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Family Picnic

Schedules are crazy and it seems like we are booked every minute of every day sometimes. So on the rare occasion we actually have a weekend day available with no sports, or work, or birthday parties, or family obligations, we just want to find something to do together that is relaxing (and affordable… because lord knows those sports expenses sure add up). One of my favorite go-to’s is a hike and a picnic together. The weather is almost always gorgeous on coastal Southern California and there are some absolutely gorgeous places to hike. So grab some sneakers, plenty of water, and whip up one of these delicious recipes to put in your Sprucebay collapsible Picnic Basket – my absolute favorite picnic basket… it is insulated, durable, holds a ton of food, and collapses flat so it doesn’t take up a ton of space in the cupboard.


Recipe Ideas:

Pressed Picnic Sandwich – this is my kids absolute favorite sandwich… plus it travels very well and doesn’t have to be kept cold.

From The Crepes of Wrath


BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta, & Avocado – Anything with bacon and avocado is a winner… just wait to put the dressing on the salad until you are ready to eat it. You can pack the dressing separately in a small mason jar.

From How Sweet It Is


Antipasto Skewers – Delicious and mess free! Plus you don’t even have to worry about packing any utensils.

From Two Twenty One


Roasted Chickpea Gyros – This is an amazing vegetarian option.

From Live Eat Learn


Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies  – You can’t have a proper picnic without a little dessert and these salty/sweet treats are just the right thing!




*Disclaimer – I received the Sprucebay Collapsible Picnic Basket either for free or at a highly discounted price in exchange for a review of the product. I will only support/endorse products that I truly enjoy and think would be a worthwhile purchase for my readers.



Posted in Activities, parenting, School, Sporting Events, Sports

Getting Homework Done with Crazy After School Schedules

My children are very competitive and dedicated to their respective sports. My son plays travel baseball with practices 4 days a week and games and tournaments on the weekends and my daughter is on the competition team for her gymnastics studio which means she is in the gym 3-4 days a week and has meets on the weekends. As any parent who has kids in sports or any after school activity knows, it is a challenge to squeeze in increasingly time-consuming homework assignments as well. Education is the main focus in our house and we frequently discuss future college plans. The kids would love to be able to do their respective sports in college, but they also know that the grades have to be there if they want a chance to. We have worked out a relatively effective system and developed some tips for making sure that school comes first and still making it to all of the after school practices.

First and foremost, realize that homework isn’t “fun” and that kids don’t like it. The sooner that you realize that fact and let your kids know that you understand it, the easier it will be to explain to them the necessity of homework. I have frequent conversations with my kids about how, yes, homework is generally “busy work” and not super “educational”. But, it is a great tool to teach them time management skills and responsibility. We discuss how the older they get in school, the less school work is done in the classroom. In college, most of your work is done outside of the classroom and this is great practice on learning how to manage your time and prioritize your responsibilities so that you will be more successful in the future. I think that simply admitting that you realize this work isn’t essential to their grades or their understanding concepts for tests isn’t enough. You must then give them another explanation as to why they are having to do it to help them get past the “it’s boring” and “I already know this stuff” phase.

Create priorities and boundaries. In our house homework has to be completed before practices or games. Period. Generally, our system consists of coming home from school, grabbing a snack, and taking that snack back to their desk to get started on their homework. They know that if they don’t start on it right away it won’t get finished in time to go to practices or games. The hardest part about this is making sure that you stick to your guns and DO NOT let them go to practice until it is completed.

  • Tip: have a designated spot for homework in the house that is fully equipped with any supplies they might need to limit the wasted time of looking for supplies or trying to get situated and set up in a different location each day. My kids each have their own desks in a quiet room of the house that have all of the supplies they might need ready to go. school-970325_1920

Make them responsible for their actions (or lack of actions). If they do not complete their work in a timely manner, it needs to be their responsibility to let their coaches know why they are missing practices or games. Do not make excuses for them and make them explain to their coaches exactly why they are either late or not there at all. I also don’t constantly remind them of how many minutes they have left before we have to leave the house to get to practice on time. They know what time practice is and when we have to leave by, so they have to manage their time accordingly to get homework finished and to get dressed in the proper attire. I make it a point to simply give them one 15 minute warning before we have to leave just in case they are sucked into their work and they lost track of time.

Create a Plan B. Sometimes practices or games simply start too early to be able to finish their homework before going no matter how hard they try. When this happens we implement the “Travel Homework Kit”. First off, reading can be done in the car driving from one location to another so that you can still satisfy the “reading logs” and I tend to stretch their reading logs over the weekends too so that we have a little extra time on weeknights. For example, if they are supposed to read 30 minutes a night I will make it 20 minutes a night and then make up the rest of the time having them read over the weekend. Second, pack a homework kit that includes everything they may need to complete their homework:

  • pens
  • pencils
  • paper
  • erasers
  • calculator
  • ruler
  • colored pencils/crayons
  • highlighter
  • clipboard for a hard writing surface
  • laptop
  • a drink and a snack (That way the “I’m too starving or thirsty to focus” excuse won’t work)
  • etc.

Also, if your kid gets distracted easily by noises around them, pack an iPod loaded up with instrumental music and some headphones so they can tune everything else out.

On occasion, when it is completely unavoidable, my kids do have to sit at each other’s practices with headphones on getting their homework done. My rule is that they must use ALL available time in a productive manner in order to make it to practice, as long as they are constantly focused and working I will occasionally let them finish the rest of their work after practice is finished. As a side rule to this, if this causes any unnecessary problems later, they will not be allowed this privilege any more. Some unnecessary problems that may arise include: being difficult to wake up in the mornings because of staying up a little late to finish their work after practice, being too tired or distracted after practice to get the work completely without me nagging them, or making it a habit to push off work until after practice (it must be a rare event). They know that if I have to fight with them over getting it done I will simply cut out the sports because “School Comes First”.


Posted in Family Days, parenting, Recipes

Making Muffins with the Munchkins

My kiddos absolutely love muffins… not the healthiest of breakfast options, but we always make “mini muffins” and then pair them with an apple and it will suffice on occasion. The kids wanted some muffins for breakfast for their first week of school so we decided to make it nice and easy and “doctor” up some muffin mixes. We are usually pretty busy and have limited time so baking mixes from the grocery store help tremendously.


We decided on 2 different flavor bases… Chocolate Chip and Blueberry. For the Blueberry we went very simple and just threw some rainbow sprinkles in the mix and then made the muffins as the package suggested. Since we made “mini muffins” using our new Bear Bakeware Silicone Mini Muffin Pan the only thing that needed to be adjusted was the cooking time. The mini muffins only took around 9-11 minutes to bake up.


She is very proud of herself.


My daughter might have slightly over-filled these, but thanks to the non-stick pan and a little cooking spray they still came out perfectly. IMG_7571

For the Chocolate Chip muffin mix we got a little “crazier” with our add-ins. We decided to go with peanut butter and banana. First, we took 1 ripe banana and mashed it up in the bottom of the bowl. Then we put in 3 tablespoons of peanut butter and mixed it together. After that it we just followed the package directions for the rest. The Bear Bakeware Silicone Pan was fantastic for these little muffins, not a single crumb stuck to the pan and they came out the perfect “popable” size.


The perfect size!


All done and ready to bag up for school this week.


Do you have any different mix-in ideas for muffins?

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos for Busy Mornings

With school starting back up busy mornings are back! I do my best to plan ahead for busy mornings and crazy schedules to keep myself sane. Make-ahead breakfasts save me a few precious minutes every morning and they make sure that the kids are getting a nutritious meal that will keep them full and energized until lunch at school. It only takes me an extra 30-45 minutes on a weekend morning to throw together a bunch of quick meals for the freezer. I have to feed the kids breakfast anyways so I might as well take a little extra time to make some quick meals for later as well. Today I made a dozen breakfast burritos for the freezer that will be perfect for school mornings.

Here’s how I quickly threw them together:

First, pre-heat the oven the 375 degrees and line a couple of cookie sheets with foil (helps with easy clean up). Lay the bacon and sausage links out on the cookie sheets in a single layer with a little space in between. Pop them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes and flip the sausage links about half way through.

While the sausage and bacon is cooking start on the eggs. Crack 10 eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper, and the milk to the eggs and scramble it up. Put a couple of pats of butter in your skillet and pour in the eggs. Cook the eggs on low while using a rubber spatula to fold the eggs frequently. *** Optional: my kids like things to have a little spice to them, so I squeeze in some hot sauce at this point.



Take the bacon and sausage out of the oven and put it all on a plate covered in napkins to soak up some of the extra fat.


Now it’s time to warm up the flour tortillas. You will need 12 “soft taco” size flour tortillas. There are 2 ways you can warm them up… 1. place all 12 tortillas in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or 2. (my preferred method) you can warm them up directly over the flame on your stove. Place 1 tortilla at a time on the burner directly over the flame and flip it about every 10 seconds until you achieve your desired amount of char. The little bit of char adds some extra flavor and texture to the burritos.

IMG_7521*This sausage and egg burrito has the tortilla cooked on the stove top

IMG_7527*This bacon and egg burrito has the tortilla cooked in the microwave

All that is left is assembly and wrapping them up for the freezer. Place a bit of eggs in the middle of the tortilla, add some bacon or sausage, top with grated cheese and roll them up. I use plastic wrap to wrap them up for the freezer so that they can be thrown directly into the microwave from the freezer for re-heating.

IMG_7528*B for bacon and S for sausage

When you are ready to warm them up on busy mornings, just pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes (time varies depending on your microwave, so check it after a couple of minutes and adjust accordingly). They are super portable so the kids can even eat them in the car if you are super strapped for time!




10 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 package of bacon

1 package of breakfast sausage links

Grated Cheddar Cheese

12 “Soft Taco” size Flour Tortillas


Plastic Wrap

*Optional: Hot Sauce


Check out the Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches too…. Click Here


Posted in meal planning, Oragnization, parenting, Recipes, School

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches for Busy Mornings

Summer is just about over. No more lazy mornings, breakfast at 10:00 a.m., slowing drinking my cup of coffee while browsing through Facebook, it’s back to real life. School starts back next Tuesday, which also means that fall sports for the kids are in full swing, homework is back, I am back to working on a semi-regular basis and the calendar is going to be CRAZY! That all equates to crazy hectic mornings trying to make sure that everyone gets out of the house with everything they need for the entire day (including practices after school) and hopefully that is with a tummy full of something other than a sugary pop tart. The only way that I survive our crazy schedules is by planning ahead. I have a few mellow mornings left so I am using them to pre-cook breakfast items to go in the freezer, starting with Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches!

It is really very easy and actually pretty quick to throw together as long as you multi-task a bit…

First and foremost, get the bacon going in the oven. Pre-heat the oven to 375 and line a couple of cookie sheets with foil for easier clean up. I buy thick cut bacon and cut the strips in half before cooking them so that they come out “sandwich size” when they finish cooking. Line the bacon up on the pans in a single layer and throw them in the oven for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them because the cooking time varies depending on how thick the bacon is cut.

While the bacon is cooking, warm up a skillet and put it in a pat of butter. I cooked the eggs for our sandwiches over-medium-ish (clearly it was very precise). You can fry them or scramble them… totally up to you. My skillet is pretty good-sized and I can cook 4-5 eggs at a time.

The final part of the multi-tasking is toasting up the english muffins. In between flipping eggs and checking on bacon, lightly toast up some english muffins in your toaster. When one is finished toasting lay it out on a large cutting board or work surface “assembly line style” and place a piece of sliced cheese on the bottom half. I opted for super quick and easy american cheese slices, but you can really step up the yumminess of these sandwiches with different cheese options (pepper jack would be awesome).


By the time you have all of the english muffins toasted up and cheesed, the eggs and bacon should be done and all that is left is assembly.


Place an egg on the cheese, top with a few slices of bacon, put on the lid, and you are good to go. Wrap up each sandwich individually with plastic wrap and put them in a gallon size bag for the freezer.



When you are ready to eat on a busy morning: grab a sandwich from the freezer, put it directly in the microwave for 2 or 3 minutes (time varies based on microwave), and enjoy!


Start to Finish Time: 30 minutes

Makes 10 Sandwiches 


Package of Bacon (with each slice cut in half)

10 Slices of Cheese (I used American)

10 Enlgish Muffins

10 Eggs

1 tablespoon of Butter

Plastic Wrap


Posted in parenting, Recipes

Salads for Picky Eaters

Both of my kids have gone through their fair share of picky eating stages and there wasn’t a whole lot I could do about it. Generally, my rule is simple, I cook one meal and you either eat it or go hungry. Well with the insanely high level of stubbornness that my children inherited (maybe just a smidgen of that came from me – oops), they will be more that willing to starve themselves sometimes. So I developed my own strategies to make sure that my rule is still upheld and they still eat. For the most part they will eat any protein that I make, so the problem usually comes in with the vegetables. They like salad, but they do not like the same things in their salad and picking out each and every little thing they don’t like is tedious and drives me up a wall. That is why I make what I have dubbed “The Picky Eaters Salad” to go many of meals.

It is simple, it is a deconstructed salad. I simply use a platter and separate each ingredient so that can choose what goes into their individual salads on their plates. I use whatever ingredients I have on hand and try to give them at least 3 options for add-ins. My only rule is that they choose at least one thing to go with their lettuce.

Here is a sample of the one I made for tonight.


I used romaine lettuce for the base of the salad. The add-in options were: cut grape tomatoes, carrots, celery, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and herbed feta cheese. When it came to serving time, I simply asked the kids what things they would like added to their lettuce.

My oldest, chose to add in carrots, broccoli, and feta.


My youngest simply wanted to put feta in her salad.


When they finish building their salad they love to “season” it by themselves as well… These salt and pepper grinders make the kids feel “fancy” and it helps encourage them to take some pride in their food which in turn makes them more inclined to eat it.

Then I was able to utilize all of the add-ins to have a nice flavorful salad for myself.


This method makes it so that I am still preparing one meal, but it is easily customizable for the picky eating phases. I have also noticed that the kids will occasionally branch out and try new things as well. This evening about half way through her salad, my youngest asked if she could put some celery and broccoli on the side to “try it” with the dressing. Of course I said “yes”!

Add-ins can be anything you have in the fridge or pantry, from vegetables and fruits to hardboiled eggs or nuts and seeds. Get creative and give your kids a variety of options to try out.


*disclaimer – I received the salt and pepper grinders mentioned earlier either highly discounted or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review and support.

Posted in Oragnization, parenting, Recipes, School

School Lunches… Made Easier

School is almost back in session and that means packing 10 lunches a week again. It is hard to make sure that the kids have a healthy lunch to keep their brains fed during the school day and to keep it easy and quick to put together. Sometimes it is next to impossible to just get the kids up and ready and out of the house on time for school…. throwing in having to pack a nutritious lunch can sometimes be the straw that breaks the camels back. Over the last few years I have come up with a few different life-saving (or at least stress-minimizing) methods for making the whole process quick and easy.

  1. Plan Ahead: On Sunday night, or any other night that you have a few extra minutes, pack a bunch of baggies with sides and snacks that can quickly be grabbed and thrown into a lunch box. Clean and cut up a variety of fruits and veggies, portion out crackers and chips, and if you get super ambitious you can even cook up a batch of muffins, granola bars, pizza pockets, corn dog muffins, etc. and sort them into baggies (all of which freeze really well too). I have a list of quick make-ahead recipes for lunch boxes at the end of the post. This process makes getting everything into the lunch boxes exponentially faster during the week.
  2. Organization: Organize your pantry and fridge to have all lunch box supplies together and orderly so all you have to do is “grab and go”. As a bonus, this makes it easy for your kids to make their own lunches as well. My kids know that they have to grab 1 item (and only 1 item) from each of 5 categories. Note: they don’t pack a drink in their lunch box because I have them take a large reusable water bottle to school with them for throughout the day and they use it for their drink at lunch as well.
    1. Main Item – sandwich, wrap, meat and cheese roll-ups, pre-made items from the recipes at the end of the post, leftovers from dinner, etc….
    2. Fruit/Veggie – All pre-cleaned and portioned into baggies ahead of time
    3. Dip for fruit/veggie (this one is optional) – can be ranch, yogurt, peanut butters, other nut-butters, hummus, guacamole, etc.
    4. Chips or Crackers – I lean more towards buying crackers than chips and if I do buy chips, they are either tortilla chips or a baked variety
    5. Dessert – They always are allowed one “sweet” item as a dessert. Sometimes they get super lucky and I will buy mini cupcakes or cookies as a treat or they get to choose something like a muffin, granola bar, pack of fruit snacks, etc.
  3. Make Tomorrow’s Lunch the Night Before: After you eat dinner, your kitchen is already a mess, so you might as well take the time to quickly throw together tomorrow’s lunch boxes so you don’t have to clean up the kitchen twice. Just throw the entire lunch box in the fridge and the next morning all you have to do is add an ice pack and stick it in their backpacks. This will not only save you time in the morning, but you get to skip cleaning the kitchen an extra time.
  4. Occasionally, Rely on Leftovers: There are certain leftovers that we make on a regular basis that make great lunches! My kids know every time we have salad night, pizza night, and pita pocket night that they are getting that in their lunch box the next day. Just a quick tip on salads in lunch boxes: pack anything that should stay crunchy (i.e. croutons or tortilla strips) in a separate bag for them to add to the salad at school and pack the salad dressing in a separate bag for them to pour it onto the salad at school. I use the “snack size” bags to put the dressing in, place the sealed baggie in the Tupperware container with the salad so if it leaks it doesn’t make a huge mess, and then I throw in a pair of kid scissors in the lunch box. The kids know to snip a corner off of the baggie and squeeze the dressing out over the salad.

Here are some examples of organizing the fridge and pantry ahead of time for lunch box prep:

From howdoesshe.comlunch-cart-1

From seevanessacraft.comLunchbox_Station6-copy



From Blessings Multiplied



That’s about it! Do you have any tips or recipes for making the lunch packing process easier?

Recipes for Make Ahead Items:

Healthy Applesauce-Oat Muffins

Blueberry Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

Healthy Flour-less Pumpkin Muffins

Pizza Bombs

Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Soft Pretzel Dog

Perfect Pasta Salad

Soft and Chewy Protein Granola Bars

Chewy Raspberry Apple Granola BarsKid-Approved No-Bake Energy Bites


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Keeping Their Brains Active During Summer

Summer is a pretty long stretch of no school. While I completely welcome this stretch with open arms, I still want to make sure that the kids don’t lose too much of what they learned during the year. Their brain is a muscle and it needs to be worked in order to continue growing. I have 5 different things that I make sure that we do during to summer to keep their little minds exercising.

  1. Summer Bridge Books: These are workbooks that are specifically made to bridge the gap between 2 grade levels. For instance, I bought a “Kindergarten to First Grade” book and a “Third Grade to Fourth Grade” book this year. These books are written so that they review previously taught information from their grade last year and they introduce beginning concepts that will be taught in their new grade level. The work should primarily be able to be done independently and it will make sure that they don’t lose some of those important skills and vocabulary over the summer. Most of these books are also formatted so that the child only has one worksheet (front and back) to complete each day of summer. I only have the kids do the pages on weekdays (just like regular school time) and they usually get them finished in the mornings in about 15-20 minutes. It’s pretty painless.
  2. Read, Read, Read!!! The kids read EVERY single day of summer. I buy them new books as often as they need them and we frequent the library as well. I find ways to encourage reading throughout the entire day. They take books in the car with them to read on the drive, they read during each others practices in their respective sports, they read while I am cooking dinner sometimes, I encourage reading when we are at the beach (if I can get them to sit down long enough), and lastly, I have them read every single night before going to bed. Generally, they do not have a “bed time” during the summer. Instead, they have a specific time they have to be in bed, and then they can read for as long as they want before they go to sleep. For my 6-year-old, this will usually last 10-20 minutes. For my 8-year-old, this will last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on how much he is loving his book.
  3. Play Educational Games: Learning can be fun! Buy some games that are age appropriate and that incorporate math, language, and/or problem solving skills. Balance Beans is a great example of a game that can be played by kids of different ages at the same time and still be challenging to everyone. It incorporates things like logic, physics, and algebra and can easily be tailored to work for a 5-year old and a 10-year old at the same time.
  4. Cook Together: Cooking from a recipe practices a lot of different skills for your child. You are not only covering math with measuring, but you are also practicing reading and following directions… all of which will help them in school and especially during exams. You can even beef up the educational aspect of it by creating “problems” throughout the process. For example, if the recipe calls for 1/2 c. of flour, you can ask your child to figure out another way to make that specific amount without using the 1/2 c. measuring cup.
  5. Take Educational Trips: If you have a free day available take advantage of the museums and historical locations in your area. Visit science museums, museums of natural history, zoos, aquariums, children’s museums, historical landmarks, missions, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure to read up on the location you are going with your kids so that they have some background knowledge before arriving and then engage them throughout the day with questions and observations. Sometimes, if we are visiting a place we have been before we will create a “scavenger hunt” of questions that they must find answers to while we are there. Both of my kids love any kind of competition so this is always a “win” (pun intended) with them.



Disclaimer: I received the Balance Beans game free of charge in exchange for writing a review in this blog. All of the opinions are 100% my own. Keeping Brains Active During Summer - Blank

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Raising Kids in Such a Cruel World

I have completely stopped watching the news. I have given up on politics. I refuse to even begin following any kind of entertainment news. The world has simply put, become so mean. I’m not even really sure if the world is actually more cruel than it was 50 years ago or 100 years ago or if it is simply the fact that the media has way too many avenues to pervert the public opinion. Social media has also created outlets for people to express their opinions without having any real repercussions of their cruel and hurtful words. It amazes me what people will type when they know that no one can see them or confront them in person. And don’t even get me started on this whole “whose lives matter” debacle. Since when did we even get to a point where we feel that we have to specify that a specific group of people’s (whether it is based on race, sexual orientation, profession, etc.) lives “matter”? Um, shouldn’t we value all human life?

I have 2 children who are now faced with a world that lacks filters and kindness in general. How do I raise them to not only be kind themselves, but to also be mentally strong in order to handle the many other people out there who will not be kind in return? I often lie awake at night, unable to sleep, just trying to figure out how to protect them from this cruel world. Then last night I came to realization that I can’t.

I can’t keep them in a bubble, sheltered from cruel words and a world that spends its time passing judgment on others instead of looking in a mirror. They are going to want to be on social media outlets, they are going to experience “mean kids” at school, they are going to hear about what is going on in the world even if I refuse to let them see it on TV at home. So instead of trying to keep them from it all, I am going to do my best to prepare them for it.

I teach my children kindness and tolerance as often as I can. I teach them that they don’t have to agree or understand another person’s situations or decisions, but they do not get to judge it. I teach them that differences in people are what make the world a more interesting and wonderful place to live in. I teach them to put themselves in another persons shoes to try to understand where they are coming from and what the word empathy means. I teach them to show kindness to EVERYONE, regardless of whether they “like” them or not. I teach them manners! A simple “please” and “thank you” and holding a door open for someone can brighten their day. I teach them that NO ONE is beneath anyone else, regardless of profession, race, sex, religious affiliation, physical appearance, or anything else. Everyone is treated with kindness and respect. I also teach them that not everyone else feels this way and that they can’t let that break them. They need to be strong and know that they are important and worthwhile without having society tell them that. Lastly, as difficult as it might be sometimes (and I am by no means perfect), I do my best to teach them all of these things through example. Your kids watch you, listen to you, and emulate you. Help show them what kindness looks and sounds like.

I hope with all of my heart that while I can’t change the world and the way it behaves for when my kids grow into adults, I can at least help put a little extra love and kindness in it by raising kids who care about others feelings.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Sriracha Sauce

Brussel Sprouts are one of favorite foods of all time! I use brussels sprouts all year round in a variety of ways. I use them raw and shaved thin in salads, deep-fried as an appetizer, steamed with a lemon aioli drizzled over the top, in casseroles, your are only limited by your imagination. They are especially delicious roasted at a high temperature so that they get crispy, frilly edges that give the brussels sprout a nuttiness. Mmmmm, my mouth is watering just writing this.

Well one afternoon my husband was craving some brussels sprouts and together we came up with the idea of making some sort of sweet-heat sauce to drizzle over the top of them. Plus, as a total bonus… there are only 4 ingredients! Here is how to make the dish:

Pre-heat your oven to 450 F. Wash and clean you brussels sprouts. Then halve or quarter them depending on how large they are. Basically you just want each brussels sprout piece to be around the same size so that they cook evenly in the oven. The brussels sprouts were huge at the market! So yummy! IMG_4868

Once you have them cut evenly and in a bowl, pour some extra virgin olive over the top, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and toss them around to get them evenly coated.

I recommend covering your cookie sheet in a later of aluminum foil to help make clean up easier. Then evenly spread out the sprouts and pop them in the oven for 30-40 minutes. You are looking for the edges to be golden brown. IMG_4866

Now to make the super easy 2 ingredient sauce… you need sriracha mayo (found next to all of the other mayonnaise at the grocery store) and some honey. Mix them together in a bowl and lightly drizzle it over the brussels sprouts. Reserve the rest for dipping on the side. IMG_4865IMG_4856




Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Honey Sriracha Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30-40 minutes

Pre-heat oven to 450 F.


3 lbs. Fresh Brussel Sprouts

2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

1/3 c. Sriracha Mayo

2 Tbsp. Honey