Easter Side Dish ~ Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Easter is in a week and everyone is getting their menus ready. The typical Easter dishes usually includes, of course a Baked Ham with Brown Sugar , Classic Deviled Eggs, Macaroni and Cheese and perhaps Scallop Potatoes. Just listing all of that makes me hungry. I love these dishes and I will definitely be making my Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, but I do enjoy a few lighter side dishes. One of my favorites and it’s super easy, is my Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts. They are crispy on the outside from the parmesan and nice and soft on the inside. I get it, not everyone is a brussels sprout fan, but throw some cheese on something and honey they will eat it. All kidding aside these are pretty good and they are super easy.

If you are the one that is preparing Easter dinner, my advice, do not make every dish super complicated. I leave that to about two or three dishes and the rest is delicious and easy side dishes. Entertaining is all about spending time with the ones you love and sharing lots of laughs and memories, over family favorites.

For this recipe, I add a balsamic glaze sometimes with beautiful green basil leaves to give it some freshness. It’s Spring after all and herbs are an excellent way to add more flavor and brightness.

Oh yeah! Do not forget to Set the Table with Love. Enjoy!

Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs brussel sprouts (trimmed & halved)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • balsamic glaze (optional)
  • basil leaves for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Add parchment paper to a cookie sheet.
  2. In a bowl, combine the trimmed and halved brussels sprouts with the remaining ingredients. Toss together to coat all the brussels sprouts.
  3. Lay the brussels sprouts onto the cookie sheet, separate them, so they do not touch. This will help them bake and steam.
  4. Add a little more parmesan cheese on top of each one, to help created a crust.
  5. Cook 16-18 minutes. Serve Immediately or add balsamic glaze and basil as a garnish.

Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze


Food can be healing art ~ Vegan Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

I love to eat. I love food. I love flavorful food. I love the smells of different spices. My best friend Tami laughs at how I cook. I take my spices and I smell them each. I can tell by the smells which spice will pair well with the next to bring out the best in the ingredients the will be adorning.

I started to soup out with wanted to make a Thai Sweet Potato soup. I love Thai food but I am very allergic to lemongrass. Yes, I could eliminated the lemongrass, but I wanted something authentic. So I went with Garam Masala. Garam Masala is broken down as this, garam means (“hot”) and masala means (a mixture of spices) is a blend of ground spices common in North Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It is used as an every day season, just as we use season salt, but healthier.  The word garam refers to “heat” in the Ayurvedic, meaning “to heat the body”. These seasonings elevate body temperature. This is one reason why I love Garam Masala, it has healing properties ,because of the spices and herbs to are used to make it.  The seasoning recipe can be different just a bit according to the region. In my recipe I used Simply Organic Garam Masala, which includes cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper and coriander. You could make your own if you like, but this is a very good one that is just enough spice for me.

This soup was made for one or two servings. It’s Vegan and get’s its creaminess from the coconut milk. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have today for lunch.

Vegan Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
Vegan Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Vegan Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potato Soup 

* This is a rough recipe, off the top of my head, LOL. I would suggest adding the vegetable broth and coconut milk a little at a time and blending, if you need more, use more based of your preference of thickness.  Enjoy!! 

1 large sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped

1 1/2 cup organic vegetable, maybe more if you like it a little thin

1/2 cup creamy coconut milk ( canned ), you want the creamy part of the coconut milk, not the water

1 tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil ( but melted coconut oil)

1 tbsp. organic maple syrup

1 tbsp. garam masala

1/2 – 1  tsp. cayenne pepper, based on your spicy preference. I used 1/2 tsp.

1/2 tsp. sea salt

coconut milk whipped for garnish and a sprig of mint

Vegan Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
Vegan Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

On a cookie sheet place two layers of parchment paper and add the chopped sweet potato. You can add oil and maybe salt, if you like during the cooking process, but I just put my potatoes on the parchment paper and baked on 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until tender.

In a blender, Vitamix or Ninja, add all the ingredients, starting with the potatoes. except the whipped coconut and mint. Blend thoroughly, until all ingredients are smooth. If it’s too thick add more vegetable broth and a little of the coconut milk. Just a little at at time. Blend and add to a pot, warm it up on a medium heat , stir and pour into a bowl.

I added the rest of my coconut milk, some maple syrup and a little sea salt in my Ninja. Blended it all together and you have a nice whipped coconut cream. I drizzled it over my soup making these designs and added a sprig of mint.

Set the Table with Love and Eat Soup! 🙂

Roasted Maple Butternut Squash Soup ( Vegan)

I love this time of the year. FALL is upon us. I enjoy the bounty of this season. Fall brings us so many wonder vegetables like squashes, apples, pumpkins, parsnips, cabbages and so much more.  Well I found the most beautiful butternut squash and decided to make it two ways. A vegan Roasted Maple Butternut Squash soup and a Raw Butternut Squash and Red Cabbage Slaw. The bought were divine. This soup is so sweet, buttery and has a little kick. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Oh yes! Remember to Set the Table with Love

Ingredients

1 (2-3 lb) butternut squash, peeled and seeded

3 Tbsp olive oil ( 1 tbsp will be used for roasting)

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp clove

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 cup maple syrup

pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste

Roasted maple butternut squash soup
Roasted maple butternut squash soup

Directions

Peel and roughly dice squash, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over the squash, then roast for about 35 minutes or until squash is tender, not mushy.  This soup has lots of texture. Add roasted squash to a Ninja,Vitamix or high-powered blender, stir in maple syrup, all your spices, vegetable broth and add the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil. Blend. You can add more vegetable broth, if you want a thinner soup.  If you need more seasoning add sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste. The soup should be still warm, but if it is not, add it to a pot and warm it up for a few minutes.  Bowl your soup and drizzle a little olive oil over the top before serving and as Chef Elliott Farmer said, add a few chives and it’s the bees knees. Lold. 😁

This makes about 6 small servings of soup.