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Two Awesome Veggie Sides…and a Blogger Tip!

by Aggies Kitchen on December 1, 2009

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I have a couple of new favorite veggie dishes to share…

One of them, the Roasted Carrots, I’ve made many times.  There’s not much to this recipe, it can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and if you’ve roasted vegetables before then you really don’t need to follow anything in writing to cook these up.  If you haven’t noticed, I am a huge fan of roasted vegetables.  Cooking them this way really brings out some natural flavors and sweetness and you gotta love the slightly crisp texture you get when you roast them just right.

Roasted Carrots
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Food Network

12 carrots
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Slice carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (The carrots will shrink while cooking so make the slices big.) Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until browned and tender.

Toss the carrots with minced parsley, season to taste, and serve.

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Now my newest favorite veggie dish is Bobby Flay’s Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds…his original recipe calls for hazelnuts instead of almonds, but I had some trouble finding hazelnuts so decided sliced almonds would work just fine.  What I loved about these green beans is not only were they super easy and roasted, but the lemon zest that is added with the almonds as a topping.  The lemon really added a burst of flavor for me that I almost wasn’t expecting.  The shallots cooked along with the green beans and added a subtle sweet onion flavor to the slightly crisp beans.  This was so easy and such a nice way to change up your everyday green beans.  Try it…you’ll like it!

Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds
Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay, Food Network

1 pound green beans, trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 shallots, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon finely chopped lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Toss the green beans in a large baking dish with the oil and shallots and season with salt and pepper. Roast until just cooked through and golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes. Combine the hazelnuts, zest, and parsley in a small bowl. Transfer green beans to a platter and sprinkle with the almond mixture.

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Blogger Tip…

Now a few people have asked me how I set up my Printable Recipe links…I’ll tell ya, it’s taken me some time to finally figure this one out myself, and I will have to credit my husband on this one.  He introduced me to Google Docs, which according to Wikipedia is:

Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and form application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Fancy huh?

What you would do to get started is first get yourself a Google account if you don’t already have one.  Once you have access to Google docs it’s pretty easy to go from there.  You should be able to easily get to it from any Google page, you should see the word Documents at the top left corner on the page or listed under the “more” category.  Here are the steps I take to get my Printable Recipes links on my blog:

1.  Create New (drop down) Document

2. Copy and paste your recipe into the document.  Edit as you like.

3. Save

4. Share (drop down) – Publish as web page

5. Share (drop down) – Get the link to share

6. Copy/Paste that link into your blog post as your “Printable Recipe”

There you have it!  I’m amazed at how much there is to learn in regards to blogging and website upkeep…it kinda hurts my brain sometimes.  :)

Hope this helps some of you!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica December 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm

ah! I love Ina- she is just amazing. All of her dishes are so simple and so full of flavor. I would LOVE to meet her. And the green beans…oh gosh- gotta try this incredibleness!

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Bellini Valli December 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

They are both delicious Aggie. The carrots would be beeautiful with some of the Rainbow Carrots I saw at the market today!

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Maria December 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I love these veggie dishes. Thanks for sharing. I use Google Sites for printable recipes on Blogger. I am switching to Word Press soon, I am nervous. I hope I can figure it out!

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HoneyB December 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Aggie, I agree, roasted veggies are the best. I always, always, always roast my asparagus!! Thanks for the blogging tips!

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Jamie December 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

Aggie,
These are 2 sides that I will be trying. So much better than opening a bag of frozen veggies. Thanks for the blogger tip. I have wanted to add that feature but was afraid I couldn’t figure it out. I’m going to try setting it up but will call you if I get stuck : )

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Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen December 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I agree with you on the roasted veggies front! They are the best this way! Such a colorful plate, Aggie!

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Judy December 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I love roasted veggies. Your photos are lovely.

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teresa December 2, 2009 at 7:50 pm

great dishes! i am always looking for good veggie side dishes, i can’t wait to try these! thanks for the tip!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I am a huge fan of roasted carrots. It’s the season for root crops anyway so that’s also bonus!

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Suzie December 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the great blogger tip and happy holidays. Hope 2010 is good for you.

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Anna B. December 28, 2009 at 11:00 am

So glad that I’ve found your blog!! Everything looks wonderful!! Oh and the blogger tip — wow, thanks so much!!!

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Home with Mandy June 18, 2010 at 10:30 am

Aggie, these two recipes look wonderful. I too am in love with Ina and the green bean recipe by Bobby Flay is one I will have to try.

Great post!!!!

Mandy

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen February 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Love roasted veggies too!! My favorite are sweet potatoes! What a great blogger tip. Do you know if the printable recipe would work for blogger blogs? Thanks!

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Louise June 11, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hi Aggie, I just found your blog and I’m enjoying it very much. I am wondering why you roast the carrots at 400 and the beans at 425. It would be nice if they could cook at the same time. I roasted broccoli on the grill last night while the chicken was grilling. I look forward to reading all your posts.

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