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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Growing up in a busy household of five children (four boys & 1 girl) my mother was pretty much cooking all the time. I loved what she made us, however, dreaded the nights where I would see her cutting and trimming brussel sprouts and proceed to boil them in water for a VERY long time. Suddenly I would develop a stomach ache and told her I was not hungry. I just didn’t like eating brussel sprouts made that way (sorry mom).

Fast forward to adult hood, I LOVE brussel sprouts, especially ROASTED.

Below is my very own recipe you can make tonight (would go great with our Shepherds Pie).

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts (serves four)

1 1/2 lbs Brussel sprouts

125-200 grams (3-4oz’s) of diced pancetta

2 tablespoons of good olive oil.

3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon regular salt)

4-5 tablespoons of good quality balsamic vinegar

Fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Trim and cut the brussel sprouts through the core keeping some loose leaves. Place (spread them out) on a sheet pan or in suitable oven proof dish. Toss with pancetta, olive oil, salt sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. Roast brussel sprouts for 25-35 minutes tossing 1/2 way through. Remove from oven, transfer to a serving dish, drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve hot.

roasted brussel sprouts

 

I Do Not Want To Be My Families Short Order Chef Anymore

Ever find yourself making separate dinners for your kids, I know I have. Dinner time should be about everyone enjoying what you have made. Not “we had broccoli last time” or – “cant we have plain pasta and parmesan cheese ” which by the way is not a healthy dinner on its own. So how do you find a solution to you not spending so much time in the kitchen? I suggest that everyone in the family gets to choose their favourite meal and incorporate that into the weekly meal planner. Obviously this needs to be within reason, and cheerios and milk are nice for breakfast with some fruit but not for dinner.

When you plan out your dinners make sure you stress the main food groups, protein, vegetables and starches. If you are vegetarian make sure you include other sources of protein such as beans or tofu. Also, it does not have to be over the top fancy, nor should you spend all day preparing dinners. Aslong as your kids feel they are being heard when it comes to telling you what they like they will more likely be open to other new ideas and food tastes. It is so very important to expose them to new taste at a young age, it will help them truly understand what they like and dont like.

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Plan Ahead – Make a Schedule

Planning a week at a time is too daunting. Start with two or three days and it doesn’t have to be fancy. It should include lean meat (protein) whole grain and vegetables. Cut up raw carrots, cucumber and cherry tomatoes to make quick and easy additions.

 

Introduce New Foods Slowly

Children are adverse to trying something new by nature. I could never get my daughter to eat raw vegetables. When she was little,  I cut up a red bell pepper into thin strips – called them red french fires and she gobbled them up.

 

Don’t Become A Short Order Cook

Years ago I got into the habit of making separate meals – bad idea. I drove myself crazy. I started to prepare one meal and that was it – kids will often mimic their parents so ultimately they will eat the dinner you serve them.

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