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Mini hasselback potatoes with mustard sauce

| APPETIZERS, DINNER, GLUTEN FREE, POTATOES, SIDE, WHOLE30

If you’re looking for a striking side dish or appetizer that will impress your guests, try these mini hasselback potatoes with mustard sauce. The first time I made these a few weeks ago I was doing an Instagram Live video and accidentally called them Hasselhoffs and that caught on and now that’s what I call them, jokingly. These would be perfect for any summer party appetizer, lunch or dinner side.mini hasselback potatoes with mustard sauceThese are my new favorite to serve as a side dish with meat, fish or other veggies. I also think these make an excellent appetizer for a party, game day, or any other event. I made them for a birthday party we went to this afternoon and they were a hit. It was nice to have something different on the appetizer table for sure.
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crispy smashed potatoes with roasted garlic, parmesan & balsamic shallots

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HOLIDAY, POTATOES, SIDE, THANKSGIVING

lenaskitchen_smashed-potatoes_finalI could never turn down a crispy potato, friends. These are so delicious! I’m assuming you don’t have leftover potatoes in your fridge right now so I wrote this recipe starting with raw yukon gold baby potatoes. So excited to share this recipe with you for these crispy smashed potatoes topped with roasted garlic, balsamic shallots, freshly grated parmesan, lemon zest and green onions! These are heavenly and are sure to please all your guests. (more…)

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Easy Browned Butter & Sage Gnocchi

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, LUNCH, POTATOES, QUICK MEAL, SIDE, VEGETARIAN

lenaskitchen gnocchi finalEasy meals have been my go to lately with school starting up again. I like to keep a few packages of the Private Selection Gnocchi in my pasta drawer, you can find them in the pasta isle at Fred Meyers. I used one of my new favorite non stick pans for this recipe, Calphalon 3-Quart Saute Pan, recently got this as part of a complete set for a steal from my local Kroger store, Fred Meyer.

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BACON & POTATO LATKES WITH FRESH FENNEL & CITRUS SLAW

| BACON, BRUNCH, EASTER, POTATOES, SALAD, SIDE

lenasktichen_bacon latkes_twoUPEveryone should adopt a latke into their recipe rotation. (Because what’s not to love about fried potato pancakes?) The trick, whether you’re making them for Easter, brunch with friends or otherwise, is to get them super crispy. In mine I added crispy bacon inside for a little guilty pleasure, but with a healthy twist by topping them with a fresh fennel slaw mixed with citrus to brighten the color on the plate and to cut the fat of the bacon. This is a simple recipe to adapt to add your favorite things like zucchini, sweet potato, apples, carrot and or other veggies you might like more, the possibilities are endless. But I do hope you try my version out. (more…)

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY EATS + DIP

| APPETIZERS, DIP, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SIDE, SUPERBOWL, VEGAN

lenaskitchenblog superbowl sunday eats
Tomorrow people will be gathering in homes, bars, stadiums to celebrate a big day for Football fans. Funny thing is I am not a fan of football at all, even tough I work on women’s apparel at Nike. My husband likes to watch it once in a while and I just enjoy the gathering around good food part with the gals. Tomorrow we are off to our friends house to celebrate a birthday and let the boys and gals who enjoy watching the game watch the game and the rest of us gather around a table with some good homemade meals. I am prepping a few dishes to bring with me. Wanted to make sure there are some healthy options to enjoy besides the chilly and other heavy foods that will be provided already. (more…)

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Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

| DINNER, SIDE, THANKSGIVING

carrots with pesto2Friendsgiving_2015It’s that wonderful time of the year, where friends and family get together and celebrate each other over good food and drink. I am excited to share some of my favorite recipes I created for a Friendsgiving dinner I hosted last week for some creative friends and food bloggers. The first recipe I am sharing is for my new favorite carrot top pesto. (more…)

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