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CRISPY CAESAR SPROUTS

May 15, 2019

Crispy sprouts are amazing! This dish can turn any brussel sprout hater surprisingly around. Just ask my husband, who requests this side dish weekly now.

No mushy spouts here. These little cabbages get roasted in the oven at a high temp until the leaves get dark and crispy.

Now to make these sprouts even better they get tossed in a delicious Caesar dressing for the best ever brussel sprout recipe! It’s just like Caesar salad but better because its tossed with crispy warm sprouts and the dressing is simple and healthy – not the usual Caesar dressing.

The Caesar dressing is a creamy vinaigrette made with no eggs or mayo instead Greek yogurt provides the creaminess while also giving you extra nutrition boost of protein and probiotics!

Sprouts are bursting with vitamins and minerals. Like vitamin K which supports bone health and vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps immunity, tissue repair and increases the absorption of iron. In just 1/2 cup the following nutrients meet 81% vitamin C, 8% fiber, 137% vitamin K and 12% omega-3 of your daily recommended needs.

How to Make Crispy Brussel Sprouts:

Preheat oven to 450.

On a rimmed baking sheet toss trimmed and halved sprouts with olive oil, salt & pepper.

Bake sprouts for 20 minutes until leaves are crispy. Shake baking sheet a few times during roasting process to ensure even cooking.

While sprouts bake, prepare the Caesar dressing. In a small bowl whisk together full fat plain Greek yogurt, dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, anchovy paste. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Set aside.

When sprouts are all golden and crispy remove from oven and toss with Caesar dressing. Finish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.

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Loaded Lentil Kale Soup

February 2, 2019

SOUP. It’s just so uncomplicated. Simple ingredients, minimal prep, and leftovers. It really is the best, cook once eat for 2 days (sometimes 3 days) kinda recipe. Soup is also a great make-ahead meal and sometimes soup just taste better the next day after the flavors have melded together. I’m not gonna lie, I love leftovers. I am not picky at all about eating leftovers for 2-3 days in a row. Give me a comment below if you’re with me!!

A couple a things first about the soup. One, it’s loaded with nutrition. Lots of protein & fiber thanks to those those tiny nutrient-rich lentils and cannellini beans. My favorite dark leafy green Kale gets added by the handfuls. Kale is awesome for soups because it holds up its texture without getting mushy even if you plan on reheating later. Kale is a nutrient powerhouse loaded up with fiber, iron and antioxidant goodness.

With all these plant-based vitamins and minerals this warm bowl of soup will give your immune system a boost, keeping you healthy during the cold season. In fact, kale and beans, like lentils contain substantial amount of zinc which is key to fighting off any cold. Plus you’ll be more energized (thanks to all the b-vitamins) and make all those good little microbs in your gut so happy.

FACT: Your gut is the door keeper to your health, weak gut = weak immune system.

This recipe, is so simple, basic pantry staples come together quickly for a warm and cozy night in. Paired with a glass of wine I’d say a weeknight in sounds good to me.

One pot dishes are some of my favorite weeknight meals to make because it requires minimal pots/pans and quick clean up. Everything pretty much goes in one pot and you just let this simmer away for about 20-30 minutes. With a few little add ins at the end, this soup is done! How quick is that!? Now that weeknight meal is starting to look real good!

TIP: Don’t like kale, sub in fresh or frozen spinach instead.

I finished this lovely soup off with some grated Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked pepper along side a toasty slice of some crusty bread. DONE!

I hope you enjoy this loaded lentil soup for a healthy & cozy night in.
If you make the soup let me know how you liked it in the comments below & post a picture on Instagram using #platefulnutrition