“Super-Easy Sides”

Stir Fry Broccoli

Last week, I picked up some organic broccoli from the Morningside Farmer’s Market.  (Of course, you can use any broccoli, I was just INSPIRED, and no, I’m not at the farmer’s market all time, give me a break!). On days that I’m really in a pinch, I’ll even use the pre-cut and pre-washed broccoli in bags (in the salad section….hush now, don’t tell anyone….)


  • Broccoli (2 large stalks)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (or 2-3 tablespoons of the refrigerated minced garlic, which is how I usually get it)
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce (flavor to taste here)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Chop broccoli into 1-2 inch pieces
  2. Add coconut oil and heat a stir-fry pan (or any large saucepan) on medium heat.
  3. Place broccoli, garlic, soy sauce and water into the pan.  Stir, then cover, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Check veggies – once they start to look bright green and are soft enough to be stabbed with a fork, remove from heat (of course, cook more if you like them softer, but remember, the veggies will continue to cook for a bit even after the heat is off).

A perfect and quick side! (Add a sprinkle of parmesan and even your toddler will eat it).

Roasted Zucchini

This is a super-easy side that my family loves.  Plus, if you put foil on the pan first, there’s literally no cleanup!


  • Zucchini  (4 medium size)
  • Olive Oil (1-2 tablespoons – enough to lightly coat zucchini slices)
  • Garlic (1 clove if you like garlic, 2 cloves if you LOVE garlic)


  1. Slice zucchini into slices, about 1/4 inch thick
  2. Toss with olive oil and garlic in a bowl.
  3. Arrange zucchini in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

[Super-Easy] Roasted Asparagus

I love roasting asparagus – it’s so easy, and I put foil under the asparagus to keep the clean-up minimal.  Just wash, trim (asparagus naturally breaks at the stalk end at the perfect point if you break by hand), and roast!

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