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April 8, 2011

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts are one of my absolute favorite vegetables!  I have found so many delicious and simple ways to prepare them.  Not only are they the perfect side, snack or even meal, they are packed with nutritional benefits.  Brussel sprouts are loaded with Vitamin K, Vitamin C and many other phytonutrients that are said to prevent cancer.  They are also very low in calories but keep you feeling full from the amount of fiber and protein.  Today I am going to share one of the most basic ways to prepare your brussel sprouts.  I love to cook a whole bunch at a time and keep the leftovers in the fridge for a few days to snack on.  Brad never knew he would be eating brussel sprouts at least 2-3 times a week and LOVING it!!!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts
1-2 cups brussel sprouts
2 Tbl. olive oil
2 Tbl. chopped garlic or garlic powder
1 tsp. Kosher salt
Wash the brussel sprouts then cut in half, lengthwise.  In bowl, combine brussel sprouts with olive oil, garlic and salt.  Toss to coat.  Lay brussel sprouts in a single layer on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes then flip and continue baking until softened and slightly crispy.   
Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!
April 8, 2011

Fiber Muffins

These muffins were a special request from Brad.  The recipe is from a friend of ours, Shane.  It combines oats, whole wheat four, bran cereal and flaxseed.  It’s an easy way to add lots of whole grains and fiber to your day.  If you are not familiar with flaxseed, it can be found at Whole Foods or some groceries.  It has a grainy, nutty flavor that I add to yogurt or oatmeal every day.  It is full of omega-3s and fiber.  This is a great combination for absorption of vitamins and minerals while also keeping you feeling satisfied longer.  The ingredients leave you with a few options in how “healthy” you want to make your muffins.  This recipe makes about two dozen.  I like to bake all of them and freeze some in separate bags for later.  Do the work once but enjoy them work-free later!
2 cups Kellogs All-Bran cerear
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 c. warm water
1 c. raisins
2 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. crisco oil (or substitute 1 1/2 c. ground flaxseed meal-thats what I use)
1 1/2 c. sugar (or I substitute Splenda for baking)
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Combine bran, oats and water.  Set aside.  Beat oil, sugar, and eggs.  Combine baking soda, salt and flour.  Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk to oil mixture.  Add cereals.  Stir in raisins.  Spoon a heaping tablespoon of mixture into lined baking cups.  Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes.
Hope you like them!!!