Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Side Salad

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This lil’ side salad just screams fall!  It makes for a perfect side to baked chicken breast or turkey, or you could just chop up some chicken or turkey and add it right in to make it a meal salad instead of a side salad.  However you choose to enjoy it, enjoy it you will!!!

Brussels sprouts are one of the healthiest foods you can put in your body.  They are loaded with nutrition and provide many many health benefits, some of which are listed in the following pin.

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If you are looking for a way to include more of these little guys in your diet, this salad makes for the perfect way to do so!

BRUSSELS SPROUT AND CRANBERRY SIDE SALAD

Ingredients (makes two servings)

  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, washed and quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • pinch of stevia
  • 2-3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (apple juice sweetened)

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.  Add the onion and brussels sprouts.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add the garlic granules, stevia, apple cider vinegar, and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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2.) Transfer to a plate or bowl.  Top with crumbled goat cheese and the dried cranberries.  Season with more sea salt, if desired.

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SO good and SOOOOO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Roasted Chicken and Autumn Veggies

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Are you ready for the best Autumn dinner ever?  Well, I’ve got the recipe for you right here!  I got the idea from the following pin that links to a recipe for roasted chicken and veggies.

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I used different veggies and different seasoning to create a perfectly autumn-esque dinner!  As usual, this dish is REALLY good for you.  With the sweet potato, brussels sprouts, onion, and apple, this dish packs some serious nutrition! Some of those health benefits are as follows.

  • Full of antioxidants
  • Cancer prevention
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Immune boosting
  • High in Fiber

That just reaches the surface of how good this dish is for you.  So, that’s all great, but what I really like best about this dish is the cozy feeling I get while eating it.  It’s warm and satisfying, and the flavor is SO amazing!

Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

ROASTED CHICKEN AND AUTUMN VEGGIES

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. sage
  • 1 very large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 large Honeycrisp apple, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, washed and quartered
  • 1/2 large red onion, cut into 1 inch square pieces
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  In a small container or 1 quart plastic sealable bag, add the chicken breasts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, the apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, the rosemary, thyme, and the sage.  Move chicken breast around to coat with the oil and herbs.  Set aside while you prepare your veggies (at least 10 minutes).

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2.) Prepare all your veggies and apple as described in the ingredient list.  Spray a large baking sheet with olive oil.  Spread the veggies and apple out on the baking sheet.  Drizzle the other 2 Tbsp. olive oil over the veggies and sprinkle with the other 1/4 tsp. garlic powder.  Stir on the pan to coat.

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3.) Place the chicken breasts on top of the veggies, and drizzle the leftover juice in the bag or container over the chicken and veggies.  Place in the oven and bake at 450 degrees for 35-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

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4.) When done, transfer to a plate and season with sea salt and pepper.

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Now get ready to have your sock knocked off, because this is DELISH!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

Delicious Brussels Sprouts

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Delicious Brussels Sprouts – wait, Delicious?  Brussels Sprouts?  What?  Those aren’t usually two things that you would associate with each other, BUT if you prepare your brussels sprouts like I’m about to show you, you will wonder how you could have lived your life without these in it!  Well, maybe not that dramatic, but you will LOVE this dish!  It’s seriously SO yum-a-licious!  I got the idea from the following pin that has a recipe for slow cooked brussels sprouts.

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I changed it up by using just olive oil and no butter or vegetable oil.  I also used red onion instead of shallots.  I could seriously eat these things all day long, which is great, because it’s no secret that brussels sprouts are fantastic for you!  Some of their health benefits include the following.

  • Lowers Cholesterol – the high fiber content of brussels sprouts aids in lowering cholesterol
  • High in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Folate – this fact makes brussels sprouts great for boosting the immune system, preventing cataracts, and great for heart health.
  • High in antioxidants – protect against oxidative stress on cells
  • Great for digestions – protects our stomach lining by obstructing the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori
  • Cancer prevention – fights against and even prevents various cancers, including bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate, and ovarian cancer.
  • Anti-inflammatory – helps to regulate our body’s inflammatory responses.
  • Cardiovascular health – prevents and even possibly help reverse blood vessel damage.
  • High in Vitamin K – This vitamin is essential for healthy brain and nervous system health.

All this healthiness in this tiny little bite size vegetable – no wonder why health experts are always telling us to eat our brussels sprouts!  This recipe makes for a great side dish, or if you have a very large serving, it can also serve as a lunch.  Either way, you won’t be disappointed by adding it to your menu!

DELICIOUS BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Ingredients: 2 servings

  • 1-2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Add Brussels sprouts and cook for about 3 minutes browning all over by stirring and shaking pan often.

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2.) Remove brussels sprouts from pan, and reduce the heat to low/medium.  Using the same pan, add 1/2 Tbsp. Olive oil.  Add the onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.

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3.) Add the brussels sprouts back to the pan.  Add the garlic powder, sea salt, and chicken broth.  Cover with a lid and cook for 20-25 minutes until the brussels sprouts are tender.

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4.) Transfer to a plate, and let cool for about 2-5 minutes, then serve.

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Yes, DELICIOUS brussels sprouts!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

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