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Goon Approved Sides

Below are a few of my favorite side dishes:

No calories, no carbs, guilt free cheese vehicle….

Light Mac-n-Cheese

1 package of no calorie noodles – drained (in the fridge section @ Whole Foods)

1 tablespoon light butter (or butter substitute)

1 tablespoon whole wheat flour (or spelt flour)

1 cup of warm skim milk (or dairy substitute)

1 cup of light cheese (parmesan and cheddar are my faves; does dairy free cheese actually melt?)

1 cup of thawed frozen peas

Drain the noodles and press out any remaining liquid.  Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, whisk in flour and cook down until it’s a nutty brown color.  Add the milk and whisk to combine.  Bring to a simmer for 3-4 minutes until thick.  Off heat, add cheese, noodles, peas, salt and pepper to taste.

Mom’s Brussels Sprouts

1 large bag of Brussels, rinsed and cut in half lengthwise

3 slices of nitrate free bacon, chopped

1 tablespoon of light butter

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 shallot, minced

½-1 cup chicken stock

2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup

Sautee the bacon in the butter and olive oil until it starts to release its fat.  Add the Brussels, toss to coat, and brown on each side to caramelize.  Add the shallot and cook until softened.  Add the chicken stock and cover for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat to soften the Brussels.  Drizzle with maple syrup, add salt and pepper to taste.  Add a little more butter if you’re not watching your waistline.  Add to save calories, just brown the Brussels in some cooking spray and sprinkle with cooked crumbled turkey bacon.

They taste like candy.  So good you forget they’re good for you.

And now for more bacon…..

 Goon Approved Stuffed Potato Salad (with less fat/calories)
1 pound of small Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered into bite size pieces
1/4 cup light mayo
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt (or more to taste)
5-6 scallions – chopped
5 slices of precooked, nitrate-free bacon – cooked and crumbled
Boil potatoes until they are fork tender.  Cool slightly and mix with the rest of the ingredients.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I like to eat this when it’s all warm and creamy, but it’s also great after spending some time in the fridge.  Perfect for summer grillin.
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Smash Browns

I have made these twice over the last week and they are sure to rock any meat heavy dinner menu. Your guests will like these so much that they won’t clean you out of meat and home. I can’t wait to experiment with different spices and cheeses.

Tater goodness

Feeds two goons and a couple goon-ettes…

– 2 LBS red taters
– 1/3 cup olive oil
– 2 T butter
– Generous mix of spices to taste (salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, etc.)
– 1-2 cups grated Parmesan
– Handful chopped parsley

– Preheat oven to 400.
– Boil taters for approximately 10 minutes until slightly tender but with some bite.
– On a greased cookie sheet, lightly smash each tater to break the skin.
– Toss taters with olive oil, butter, spices, and 1/2 the cheese.
– Bake on greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes or until crispy.

Toss with parsley and remaining Parm.  Enjoy with steak tips, lamb, sausage, or any grilling meats!