Category: Side Dishes

Restaurant Style Tex-Mex Rice

Restaurant Style Tex-Mex Rice I love Tex-Mex (a fusion of American and Mexican cuisine).  It is hard to grow up in Texas and not love it.  And we have a lot of incredible Tex-Mex restaurants here in Austin that we frequent on the regular.   I mean what is not to love about enchiladas, tacos, chips and queso, guacamole, salsas, beans and rice.  And there...

homemade gluten-free ranch style beans

Stove Top Homemade Ranch Style Beans

Gluten-Free Ranch Style Beans I’m not sure if it is just a Texas thing, but we love our Ranch style beans.  They are usually made with pinto beans, jalapeño, garlic, lots of spices, beef broth and tomato sauce.   They are savory with a little kick of heat and make a perfect side dish.   They especially make a great combo with restaurant style Tex-Mex...

Salt Lick Potato Salad Recipe

This is a copy cat of the amazing potato salad at the Salt Lick BBQ. It is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, too! Salt Lick Potato Salad The Salt Lick is a BBQ institution just outside Austin in Driftwood, Texas.  We’ve been going there since my college days at The University of Texas in Austin starting around 1990.   We take friends when they come to...

Baked Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprouts These crispy Parmesan Brussels sprouts are one of the easiest and tastiest side dishes in our dinner rotation. It is basically a Parmesan crisp with a delectable little roasted vegetable attached. It adds a nice bit of salt and texture and yum to any meal.  I especially like to serve them with sweet carrot rice or meatloaf stuffed peppers. I love...

Easy Roasted Mesquite Smoked Asparagus

Grilled Smoked Asparagus One of our favorite restaurants, District Kitchen + Cocktails, serves the most delicious seasonal and locally sourced food.  And so much of it can be made gluten-free.   Right now asparagus is plentiful and in season and of course on their menu.   I love asparagus because it is a detoxifier (glutathione), feeds the gut bacteria (inulin) and contains lots of vitamins...

Homemade Mexican Rice

Homemade Easy Baked Mexican Rice

A versatile method for cooking Mexican rice by lightly frying Basmati rice then adding tomato sauce, or salsa, or puree and then baking in the oven. Easy Mexican Rice Maybe because I’m half Persian and always have Basmati rice in the pantry, but I just love rice dishes.  All kinds of rice dishes from sweet to savory.   My mom used to make this decadent...