. Starting from a simple recipe, the cook can continue to be encouraged to pursue the more extensive Asian recipes. All it takes is some quality five-spice powder to make a simple green bean dish Asian-inspired.
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No one knows turkey like Alton. Watch him dish out the tips Sunday at 5pm ET.
Thanksgiving is coming! The turkey, the stuffing, the sides, the pies — and so much good TV to eat up, we thought you could use a little help.
Keep crafting your Thanksgiving menu with Cooking Channel this weekend…
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