Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

I am so excited it’s almost Thanksgiving! If you are in need of one more Thanksgiving side dish, try this recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. My husband has never has really liked Brussels Sprouts, but when I added bacon he changed his tune. I also added mushrooms to this, but the recipe is just as good without them. This recipe is  so easy to make (a total of 35 minutes), so you can slice them and have them ready to go right before Thanksgiving dinner. Brussels Sprouts are so healthy, high in Vitamin C, K, fiber and potassium. They pair perfectly with turkey or with pork, chicken or beef, so enjoy them this winter season.

 

Easter Deviled Eggs

Easter Deviled Eggs

Easter is around the corner so it’s time to make these Easter Deviled Eggs. I love using  Colman’s Mustard, known for its distinct zesty flavor. It is the secret ingredient which packs a punch in these must try and foolproof Deviled Egg recipe. These delectable bites are perfect to serve to family and friends for any special occasion, but especially this coming Sunday. Feel free to double this recipe for more guests.

Established in 1814, Colman’s Mustard of Norwich has been recognized widely as the iconic English mustard in the U.K. Using a unique and zesty blend of brown mustard seeds (Brassica Juncea) and white mustard seeds (Sinapis Alba), Jeremiah Colman created a mustard with a flavorful heat sensation that has become an essential condiment and paramount ingredient for favorite recipes, even to the highest royal order. In 1866 Queen Victoria bestowed the ultimate seal of approval – the Royal Warrant – galvanizing Colman’s Mustard as the crown jewel of mustards and securing its place in the most discerning kitchens around the world.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

We are already planning our Thanksgiving menu and this side dish is on our list! These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans are super easy with minimal preparation time. If you are trying to get your kids to eat Brussels sprouts, give this recipe a try. For the recipe click this link on SC Johnson’s website for my recipe! Brussels sprouts are so good for you! Brussels sprouts are a storehouse of several flavonoid anti-oxidants that offer protection from prostate, colon, and endometrial cancers. It is also one of the highest vegetables with vitamin K which helps prevent delay onset of Alzheimers and is a good source of vitamin A, helpful for your vision. They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, B6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Maple Roasted Asparagus

Just in time for Easter or Passover, try this healthy and tasty side dish: Maple Roasted Asparagus. It’s super easy and the majority of its flavor comes from Canadian Maple Syrup, balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme. Maple syrup is super healthy and far more comprehensive than you might expect. The only product in our diet coming directly from a plant’s sap, this natural sweetener features over 54 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup features high levels of zinc and manganese, keeping the heart healthy and boosting the immune system.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

It’s the time of the year when Brussels sprouts are at their peak, and my three kids and I really like them! As you know, Bacon makes anything taste  better, so these Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are at the top of our Brussels sprout side dish list. This recipe is a great side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays or anytime during the week. Brussels sprouts only have 28 calories in a 1/2 cup. They are a good source of fiber and low in carbohydrates (only 6 grams in 1/4 cup). Brussels sprouts provide you with 20 essential vitamins and minerals. A ½ cup serving provides 48 mg of vitamin C, and 604 IU of vitamin A, which supports healthy eyesight. Brussels sprouts provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin K for men, and 91 percent of the daily value for women which may help strengthen your bones. Brussels sprouts, along with other cruciferous vegetables, contain isothiocyanates, which  helps prevent cancer and also may reduce your risk of heart attack.

Edamame with Cranberries and Feta

My 3 kids and I love eating edamame beans for snacks or a healthy appetizer. A friend gave me this recipe for Easy with Cranberries and Feta, and I made it twice in a week. This easy blend starts by using frozen edamame beans, thawed combined with cranberries, feta, olive oil and lime juice. Whether you want a healthy side dish to accompany fish, chicken or beef or a great salad topping, you’ll love this savory, sweet mixture. Edamame beans are so healthy for you. They contain 100 calories with 8 g of protein. It also provides 4 g of fiber and is a good source of calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Need I say more?

 

Summer Squash and Kale Sauté: Summer Side Dish

It’s summer squash season, and now is the perfect time to prepare healthy side dishes using summer squash. This Summer Squash-Kale Sauté is one of our favorite side dishes, and it’s a breeze to make. Serve it with grilled fish, chicken or pork or any main dish. It’s even really fabulous stirred into some cooked thin spaghetti noodles. Summer squash is full of health benefits such as being high in Vitamin C, A, antioxidants, potassium, fiber and manganese. One cup of yellow squash contains 37 calories, 7 grams of carbohydrates and less than one gram of fat. Check out some other fabulous summer squash recipes as part of Summer Fest from the Food Network from some of my favorite blogs.

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Quick and Easy Sesame Summer Squash Stir-Fry 
Cooking With Elise: Orange Summer Squash Bread
Feed Me Phoebe: Summer Squash and Cornmeal Cakes With Tarragon
Chez Us: Zucchini Pancakes With Minty Dill Crème Fraiche
And Love It, Too: Peter Pan Squash Spiced Oven Fries
Made By Michelle: Pattypan Squash and Tomato Frittata
Cooking Channel: Our  Top 5 Favorite Squash Recipes
Daily*Dishin: Summer Squash Confetti Salad
Delicious Lean: Summer Squash Ribbons With Feta and Pine Nuts
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Summer Squash Chips
Thursday Night Dinner: Summer Squash Medley
Sweet Life Bake: Zucchini Fried With Tequila-Spiked Avocado Dip
Dixie Chik Cooks: Fried Summer Squash Parmesan Sliders
Healthy Eats: Summer Squash Any Way You Slice It
FN Dish: Cheesy Summer Squash

Broccolini with Pumpkin Seeds Recipe & Health Benefits

Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and kai-lan, a chinese broccoli. It is slightly sweeter than broccoli, and its stalks are thinner so it cooks quicker. I love it when I need to prepare a healthy, fast side dish. Broccolini has great health benefits such as having anti-inflammatory properties, cancer fighting benefits, high antioxidants and more (below). This recipe for Broccolini with Pumpkin Seeds is one of my new family favorites. My kids ate this with no complaints. This recipe is also gluten-free on the paleo diet, and is a super healthy side to add to your weeknight dinner table.

5 Health Benefits of Broccolini:

1. It has beta carotene which helps boost your immune system.

2. It has high levels of vitamin K and Calcium which is great for bone health.

3. It is high in fiber so it aids in digestion, curbs overeating and maintains blood sugar levels.

4. Broccolini is high in Vitamin A and C which help boost immune system, contribute to better vision and helps boost metabolism.

5. Broccolini is high in potassium which is good for the nervous system, promoting brain function and muscle growth.

For more recipes and great information and recipes on metabolism, health and wellness see my FoodLife Project. My first coaching class starts the week of March 26th.

Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Cranberries and Mint

Quinoa is one of my favorite Super Foods of 2012. I talked a great deal about quinoa this weekend at my nutrition/healthy eating seminar including how to pronounce it, purchase it and cook it. I had a lot of wonderful questions regarding this gluten-free grain. One serving of quinoa provides all 8 essential amino acids, and it is high in protein and fiber. It’s also a wonderful grain for those on a gluten-free diet, and it works wonderful for breakfast, a side, in soups and salads. I recommend buying the rinsed version to make your life even easier. I developed this recipe for Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Cranberries and Mint for Thanksgiving for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms Turkey. It makes a great side dish or salad, and my kids absolutely loved it. Add grilled chicken or shrimp if you wish for a main dish salad.

Happy Thanksgiving and Healthy Holiday Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a wonderful holiday season! I have so many things to be thankful for, and I appreciate everyone’s continued support. I want to share a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday menu I developed for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms. I had a blast working on this project, and all of the recipes are “lightened up,” so enjoy. Check out Autumn Quinoa Salad, Rosemary Garlic Citrus Rub, Pomegranate Cider, and Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole, just to name a few.