Side Dishes

Dinner and Conversation

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:6.

Dinners around the Table

In kimmyscucina it has always been important for us to have dinners together, around the table.  When the kids were little that was always what we did.  As sports and the craziness of life took over, we still did this as much as we could and as schedules allowed.

This is such a great family time and although many nights it may have been nothing but one argument after another, it was a time for all of us to be together and share some time. 

It has been more difficult to do as the kid have grown and jobs and social lives take over.  More and more at kimmyscucina there are only 3 or 4 of us around the table.  Some times I have to admit it makes me lazy and it is easy to say just “fend for yourself”.  The girls love it when I say that (NOT).




What kinds of conversations do we have around the table?  Whether these conversations might be with our family or with guests that we are enjoying our evening with.

As I was reading “Savor” by Shauna Niequist (I have talked about this in previous posts), the verse on this post was Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  Her post was more about comparing ourselves to others and when we do this we “always lose, and at the same time the other person always loses too.  Each one of us has been created by the hands of a holy God…”.  We all need the reminder that we are all unique and have a purpose and should not be looking to others for our self-worth.  We should be looking to God.

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Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are

I think this is why it is so important to have those conversations with our family and with others around a table.  To talk about life and things going on. Maybe to ask questions or for help where we are stumbling or to share what is happening in our lives, with others around the table.  Having this time can be so refreshing to our souls.  Hopefully we will leave that table feeling recharged. (Well, maybe a little recharged, unless you are just mediating the arguments between your kids the entire time).


Okay so now that we now we will have some time for conversation and you know what you are making for your main course, what to make with it…

Last night we had just good old mashed potatoes.  Always a great backup and easy side dish to prepare.  (If you have the time to peel the potatoes).  If you have red-skinned potatoes,  boil them and mash them with the skins, that way there is no peeling involved.

Here on this blog we have so many ideas for some delicious side dishes.  Here are a few suggestions.  I know we just talked about mashing your potatoes, but if you happen to be grilling, some grilled red-skinned are always so easy to prepare.

Don’t feel like potatoes, how about some PASTA?  Pictured here we have our penne pasta with pesto sauce.  If you make your own pesto, that is great, but it is just as easy to buy pesto sauce all made and that makes this such a quick dish to put together.  Sprinkle it with some parmesan cheese and you are all set.  As far as the pasta “shape” goes pick what you want.Our Grilled Romaine Salad is always a winner for a great side dish.  It can accompany a steak so easily and really complete a meal.

How about our Potato Stuffed Peppers?  These are so delicious.  We stuff them with some brie cheese and it makes such a creamy filling, you will love them.

Now is the time to get some great tomatoes, so why not stuff them for a great salad?  We have a few recipes to choose from, our kale and quinoa stuffed tomato and also our radish and fennel stuffed tomato.  Both great refreshing sides to have with your main course.

We have so many great recipes for side dishes on our blog, I hope you will take some time and check them out!  These few listed here are just a small sampling of what we have!

If you have not visited our Facebook page, please do so, we have so many more great ideas for meals and sides. 

Hope you all have a great day!!