Side Dishes

Healthy Side Dish Recipes

Side Dish Recipes from the AskDrErnst Show


Grecian Spinach Sauté

Spinach ranks with one of the healthiest foods you can eat. But there’s no reason you can’t make it exciting, exotic and delicious! This classic Greek recipe will remind you of the joys of eating healthy. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1⁄2 small red onion, sliced into thin rings 
2 lb. fresh baby spinach, washed…


Antipasto Salad

Call it Medittarnean, Keto, Paleo… whatever you want. We just call it delicious! This salad is absolutely full of health, flavor and it’s something amazing to share with friends and family. Ingredients: 1⁄2 lb. grass-fed feta cheese 1 cup finely chopped celery 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup diced asparagus 1 cup artichoke hearts,…


Focaccia-Style Flax Bread

Who doesn’t love a fluffy focaccia bread? This recipe gives you the same flavor, texture and enjoyment without wheat, gluten or fat-storing carbohydrates. When you are going for that Italian feel without the guilt, try this recipe. Ingredients: 2 cups flax seed meal 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1-2 Tbsp. stevia 5 beaten…

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Sweet Potato Purée

Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2 and Vitamin C. Plus, they don’t spike your blood sugar like normal potatoes–despite being sweeter! Try these mashed potatoes once and you’ll never go back to the old kind. Ingredients: 6 medium sweet potatoes 1 can unsweetened coconut milk 1 tsp.…

Califlower Tater Tots

Broccoli / Cauliflower Tots

Fun and family- friendly; these tots are a great addition to any meal or just as a snack anytime.   Ingredients : 5 C raw broccoli florets 3 C raw cauliflower, stems removed 1 large egg 1/2 C almond meal 1/2 C grated parmesan 2 T ea. – parsley and basil 1/2 C green onion finely diced 1/4 t Himalayan or Sea salt 1/4 t garlic…

Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade

This makes an amazing topping that you can put on everything from chicken to salads to flax crackers. Another wonderful option is to make a foccacia bread with our quick coconut bread recipe and top with your favorite cheese. Ingredients: 2 C mixed olives 2 T capers 5 garlic cloves A handful of fresh herbs…

Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Lentils are a great source of plant protein, help lower cholesterol, aid in healthy digestion and even stabilize blood sugar. Plus, this salad recipe is just good. Add in the goat cheese and you’ve got a hit, even for high society. Ingredients: 12 oz of cooked lentils 1 diced organic white onion, medium sized 4…

Onion Rings

Onion Rings – AskDrErnst Style

You know you get those cravings every once in a while, when you pass a fast rood restaurant you used to like, or smell that distinctive odor of fried foods as you walk down the street. Well, you can still have your old favorites and keep them health-conscious while you’re at it. Try this amazing…

Coconut Bread

Versatile Quick Coconut Bread

Looking for something that feels like bread in your mouth, but is grain-free and ketogenic? This is the quickest and easiest bread to make for many occasions, whether it is for sandwiches or as a sweet pick-me-up. The batter can be used in many ways, and lends well to daily “bread” needs and wants. Ingredients:…


Fermented Cucumbers (aka Pickles) Kosher Style

Salty and with a hint of garlic, kosher dill pickles have somewhat become what we all expect from a pickle–at the very minimum. What most people don’t realize is that this is a very healthy fermented food, great for your microbiome, immunity, mental health, weight management and more! Check out this simple recipe: Ingredients 5…

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Grainless Skillet Bread

Nowhere did we say you couldn’t have bread. It’s just grains that are the problem. Make bread without grains and you’re fine! In fact, here’s a recipe to do just that in your skillet on your stovetop. Ingredients 1 egg 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup yogurt, unsweetened, full fat 1 1/2 tsp olive oil…

Sweet potato wedges

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

This is a fantastic side dish or even just a snack. Sweet potatoes–despite being sweet–don’t spike your blood sugar nearly as much as a regular potato, and they’ve got more potassium than a banana. Always a great choice. Ingredients 2 lb. sweet potatoes, cut into wedges 2 Tbsp olive oil or melted coconut oil 1…