Category Archives: Vegetables

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I plan on making roasted Brussels sprouts as one of the sides. This is far easier than my other Brussels sprouts recipe and yields the same crispy, golden brown result.

If you haven’t gotten the taste of the bitter, boiled version out of your mind when you first tried them 20+ years ago, give these a shot. I read somewhere that they bred the bitterness out of them, hence why they are so popular. Not sure if that is why they taste better, or if it’s because we’re all cooking them in every method except boiling.

You can make your own variations with this simple recipe. If you like onions or crumbled cooked bacon on top, then do it. Or you can roast them with just olive oil and salt.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1.5 lbs. Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup Thinly sliced onions (optional)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse Brussels sprouts. Cut stems off sprouts and cut each in half. In a large bowl, coat sprouts in olive oil. Place sprouts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt, spread onions on top. Roast for 8 minutes, move them around with a spatula so both sides get brown. Roast for 8 more minutes or until they are tender and golden brown. Serve warm.

**I had really small Brussels sprouts to work with, so 16 minutes worked for me. If yours are larger they may take a longer time, or you can quarter each sprout rather than halve them to reduce cooking time.

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Kale Chips

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Since moving to Georgia, we’ve joined a farmer’s market co-op for a weekly basket of fruit and veggies. In our basket this week was a bunch of kale. Two things come to mind when I think of kale: Zuppa Toscana from the Olive Garden, and kale chips.

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Since I heard so many people around the web boasting how great kale chips are, and some of them even go as far to say they’re better than potato chips, I thought I’d give them a shot.

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For one thing, they’re way easier than making potato chips. No deep frying here. Just rip up the clean leaves, coat with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle some salt, and bake until crisp. They are a lot healthier than potato chips, and like potato chips have that same satisfying crunch. They also smell great baking in the oven.

I wouldn’t, however, say they’re better than potato chips. But they are an excellent substitute if you’re trying to eat healthy. Just be sure to watch the oven as they’re baking; once they turn brown they get really bitter. I’d recommend baking a small batch first to see how long they take in your oven and go from there.

Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale
  • olive oil
  • salt

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Pull kale off of stems and tear into small pieces. Wash and dry. Drizzle olive oil (I used about 1 Tbsp for a large bowl full of kale). Place kale on baking sheet; try to prevent them from overlapping each other. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 8 minutes or until kale is crispy. Watch the oven to make sure they don’t turn brown or else they are really bitter.

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Directions with Photos:

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Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

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Pull kale off of stems and tear into small pieces.

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Wash and dry.

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Drizzle olive oil (I used about 1 Tbsp for a large bowl full of kale).

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Place kale on baking sheet; try to prevent them from overlapping each other. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 8 minutes or until kale is crispy. Watch the oven to make sure they don’t turn brown or else they are really bitter.

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I had some of the smaller leaves start to turn brown, and they are, in fact, bitter. Try to tear the kale into uniform sizes so the smaller pieces don’t burn before the larger ones crisp up.

Mine also crisped up by 8 minutes. I’ve seen recipes say to bake them for up to 33 minutes at 275 degrees.  Unless my oven is out of whack, just watch yours carefully to see how long it takes you to bake.

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