Cooking, isn’t hard.

A lot of people ask me how I find the time and energy to cook everyday, because they “just don’t want to.” Upon a little more questioning, more often than not, it’s the prep time that deters someone from standing in the kitchen. Here’s a tip and something I repeat often, it isn’t hard. Nobody ever said things had to be diced, chopped or look nice.

Easy Friday Dinner

  • Whole carrots
  • Whole brussels sprouts
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Brown mustard (excluding any grain-y type)
  • Kosher salt/pepp
  • Oil (rubbed the steak down with it)
  • Grass-fed flank steak

This was dinner last Friday. I washed whole carrots and sprouts, tossed them in a grass-fed butter and mustard mixture, sprinkled with kosher salt/pepp and roasted in the oven in a glass dish (side note-the veggies didn’t quite have the mustard-y flavor I was wanting, so next time, I’ll add more, and maybe some mustard powder 🙂 ). I started them about 20 minutes prior to Seth grilling the grass-fed flank steak, which was also just lightly seasoned. Dinner, done.DSC_0098DSC_0101P.S. Everything re-heated well, for additional meals.

EASY!

My Favorite Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables, although I didn’t realize it until about 2 years ago. For the most part, my love of them was roasted with a little oil, kosher salt/pepp, and that was it, until I tried this recipe: http://www.wholeliving.com/150865/roasted-brussels-sprouts-and-grapes-walnuts

Not only is this recipe so flavorful, its gorgeous, and it set me out on a journey of cooking sprouts in new ways:

I *think* Fall has settled in, here in San Diego, and this is the perfect time of year for roasting vegetables. When I first made it, I didn’t measure anything. The addition of thyme (I didn’t have fresh, so I used dried) is probably my favorite flavor 🙂

Here are some fun facts on Sprouts:

  • First widely cultivated in sixteenth-century Belgium, which is where their name comes from
  • Key dietary recommendation of the American Cancer Society
  • Contain a chemical called sinigrin, which suppresses the development of precancerous cells
  • High in isothiocyanates and sulforaphane, which inhibits cell proliferation, neutralizes carcinogens, and detoxifies environmental toxins
  • Supply good amounts of folate, potassium, and bone-building vitamin K, as well as small amounts of beta carotene

Source: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why, Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., 2007

Lemon Balsamic Roasted Sprouts

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.

I roasted brussels sprouts again, weeee! Did I mention they have truffle salt (aka, crack!)?

Lemon Balsamic Roasted Sprouts

  • Halved or quartered (if large) sprouts
  • Garlic macadamia oil
  • Truffle salt
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Roughly 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar

I washed and trimmed the sprouts-FYI, sprouts are very, very buggy. Even if you buy them pre-washed and cleaned, I guarantee if you cut them in 1/2 you’ll find worms or bugs. Almost every time. Then I tossed them lightly in garlic macadamia oil and sprinkled with truffle salt.  I popped them in the oven to roast at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes until browning.

I took them out and tossed them in a bowl, squeezed the fresh lemon over top, and drizzled the balsamic vinegar.

Next time, I’ll be making a quadruple batch.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Bake

I am obsessed with brussels sprouts. Ob-freaking-sessed. One of my favorite restaurants here in San Diego (http://www.searocketbistro.com/) has a shredded brussels sprouts side on their menu that is To. Die. For. (also, a grass fed bacon jam burger too). This inspired my dish, although I altered it slightly.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Bake

  • Shredded brussels sprouts (buy a bag at TJ’s or pulse whole in food processor)
  • Garlic infused macadamia oil (higher heat tolerance)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh grated gruyere
  • Whole garlic cloves
  • Kerrygold garlic herb butter (grass fed and pastured)

I dumped the bag of shredded sprouts in a glass baking dish, drizzled just a bit of the garlic macadamia oil, dash of salt/pepper and then tossed to coat really well. It does not take very much oil at all. Then I freshly grated just a little bit of gruyere cheese on top and tossed that in. I love roasted garlic, and it is so beneficial for health, so I took a handful of whole cloves and sprinkled them on top.

Before

I put this in the oven at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes (shredded cook much quicker than whole!), and when it started browning/crisping, I took it out, and placed 6 thin slices of Kerrygold garlic herb butter on top, and then put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so.

After

Next time, I’ll make without the cheese, but I had a small piece of a wedge that needed to be used. I will add even more whole garlic, too 🙂 This recipe was tossed together in roughly, 8 minutes?