The Morning After……

No not the morning after that (get your minds out of the gutter). I mean the morning after a holiday weekend.  After turkey, trimmings, pie, and stuffing yourselves full of delicious treats.  If I could give one piece of nutrition-holiday advice it would be to not worry about a day, or even a few days of indulging.  Get back on track eating healthfully and moving, and don’t stress about those bites of potatoes and cookies.

You’re probably ready to eat some veggies….no?

brussel sprout stalk










MMMM…..brussel sprouts!!!  Have you ever seen brussel sprouts on the stalk?  That’s how they grow, but usually in the grocery store they are already picked off for your convenience.

Now before you all head running in the other direction at the sight of brussel sprouts, hear me out.  Brussel sprouts were my least favorite vegetable until I had them prepared like this.  And even the boyfriend loves them.  The sprouts turn sweet and crispy on the edges, and the sweet and spicy flavors play off each other beautifully.

Maple-Cayenne Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Serves: 4 as side dish. 2 sprouts lovers with leftovers

Time: 10-15 minutes prep, 35-40 minutes cooking


~ 1 pound brussel sprouts (I used the whole stalk but that ended up being quite the bounty)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp – 1 tbsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)

1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Wash and cut up brussel sprouts.  If they are large, you probably want to quarter them, otherwise cutting in half is fine.  On baking sheet toss sprouts with maple syrup, olive oil, salt and cayenne.  Place in oven for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, flip them on pan and place back in oven for 15-20 minutes or until sprouts are “fork-tender” and golden brown.

Unfortunately-no photos of the end product  because I was too busy gobbling it up!

Let me know if you try this recipe.  I think it would look great on a holiday table, and can be jazzed up by tossing some pomegranate seeds or toasted pecans on top.

Thanksgiving is a time to feel grateful, give back to great , volunteer, discount shop, watch football, and eat lots of food. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday spent with the ones you love and thinking of those less fortunate.

p.s. sorry for the slow month of November over here.  I plan on whipping out my camera more often, and typing up some more posts for the upcoming few weeks and hopefully beyond.  Perhaps even a guest post or two will make its way over here.  Stay tuned.




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3 Responses to The Morning After……

  1. Brussels Sprouts are my new fave vegetable! I never used to eat them, ever, but I recently tried them with lots of spices and seasoning. So good!

  2. Gina D

    Sweet and spicy sounds wonderful! I will have to try them this way.

  3. Christine

    MY FAVORITE! (stolen from you, of course)

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