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Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes ~ a simple, delicious side dish flavored with fresh rosemary and thyme | FiveHeartHome.com

Simple, delicious Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and loaded with flavor, thanks to garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables! Roasting enhances the texture and brings out a deep flavor and natural sweetness in just about any veggie. And potatoes? Well, they turn from ho-hum to downright magical after a nice stint in the hot oven. {Read More}



Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes ~ garden-fresh tomatoes are drizzled with garlic, balsamic vinegar, and seasonings then roasted until caramelized | FiveHeartHome.com

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes are a delicious summer side dish featuring garden-fresh tomatoes that have been drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper, and roasted to sweet and savory, caramelized perfection! I happen to be a big tomato fan, so one of my favorite things about summertime is enjoying plump, juicy, homegrown tomatoes. Seriously, these bright red beauties make me want to abstain from eating anemic grocery store tomatoes during the rest of the year. {Read More}



Tangy Cucumber Salad with Dill

Tangy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill ~ thinly-sliced cucumbers in a simple, sweet-and-sour dressing make for a refreshing summer side | FiveHeartHome.com

Crisp, thinly-sliced cucumbers are marinated in a simple dressing of white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and fresh dill for a refreshing, sweet-and-sour salad that makes a perfect summer side dish! I realize that I’ve been bombarding y’all lately with quite a few recipes featuring garden-fresh summer produce…and I can’t promise that I’m quite done yet. Case in point: today I’m sharing the BEST Tangy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill! For years I’ve been on a mission to find the {Read More}



Zucchini Marinara

Zucchini Marinara ~ quick, easy side dish of sliced zucchini that's pan sauteed and then cooked until tender in marinara sauce, fresh herbs, and Parmesan | FiveHeartHome.com

In this quick and easy side dish, sliced zucchini is seasoned and pan sautéed before being topped with marinara sauce, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Today’s recipe is a simple summer side dish to make use of some of that bountiful zucchini that so many of you are enjoying this time of year, whether you found it on sale at the grocery store, or you couldn’t resist it at the Farmers Market, or it’s taking over your whole garden! I {Read More}



Southern Baked Beans

Easy Southern Baked Beans ~ this sweet and savory side dish is topped with bacon, and it's quick to whip up using canned white beans | FiveHeartHome.com

Sweet and savory baked beans get a southern spin with the addition of bacon and barbecue sauce…plus they’re extremely quick and easy to whip up since they start with canned white beans! Ack! Y’all…I cannot believe it’s July. I know I sound like a broken record with the arrival of each new month, but seriously, people…where has this year gone??? Despite my state of denial regarding the passage of time, the 1st of July means it’s almost time for the {Read More}



Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds ~ you're just 2 ingredients away from a quick and easy, delicious summer side dish! | FiveHeartHome.comParmesan Zucchini Rounds ~ you're just 2 ingredients away from a quick and easy, delicious summer side dish! | FiveHeartHome.com

A simple summer side dish of Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds comes together quickly using only two ingredients…and will disappear from the table even faster! Zucchini is one of those summer vegetables that not only grows abundantly, but it tends to come in all at once. Thanks to my generous in-laws and their bountiful garden, we are the lucky recipients of boatloads of zucchini each summer, and I try to use it up in a variety of ways, from zucchini bread {Read More}



Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes ~ a delicious new spin on a classic summer side dish! | FiveHeartHome.com

In this caprese spin on a classic summer side dish, nutrient-packed quinoa is blended with pasta sauce, gooey mozzarella, & fresh basil, stuffed into ripe tomatoes, topped with Parmesan, and baked to perfection! To say that I am a fan of red, juicy, garden-ripe tomatoes would be an understatement. While I have an arguably black thumb and no garden to call my own, I’m lucky enough to have nearby in-laws with a bountiful garden full of resplendent summer veggies. And {Read More}



Parmesan Orzo with Lemon & Thyme

Parmesan Orzo with Lemon and Thyme ~ a perfect summer side dish! | FiveHeartHome.com for LoveGrowsWild.com

Creamy orzo pasta is infused with the flavors of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and fresh thyme in this summer side dish that perfectly complements a variety of entrees, from baked chicken to steamed fish to grilled steak! I have a little story for ya, friends. And it’s about a pot of orzo that almost resulted in a house fire. So one fine afternoon last week, I decided to cook up this Parmesan Orzo with Lemon & Thyme side dish. My {Read More}



The BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn on the Cob ~ Oven Roasting!

The Easiest, Tastiest, BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn on the Cob: Oven Roasting! Simply wash & cook...once done, husks and silk peel away with no mess! | FiveHeartHome.com

Fresh ears of corn are oven roasted in their husks for tender, sweet corn that shucks effortlessly. This is the BEST way to cook fresh corn on the cob…it tastes better than boiled and there’s no sticky, messy silk to deal with! Today’s recipe isn’t exactly a recipe…it’s more of a method. Nevertheless, the few basic steps are beyond easy and the results are beyond delicious. I’m convinced that if you try this way of cooking fresh corn on the {Read More}



German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad ~ a perfect side dish for a summertime dinner from the grill, picnic, or holiday potluck | FiveHeartHome.com

With warm, tender red potatoes and a sweet, tangy dressing loaded with bacon and garlic, this German Potato Salad is a perfect side dish for any occasion, from a grilled dinner to a summer holiday potluck. My kids still have two more weeks of school to go before summer vacation commences, but I understand that some schools across the country have already let out. Well, between that and Memorial Day weekend coming up, I would say that summer grilling season {Read More}



Easy Creamed Corn with Parmesan

Easy Creamed Corn with Parmesan ~ creamy, decadent corn topped with Parmesan and baked until bubbly | FiveHeartHome.com

Sure to become a new favorite side dish, decadent creamed corn is topped with a salty layer of Parmesan cheese and baked until golden and bubbly. So raise your hand if you’re ready for Easter? I’m pretty sure I feel prepared to welcome the spiritual side of it. But the egg-dying, basket-stuffing, holiday meal-prepping side of it? Not so much. Good thing I’ve planned a menu of recipes that are make-ahead and/or require minimal preparation on the big day! This {Read More}



Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans

Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans ~ a delicious spring side dish that would be perfect for Easter | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender roasted asparagus is perfectly complemented by flavorful brown butter and toasty pecans in this delectable spring side dish. Spring officially begins this week!!! Can I hear a giant Hip, Hip, Hooray?! I know that some of you wonderful readers are still blanketed in snow (I’m so sorry), but the fact that spring has commenced calendar-wise means that spring-like weather can’t be all that far behind…right? Spring is arguably the best season in central Texas. For one thing, it’s warm, {Read More}



Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that’s perfect for ushering in spring! Okay, friends…so I have a new strategy. Last week I was all about taking advantage of the remaining chilly winter weather with a warm and comforting crock pot chowder. But this week? I’m over it. I am beyond ready for spring and, starting now, I’m going to will it {Read More}



Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyère & Garlic

Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyère and Garlic ~ served overturned and sliced for an elegant presentation | {Five Heart Home}

Thinly sliced potatoes are layered with garlic and Gruyère cheese, drenched in cream, then baked, overturned, and sliced for an elegant presentation that’s perfect for special occasions and holiday dinners! Well, we’re midway through December and my Christmas to-do list is still a mile long. (Please tell me I’m not alone. I’m not alone. Right?) But one thing that I have checked off my list is deciding on our Christmas dinner menu, and today I’m going to share with you {Read More}



Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}

Cream cheese adds richness to sweet corn in this comforting side dish, with extra flavor from sharp cheddar cheese and (optional) diced jalapeños. Do you love cream cheese as much as I do? Are you still scrounging for a few last Thanksgiving side dish ideas? Today I’m sharing one of my very favorite ways to eat corn. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe years ago, and it was love at first bite. Seriously, give me this dish and a spoon {Read More}



Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze

Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze | {Five Heart Home}

Ordinary green beans become extra-special and positively delicious when they’re wrapped in crispy bacon and glazed with buttery brown sugar. Bacon makes everything better. I’ve said it before because, quite frankly, it’s true. I enjoy me some nice fresh green beans regardless of preparation, but this recipe elevates them from good to amazing. Not only do you have a crispy little bacon jacket, but you also have a buttery, garlicky, brown sugary glaze to counter that salty bacon. I’m telling {Read More}



Smashed Potatoes & Peas

Smashed Potatoes and Peas ~ standard mashed potatoes get a pop of color and flavor from frozen peas | {Five Heart Home}

Yesterday I shared with you my family’s favorite way to eat meatloaf. And today I’m going to let you in on the perfect side to go with it. Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food, and this is a fun twist on them. Am I the only one who thinks that mashed potatoes and peas were made for each other? I love them together, and eating a forkful of peas is always so much easier when they can adhere to {Read More}



Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese | {Five Heart Home}

There’s not much you can do to improve upon fresh corn on the cob. But if you felt up to the challenge, might I suggest grilling it and then melting herb-studded butter and Parmesan cheese over the top? Last weekend my in-laws bought a bunch of fresh sweet corn from a roadside produce stand and were kind enough to share some with us. We already had plans to grill chicken for dinner that night, which I was thinking we’d Caprese {Read More}



Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce

Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce | {Five Heart Home}

I’ve been stuck in a rut. A zucchini rut. When this dark green summer squash lands in my kitchen, it invariably meets one of three fates: 1. I slice it into rounds and bake it topped with Parmesan cheese; 2. I shred it up and bake it into some form of zucchini bread or muffins; or 3. I shred it up and hide it in various meals consisting of ground beef plus some dark-colored sauce in order to trick my {Read More}



Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad | {Five Heart Home}

From cook-outs to picnics, potato salad is a quintessential summer side dish.  And if you don’t already have a tried-and-true classic recipe to fall back on, well then, today’s your lucky day! This potato salad is creamy and slightly tangy, thanks to a combination of mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt (take your pick), apple cider vinegar, and two kinds of mustard.  It also features dill pickles and sweet pickles (because why use one when you can use both?!) and hard {Read More}



Slow Cooker Ranch Beans

Slow Cooker Ranch Beans | {Five Heart Home}

With barbecue season in full swing and the Fourth of July coming up, I thought it would be a good time to share my favorite recipe for perfect, uncomplicated, chuck wagon-style pinto beans.  And the best part of all is that you can make them in the crock pot! Now some might claim that these beans are plain, and sure, you could gussy them up with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, or cilantro…but I would argue that it is the simplicity {Read More}