Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

Brussels Sprouts Virgin

I am happy to announce that tonight I have officially tackled one of my 2010 Resolutions! I am off to a good start! Tonight I made a vegetable which I have never made or eaten before in my life.

Behold:

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The Brussels Sprout!

I must admit I was a little (ok, a lot!) intimidated by trying the Brussels sprout! They get a pretty bad wrap. It’s always the vegetable that people complain about or stay away from. It even gets made fun of most in the television sitcoms as what the kids won’t eat!

Tonight I decided to tackle these bad boys head on! They don’t looks so bad, right?  wicked 281

The one thing that got me excited right away about Brussels sprouts was the amazing health nutrition. These little green nuggets are high in Vitamin C, contain lots of antioxidants, are a fabulous source of fiber and provide the body with a great source of potassium. With a nutritional lineup like that, what’s not to love?

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When I cleaned and sliced open the sprouts I was loving the fresh smell that they were giving off. They smelled like they looked: Green!

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When I mentioned my resolution was to try Brussels sprouts, I was sent an awesome recipe by Michelle that she got from a Clean Eating Magazine! Michelle is from Australia! G’day girl!

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The recipe called for me to slice up the sprouts.

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I also cut up a clove of garlic and with some olive oil I added it all to the frying pan to get sizzling!

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They were so pretty once they got browning! The recipe called for the sprouts to cook for about 2-3 minutes, then sautee for 5-7 minutes.  Next up you add enough water to the bottom of the pan, maybe 1/2 c. and cover and steam for about 5-7 minutes

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While the sprouts were heating up, I decided to mix up the sauce. Ingredients included:

2 TB almond butter

2 tsp tamari

2 tsp agave

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1-2tsp lemon juice

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I mixed everything together in the bowl and once the sprouts were done I tossed them in the mixture right before serving.

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With the sprouts I made some pasta with veggies and sauce. I also decided that if I was making dinner and if I was going to be trying something new, then fiancé had to try it too!  He was a good sport about it!

Do you make your significant other try your eats?

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The Brussels sprouts mixture wasn’t the prettiest creation I ever made, but it was tasty!

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It was hard to toss the sprouts in the peanut butter mixture, but I tried my hardest to make it pretty for the blog!

Does this look right Michelle?

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Can I also tell you that this was SERIOUSLY HOT! My mouth was on FIRE the entire time I was eating them. I enjoy a good spicy meal, but this took it to a whole new  level.

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Luckily I had my pasta dish too.

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I ended up putting my sprout mixture on top of my pasta to ease the pain from the heat. It took the edge off a bit, but it was still crazy hot. I liked it a lot and I ate it all, but next time I would cut down on the spices a bit.

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It was still really good! And guess what? I am a Brussels Sprout believer! I loved them! I can’t wait to try them out with different recipes and add them to my meals!

Thanks so much for the recipe Michelle! You rock girl!

Do you like Brussels Sprouts? Do you have any good recipes to share with me? I would love to try any!

Also I posted earlier about the Disney Princess blogger meet up! Our little list is growing! Come meet us if you can! 

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Disney Princess Blogger Meet-Up

Do you feel like all the blogger meet ups are in Orlando these days? I do! But you know what I say – If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! I wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know of a fun blogger meet up that is happening early next month. If you are running in or volunteering at or cheering for friends at the Disney Princess Half Marathon or if you live in the Orlando area, a few of us are planning a little get together.

The race is Sunday, March 7th but we were planning on having a blogger lunch (potentially at Pizza Fusion) on Saturday, March 6th.

Megan created a Google spreadsheet which you can check out here. If you are interested in coming and meeting some fellow bloggers, add your name to the list! We are trying to get an idea of number of people interested.

The more the merrier, so I hope lots of people can come! This will be my first big blogger meet up, so I am super excited!

Hopefully I will get to see YOU there! :)

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Disney Princess Blogger Meet-Up

Do you feel like all the blogger meet ups are in Orlando these days? I do! But you know what I say – If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! I wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know of a fun blogger meet up that is happening early next month. If you are running in or volunteering at or cheering for friends at the Disney Princess Half Marathon or if you live in the Orlando area, a few of us are planning a little get together.

The race is Sunday, March 7th but we were planning on having a blogger lunch (potentially at Pizza Fusion) on Saturday, March 6th.

Megan created a Google spreadsheet which you can check out here. If you are interested in coming and meeting some fellow bloggers, add your name to the list! We are trying to get an idea of number of people interested.

The more the merrier, so I hope lots of people can come! This will be my first big blogger meet up, so I am super excited!

Hopefully I will get to see YOU there! :)

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An Acai Green Monster

***Another blog update! I have added an “All About Running Section on the left hand side of the blog! I wanted to put everything running related all in one place. This section includes Race Recaps, Favorite Products, Running Routes and More! Check it out here and let me know what you think!"***

Anywho, another crazy Tuesday in my little world! The only thing I am enjoying about my school schedule is that I have my longest and busiest day on Tuesday. Last semester I had everything on Thursdays and the week seemed to drag on. Now all my craziness is over the first day of classes! So when today is over its smooth sailing for the rest of the week! Win!

The only way to start my busy day off on the right foot is a big old green monster!

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The wonderful people over at Perfect Acai sent me some to try in my morning monsters! Acai is one of the highest rated antioxidant fruits in the world. So its pretty much the perfect addition to my monsters. When I smelled the acai it smelled like tea to me, so I was interested to see what it would taste like in my green creation!

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Here are some benefits of acai from the website:

  • Essential Vitamins and Minerals – Including Iron and Calcium
  • Omega 3, 6 and 9
  • 10 times the antioxidant power of red grapes
  • Double the antioxidant power of blueberries
  • 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Amino Acids
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    Some more from the website: According to some research, the nutrients found in the açai berry have been attributed to everything from slowing the aging process and warding off cancer to preventing heart disease, while contributing to overall health and wellness in these important ways:

    • Increases energy
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Enhances immune systems
    • Promotes healthy skin
    • Improves libido
    • Aids weight loss
    • Promotes healthy sleep

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    The Perfect Acai gave my monster a hint of berry flavor! It was quite lovely! It also made my green monster a little darker than normal, but with all those extra nutrients, it was a welcome change in color!

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    I enjoyed my monster with a slice of Vermont Bread Company white toast with some peanut butter on top! The perfect breakfast, if you ask me!

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    I am off to take on my crazy day of classes! Have a good Tuesday!

    Also, if you missed my Progresso Soup Giveaway and still want to win some soups and an awesome mug, check out Carly’s Progresso Giveaway here! She’s got a great blog going on! Go Enter!

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