Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Healthy Side Dish (See Jane Cook)

I made this dish last weekend as an accompaniment to meatloaf.  What can I say, when I have company, I bring out the big guns.  The company was actually my sister and she, along with Eric, love my meatloaf, so I take a teensy bit of pride in that; it's not like grade school cafeteria meatloaf, which is most likely full of preservatives and eraser remnants.

I had green beans I needed to make and I was about to make some sort of garlic bean dish when I spotted sweet potatoes out of the corner of my eye.  I had totally forgotten about them so I decided to stick with the cafeteria lunch theme and make a side dish that looked similar to peas and carrots.  Instead, I present to you:  green beans + sweet potatoes.  I rolled them around in olive oil, salt, pepper, and fennel seeds and baked them around 40 minutes (I suggest cooking the sweet potatoes first in the oven, then simultaneously boiling the beans and adding them to the potatoes with about 10 minutes left on the timer).  Et voilà!  Meatloaf plus vegetables equate a balanced meal fit for a 3rd grader...or me and my loved ones.

28 comments

mark said...

Yer rilly somethin. Loooves me some o' dat meatloaf.

Laurita P said...

yum, i love sweet potatoes!

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Jenna said...

YUM... I love sweet potato!, Butternut could also be delish!

xoxo
Jenna

Collette Osuna said...

Looks great hunnie....Im a vegetarian.....right up my alley...love the awesome pics too!!

taylor said...

i've roasted green beans in the oven for the past two nights as a side and it's so tasty! it makes me actually enjoy eating my veggies.

Accessories. Please. said...

Your photograph managed to make those veggies look delicious!

Closet Fashionista said...

Mmmmm looks so tasty! :D
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Bud and Leo said...

Looks delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

PursuitOfLLT said...

looks great!

Taylor said...

these look great!!! And meatloaf how could you go wrong - Its a fav in my house too!

CessOviedo said...

This looks delish! I'd try anything with green beans, my fave!

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Collections said...

This is making me so hungry! I absolutely adore string beans :)

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Valerie said...

What a great idea! I cook green beans a lot because it's one of the only vegetables Gabe will eat, haha. And now you have me craving meatloaf!

Alicia said...

You crack me up - eraser remanants in meatloaf ;)

Sweet potatoes are always such a tasty side dish!!

Marcie said...

Fantastic! I never cook with these veggies, but I am going to try this recipe. Thanks for the inspiration and helping me branch out!

xo Marcie

Shelley said...

So proud of your good eating!

Josie said...

This sounds like SUCH a tasty side dish -- and you're right; the perfect accompaniment to meatloaf!
xo Josie
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FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

that looks delish! I must say I have never used fennel seeds but am going to test them out! xx

Becca [Free Honey] said...

Oh yum! I love baked sweet potatoes. I think you just inspired some of my grocery shopping that I plan to do later on today!

this free bird said...

hey this looks great. and healthy!

Alexandra said...

i never had sweet potatoes, i'm so curious about the way the taste haha

CarrieJo said...

mmm i was just telling someone how much i love sweet potatoes! i must try this side dish asap! thanks for sharing! :)

Jammer said...

Ohh I'm definitely making this next week!!!

Kate said...

Bahaha, the eraser bits made me giggle.

TheChambrayCountess said...

That looks delish!

PS- "eraser remnants" made my day. Seriously!

Lauren said...

OHHhh my two favorites sweet potatoes and green beans. I will have to try this dish!


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Sarah said...

I bet these taste as good as they look. what a great combo.

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Looks absolutely delish, will have to try this one. I adore making yams and I have company coming over, perfect! xx veronika