Rice is one of the most versatile of foods. It takes on whatever flavors you are in the mood to add to it, and becomes a warm, steaming bowl of nourishment that really hits the spot on a cold evening. In this post, I am sharing two autumn rice recipes, both similar in that they include diced butternut squash and walnuts, and different from each other in that one is a savory and one is subtly sweet. Both versions are full of flavor and comfort, and are great side dishes for an autumn meal.
Take fresh green beans to the next level with this mouth-watering recipe. Tender-crisp green beans, lightly roasted almonds, and a zesty dressing with just the right balance between tangy and sweet make this green beans with almonds recipe an irresistible side dish. Garden-fresh green beans are great this time of year. But let’s face it, sometimes they need some added flavors to keep them interesting. This recipe is adapted from one I found in the June 2017 issue of Real Simple magazine. I used slivered almonds instead of walnuts, but otherwise it is basically the same, and it is a keeper. The tender-crisp pop of the green beans, the nutty crunch of the almonds, and the zingy miso-mustard-honey dressing all combine to make a flavor-filled and healthy side dish.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made of mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale, milk or cream, and often leeks or green onions. There are endless variations of this cozy, rustic, and comforting side dish, and it is a great accompaniment to ham, bacon or sausage. In the recipe below, creamy mashed potatoes are mixed with shredded cooked cabbage, sliced green onions, salt and pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. A square of butter goes in the center of the bowl to melt, infusing the potatoes with even more comfort and flavor.