Growing up I HATED Brussels sprouts. My mom would buy a bag of frozen sprouts and cook them in the microwave. They smelled gross, were mushy and she would make me eat at least one. It was horrible.
A few years ago, I had them prepared a different way and was amazed how amazing they were when prepared a different way. While they still smell gross, they’re so good and I make them several times a month.This recipe is so simple and easy, plus delicious! I love the crusty bits from sauteing and the tartness of the balsamic vinegar. My kids even eat them without any complaints!
Today’s Earth Day and I’m excited to participate in a fun blogger challenge. In honor of today, a group of bloggers is sharing vegetarian recipes and/or sustainable food. My kids have been on a little boycott of all vegetables. Not sure why now, but I’m starting to work on them again. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone shares today! Make sure you check out everyone’s recipes below.
I really enjoyed this orzo salad. You can eat in hot, room temperature or cold. I tried it all three ways and preferred it at room temperature. It was easy to make and you can easily switch out any of the veggies to use what you have on hand. The original recipe called for pine nuts and feta, but I omitted those.
My son loves soup and has been asking me to make it for him. Most of the soups I make are in the fall and winter, and wouldn’t work for a hot summer night. I found this recipe for a light and brothy soup – perfect for summer! It’s a full of delicious fresh veggies and homemade pesto.
It was delicious and we all loved it! You can easily swap out some of the veggies for what you have on hand or prefer, but we loved it packed full of green vegetables.
Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend. We’ve had a low-key weekend and is exactly what is needed before a crazy, busy week. Last week, I picked up a CSA share from a local, organic farm and received a bunch of carrots, zucchini and kohlrabi. I never had kohlrabi before but knew it was similar to a turnip – which I love, but it’s a little sweeter and milder. I decided I was going to make fritters with these three veggies and top them with a herb lemon yogurt sauce. It was great way to use them and work on eliminating any waste.
The yogurt sauce was bright and helped lighten up the dish since the fritters are fried in olive oil. The combination the zucchini, carrots and kohlrabi was perfect and you could swap any veggies out for ones you don’t like.
The weather has been off here in PA, so we’re now just getting spring veggies. I’ve been craving green vegetables lately, so when I got a box of spring peas in my CSA, I knew I wanted to whip up a pasta dish with them. I found this quick and easy recipe for tortellini with peas, asparagus and bacon – PERFECTION! I mean really, you can’t go wrong with bacon!! Another perk of this recipe, it’s quick and easy for those busy weeknights.
Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all have a fun day planned with your friends and family. It’s raining here today and we’ve spent the last few days working outside in the yard and getting our pool ready. We’re planning to go to the movies later today – not sure what we’re seeing yet, but I’m looking forward to a day to relax before another busy week of work starts.
May had an extra Monday and that means a special theme day for The Secret Recipe Club! The theme was picnic or BBQ foods. So many options to choose from! My assignment blog was Thyme for Cooking. Such a fun blog name, right?! Katie shares about her life in France, restoring an old farmhouse and all the amazing food that comes along. She also keeps busy with weekly menu planning that she shares over on her other site.
We’re all big fan of mushrooms here and this was another quick and easy recipe to make. All four of us gobbled it up without no complaints from the kids! I can wait to make it again when I can pick tomatoes and basil fresh from our garden.
Speaking of gardens, I finally got mine in on over the weekend. The weather here in PA has been miserable. Too many rainy cold days and now it looks like summer is here…I guess we skipped spring this year. I planted some new varieties of tomatoes and peppers this year and our lettuce and beets are finally starting to peek through the soil. I’m so looking forward to being able to walk out into our backyard and get homegrown veggies. What are you planting in your gardens this summer?
Having breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite meals and recently I’m looking for ways to sneak in veggies into our dinners. My kids have become picky and hate vegetables, but if I can sneak them into something there’s a better chance of them eating them. Anyone else struggle with this? I don’t know what happened. They used to be really good about eating veggies, but then a flip switched and they gag and refuse to eat them. I don’t fight the issue since dinner time falls in “witching hour” and we have enough other problems to work through.
This recipe did the trick and they both gobble it up. I served it with a side of roasted potatoes and some fruit. The squash and kale went perfectly together and made for great leftovers too!
l small acorn squash, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes (butternut squash would work well too)
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
deep dish pie crust, frozen
1 cup diced onion
2 oz shredded kale
1 cup half and half
4 oz swiss cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until the squash is soft and slightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Saute the chopped onion until softened and then add in the kale. Continue to cook until the kale has wilted. Remove from heat and toss in the roasted squash.
While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together the eggs and half and half. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the shredded cheese.
Spread the vegetables on the bottom of the pie crust and then carefully pour the egg and cheese mixture over it. Spread out the cheese if it stuck together.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
Source: Taste and Tell
Lately my kids have been on a veggie strike and I’m not sure what happened! They used to be really good about eating vegetables, but lately any vegetable has been a no-go. They love sausage so I thought I would have a winner with this dish….nope, they turned their noses up at it.
Both my husband and I enjoyed this dish. It was quick and easy to make especially during the week and we had leftovers for lunch the next day. I like the combination of the brussels sprouts and sweetness from the butternut squash. I mean you can’t go wrong with roasted vegetables..we’ll for adults at least.
1 package of sausage links (I used a sweet Italian chicken variety, but use whatever you like.)
8 oz brussels sprouts, halved
1 medium butternut squash, cubed
extra-virgin olive oil
salt & fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the vegetables on the baking sheet and then place the sausage on. Drizzle the olive oil and turn to coat. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
Roast for 25-30 minutes or until your vegetables are fork-tender and the sausage is cooked through and the skin is crispy.
Lately I’ve noticed both of my kids are rejecting vegetables. I’m not sure what happened, they used to be so good about eating salads and now the mention sends them into a tizzy. So needless to say, I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate more vegetables into our meals without them being as noticeable. This dish was a huge hit! Cooper gobbled it and up and asked for seconds! It was a quick and easy meal, especially since the broccoli and pasta are cooked in one pot.
1 lb Italian chicken sausage, casing removed
12 oz pasta (I used orecchiette)
6 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt & fresh ground pepper
In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. Drain fat and remove from the heat. While the sausage is cooking, begin to bring a large pot of water to boil. Once the water is boiling, cook the pasta to al dente and add in the broccoli florets. Reserve one cup of pasta water and set aside before draining.
Return the pot to the stove and add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the garlic and saute until golden and then reduce the heat to low. Add the pasta and broccoli to the pot along with the cooked sausage. Mix well and add in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to create a thin sauce and add any additional water as needed. Serve in bowls and top with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.