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

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

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  2. yum, i love sweet potatoes!

    http://adorablydeliciouslp.blogspot.com/

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

    xoxo
    Jenna

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

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  5. 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.

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  6. Your photograph managed to make those veggies look delicious!

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  7. Looks delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

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

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

    3 Cess O.
    http://blog.cessoviedo.com

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

    www.fashionablecollections.blogspot.com

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  11. 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!

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  12. You crack me up - eraser remanants in meatloaf ;)

    Sweet potatoes are always such a tasty side dish!!

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  13. 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

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  14. So proud of your good eating!

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  15. This sounds like SUCH a tasty side dish -- and you're right; the perfect accompaniment to meatloaf!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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

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  17. 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!

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  18. hey this looks great. and healthy!

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

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

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

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  22. Bahaha, the eraser bits made me giggle.

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  23. That looks delish!

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

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


    Laurenlovestoshare

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

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

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