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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

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Roasted broccoli

roasted broccoli

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Roasted cauliflower with cocoa and chili powder

Green beans with onions and garlic

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Mashed cauliflower

Carrot Fries **we have these weekly!

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Sweet potato rounds (or fries)

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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.

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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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

 

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Meal 2:

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Looks disgusting but:

1 cup roasted cauliflower

1 cup carrots roasted with garlic

chicken breast

2 tbsp of avacado

 

Meal 3:

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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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