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Israeli Couscous Summer Pilaf

Israeli Couscous Summer Pilaf
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Recipe type: Side
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Serves: 8
 

This is an excellent summer side dish for almost anything off the grill and it can be made in advance.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup Israeli couscous
  • 1 cup cucumber, seeded, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, minced
  • 10 to 12 basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced, optional
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup almonds, toasted and rough chopped

Instructions
  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the couscous and simmer for 8 minutes until the couscous is al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool.
  2. Combine couscous with remaining ingredients except the nuts. Toss well to combine.
  3. Top with chopped nuts to serve.
  4. May be served at once or made 1 day in advance.

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Sauteed Spinach

Sauteed Spinach
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Recipe type: Vegetable, Side Dish
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Serves: 6
 

Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds baby spinach leaves, washed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon butter, optional
  • Lemon

Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and saute until fragrant (less than a minute).
  3. Add spinach, salt and pepper to the pot and toss with the garlic and olive oil using tongs.
  4. Continue cooking spinach until beginning to wilt, about 4 minutes.
  5. Remove spinach from pot and toss with butter and a squeeze of lemon.

 

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Roasted Asparagus


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Roasted Asparagus
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Recipe type: Side dish, vegetable
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Serves: 6
 

Ingredients
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, optional
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Arrange asparagus in single layer in baking pan.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast in oven for 18-20 minutes or until crisp tender.
  6. Remove asparagus from oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if desired.
  7. May be served warm or at room temperature.

 

Greek Potatoes

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Greek Potatoes
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 8
 

Ingredients
  • 16 new potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Put potatoes into a pan large enough to hold them in a single layer.
  3. Add olive oil, water, garlic and lemon juice.
  4. Toss ingredients together and arrange in single layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, turn potatoes with spatula to bring browned sides up.
  6. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

 

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