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!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic And Bacon
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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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Crowd Pleasing Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving. My absolute favorite holiday. When else during the year can you eat and drink like a pig and it’s totally acceptable to overindulge? We have some Thanksgiving recipes that always appear on our Thanksgiving table. These are recipes that someone brought to the party one year and they became instant family favorites. These are the recipes that people ask for over and over. Every family has those recipes, right?

These Thanksgiving recipes are not new to Mommy of a Monster; I’ve shared them all before. But if you are a procrastinator and have no idea what to serve on the big day, this recipe roundup will help!

Crowd Pleasing Thanksgiving Recipes

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

This Jalapeno Creamed Corn recipe is A-MAZ-ING and we eat it at almost every big family gathering we have. Don’t be frightened away by the jalapenos; you can de-seed them all first so they just add a bit of zip, not heat. This recipe was even featured on BlogHer!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

The Best Broccoli EVER

This broccoli recipe is eaten at our house at least once a week, and Ethan will even eat it as a snack. It’s one of my most highly-pinned recipes, and is my 2nd most popular post. Yep, it’s that good!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Leeks, and Pine Nuts

Brussels sprouts aren’t for everybody, but if you love ’em or if you need a healthy side dish Thanksgiving recipe, this one is perfect. It’s tasty and rich and, well, yummy!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

No Thanksgiving is complete without pumpkin pie…or is it? This Upside Down Pumpkin Cake recipe is my claim to fame and a recipe I don’t give out very often. Make this cake and people will be begging for the recipe, they’ll ask you to bring it again next year, and they’ll think you spent all day baking when really you just dump a bunch of stuff in a pan! And this recipe is featured in Scary Mommy’s (YES! That Scary Mommy!) new book Guide To Surviving the Holidays. For more pumpkin recipes, check out my pumpkin recipe roundup from last year.

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Or if you are looking for something other than pumpkin pie to serve, check out my Holy Cow Cake…it’s my #1 most popular post and recipe!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Not a big dessert fan? After dinner coffee takes on a whole new meaning with my Adults Only Coffee with Kahlua, Amaretto, and chocolate.
This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

What to do with all of those leftovers? I’ve gotcha covered! I love making this Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole after the holiday, but also throughout the winter because it’s the ultimate comfort food!

I’ve also got a whole slew of crowd pleasing appetizer and dessert recipes. You can also check out my Thanksgiving recipes board on Pinterest!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? I’d love to check them out!

Hoppin John: Bring Good Luck To Your New Year By Eating This Traditional Dish

Have you ever heard of the tradition of eating Hoppin John on New Year’s? Do you know what Hoppin John is? I had never even heard of it until last year when I made it for the first time. It was delicious and it’s now going to be our New Year’s Day traditional meal! Hoppin John is a New Year's Day traditional meal; it's thought to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. Try this recipe; it's yummy!

The Story of Hoppin John

In the southern states of the US, eating Hoppin John on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring those who eat it a year of good luck and prosperity. I know I can use that!  The black-eyed peas are thought to symbolize pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes left under the bowls of peas. You’re supposed to also eat Hoppin John with collard (or mustard or turnip) greens, chard, kale, cabbage…basically any greens. Why? Because they add to the wealth since they are the color of money! You can also serve with cornbread since it is the color of gold. 

What is Hoppin John?

Hoppin John is full of black-eyed peas, rice, onion, bacon, and depending on where you are from, other yumminess. Some use sausage instead of bacon or ham hocks. Some people put bell peppers in, others include vinegar. There are many variations to this dish.

Hoppin John: Bring Good Luck To Your New Year By Eating This Traditional Dish
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. cajun, kielbasa or andouille sausage (or substitute 1/2 lb. bacon, cut in pieces)
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound dried black-eyed peas, about 2 cups
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (if you like heat)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups of water or chicken broth
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • Scallions or green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slowly cook the sausage or bacon until crispy in a medium pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the celery, onion, and green pepper and sauté until they begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the black-eyed peas, bay leaf, and seasonings. Cover with 4 cups of water. Cook for 30 minutes to an hour, or longer if needed, until the peas are tender.
  4. While the peas are cooking, cook the rice separately according to package instructions.
  5. When the peas are done, drain out the remaining cooking water. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Taste the peas for salt and add more if needed. Add in the rice.
  6. Serve along side greens (collard greens, kale, or spinach). Garnish with chopped green onions.
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Sounds great right? It’s easy to make and can feed an army by doubling or tripling the recipe. As I mentioned, there are many variations to this dish. I think this year I might do half sausage and half bacon. She Wears Many Hats has a Hoppin John recipe with ham hock and baconOnce a Month Meals’ shares a Hoppin John crock pot recipe. And betsylife shares a really cool twist on the recipe by making Hoppin John with quinoa. Remember when I told you all about the White Trash Cooking cookbook? There’s a recipe in there for Hoppin’ John, and it couldn’t be simpler:

Hoppin John is a New Year's Day traditional meal; it's thought to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. Try this recipe; it's yummy!

Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes Roundup!

I LOVE pumpkin…like everybody else does I guess during the fall season. From pumpkin spice chai and lattes to sweet treats, I can’t get enough of it during this time of the year. Which is why I thought having a pumpkin recipes roundup would be fun!

Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes Roundup

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite things in the world, in fact I’ll be sharing a recipe for mine soon! Ashley over at It’s Fitting feels the same way. She is sharing a recipe for mini pumpkin muffins that I’m pretty sure I could eat them all in one sitting.

Tracy at Sellabit Mum also shares a pumpkin muffins recipe that I can’t wait to try…and I bet the story she shares with the muffins recipe will crack you up!

And my friend Greta at G*Funk*ified shares a recipe for gluten free pumpkin muffins.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

And while they’re not muffins, these Pumpkin Bars with Cranberries are delicious too. But Elaine’s at The Miss Elaine-ous Life has a recipe for Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting that will be on our table this Thanksgiving!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Is there anything better than pumpkin bread? I don’t think so. Anna at In the Next 30 Days shares her super moist pumpkin bread recipe.

Kristin over at Two Cannoli shares her pumpkin cake with frosting. Yum!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Jennifer the lovely lady behind Jennifer P. Williams is hosting  31 Days of Cookies, and these pumpkin snickerdoodles sound simply AMAZING!

If you are looking for quick and easy, this recipe for Simple Pumpkin Cookies couldn’t be any easier. There are only two ingredients. In the time it takes you to mix a can of pumpkin with a box of cake mix, you’re done.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Or what about Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies? YUM! You’ll find the recipe at my friend Laura’s place Mommy Miracles.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

I’ve told you before that Once a Month Meals (formerly Once a Month Mom) is my go-to site for finding awesome recipes. And what pumpkin recipes roundup would be complete without a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

And for a sweet ending, over at Leah’s Thoughts Leah shares a bounty of pumpkin desserts.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

I couldn’t have a roundup without one of my favorite recipes in the whole world…my recipe for Upside Down Pumpkin Cake. It’s so easy to make and you will never eat pumpkin pie again. Scary Mommy even featured it in her Guide to Surviving the Holidays e-book!

Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Nothing says comfort food better than soup. Jennie at A Lady in France shares her honey-mustard pumpkin soup recipe. Definitely on my list to make soon!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Ashley at Fiddle Dee Me shares a recipe for Pumpkin and Shrimp Alfredo that I can’t wait to try!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

A cup of chili con carne with coriander

And this Pumpkin Chili looks and sounds delicious!

Still want more pumpkin recipes? Tonya from Letters for Lucas sent me this pin she found from SkinnyTaste for 50 more pumpkin recipes! These will keep me busy all fall!

And for even more pumpkin, check out my For the Love of Pumpkin board on Pinterest.

If you have a one or two favorite pumpkin recipes to share (especially savory recipes!), feel free to leave a link in the comment section.

Broccoli Recipe For The Best Broccoli EVER!

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a recipe here, so I thought that this would be a good one to share. It’s a broccoli recipe. Why share a broccoli recipe? Because Ethan LOVES broccoli. And by love, I mean the kid could live on nothing but broccoli.

One of his favorite ways to eat broccoli is this broccoli recipe I found on (where else?) Pinterest. He calls it “lemonade broccoli” because you squeeze lemon onto the broccoli before serving it. It’s so yummy and a quick and easy go-to.

Then I found another broccoli recipe (not on Pinterest…through good ol’ Google, but I ended up pinning it) that sounded yummy too. And because it uses frozen broccoli which I always have on hand. We tried it and it was a winner.

The two recipes are actually pretty similar to each other, and what I’ve found myself doing is combining both of them into a new recipe that we make all the time now. It’s Ethan’s new favorite lemonade broccoli, and he will eat as much as I make of it. He even asked for more last night as a snack!

So now I give to you:

The Best Broccoli EVER!

A Quick & Easy Broccoli Recipe

A quick & easy broccoli recipe for the Best Broccoli EVER! 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 6 year old son, eat it as a snack! Yum

The Best Broccoli EVER Quick & Easy Broccoli Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for the best broccoli you will ever have! 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 6 year old son, eat it as a snack!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh or FROZEN broccoli, pieces or florets (if using frozen, just make sure to remove any ice chunks)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 (or more!) garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Place the broccoli in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and stir to get the broccoli completely coated. Add in the bread crumbs and shredded Parmesano Reggiano cheese. Stir so everything is well mixed. Transfer to a lightly greased cookie sheet (TIP: Cover the cookie sheet with foil and grease the foil for easy clean up!) Make sure to get all the crumbs out of the bowl and add it to the top...it's the best part!
  3. Roast in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until the broccoli and all of the other yumminess is browned. I stir the broccoli up one time after about 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  4. Next, zest a lemon over the broccoli. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice over the broccoli add the toasted pine nuts and the grated Parmesan cheese.
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What are some of your family’s favorite side dishes? Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comment section below. And make sure to check out my friend Devan’s recipe over at Accustomed Chaos – Oven Roasted Broccoli with Bacon and Garlic Salt…YUM!

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