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.

 

Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Are you still trying to stay on track eating healthy and working out since the new year began? We are! I am trying to make sure my 3 kids eat more fruits and vegetables, and these Vegetable Kabobs have been a winner as a side dish at our dinner table. I used Ranch seasoning mix with olive oil for the marinade, and also make a yogurt ranch dip to go with them. You can use store-bought Ranch if you have it, but if you have time the recipe for homemade ranch is easy. It’s listed below. Just combine all the ingredients and store covered in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

1 (6 oz.) container nonfat plain Greek yogurt

5 tbsp. nonfat buttermilk

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

1/4 tsp. grated lemon zest

2 tsp. Ranch seasoning mix

 

Vegetarian Pasta: Clean out the Freezer

I cleaned out the freezer this weekend, and I created the most awesome Vegetarian Pasta dish. My kids loved it, and they asked me if we were having company coming over. This is so easy and quick, under 30 minutes to prepare. Feel free to use any frozen vegetables in this recipe or add leftover cooked chicken or shrimp if you wish. People tend to forget that frozen foods and vegetables are picked at their peak and then flash frozen so they are just as nutritionally healthy and sometimes even more economical. Read more about the use of frozen food tips on Easy Home Meals and NFRA.

Also, check out my television appearance last week in New York on Fox & Friends First and  Fox & Friends on “What to Toss and what to keep”. It was such a blast! Video is here.

Labor Day Recipe: Easy Beef-Vegetable Kabobs

Celebrate Labor Day with these Easy Beef-Vegetable Kabobs. We make kabobs almost every week. My kids absolutely love them, and so do I. They are so simple to prepare and basically a complete meal. I serve them with rice and/or a salad, and dinner is on the table. I developed this recipe for US Wellness Meats. The quality of their beef is fabulous, and I love that they have kabob meat so there’s no slicing involved. This is what I will be serving on Labor Day, and I hope you have a great holiday!

Simple Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Vegetables

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We love salmon at my house and eat it once a week so I am always trying to come up with new ways to prepare it. That way I can keep serving it, and the kids won’t get bored with eating it. People ask me all the time, how do I get my kids (7, 9 and 11) to eat fish? I really don’t have any special trick. I just cook it often, and they started eating it. I also shared with them how healthy it is, and that was an added bonus. In the past few years, I have developed probably over 100 salmon recipes, most of which were cooked on the grill. But, I also like salmon cooked in the oven. In developing this recipe, I have to be honest. I truly just looked in my refrigerator and pulled out what I had in the vegetable bin: fresh herbs, bell peppers and a can of diced tomatoes from the pantry. Everyone was very impressed! The presentation was outstanding, and the flavors were even better.  

Easy Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Vegetables

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

11/2 pounds wild salmon fillets, skinned

Cooking spray

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 small onion, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tabespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1 (141/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. Place salmon in an aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch baking dish lightly greased with cooking spray. Sprinkle salmon with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Top with bell peppers and remaining ingredients.

3. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 20 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.