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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Holiday season is upon us again. What better time to master some vegetarian side dishes. If you start with fresh, preferably organic, ingredients you are not far away from a great tasting meal or side dish. Roasted Brussels Sprouts is one of those.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

What you need:

  • A nice bunch of Brussels Sprouts (trimmed and cleaned)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 or 2 Cloves of chopped Garlic (optional)
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Cut Brussels Sprouts in half and place on baking sheet along with chopped Garlic
  3. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of Olive Oil over Brussels Sprouts and Garlic. Mix with your hands to make sure everything is coated with the oil. Add some Salt & Pepper, to taste
  4. Turn Brussels Sprouts with cut side facing down on baking sheet (this will give the nice roasted look)
  5. Roast/bake for about 25 minutes, until Brussels Sprouts are tender and nicely browned on the bottoms
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is a very simple and uncomplicated recipe, but it will make your Brussels Sprouts very tasty. Of course you could add various ingredients to this dish (lots of people like to add bacon), but sometimes it’s nice to just have a minimalist side dish. For the holidays it’s also great to have a lighter and healthier dish, like this one.

Enjoy!

Annika

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Perfectly Roasted Asparagus

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I love roasted and grilled vegetables! And it’s so easy to make. If you know what to do, that is : ). No one likes soggy veggies, so the trick is to roast the veggies at the right temperature for the appropriate amount of time. Asparagus roast up very quick, the thinner variety. This is a perfect side dish for almost any dinner, including Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. A light vegetable side dish.

Perfectly Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

What you need:

  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Asparagus
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
Asparagus

Asparagus

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Trim off about an inch of the ends of the Asparagus
  3. Place Asparagus on baking sheet and drizzle with some Olive Oil (about a tablespoon) to coat
  4. Arrange Asparagus in a single layer, then season with Salt and Pepper

    Asparagus

    Asparagus

  5. Roast/Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes
Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

This makes perfectly crunchy and tender asparagus. How easy is that?

Enjoy!

Annika

 

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Healthier Banana Bread – With Oats and Almond Milk

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I love banana bread, and of course it’s THE perfect way to use up overly ripe bananas. You would think that banana bread should be pretty healthy, but not necessarily. Some recipes call for 1 cup of sugar for one loaf or cake. Yikes! The bananas are already sweet. In this recipe experiment I chose to use half the sugar, I added some apple sauce and almond milk for moisture, and I also added some oats for texture and fiber. I thought the result was pretty tasty, but you can give this it a try and decide for yourself.

Healthier Banana Bread – With Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

What you need (for 1 Cake):

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Oats
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar (I used brown, but white would be fine too)
  • 1/2 Cup or 1 Stick of Softened Butter (pop in microwave for about 15 seconds)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Egg – Whisked
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Sauce
  • 3 Ripe and Mashed Bananas
Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease or line a 9×13 inch Baking Pan
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar together.
  3. Add whisked Egg
  4. Add Almond Milk and Mashed Bananas
  5. In separate bowl whisk together Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Oats, and Cinnamon
  6. Add dry ingredients (flour mixture) to wet ingredients (banana mixture) – and combine well.
  7. Pour batter in to baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 F
Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Enjoy!

If you prefer your Banana Bread to baked in a loaf pan, bake for 50-60 minutes

Annika

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

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Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

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Last night I was making some vegetable soup and I thought to myself “some fresh baked bread or biscuits would really go nicely with the soup”. So, I decided to whip up some biscuits. I followed the super simple recipe for Old-Fashioned Biscuits on the back of my flour bag. I used regular organic all-purpose flour and regular butter, but exchanged the cow’s milk with Almond Milk. In my short experience using Almond Milk it seems to always make my baked goods moister and just tastier. Also, my body does not love a bunch of regular milk anymore – so all in all, using Almond Milk is a win-win. (Not if you have nut allergies obviously).

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

What you need (for 6-8 biscuits):

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (optional)
  • 1Teaspoon Salt (or less depending on taste)
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup of Almond Milk (I used Toasted Coconut Almond Milk, but you use Plain or Vanilla)
Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. In a medium/large bowl mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt)
  3. Add cold diced butter to the flour mixture. Break up/crumble butter with your fingers or pastry cutter.
  4. Add milk slowly (stop when dough is sticky and combined).
  5. Add some flour and knead dough until nice and soft and “fluffy”
  6. With your hands form 6 big balls and place on floured or greased baking sheetFullSizeRender (17)
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes
Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

These biscuits are wonderfully moist and flaky! Delicious! But remember not to eat the whole batch! These are not “health-food”.

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from Bobs Red Mill

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