Radish and Asparagus Wild Rice Salad

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Grilled veggies add depth to this herb-y wild rice salad. Serve this as a side at your next cookout, or as a simple main dish on a weeknight.

Radish and Asparagus Wild Rice Salad | SavvyEat.com

Baby girl turned three months old this week, just in time for Dan’s first Father’s Day. It sounds totally cliché, but I can’t believe how much our little girl has grown already! Her recent favorites are standing, sitting up on the couch, trying to shove her hands in her mouth, grabbing the toys on her activity center and playing with her stuffed giraffe.  She loves when we sing and dance with her, activities that are almost guaranteed to bring on baby giggles. And since she learned how to roll over in her swaddle last week, we’ve discovered that Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit truly is magic (thanks for that tip, Amber!)… and makes her look like Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

Dan and M

Photo by Holly Whittlef.

I’ve loved seeing Dan interact with her over the past three months. He has the magic touch and can calm her no matter how hard she’s crying. He’s spent long nights cuddling her back to sleep in the rocker and changed endless diapers. She lights up when he comes home from work and is starting to smile at his funny faces. So of course we’re excited to celebrate him in his first year as a dad this Father’s Day! 

Radish and Asparagus Wild Rice Salad

If you’re grilling with dad this weekend, you’re going to need some side dishes. And dad deserves better than your typical sides – why not make this wild rice salad packed with late spring vegetables? I know a lot of you have probably already moved on to tomatoes and zucchini, but here in Minnesota, we’re still getting mostly greens, radishes and other cold weather crops at the market. For this salad, I grilled up some spring onions, radishes and asparagus. Then it was just a matter of tossing the veggies with some cooked wild rice (again, I’m in Minnesota now!), fresh herbs and a lemon vinaigrette.

To see my radish and asparagus wild rice salad, visit the Circulon® website. We’ve been eating it as a main dish, but it would also make a terrific side for your next cookout!

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Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Apple butter glazed sweet potatoes with a touch of spice make a great side for weeknight dinners and holiday feasts alike. They’ll be perfectly at home on your Thanksgiving table!

Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // SavvyEat.com

If you looked in the basket where we store our potatoes at any given time this fall, you might have seen a Yukon gold or purple potato or two. That is, if you could find them under the piles of sweet potatoes I’ve been keeping on hand. I just can’t get enough of those starchy tubers lately!

For a quick weeknight dinner, I’ll pan-roast some sweet potatoes and mix them with this fresh chorizo that my favorite farmer makes. And of course, the occasional batch of sweet potato fries goes into my oven. But when I already have an entree set and just want a starchy side to go with it, this glazed sweet potato recipe is my new favorite.

Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // Savvy Eats

Apple butter is my go-to preserve to use in fall cooking and baking. It features all of the warming spices we associate with Thanksgiving and crisp, cool weather and falling leaves. Plus, it adds a little sweetness without being overpowering. This means that in baked goods, like apple hand pies, you can get a more complex flavor than you would with just granulated or brown sugar. And in savory dishes, mixing in some apple butter makes for a brighter, more well-rounded flavor in the final dish.

Bowl of Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // SavvyEat.com

While we’ve been enjoying this apple butter-glazed sweet potato recipe with many of our weeknight dinners, I also think they’d be great for Thanksgiving as an alternative to the more traditional sweet potato casserole. Think about it: they are still sweet and buttery, with that comforting flavor you’d expect from your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, but they are a nice deviation from the marshmallow-topped whipped potatoes. I imagine they’d be excellent next to a big serving of turkey, a few spoonfuls of wineberry salad or cranberry sauce, and a scoop of brussels sprouts, don’t you think?