Dishing on Side Dishes

Happy Tuesday, All!  I hope that if you’re somewhere a lil warm today, like it is in Michigan, you can find some shade to kick back in while you read today’s blog.

I got my exercise in earlier than usual today just because the nighttime temps never dipped below 75 degrees and I knew that as the temps begin to rise, so will the number of excuses not to run.

I also wanted to try out a new abs routine, so I hit up Pinterest and found an eleven-move workout that you can find if you click on the picture below.

Some of the moves include:

  • Cross Knee Strike
  • Side Abs Leg Lift
  • Bob and Weave Circle
  • Abs Jab
Tonight, Dear Hubby and I are going to meet up with our good friends Brandy and Alex for some dinner, drinks, and good times.  I knew that I wanted to bring some side dishes that would be crowd pleasers, so I went straight for the veggie drawer in the refrigerator!
Dish #1:  Caprese Salad Kabobs

These little delights are so easy, which is a requirement in my kitchen.


  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes
  • Five string cheese snacks
  • Fresh basil
  • Vinaigrette dressing to drizzle over kabobs
You will also need bamboo skewers.
  1. After washing the basil and tomatoes, slice each cherry tomato in half, divide each swing cheese snack into five equal pieces, and rip Basil leaves into quarter side pieces.
  2. I cut the bamboo skewer in half because each kabob only has a few pieces.  Pierce a cherry tomato bottom, then cheese, then basil leaf, and finish with a cherry tomato top on each skewer.
  3. Lay out each kabob and drizzle your vinaigrette to taste, around 1/4 cup for 16 skewers.
Side Dish #2: Quinoa Garden Salad



  • 2 Cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced
  • 15-20 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 packet Italian dressing mix
  • 3 Tbsn vinegar
  • 2 Tbsn olive oil
Once you have cooked your quinoa (follow directions for your particular variety), allow it to cool and simply begin layering your ingredients.  After all veggies have been added, stir in your dressing and enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Dishing on Side Dishes

  1. Great job getting up early to fit your run in! i knew I was in trouble today at 5:30 in the morn when the temp outside was already 75 degrees. I suppose its fitting seeing that tomorrow is the first day of summer 🙂

  2. Thanks for the GREAT recipes, Amanda! I will use the caprese skewers but am have Quinoa jitters. That dish looks good!

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