shaved brussels sprout and kale salad

shaved brussels sprout and kale salad

Although some people give Brussels sprouts a hard time, this salad is sure to change your mind!  A mix of kale and shaved Brussels sprouts, this simple raw green salad is extra crispy and flavorful with a lemon dressing, grated Parmesan cheese, and the secret ingredient: a dusting of buttery Ritz crackers.  You can whip up this dish in only a few minutes for a perfect lunch by itself or jazz it up for dinner with some grilled chicken on top.  Either way, it’s a crunchy and healthy staple to add to your work week lunch go-to meals, enjoy! Continue reading

sriracha and ginger glazed carrots

sriracha and ginger glazed carrots

When I was a little kid, cooked carrots were one of the foods I never put on my plate, which might have been due to the fact that I loved and still love the crunch of a raw baby carrot.  But with age comes wisdom, and lately, I have become very wise in learning the joys of this sweet vegetable.  A spicy sauced version of cooked carrots, this recipe is a great side dish to accompany a bowl of rice and rivals any fast Chinese food veggies you may already love.  Packed with a zing of ginger, fresh cilantro, and a touch of crunchy sesame seeds, this recipe will soon be one of your new favorite ways to prepare this root vegetable! Continue reading

sausage gravy and roasted vegetable breakfast casserole

sausage gravy and roasted veggie breakfast casserole

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year,  a perfect gift for your honey or yourself is the simple pleasure of breakfast in bed!  A perfect size for one or two, this mini casserole breakfast is sure to fill you up with the comfort of sausage doused in gravy.  And with a Paula Deen worthy amount of your daily butter intake, this biscuit topped savory start is also filled with a base of roasted vegetables sure to wake you up on the right side of the bed.  Enjoy!

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brussels sprout and caramelized onion pizza with garlic ricotta

brussels sprout pizza with caramelized onion topping

Oh pizza, how I love thee.  With a new pizza stone in my kitchen, I am ready to take on the world of the topping packed crispy dough goodness and create some delicious savory pies.  The first test on the new stone is a version of white pizza full of crunchy brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, and a thin layer of creamy ricotta.  Packed with hearty vegetables, this pie is a great post-Super Bowl party meal that will ease you back into eating some greens.  And no worries if you don’t have a pizza stone, you can use any baking sheet for this pie, so let’s get to cooking! Continue reading

baked garlic and parmesan sweet potato fries

sweet potato fries with garlic parmesanFries are my weakness, I just can’t say no to the starchy greasy goodness of crispy potatoes.  But with a new year and my goal to stick to a healthier diet, boardwalk fries are not in the cards. This week I decided to create a twist on one of my favorite french fry dishes, garlic parmesan fries.  This mix of sweet potatoes and a savory topping of garlic and butter is a great side dish to any meal  and a great way to curb your fast food fix.  With the big game coming up this weekend, these fries are also a perfect finger food to serve up at your Super Bowl party or a snack to keep all to yourself, enjoy!  Continue reading

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