Homemade Today Menu

 

Diet Key:LC-Low Carb, LW-Low Fat, KF-Kid Friendly, SP-Spicy, FW-Freezes Well, FAV-Favorites  

Rice, Potatoes, etc.

Potatoes

 

Twice-Baked Potatoes

KF FW FAV

Baked then stuffed, these potatoes get added flavor from extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Pepper Jack Cheese and Bacon

SP FW FAV

We know how many of you love Homemade Today Twice Baked Potatoes, because we know how many times we’ve made them.  If you’re looking for a twist, here’s an alternative version.

Potato Parsnip Latkes

FW

There's no one way to serve latkes. Some people like them as a first course or as an hors d'oeuvre, while others make them as a side dish. We think this Hanukkah specialty is so delicious, we’d gladly serve latkes as a main course.

New Potatoes with Butter and Chives

KF LF

Fresh new potatoes have so much flavor they can be cooked in their skins and tossed with butter and chives. 

Braised Fingerling Potatoes with Fennel, Olives and Thyme

FAV

This rustic side dish is great with roasted meats such as lamb, pork or chicken. Fingerling potatoes are the small ones you sometimes see at farmers' markets or specialty produce stands. They look like, well, giant fingers. We'll use red bliss potatoes if fingerlings aren't available.

Potato Cakes

FW

An alternative to traditional fried potato pancakes that is much lower in fat, these baked cakes with their crisp, tantalizing crusts are deceptively rich and very satisfying.

Colcannon

FW

Traditionally made from leftovers, this Irish favorite is packed full of goodness and flavor.  Soft, tender Savoy cabbage works well when blended with mashed potatoes and golden brown onions.

Parsley New Potatoes

FAV

Red Bliss potatoes tossed in a light butter sauce, seasoned with parsley.

New Potatoes with Balsamic and Shallot Butter

LF FAV

The balsamic butter mixture is deep brown and tastes delicious. 

Mashed Potatoes 

KF FW FAV

The traditional favorite, made with Yukon Gold potatoes for added color.

Smashed Potatoes

KF

Silky smooth mashed potatoes are at their best when topped with rich gravy.  But there are times when there is no gravy to be had, and that’s when smashed potatoes are just the thing.  Their bold flavors and rustic, chunky texture give them the brawn to stand on their own, whether served with a grilled steak or a roast chicken.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary and Olive Oil

SP FW

Italian-style mashed potatoes are enriched with extra-virgin olive oil, not butter and cream.  The result is a clearer potato flavor, as opposed to an over-the-top dairy richness.

Ranch Mashed Potatoes

KF FW FAV

This tasty side captures the flavor of ranch dressing without all the fat and calories. We use low fat buttermilk and herbs, which compliment the potatoes beautifully. 

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

FAV

If you're a lover of blue cheese, these potatoes are for you. They go beautifully with any of the Buffalo chicken recipes.

Sour Cream and Leek Mashed Potatoes

FAV

Potatoes and leeks are a classic flavor pairing, and here, they come together in luscious, creamy mashed potatoes. Serve with roast chicken, meatloaf, or as a bed for seared or roasted fish. 

Braised Potato and Celeriac (Celery Root) Puree

LC LF

Celeriac is a variety of celery, cultivated for its edible roots. The taste is similar to celery, but milder. Pureed with Yukon gold potatoes, it cuts the carbs and is an interesting riff on mashed potatoes.

Roasted Potatoes 

KF FW FAV

A colorful combination of red bliss and sweet potatoes, seasoned with rosemary and slow roasted for added crispness.

Crispy Roasted Garlic Potatoes

FAV

Good roasted potatoes are hard to beat.  Unless, you add garlic and make them even crispier.  Use these spuds as a better way to satisfy your hankering for French fries.

Scalloped Potatoes

FW

These potatoes are thinly sliced, then baked in a cream sauce until crispy on top.  Ask for them with extra cheese for added crust.

Turmeric Potatoes with Cauliflower

FW

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its brilliant, yellow color.  Turmeric’s earthy flavor brings life to bite-sized pieces of potatoes and cauliflower. 

Cumin Potatoes

LF

Cumin potatoes are common in India and make a great accompaniment for steak or chicken.

Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

 

Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Scallion Butter

FAV

If you've never had pale-fleshed Japanese sweet potatoes before, you'll be surprised by their subtler, drier flesh, which tastes unmistakably of chestnut. A bit of miso mixed into the scallion butter stealthily rounds out the interplay of sweet and umami that will have you eating all the way through to the last flaky remnants of skin.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Leeks & Sausage

FAV FW

In these comforting stuffed sweet potatoes, fresh herbs, salty sausage, Gruyere and sour cream are delicious, savory counterpoints to the sweet potatoes and leeks.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Mango Chutney

FW

We like this slightly sweet side dish with roasted chicken, turkey cutlets or pork chops.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberry Chipotle Dressing

LF FAV

Every now and then we come across a recipe that is truly outstanding. This is one of those. We've got the intensity of the roasted sweet potatoes, the spicy smokiness of chipotle peppers and the tartness of cranberries all wrapped together in a way that hits all of your taste buds. This is truly a must-try dish.

Roasted Pears and Sweet Potatoes

KF FW

Pears bring a wonderful sweetness to a dish of roasted sweet potatoes. 

Roasted Yams with Citrus and Coriander Butter

FW

With our penchant for roasted vegetables, yams are a perennial favorite.  The citrus-seasoned butter is sweetened with a touch of brown sugar; a great combination for this fragrant dish.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Lime

FW

Sweet potatoes are somehow transformed into a superb delicacy when slow baked for a few hours.  The insides become buttery beyond description and their natural sweetness deepens.  All you need for an utterly divine result is a healthy drizzle of fresh lime juice.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree

KF FW FAV

If you're tired of mashed potatoes, try this savory blend of sweet potato and carrot, made extra smooth by a touch of cream.

Mashed Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

LF KF FAV

Try this version of sweet potatoes as a great alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.

Maple Orange Mashed Sweet Potatoes

KF FW

For the best flavor, we braise sweet potatoes in butter and a touch of cream before mashing them.  You’ll love the results.

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

LF SP FW

Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers.  No one in their right mind would think to mix them with sweet potatoes, but it really works. 

Honey Mustard Whipped Sweet Potatoes

LF FW

If you prefer your sweet potatoes on the savory side, here's still another combination that works beautifully.

Rice

 

Cumin Scented Red Quinoa and Black Rice

FAV FW

The beautiful colors of red quinoa and black rice make this a gorgeous and hearty side dish. Seasoned with cumin, cilantro and fresh parsley, it has made our 'must try' list.

 

Jasmine Rice with Cilantro & Peanuts

FW

In Thailand, jasmine rice is chosen for its aromatic qualities.  Here, we’ve jazzed it up with Southeast Asian flavors.  This is great with steak, chicken or fish.

Mexican Rice

LF KF FW

Arroz a la Mexicana promises bright flavor and a pilaf-style texture.

Lemon Southwest Rice

LF KF FW

Cilantro, chiles and lemon rind give this rice a decidedly southwestern flair.  Serve as a side with your favorite Mexican dish.

Curried Basmati Rice and Apple Pilaf

LF FW

Here, the sweetness of the apples and dried apricots balance the spicy, savory curry flavors.  This dish is an excellent accompaniment for chicken or pork.

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf

FW

Flavorful, toasted almonds and piquant saffron add robust flavor to this dish. 

Basmati Rice with Onion and Ginger

LF FW

Ever versatile basmati rice takes on a golden hue when simmered with onions and carrots and seasoned with fresh ginger. 

Basmati Rice with Corn and Pesto

LF FW

Ordinary rice gets a kick from mushrooms and pesto – perfect served alongside beef or roasted chicken.

Lemon Basmati Rice with Pine Nuts 

LF FW

Aromatic basmati rice is the perfect backdrop to absorb the aroma of lemon and pine nuts. 

Lemony Rice Pilaf with Raisins and Carrots

FW

Serve this fragrant pilaf with grilled fish or shellfish.

Lemon Rice

KF FW FAV

A refreshing way of preparing rice, with added lemon zest and dill to create contrasting color and delicate flavor.

Golden Basmati Rice

FW FAV

Usually rice is considered just a backdrop for the rest of the meal, but this fragrant pilaf flecked with orange elevates rice to noteworthy status.

Saffron Pilaf 

FW

This basmati rice dish, simmered in chicken broth, takes on a golden hue with the addition of saffron.  Slivered almonds add a satisfying crunch.

Saffron Rice

LF FW FAV

A pinch of saffron makes this a great accompaniment for meat dishes.

Basmati Rice, Chickpeas and Toasted Almonds

FW

The age-old combination of rice and beans is further enhanced by aromatic basmati rice and cilantro. 

Five Spice Rice

SP FW

Chinese five spice powder is the ingredient that brings great depth to this rice dish.  Red bell peppers and scallions add great color. 

Orange-Cranberry Rice Pilaf

KF FW

At its most basic, rice pilaf is long-grain rice first toasted in butter or oil until the grains are fragrant and nutty, then simmered in broth with herbs and spices added for seasoning.  Adding orange zest, dried cranberries and scallions elevates this traditional dish into something special. 

Rice with Cheese

KF KF

This delicious, over-the-top recipe has such a strong dairy component that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone trying to reduce their fat intake or eat vegan style.  Everyone else will love it: It’s rich and almost decadent.

Coconut Rice

KF FW

Coconut rice is common in the Caribbean, but surprisingly it’s a staple in much of Southeast Asia.  The simple flavors make this a great accompaniment to spicier foods.  

Coconut Rice with Edamame and Leeks

FW

Think of this as rice and beans with Thai and spring flavors.  We like aromatic jasmine rice here.

Pumpkin Ricotta Risotto

LF

Pumpkin and Arborio rice make a creamy base for this beautifully hued risotto.  Ricotta cheese keeps this risotto on the light side, making it an excellent side dish.

Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms and Mascarpone

LF

Buttery-rich mascarpone cheese adds to the luxurious creamy consistency of this classic Italian dish, while Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and porcini mushrooms add salty and meaty notes.

Wild Rice

 

Minnesota Wild Rice Pilaf

FW

The wild rice and mushrooms give this pilaf an earthy flavor that pairs well with beef or pork.

Wild Rice and Toasted Almond Pilaf

FW

Wild rice and lightly toasted almonds are a classic pairing.  We use a long, slow cooking technique to ensure fluffy grains for you to enjoy.

Wild Rice with Dried Apricots and Pine Nuts

FW

Hearty wild rice has a crunchy, nutty texture, reminiscent of barley more than rice.  It’s a terrific accompaniment to many meat dishes.

Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

 

Chickpeas and Tomatoes

LC LF FW FAV

Chickpeas are a great source of protein and low in fat to boot!  Paired with tomatoes, onions and mint, they make a satisfying side dish.

Bulgur and Chickpea Pilaf

FAV

The nutty taste of bulgur combined with the richness of chickpeas makes this a satisfying side dish.  A dash of mint brings a summertime sweetness to the pilaf.  Note that this dish is best eaten chilled or at room temperature.

Bulgur (Cracked Wheat)

 

Bulgur with Leeks, Cranberries and Almonds

FW

Another tasty and colorful combination for bulgur wheat. You can eat this dish hot or cold.

Bulgur Pilaf with Pine Nuts and Currants

LF FW FAV

If your only experience with bulgur is in tabbouleh, you’re missing the versatility of this hearty grain.

Curried Bulgur with Nuts, Carrots & Raisins

FW

An attractive, pleasantly sweet dish, bulgur delivers lots of fiber and nutty flavor.

Couscous

 

Roasted Pepper Couscous

LF FAV

A Moroccan spice mix and roasted red peppers lend color and pizzazz to couscous.

Herbed Corn and Couscous

LF KF FW FAV

A dish that will satisfy even your pickiest eaters, corn and couscous with a hint of chive is a sublimely satisfying side dish.

Curried Couscous Pilaf

SP FW

Lentils and spinach boost the nutritional value of this couscous dish; the curry spices enliven it with a zesty vibrant flavor; the garlic, ginger and cayenne add just the right amount of heat.

Couscous with Peas and Onions

LF KF FW FAV

Fresh sage enlivens an exemplary grain dish with a terrific taste.  The hearty flavor of couscous is mellowed with the addition of peas and onions.

Couscous with Almonds and Garlic

FW

Couscous cooked in chicken broth is a refreshing addition to dinner.  Accented with toasted almonds, garlic and rosemary, this dish is great with chicken or pork.

Couscous with Currants, Apricots and Walnuts

KF FW FAV

Tired of rice?  Fruited couscous is a great alternative.  Try this as a side to your favorite entrée.

Sweet and Nutty Couscous

LF KF FW FAV

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly alternative to pasta, you should try couscous.  We’ve kicked up the flavor a notch by cooking this delectable dish in apple juice, then adding peas, raisins and toasted pecans.

Fruited Israeli Couscous

KF FAV

With grains larger than those of ordinary couscous, Israeli couscous takes a side dish from simple to sensational.  Simmered in chicken broth and dried fruit, this dish gets its elegant flavor from cinnamon sticks, added to the broth.

Carrot Couscous with Fresh Chives

LF FW FAV

Carrot juice colors the couscous a vibrant orange, creating an impressive side dish. 

Cauliflower and Couscous Pilaf

LF FW

Pilaf is usually made with rice and nuts, fruit, vegetables or even meat.  In this version, we use couscous instead of rice and add a sweet accent of orange and currants.

Orzo

 

Orzo Mushroom Pilaf

LF FW

Turn this versatile side dish into an easy vegetarian entrée: Use the pilaf as a stuffing for cabbage rolls or green peppers.

Creamy Orzo

KF

Technically, orzo, like couscous, is a pasta, but it is small and rice-shaped and cooks much like rice and other grains.  A little butter and a little extra stirring make it lusciously creamy.  

Quinoa

 

Quinoa Pine Nut Pilaf

LF FW

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an Incan grain that is very high in protein, vitamins and minerals.  With its slightly crunchy texture and nutty flavor, it is enjoying a heyday of popularity in natural foods cuisine.  Our pilaf becomes a mosaic of colors when both red and green bell peppers are used.  The pine nuts are a great match for quinoa’s flavor.

Quinoa Pilaf with Red Peppers

LF

This Andean grain  pairs well with most foods, including lamb, poultry and fish.  Try it for a nutty alternative to rice. 

Carrot Quinoa

KF FW

Try this protein-rich grain with steamed, grilled or braised vegetables for a balanced meal.  Quinoa simmered in carrot juice takes on a delicate orange hue.

Hearty Quinoa with Sauteed Apples and Almonds

FW

A little curry powder deliciously compliments the apples and almonds in this dish. Try serving it with chicken or pork.

Millet and Quinoa with Cashews and Sunflower Seeds

FW

Crunchy, nutty, toasty...It’s always nice to put these humble, highly nutritious grains to good use.

Herbed Quinoa

LF FW FAV

To make quinoa extra tasty, we parboil it in a generous amount of water, then steam it so it becomes dry and fluffy.  Scallions and thyme compliment quinoa’s nutty flavor.

Sesame Quinoa Pilaf

FW FAV

Quinoa continues to be a favorite among our clients.  Sautéed in roasted peanut oil and tossed with sesame seeds, it’s a great accompaniment to any entrée.

Barley

 

Barley-Mushroom Pilaf

FW

This nutty, earthy grain dates back to the Stone Age and has been used in dishes ranging from cereals to breads to soups.  Here it’s paired with porcini and shiitake mushrooms for a sophisticated pilaf.

Baked Barley with Shiitake Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions

LF FAV

Slow baking allows the barley to absorb the woodsy flavor of the mushrooms and the sweetness of the caramelized onion.

Lentils

 

Brown Rice and Lentils

FW

Try this combination of grain and legume as a departure from traditional preparations.  It’s seasoned with chicken broth, shallots and currants for a wonderfully balanced flavor.

Sesame Red Lentils

LF FW FAV

Lentils and sesame seeds combine in this savory, nutty side dish which goes great with chicken or fish. 

Miscellaneous

 

Pecan-Sage Stuffing

FW

Why save stuffing only for holidays?  With the addition of dried fruit, this stuffing is a great side for any dinner. 

 

 

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