Who is a Brussels Sprouts fan?
Yes? No? Not sure? Maybe not?
I was chatting with a friend at work last week that said she doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts, but said she wondered how they would be raw in a coleslaw like salad. She commented that she likes cabbage in coleslaw, but not cooked cabbage.
It got me thinking….. I am a Brussels sprout fan…. adore them roasted…. but I, too, wondered how they would be shredded and served raw in a slaw-type salad.
Then the universe poked me with a nudge, when I saw bags of Shaved Brussels at my local Whole Foods Market!
I bought a bag for me and a bag for my friend.
Trying to eat healthier these days, I decided on a vinaigrette slaw. My friend made a creamy version using Marzetti slaw dressing, and she and her family loved it.
Here is the recipe for how I made mine. Hope you will give it a try!
- 1 12oz bag Shaved Brussels Sprouts (or you can slice/shave your own)
- 1/4 cup finely minced onion
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 tsp. Sugar (or sweetener)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all together and let marinade in refrigerator for at least a half hour before serving.
You can change it up by adding sliced almonds or chopped apples or anything else you like.
Cheers & Hugs,
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Chicken Salad.
On warm Summer days, salads are so great for dinner!
And there are so many fresh ingredients available to mix and match.
I had some fresh Brussels Sprouts and thought they might work great in a dinner salad.
They are so delicious roasted simply with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Then all you have to do is add your favorite greens to a bowl and top with some yummy, healthy additions of fruit and nuts and cheese and protein and more veggies.
The grand finale topping is the roasted Brussels sprouts and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. It is a full meal deal covering all the bases!
Here’s the recipe for the way I made it, but feel free to mix and match and tweak it up to how you like. Roasted Brussels sprouts are a great addition to any salad!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Chicken Salad
- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Chopped Romaine lettuce or your favorite mixed greens
- 1/4 cup chopped carrots
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or almonds or pecans)
- 1/4 cup golden raisins (or dried cranberries or cherries)
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (or your favorite)
- 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced
- Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (or your favorite)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut stems off Brussels sprouts, then cut into quarters. In mixing bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pour into baking pan and roast approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a bowl, add lettuce. On top of lettuce, add carrots, nuts, raisins, cheese, and chicken. Top with a half cup of Roasted Brussels sprouts (or as many as you like – leftovers are always delish too!)
Pour dressing on top, then mix.
Cheers & Hugs,
One of the best things about having a job where you can work from home most days, besides being able to roll out of bed and be at your desk in about 17 seconds, not needing to comb your hair or put makeup on, working in yoga pants and t-shirts, having a furry co-worker by your side, getting to take walks at lunch time….
Ok – there are A LOT of things I like about my job and being able to work from home…
But, one really nice benefit is being able to make healthy and easy leftover lunches instead of going out and eating fast food or having to pack a sack!
Like this salad I made the other day – a small piece of leftover grilled Delmonico steak on top of leftover salad. Voila! Veggies and protein and nourishment that tastes good and is good for me!
And after yesterday’s DECADENCE of those Fudgy Fresh Raspberry Chocolate Chip Brownies, I thought it best to show I don’t always eat like that!
- Always make more salad than you need for dinner and throw it in a Ziploc bag to keep fresh for a day or two.
- Don’t add tomatoes to your salad until serving. Tomatoes completely lose their taste when refrigerated (so never refrigerate them – you don’t – right?!!?!!). Tomatoes also make leftover salad SOGGY. Yuk!
- Make an extra piece or two of your protein – chicken, steak, pork, fish – and throw it in a Ziploc bag too. It can be sliced on a salad, added to a wrap, thrown on a bun, or even just eaten as is – hot or cold – depending on your work day and stress level.
- Keep seeds and nuts on hand to toss in and on things.
- Hard boil some eggs in the beginning of the week, and you always have a quick protein ready.
- Canned beans area also great additions to salads and wraps. Open a can of black beans or any kind you like, drain and put in a plastic container in the fridge. This way you can easily toss on your lunch or pop in your mouth in a jiffy.
- Keep fresh fruit around so you can grab a handful of berries or snack on a clementine or banana or crunchy apple when your tummy gets to grumbling.
Cheers & Hugs,