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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with GarlicGrowing up there were 2 vegetables I could not stand but was made to eat until my plate was clean (ugh.) One was lima beans and the other Brussels sprouts. When I left home at the age of 19 I never touched another one! Until tonight. These are DELICIOUS and I feel like I am healing my inner traumatized child now. :)





1 pound Brussels sprouts

1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon fresh crushed garlic (4 cloves did it for me)

Sea salt


I got organic Brussels sprouts from a store nearby, Oliver’s, and we picked the tiniest ones – knowing how I am I just wanted to be able to take little bites – it was less of a commitment for me! Likewise, I sliced them in half, after grooming them a little by cutting the stalk a teeny bit and peeling off any iffy leaves.

Put the halves into a bowl and drizzled the olive oil and garlic on top and tossed well. Then it was time to add the salt and pepper – didn’t know how much to add so I just ground some sea salt into my hand and sprinkled on top so the top layer showing was well covered, and did the same for the pepper. Tossed again and then put them in a glass baking dish, spread to one layer. Sprinkled a little more salt and pepper for good measure (thinking the more of that I added, the less they’d taste like Brussels sprouts!) and popped them in a 400 degree oven.

After about 15 minutes I tossed them in the pan and put them back in another 15 minutes, after drizzling a teensy bit more EVOO because it looked like they were drying out. After the 2nd 15 minute stretch they didn’t look quite “brown” enough for me though, so I tossed one more time and put them in another 5 minutes. They were PERFECT – melt in your mouth, buttery tasting goodness. I will be having these as often as possible now!

400 Degrees

35 minutes, tossing at 15, and 30

Until next time...
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New Way of Eating

I am learning to eat in new ways – I’ve ditched the fast food, the Starbucks, the convenience/packaged items and am now eating mostly organic fruits/veggies and legumes, with some lean meat/chicken for dinner. I have been gluten-free almost a month now and the arthritis in my foot is gone! I’m also grain free, sugar free, caffeine free, potato and any other starch free… Except for what is found in these new shakes I’ve been using. (Contact my friend and hairdresser Wendy for info – it’s awesome).

This has been a HUGE adjustment for me especially since I have never eaten this way! I found myself scrounging for snack ideas, recipes and just instructions on how to prepare basic veggies which you’d think a grown woman would know. See, Greg is the ‘chef’ in the family and he is doing his best to prepare healthy meals for us all, I am on my own during the day! I am going to start sharing some of what I’ve been doing as I have discovered a whole new WORLD of flavors, tastes and textures!

One of my favorites is roasted chick peas/garbanzo beans. Just toss with some extra virgin olive oil along with some sea salt and chipotle powder or some other seasoning blend and toast in the oven on a baking sheet about 40 minutes. This is my new “popcorn” and go-to snack on the go. Delicious! Watch for more recipes and ideas, as I will share them here!

Until next time...
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