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Appetizers and Sides

WINNERS and Some Fabulous Green Side Dishes!

It really is early Tuesday morning, actually 12:44am, regardless of what the post date says above!

What a total surprise to see a whopping 537 comments for my givaway! I had so much fun reading everyone’s sweet indulgences. Thank you all for participating, now will you all stick around!!. I used to pick my 3 random numbers and here’s who won!! Congrats to the 3 of you, I’ll be sending you an email!


Prize #1 goes to Judy who wrote:
I am not a major sweets person but when I do get an urge, I really crave a molten chocolate cake with chocolate chip mint ice cream. Now to be really honest, if I need a quick fix, I will dip a pretzel in melted chocolate. I love all the posts to this!!

Prize #2 goes to The Hammond Family who wrote:
Warm chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk!! Yummy!! Really enjoy your blog, great recipes!

Prize #3 goes to Jolene, who wrote:
I have a big sweet tooth. But if I had to pick just one things, I would say Ice Cream. I have a bowl every night, unless there is something else sweet to eat.

Now Onto Some Great Side Dishes!

So, my husband and I went to see the Incredible Hulk this past weekend and loved it! Great summer movie. So in honor of the hulk, I made 2 fabulous green side dishes that you are sure to love! My boys loved the cheesy broccoli, but I’d save the creamed spinach for the adults, it’s rich and full of great flavor that the kiddo’s can’t appreciate yet!

We had my side dishes with my mom’s yummy Shepard’s Pie tonight, what a great combo! I’ll post a great recipe for shepard’s pie soon.

I couldn’t resist a bite! Note: Clean the broccoli from under my nail before taking pictures.

Cheesy Bacon Broccoli Almondine

8 Cups broccoli florets steamed for 3 minutes
¼ Cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 strips precooked bacon strips, crisped and crumbled
½ Cup slivered almonds

1. Place broccoli into medium pot over medium heat. Sprinkle with cheeses, bacon and almonds. Cover with lid until cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


How good is Creamed Spinach, you’ve got to try this! Complete heaven, just don’t think about the heavy cream ok?! The healthy spinach out weighs the cream anyway, right?!

Caramelized onions, garlic and fennel….Yum!

Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onions, Garlic and Fennel

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ Cup finely diced onions
2 cloves garlic
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fennel
12 Cups fresh baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
5 Tablespoons heavy cream

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions for 10 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Stir in garlic and fennel; cook for 3 minutes then stir in spinach leaves. Season with salt and pepper; cook until wilted down, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream; reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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  1. 1
    rvan says:

    Looks so good, my kids are such stinkers when it comes to their veggies maybe these recipes will do the trick! thanks.

  2. 2
    Kuckie says:

    Oh, how I LOVE green veggies! Both look AMAZING, Jenny! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3
    Deborah says:

    Love the green! I LOVE creamed spinach, and want to try out this recipe!

  4. 4
    Fly Baby in OKC says:

    I would LOVE to know what your top picks from the contest’s entries might be…a lot of them were similar or even a few nearly identical, but were there any that made you think up a new creation or really get your cravings started? Hmm…

  5. 5
    Texas Mommy 3 says:

    Yum We love creamed spinach 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a great recipe 🙂

  6. 6
    Emiline says:

    537 comments?! That’s amazing!
    Congrats to the winners!

    I love creamed spinach – I bet the fennel made it delicious.
    I think the broccoli dish sounds really good. I love bacon and cheese.

  7. 7
    Chris & Amy says:

    They both look awesome…The broccoli one reminded me of my favorite broccoli salad…can’t wait to try!

  8. 8
    Kimberly says:

    Mmmm! Yum! These greens look so good! I am going to have to try these out,. I especially like the creamed spinach recipe…it looks amazing!

  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    Thanks Rvan,
    Hope your kids like these veggies!

    Thanks Kuckie!

    Hi Deborah,
    The creamed spinach is so yummy!

    Hi Fly Baby in okc,
    There were so many favorites, I’ll have to browse through again and pick a top 10 list or something!

    Hope you enjoy Texas Mommy

    HI Emiline,
    It was actually the first time I’d cooked with fennel, I think I’ll start adding to more of my dishes.

    Thanks Kimberly, hope you enjoy!

  10. 10
    Bonnie says:

    Creamed spinach is one of my favorite veggie dishes but no one else in my family will eat it! I love going to a restaurant that has it. I will definitely make this recipe. The fennel sounds like a great addition.

  11. 11
    Veronica says:

    Drats…I missed your giveaway! I just love creamed spinach-I definitely would love to try it with fennel;that sounds tasty, tasty!

  12. 12
    Chrissy says:

    Just saw you on Everday Entertaining! Great segment 🙂

  13. 13
    Leigh Anne says:

    Can’t wait to try your broccoli recipe. Broccoli is actually a vegetable I have always been able to get my kids to eat – even my 22 year old who doesn’t eat anything green (except broccoli)

    I am not a big creamed spinach fan as one of my childhood memories is of my grandma trying to get me to eat creamed spinach telling me I would grow up to be strong like Popeye – didn’t work!

  14. 14
    nicole says:

    I want to try out the creamed spinach. Looks really good.

  15. 15
    Patsyk says:

    Oh, I just knew being sick for a few days would mean missing out on some great blogger giving away something cool! Oh well… I’ll settle for those 2 cool side dishes… I think my boys will love them! 🙂

  16. 16
    Kara says:

    just wanted you to know that i just made some cookies that you posted awhile back and i am in love with them. i rarely like cookies that i make cause i snack on the dough and by the time they are out of the oven i’m over it. not the case with these, danger!

  17. 17
    Priscilla says:

    hey jenny! i made your starbucks coffee cake and your reese banana grilled sandwich….they were huge hits with my family – they are on my blog if you’d like to see them. thanks for the supe recipes!

  18. 18
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I’m not even crazy about spinach but I have to tell you those creamed ones look just amazing. I would so eat that! And the broccoli, so green, must be perfectly cooked! Good thing your kids are allready enjoying veggies!

  19. 19
    Priscilla says:

    thanks jenny for the comment. 🙂 sorry, now i have you linked to both recipes – can’t wait for your next post!!

  20. 20
    Zen Chef says:

    How could i possibly miss that giveaway??
    I’m so mad of myself. 🙂

  21. 21
    Kevin says:

    Those are some nice looking side dishes. I like all of the gooey cheese on the broccoli.

  22. 22
    Jen says:

    HI Jenny! I’ve tried a few of your recipes, and have loved every one of them – so I thought it was time I commented and tell you how great I think they are! Thanks so much for putting your blog together and sharing your great recipes.

    I just tried this creamed spinach tonight and LOVED it… my husband too… in fact I halfed it thinking that there was no way we’d eat it all – and I wish we hadn’t. My 2 kids were another story… but I’ll keep trying!

    Thanks again. I posted a link to it on my recipe blog… – I hope you don’t mind!

    I look forward to cooking “with you” lots more! 🙂

  23. 23
    Doug Seifert says:

    Thank you, very useful. I wasnt actually a big fan of Spinach for many years ( lie, I hated the stuff), but after marrying a vegetarian I kind of had to get used to it, and have gradually come to love the stuff. Spinach curry is now my absolute favouritest! I recently found an entire spinach recipes website which is my new favourite site now, you should take a look!

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