Easy is how I roll these days. If I can not make it in under 30 minutes, it’s not happening at this house. I forgot how busy our weekends get when the snow melts and the sun shines. It’s crazy around here and needless to say, pan fried Brussel sprouts with lime, cilantro and pine nuts fits into our ‘cracra’! I laugh because I use to HATE Brussel sprouts and now we get frustrated when we run out! These little green bulbs are amazing, when cooked right. That said, I’m not sure I’d love steamed Brussel sprouts, but when you kick them up and add items to them….they taste AMAZING!!
I like to make a huge batch for dinner, if we do not eat them all…they become a great breakfast vegetable dish. Nothing goes to waste here, I prefer morning after vegetables because the flavors marinate more together in the fridge as they set.
16 oz Brussels sprouts thinly cut
1/4 cup filled loosely with fresh chopped cilantro
It’s a lazy day at our house. Our home is currently being dusted by white stuff (aka: snow) which causes me to hibernate. The husband is going on week two of his ankle surgery recovery. Needless to say, it’s been a busy past two weeks and I’m not complaining about consuming a few extra DVR recordings today! I’m catching up on NCIS, NCIS:LA and CSI:CYBER. Up next will be Quantico…I’m three episodes behind. Guess one could say, I enjoy the mystery and solving them within an hour television show (they hold my attention). Do I dare venture into the Hallmark Movie’s….those suck me in for a while.
Ok, onto food…Are you looking for a simple side dish next week? If so, my tomato basil salad could be the recipe for you! If not, but are looking for an easy simple recipe, then this is your recipe! I’ll admit, we make this on Christmas because of the colors (red & green). This dish goes over very well and family members have asked for the recipe (and then laugh because it takes amazing and is so simple to make).
I feel it’s time for a little update. Life is crazy with summer approaching…warm weather is here with longer days! It’s hard to believe I have been 80/20 Paleo for more than three years and Paleo Gone Sassy blog is coming up on her 2nd birthday! I’m not sure if I should say WOW or DANG!! Where to start…
First, I love social media because it helps me connect with other people whom are interested in a healthy lifestyle. You can find Paleo Gone Sassy on Facebook, Instagram and now Periscope. I use facebook to share recipes, articles and pictures. Instagram is my favorite out of all the social media outlets because I truly believe a picture says a thousand words. Periscope and I are just becoming friends…like we are on day three of our relationship. Periscope allows you to video stream live and then saves it for others to view past the recording. I did enjoy whipping up some Honey Mustard Squash on Periscope and showing how to do it and proving how simple the recipe is.
Next, I feel accomplished. Losing weight was never my goal when starting Paleo, rather feeling better was. On this journey I have lost close to 70lbs and now pretty much maintain my weight for the last year…a pound up or down. With losing 70lbs, I had fat to lose but in my mind it was the energy I was craving…and yes…I found LOTS of it now! However, it’s been a journey feeling comfortable because with time I see myself as the ‘old me’ and have a hard time processing why people will walk past and not recognize me. Again, pictures say a million words and they help me realize the accomplishments I have made.
Top picture was taken in April 2015. Bottom picture was taken in November 2011.
If I had to wrap up my life now I’d use a few words: dedication, motivation and determination. Dedication is a word I feel resembles me well. I’m very dedicated when it comes to creating success both in my personal life and professionally. Paleo keeps me motivated to see what my body can do both physical and mentally. I also find I have motivation and others around me keep me motivated to do the best…yes I might be a little competitive! Oh determination…I would not be where I am today without determination. I was determined to become healthy and now I’m determined to stay healthy and spread the word eating healthy is not about counting or calculating. I challenge you to think what words best describe you…and how do those words make you feel? My hope is you are proud of the words you created for yourself!!
Life is crazy and sometimes I forget to stop and smell the flowers. I’m fortunate to surround myself with people who remind me to breathe, life will be ok if I stop for a minute! Some people dread the kitchen for cooking, instead I have found it grounds me and is my stress reliever! There is just something about putting on an apron which energizes me and creates an inner peace after a busy day.
I love caprese salads! However, my stomach does not love the fresh mozzarella. I use to LOVE to order these at a restaurant. However, I have swapped the fresh mozzarella for prosciutto and it tastes amazing! The prosciutto has a smooth taste, just like the mozzarella. I pack this for lunch sometimes when I’m in a hurry!
Sweet potato and cilantro dip is an easy recipe to make for a side dish or as a healthy appetizer. I know many people LOVE dips! I have used left over cilantro dip as a salad dressing too. This is a universal recipe and you can do a lot with these two items. This is my quick and easy ‘go-to’ recipe when I’m in a time crunch because the sweet potato can be baked before making this dish.
Sweet Potato and Cilantro Dip
Sweet Potato Ingredients
2 large sweet potatoes
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cloves garlic
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
Sweet Potato Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1 inch square pieces.
3. Coat the squares with olive oil and salt
4. Bake sweet potatoes for 24 minutes, turning every 8 minutes.
5. Sweet potato squares should be soft, but not mushy.
6. Allow sweet potato squares to cool before eating this dish.
7. You may place toothpicks inside the sweet potato to allow for easy dipping.
Cilantro Dip Directions
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high.
2. Pour dip into a small bowl to serve with sweet potato squares.
3. Dip can served warm or cold. If you choose warm, microwave for 1 minute.