Category: Dinner

Roasted Brusssels Sprouts

If you never try – you will never know!!

You really may not believe me – but I made this dish for my 9 & 11 year old the other night…. and all they said was, “you put too much salt on them!”

I knew that my 9 year old  & my husband would eat them… but I wasn’t sure if I would or my 11 year old would!  Why is that?  Well I never had them as a kid…. and therefore I’ve always been ‘afraid’ of  making them myself.   Recently, I ate them at a restaurant and couldn’t believe how good they were!! I definitely like them roasted better than steamed – but that is just my preference.

I used this recipe, (only because I honestly had never made them prior…)

I would recommend using less salt… they didn’t need it!!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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Prep Time:10 minInactive Prep Time: — Cook Time:40 min
Level: Easy     Serves: 6 servings

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt ( I like these salty like French fries), and serve immediately.

Per Serving: Calories: 109; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 4 grams; Total carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar: 2 grams; Fiber: 4 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 269 milligrams

Kid Friendly Crock Pot Chicken

If you have school aged children, then you can relate with the crazy schedules – especially this time of year!!

Sometimes to have dinner be totally easy and quick is a wonderful help.

I had heard about this recipe from a number of different mom’s, and thought I would give it a try to see if it really was a scrumptious as they said!!

Easy – I’ll give it that!!

Healthy – I’ll say fair to good.

Kid Friendly – I had a split, ‘one love, one fair’

Would I make it again?…. for sure!!

4 bone in chicken breasts (I used boneless)

1 can cranberry sauce

1 bottle Catalina dressing (I used a half a bottle)

1 package onion soup mix

Mix 3 ingredients in bowl. Pour over chicken. Slow cook 6 -8 hours.

Serve over brown rice.

Steam some vegetables to go with, and dinner is complete!!

Almost had one on the hook…


You have to love the influence friends have on us…. good or bad!!   We had one of my daughters’ good friends over to play and then she stayed for dinner.  I had a dinner plan, and even knowing she ‘doesn’t’ like fish (except fish sticks!)…. I went with it… making sure there were a few things on the plate she definitely liked.

I made tilapia with snow peas, carrots and noodles.  Yummy – right?!  Ok, here is my no fail recipe for my kids – who love this and it is soooo easy to whip up! (my own daughter ate one and a half pieces!!)

On the stove top, I sauté one medium onion and minced garlic (depends on you – but I love it so I add a lot!), then add a 1/2 cup of low sodium chicken broth, 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce, put the tilapia in and I cover it to ‘steam’ it a bit.  Turn once and leave lid off.  The sauce reduces a bit and when flakey…. serve it!!  (If you don’t have broth add a little water instead… it will work too)

Ok, back to our friend for dinner….

I was asked what we were having… I never really answered the question, I just wanted them all to eat… so I skirted the issue – they thought it may be chicken…. I dished it up…. our guest ran to the bathroom – my kids quickly figured out it was fish.  I asked, (ok pleaded) for them not to say anything… but that was my bad – because our guest started to eat the ‘fish’ – liked the ‘fish,’ but as kids do…. mine kept throwing out the hints and innuendos – and she caught on and only ate one more bite! :(

Well, my kids gobbled it up, and our guest ate 1/2 the fish, the veggies and pasta… not bad – but I felt more defeated than her!! I know she liked it but the words overpowered her!! Kids are funny that way!

I’ll get her to gobble it all up next time!!  ;)