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WIAW: Easy Dinner Sides

30 Oct

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

I know that I really only do sporadic WIAW posts…however sometimes I end up with a bunch of pictures of food on my phone that I feel the need to awkwardly take…so might as well do something with them! If you haven’t checked out Jen’s blog yet- go now!  I don’t really have a full day of food to share, but looking through my pictures got me thinking about easy dinner sides that I frequently make.

Generally for dinner, I have a central “meat” and unless it’s a stir fry or curry, 2-3 sides I make to go along with it. I have a semi-picky husband…who so far I’ve really had to train in order to eat some veggies…but there are still some that he won’t eat. So therefore I generally have to make three sides for a dinner: one crossover one we’ll both eat and then another one for me and him respectively (not the most convenient thing but I love to cook so I don’t mind). It’s generally white potatoes or boxed mac and cheese I make for him and another veggie for me I make. Other sides include:

Sautéed or roasted cabbage


Roasted broccoli

roasted broccoli


Roasted cauliflower with cocoa and chili powder

Green beans with onions and garlic


Mashed cauliflower

Carrot Fries **we have these weekly!


Sweet potato rounds (or fries)



Roasted or steamed Brussels sprouts

Really the possibilities are endless. I never understand why people say they don’t like vegetables….obviously they’re doing it wrong! It never occurred to me to put recipes up for any of these since a lot are pretty simple but I guess looking at them now I will. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the sides until then!

What are your go-to dinner sides?

What creative ways do you like to cook vegetables? I put cinnamon on everything!!

WIAW: Lately

12 Jun

Peas and Crayons

I really don’t usually participate in What I Ate Wednesday but I have ALL these food pics just sitting on my phone. I don’t have a day’s worth of eats, just some yummy stuff I’ve made lately that I thought was worth sharing.


This meal was a throw together that ended up being SO good

Grilled zucchini with a runny egg smothered in avocado basil pesto and tomatoes. OMGG


Yummy lunch last week- grass fed burger with grilled zucchini and rutabaga hash. Rutabaga is sautéed in coconut oil and mixed with shredded coconut.



One dinner last week- slow cooker beef shanks with roasted broccoli. I LOVE roasting broccoli or cauliflower in the oven with garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.


Breakfast ( I guess I kind of went backwards) Saturday. Coconut rutabaga hash again with two drippy eggs. You have got to try rutabaga hash if you haven’t. Better than potatoes.


Fancy stem less wine glasses I got for my shower made their first appearance Friday night!


Delicious and colorful salad on Sunday with hard boiled egg, tomatoes, roasted/grilled peppers, banana peppers and scallions. YUM!


And I’ll leave you with the picture of the cupcakes I made for my kids Monday. I held my ground and didn’t eat one but they were devoured in no time. Two more days of school left ! Happy yet a little sad.

Most of my food pictures look nasty, but trust me they tasted good. I always feel inadequate in the ‘great looking food’ dept when it comes to blogging.

Anyone else feel the same way? Food looks nasty but tastes good?!?!

WIAW: Whole 30 Edition

13 Feb


Peas and Crayons

This is my first time participating in WIAW by Jen at Peas and Crayons…. I generally don’t post “what I ate today” posts because I feel like it promotes comparisons. But several people have expressed interest in what I am eating on the new Whole 30 plan I am following, so I decided to participate this week. I also want to track how I feel for my own reasons so bear with me. If you don’t care about how I ate or you are particularly susceptible to comparison & guilt feel free to skip this post! The last thing I want to do is make anyone feel ‘bad’ or ‘unhealthy’ because they don’t eat the same way I do. Eat however makes you feel the best! It doesn’t matter what I do- everyone is different.

Under the Whole 30, I can only eat high quality meat, veggies, healthy fats, and some fruits. I never thought I could plow through so many vegetables in two days!!! So far so good, and I feel way fuller than I normally do. I am basically eating the same amount of food just spread out more (3 meals a day instead of 6) and cutting out grains, dairy, sugar, and legumes. Things I’ve noticed so far are a huge difference in feelings of satiety, as well as amazement at just how many vegetables I’m going to have to eat/buy! I thought I’d have a problem with them going bad…..but no way! This is good because vegetables aren’t expensive. But meat is. I just have to tell myself that it’s worth it for my health! So here’s what day 2 of my Whole 30 looked like:

Meal 1:

Frittata with 3 eggs (!), spinach, tomatoes and onions

Blueberries and blackberries with 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter

coffee (obviously)

I made sunflower seed butter and it.is.awesome.











Meal 2:









Looks disgusting but:

1 cup roasted cauliflower

1 cup carrots roasted with garlic

chicken breast

2 tbsp of avacado


Meal 3:


Pan fried cod in coconut oil and topped with Milanese Gremolata olive oil from Olive a Sudden!

1/2 cup roasted cauliflower (again, yum)

1-2 cups of brussel sprouts

I am obsessed with brussel sprouts. They are so delicious. I roasted them here with white truffle oil and cinnamon pear balsamic vinegar. I finished them with garlic and pink sea salt. I had no problem ‘filling my plate’ with them. I want more of them. Now. But I had to save them for lunch tomorrow. Sad smile


I also snacked on some almonds that I forgot to take a picture of. According to Whole 30, you are not supposed to snack. It means you’re not eating enough. So I guess I have to eat more protein and fat at lunch. Still getting used to this and getting in the grove so hopefully I’ll get it right sooner or later. I am nervous about this weekend, because we are going to be away from home and I really hope I can be compliant. I am not going to over-stress about it when I get there though.

Thanks for reading, and Happy WIAW!

What is your favorite way to make brussel sprouts?

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