My Best Brussels Yet!

I am very proud of this side dish!  If you can even call it that, because it is so wildly flavorful, texture-full, and satisfying!!  And it came from my own brain!!  I actually had a different direction that this was going to go, but they were missing some of the ingredients I desired (I am not going to tell you what, because maybe I will find it and try agin and it will be amazing too!!).  So I grabbed a butternut squash.  Why not?!  Then I realized I had some pineapple leftover…and it all just came together!

Mr. Rodgers is madly in love with Brussels Sprouts.  It baffles me since he is not big on veggies, except this one.  And most people feel quite differently haha.  I was never crazy about them growing up.  Then I had them roasted and the rest is history!  A true love story! ❤

Anywho.  My love is even more deep now.  So I would like to share with you…my best Brussels yet!!

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Carton Brussels Sprouts, Trimmed and Halved
  • 1 Sm Butternut Squash, Peeled and Diced (Small!)
  • 1/2 Large Pineapple, Diced
  • 5 Tbsp Grassfed Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*
  2. Prep your veggies!  I always buy mine whole, but you can also get squash and pineapple pre-skinned and cut 🙂  Put squash and brussels in a bowl, saving the pineapple for later.
  3. Melt butter and honey in a microwave safe dish.
  4. Whisk in vinegar and garlic powder.  Reserve a tablespoon or two of the “sauce” for later.  Dump the rest over the brussels/squash and toss to coat.
  5. Pour brussels/squash onto a baking sheet (foil covered for easier clean up), and slide into your and bake about 25 minutes.
  6. Add pineapple chunks, stir, and continue cooking 15-25 more minutes, until veggies are browned but tender in the middle!!
  7. Remove, sprinkle with reserved sauce, stir, and serve!!  And make your family Brussels Believers!  😀

 

Peectures!

 

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Summer Skewers (Summer Grillin’!)

One of my favorite memories growing up: when my parents  led a group for single people in our church that wanted to get together, have fun, grow in God, and serve the community.  They would meet at our house often, and there was always lots of fun, lots of people that would pass me around cause I was so cute (hehe!), and LOTS OF FOOD!  The best was our shish kabob parties!!!  Everyone would gather around, grab a skewer, stab what they want, and dad would grill all day long!  I could never wait for our shish kabob parties!!!

So I have decided…to try and give you some inspiration for your own shish kabob party!!!  Obviously shish kabobs are the kind of thing that you can make up as you go…the possibilities are literally endless…if it can be stuck on a stick and grilled, then its fair game.  But just in case you don’t wanna think too hard…or just want a combo that someone else has tried and enjoyed…then read on!  It was real tasty, and one thing I loved about it was how far it stretched…I prepped everything I thought I would need for Jay and I to eat, then we ended up with two of our friends at our house!  I was so nervous that we wouldn’t have enough….and then we ended up with too much haha!

So, here’s what you need:

Steak:

  • 1 lb steak, cubed
  • 1/3 C Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Amino Acids (our soy sauce substitute)
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley, minced
  • 2 Leaves Basil, minced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • Pepper to taste
  • A pinch of pepper flakes

Chicken:

  • 1-2 Large Chicken Breasts, Cubed
  • 1/2 C Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp lemon
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2-1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

Additional Goodies:

  • 1 Onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 Red Pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 Green Pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 Fresh Pineapple, cut into chunks
  • Bamboo Skewers

Now I know that sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t complicated or scary I promise!!  And if you are a foodie, you will probably have most of those things in your kitchen any ways!  It’s so worth it!!

So, here’s how you do it!

  1. To get the full affect, start prep somewhere between 3 hours to the night before.
  2. Chop your steak into bite size pieces.
  3. Whisk the rest of the “steak” ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Pour about 2/3 of the marinade over the meat in a ziploc bag or bowl.  Seal and put it into the fridge until ready.  Save that remaining marinade!
  5. Chop your chicken into bite size pieces.
  6. Whisk the rest of the “chicken” ingredients together in a bowl.
  7. Pour about 2/3 of the marinade over the meat in a ziploc bag or bowl.  I’m sure you can see where this is going .  Seal and put it until the fridge until ready.  Save that remaining marinade!
  8. About an hour before grilling, soak your skewers in water so they will not burn.
  9. Next, when you are ready to start assembling, prep your veggies.  Put your onions in one bowl and your peppers in another.  Now it’s time for the remaining marinades!
  10. Take the reserved steak marinade and toss it with the bell peppers.
  11. Take the reserved chicken marinade and toss it with the onions.
  12. Now…gather the family!  Place everything out in bowls and let everyone build their own custom skewers!  Treasure a fun moment together in the kitchen!  A nice break from being alone in the kichen until everyone sits down to eat.
  13. You’re good to go, grill away!  I would say medium heat, about 10 minutes…until the chicken is cooked through and there are little bits of char throughout.  Feel free to baste with something…barbecue sauce, maybe more marinade if you have more left over…but it works just how it is as well!

Yummm!  How fun is that?!

Pictures! Pictures! Pictures yaaaay!

First, the night before (or at least a few hours in advance) prep your meats!  Cut both meats into bite sized pieces.

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Mix up your steak marinade, toss 2/3 of it with the meat, and put it in the fridge until ready.

Summer Skewers 2Repeat with the chicken marinade…

Summer Skewers 3When ready to get things rolling, get your skewers soaking, then prep your veggies!  Toss the bell peppers with the reserved steak marinade…

Summer Skewers 4And your onions with the reserved chicken marinade…Summer Skewers 6

Now put everything out in bowls and gather the people you love most to have a skewer party!  He’s so cute.  Though I don’t necessarily recommend his method hehe.  This is one of his favorite meals ever.  🙂

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Make sure to enjoy the moment.  Heheheee.  Laugh a little.  I love that there Mr. Rodgers.

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Now take them out to your grill and toss them on, I’m thinking medium heat for 10-15 minutes.  Just make sure the chicken is done and you have a little char! 😉

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Like so!  Yummmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!  I boiled some quinoa with ours and it was all we needed!

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Pile o’deliciousness.  Fantastic.  Enjoy!!  Be inspired!!  What is your favorite shish kabob combo?!

Crispy Charred Brussels and Pineapple

Again, I face the challenge of changing the way people view Brussels Sprouts.  The poor, judged and misunderstood vegetable that is so good for you, and can certainly be dang tasty when given a chance!  You just have to treat it right 😉  Haha.  I just made Brussels Sprouts sound like a woman.  Treat her wrong, and she’ll shrivel up and waste away and you’ll never know what she’s worth.  Treat her right and she’ll shine and the world will praise her 😉  Wow.  Deep.  Two points for me 😛

That just happened.  Boom.

ANYWAYS!  Wow.  Focus.

I decided to try this recipe because it is chocked full of my husband’s favorite things.  Pineapple and almonds and soy sauce…happy happy Mr. Rodgers.  I like to make Mr. Rodgers happy 😀  Cause he makes me happy.  I bet it would make some people in your family happy too.  So you should try it.  Ready, GO!

Adapted from http://rachaelwhite.me

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Brussels Sprout, rinsed, trimmed, and cut in half
  • 1 1/2 C Fresh Pineapple, Chopped (This is if you like lots of pineapple.  You can do less if you want)  Sidenote…YOU PUT DOWN THAT CAN OF PINEAPPLE!  Keep it fresh, yo!  If you are afraid of cutting pineapples, I showed you how I do it in my Salmon with Pineapple Salsa post.  You can leave the pineapple larger for the Brussels Sprouts though 🙂
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 C Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Braggs Amino Acids, maybe more if you like it more salty!  You can always taste and adjust. (You can use soy sauce, Tamari if you are gluten free 🙂 )
  • 1/3 C Sliced Almonds

Aren’t those fantastic sounding ingredients?  Yummy.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prep your pineapple and sprouts and put them in  a bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and the 1 Tbsp of honey.  Drizzle over the Brussels, and toss to coat.  You can add a small amount of salt if you desire, but you will be adding amino acids (soy sauce) later.  I usually start without salt if amino acids/soy sauce will be involved, cause you can always add salt later 😉
  4. Add almonds.
  5. Pour the Brussels and pineapples out on to a foil lined cookie sheet.  Place in the oven for about 30 minutes, until they are crispy and charred.  Yum!  Turn Brussels over halfway through cooking!
  6. Whisk together amino acids and remaining tsp of honey, drizzle over Brussels/Pineapple mixture, and toss to coat.
  7. Eat and be merry!

Rinse and trim your Brussels Sprouts, and cut them in half.

Charred Pineapple Brussels 1Chop your pineapple and add to the Brussels.

Charred Pineapple Brussels 2Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp honey.  Drizzle over the pineapple and Brussels and toss to coat.  Add almonds.

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Pour out on a cookie sheet…

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Put in your preheated oven.  Roast for about 30 minutes, turning once.  They should be charred, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside 🙂

Charred Pineapple Brussels 5Yummy crispy deliciousness!!! Whisk together amino acids and the remaining honey, drizzle and toss 🙂  Enjoy!