Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic And Bacon

Garlic. Bacon. Need I say more? Today I’m sharing a recipe for roasted Brussels Sprouts that are absolutely delicious! I know, I know…you don’t like Brussels Sprouts. A lot of people don’t. My kids don’t….or they didn’t until they tried these. While they will probably never be a favorite of the kids, I know if I make them this way that they will eat them.

Not a fan of Brussels sprouts? This recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic, bacon & more will make you one! Includes a recipe for the best broccoli ever, too.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic And Bacon

While the garlic and the bacon are a must to making these roasted Brussels Sprouts delicious, I also add in a couple of extras: pine nuts and shaved Parmesan cheese. Why? Because the kids will eat anything I put pine nuts and cheese on. Turns out it actually tastes pretty damn good too!

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Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 pounds brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon, diced
  • 2 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shaved (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cover a 13X9 baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Put the Brussels sprouts in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Add remaining ingredients (except the cheese) to the sprouts. Gently toss to have the ingredients cover the sprouts (I use my hands.)
  5. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes, or until tender.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
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This recipe may seem a bit ambiguous. For example, I say 2 – 4 garlic cloves. That’s solely based on your family’s taste preferences. For us, more is better. The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily adjust it to suit your family. I wouldn’t omit the balsamic vinegar, bacon, or fresh garlic though because that’s really where all the flavor comes from.

Not a fan of Brussels sprouts? This recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic, bacon & more will make you one! Includes a recipe for the best broccoli ever, too.

Another veggie some people aren’t big fans of is broccoli. This is a quick & easy broccoli recipe for the Best Broccoli EVER. No really, it’s the 3rd most popular post on my blog. It’s delicious and it’s versatile. Serve it as a side dish, toss it into some pasta with chicken and eat it like a meal, or if you’re like my son, eat it as a snack!

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Baked Asparagus Recipe: It’s Kid Approved Delicious!

This baked asparagus recipe is simple to make, delicious, and kid approved! And it pulls double duty - make it two different ways with one recipe! Prep it the same way, wrap in bacon, and grill for a completely different taste!

Asparagus. You either love it or hate it; there’s no in between. Jason and I love it, while the kids aren’t as big of fans. So I’m always trying to come up with ways to make it taste good so they’ll eat it. And I finally nailed it with this baked asparagus recipe!

Instead of just putting olive oil and salt and pepper on it, I started playing with different flavors. I know that the kids love my Best Broccoli Ever recipe (it’s one of the top 3 most viewed recipes here on my blog and one of my most pinned ones on Pinterest) because it’s got garlic and lemon and cheese, so I decided to do baked asparagus the same way.

This baked asparagus recipe is simple to make, delicious, and kid approved! And it pulls double duty - make it two different ways with one recipe! Prep it the same way, wrap in bacon, and grill for a completely different taste!

Baked Asparagus

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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus spears, trimmed (the thinner the spears, the better!)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, minced (if you don't have fresh, you can use the dried)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Course sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the asparagus on a foil lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, garlic, cheese, salt, and pepper. Using a spatula, mix the spears around to coat with all the ingredients. Arrange the asparagus in a single layer.
  3. Bake until just tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
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A note and a tip…

TIP: Do you know where to cut the asparagus spear when you are trimming them? It’s simple. Take a spear and bend it. It will break at exactly the spot where the tough stalk that nobody wants to eat meets the tender spear! You can either do this to each spear, or to save time, just do it to one and then line all the rest of them up on a cutting board and use that one spear as a guide to chop all the rest.

Note: The reason I say 1 – 2 tablespoons and salt and pepper to taste is because it just depends on how much flavor your family likes. If your family loves garlic, add more! Pepper is the devil to my kids, so I add less pepper. I add more lemon juice because they love it. Make the recipe to suit your family’s tastes.

This baked asparagus is super simple to make and takes no time at all to prep and cook, so it’s the perfect side dish on busy weeknights. And it’s kid approved!

But this recipe does double duty. Instead of baked asparagus, why not grill them? Over the weekend, the weather was amazing so we grilled baby back ribs for dinner at my sister’s house. I made grilled asparagus. I followed the instructions for the baked asparagus, but once I got them all prepped, I wrapped them in bacon and scewered them instead!

This grilled asparagus recipe is simple to make, delicious, and kid approved! And it pulls double duty - make it two different ways with one recipe! You can bake it for a completely different taste!

We grilled them for about 20 minutes, and then put the lemon juice on them at the end. They were delicious!

This grilled asparagus recipe is simple to make, delicious, and kid approved! And it pulls double duty - make it two different ways with one recipe! You can bake it for a completely different taste!

How do you like your asparagus cooked? The next time I make this asparagus, I’m adding cooked bacon. I also can’t wait to try this recipe for baked asparagus with balsamic butter sauce…YUM! I’m always looking for new ways to make it so if you have a recipe you love, please share!

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Make A Quick & Easy Dinner With Minute® Rice!

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Looking for a quick, easy, and DELICIOUS dinner recipe? Look no further than Minute® Rice! I'm sharing a crock pot recipe, but Minute Rice's website has over 400 recipes! MinuteMeals AD

If there’s one thing that my kids will eat every time I make it, it’s rice. So when I was invited to attend a Minute® Rice event yesterday with a handful of other bloggers, I jumped at the chance!

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We had a blast learning more about Minute® Rice and even trying some delicious recipes using the rice in ways you might never even consider…like in Banana Bread! I’ll be sharing a new favorite that I tried yesterday soon.

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Whether you’re cooking a busy weeknight dinner or for a holiday celebration, Minute® Rice makes making delicious food quick and easy, which makes it a great pantry staple. Minute® White Rice allows you to have great-tasting, fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes! If you prefer the nutty, rich flavor of brown rice, Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice is a nutritious option and is ready in just 10 minutes, about a ¼ of the time of traditional brown rice! Both varieties are gluten free, too.

I really liked the Minute ® Multi-Grain Medley, the newest product from Minute® Rice. It’s a blend of four gluten-free, 100% whole grains, including long grain brown rice, Thai red rice, wild rice and quinoa. It’s delicious and I see it becoming a new family favorite. It also cooks in just 10 minutes. And bonus! Minute ® Multi-Grain Medley comes in pre-portioned bags, making it even easier to prep for your meal.

Quick & Easy Dinner Idea With Minute® Rice

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One of our favorite recipes is my Cheesy Chicken & Veggie Bake, made with Minute® White Rice of course. Cut up some chicken and sauté in a bit  of olive oil with some frozen veggies. We used broccoli and corn – you can use your family’s favorites.

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Stir in a can of low fat cream of chicken soup, and put it all in a 13×9 baking dish.

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Top with cheese, and bake for about 25 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders, chopped
  • 2 cups of your family's favorite frozen veggies (I use broccoli and corn)
  • 1 can (2 if you like it more creamy) of cream of chicken soup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 - 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sauté the chicken in the olive oil over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in veggies and continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Stir in the cream of chicken soup. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 baking dish.
  6. Top with cheese [i](Note: I top it with cheese because a couple of kids don't like cheese. If your family likes cheese, mix half of the cheese into the chicken mixture and top the mixture with the other half)
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
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Easy peasy! Since it only takes about 10 minutes to prep and I can cook the rice in just 5 minutes, it makes it easy to get dinner on the table super fast.

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No time to cook chicken? Pick up some rotisserie chicken at the store and chop it up. Add a different flavor of your favorite “cream of” soup and your family’s favorite veggies. Delicious!

My kids also love when I cook the rice and stir in add raisins, milk, and honey for a quick and easy breakfast before school.

What’s your family’s favorite rice recipe?

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The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit: Learn All About It!

Disclaimer: I was provided a free Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit. All opinions expressed are my own.

Weight loss. I’m back on the wagon. AGAIN. I need I simple way to lose weight, and the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart totally fits the bill!

Looking for a quick way to see if the Jenny Craig program would work for you? The3-day Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart is it!

The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit comes with premade food, so there’s no meal prep (which is one thing I really hate when I’m losing weight. I like that it allows you to sample 23 Jenny Craig menu items (that’s three days of food!) without spending a lot of money. It also includes a TON of info so that you can learn about the Jenny Craig weight loss plan and see if the food is right for you before signing up at a Jenny Craig center or at Jenny Craig Anywhere, their one-on-one support program that’s done over the phone or on via Skype.

Looking for a quick way to see if the Jenny Craig program would work for you? The3-day Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart is it!

Having premade foods that are easy to grab and go fits my lifestyle perfectly. I can easily eat on-the-go or at home, and it leaves me full and sastisfied. And I lost a few pounds too! “Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.”

I like that there’s no hefty price tag and no long-term committment…it’s only 3 days and I can do anything for three days! If you chose to continue on the plan, you can save money ($50) towards more food when you sign up with Jenny Craig.

Looking for a quick way to see if the Jenny Craig program would work for you? The3-day Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart is it!

What Does the Jenny Craig 3 Day Weight Loss Starter Kit Include?

  • Samples of 23 Jenny Craig menu items (you’ll need to have a few things on hand like milk, fruits, salads, low fat salad dressing, and veggies.
  • A certificate for a free consultation for any Jenny Craig center in the U.S. or via telephone with Jenny Craig Anywhere
  • $50.00 food credit if you sign up with Jenny Craig

The food is good, it’s quick and easy to prepare, and I am considering continuing along on the program.

If you’re interested in the Starter Kit, head over to Walmart. You can only get it there! You can also find it in-store in the diet/weight loss aisle for around $45, and it’s really worth it. It’s tasty, convenient, and nutritionally portioned so you don’t have to think about calories or fat grams.

So what do you think? Will you be trying out the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart?

Non-Sandwich Lunch Box Ideas

Making lunches for school. I can’t tell you how much I don’t like to do it! It seems that the kids are never happy with what I pack but if I ask what they’d like, they say they don’t know what they want. I share lots of recipes here on my blog, so I started to go back through and look for some of their favorites to see if I could make them for their school lunches. Here are some of my favorite lunch box ideas for the kids’ lunches!

Non-Sandwich Lunch Box Ideas For School Lunches

If you're looking for non-sandwich lunch box ideas for school lunches, I have several healthy ones for you! Even your non-lunch-loving kids will like these!

Lila is not a big fan of lunch, so I normally just pack her fruit and yogurt, or even cereal. One of her favorite things to have is this Tropical Fruity Yogurt. I make a batch of it and serve it to her a few times during the week, and they all like it as a snack, too!

If you're looking for non-sandwich lunch box ideas for school lunches, I have several healthy ones for you! Even your non-lunch-loving kids will like these!

These Nut-Free Chocolate Power Balls are always a hit too.

If you're looking for non-sandwich lunch box ideas for school lunches, I have several healthy ones for you! Even your non-lunch-loving kids will like these!

Ethan’s favorite lunch is this Layered Hummus.

If you're looking for non-sandwich lunch box ideas for school lunches, I have several healthy ones for you! Even your non-lunch-loving kids will like these!

I make half the recipe at the beginning of the week, and then just scoop it into a resealable container and serve it with pita chips.

And this recipe for Peanut Butter Apples is the kids’s favorite lunch and snack!

If you're looking for non-sandwich lunch box ideas for school lunches, I have several healthy ones for you! Even your non-lunch-loving kids will like these!

This one could be messy to pack, so I cut up some apples (here’s how to keep apples from browning) and mix up peanut butter, chocolate chips, and the coconut in a resealable container. That way, they can dunk the apples in the peanut butter.

Now all of these recipes originally started out as after school snack ideas, so the kids think they are getting a treat when I pack them for lunches. And what do all of these lunch ideas have in common? They’re messy! So don’t forget to also pack Wet Ones Singles for them to use to clean off their hands after they finish lunch (and before they begin eating, too!)

If you're looking for non-sandwich lunch box ideas for school lunches, I have several healthy ones for you! Even your non-lunch-loving kids will like these!

I love that with Wet Ones, their little hands can be clean and ready to dig in to their favorite school lunches. Since I know Wet Ones are America’s #1 Hand Wipe , I can be confident that Wet Ones Singles will clean their messy hands and kill 99.99% of germs!They’re hypoallergenic, and thanks to their Aloe formula, they won’t dry or irritate your skin like hand sanitizers can. This is a real plus in my book especially because Lila has really dry skin and hand sanitizer end up burning when she uses it.

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And while looking for lunch box ideas, I stumbled across this AWESOME and free lunch calendar printable at Diary of a Recipe Collector. The kids love looking through the “menu” each night to decide what they’d like in their lunch the next day. We’ve added some of their favorites to it, too!

So make sure to pick up Wet Ones Singles for your kids’ school lunches. And if you have any non-sandwich lunch ideas to share, I’m all ears!

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