Natural foods don't include ingredients such as refined sugars, refined flours, milled grains, hydrogenated oils, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings. Try any of these side dishes for your next dinner -- or make a few for a meal in itself.
This spinach dish spiced with cloves, bay leaves, nutmeg, and peppercorns is deceptively rich -- its sauce is made creamy by skim milk and just a bit of half-and-half.
This dish combines parsnips and cipollines. Also referred to as wild onions, fresh cipollines are the bittersweet bulbs of the grape hyacinth, and are available for a short time in the fall. If you can't find them, use some other sweet onion, such as Vidalias, cutting them into walnut-size pieces.
Fennel tastes best thinly sliced. Serve it flat on a plate and topped with a savory mix of blood oranges and just a few oil-cured olives, roughly chopped to give the illusion of volume.