Lemony Parmesan Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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If you’re not a fan of Brussel sprouts I don’t think any recipe will make you like them..but if you do like them, roasting them is probably the most popular, and in my opinion, the best way to make them. The first time I had roasted Brussel sprouts I was so amazed at how delicious this “unpopular” vegetable actually tasted. Crispy caramelized outside, cooked and tender on the inside, tossed in garlic, salt, and olive oil, they are the perfect accompanyment for chicken or fish.

Here is my recipe for Brussel sprouts. I don’t even know if I can call it a recipe because there’s really no measurements. Everything is pretty much season to taste!

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Lemony Parmesan Roasted Roasted Brussel Sprouts
About 1 lb Brussel Sprouts
4-5 cloves of garlic
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Parmesan Cheese
Lemon Zest

1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Cut the bottom stem off Brussel sprouts, then cut into halves.
3. Leave the smaller ones whole so all the pieces are similar size.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Toss Brussel sprouts and garlic right on the parchment pepper.
6. Add olive oil to coat.
7. Add a good pinch or two of salt and pepper.
8. Toss to combine and evenly distribute.
9. Bake for 20 minutes.
10. Remove from oven
11. Add shaved parmesan cheese and lemon zest, toss and serve.

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Trim off bottom stem, then cut in half. Leave smaller ones whole so all pieces are similar size. Often once you trim and cut the sprouts, some of the outer leaves will fall off which is fine because most of the outer leaves have spots on them anyways.

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life. not a food post

Has it really been three years since I’ve last posted? Actually, thinking on the events that has occurred in my life since my last post, it is actually pretty easy to believe that three years have passed. I feel it’s awkward to just jump back on here and start posting about food again after such a long break without saying a little something as to why I haven’t posted. Two major events happened which caused me to take a hiatus with blogging, one was the passing of my dog and two was the birth of my daughter.

My dog- It feels silly to say this since I actually have a baby now, but I really considered my dog my baby. My husband and I rescued her when we first moved away to keep me company in a new city. She was a huge part of our lives. She moved from apartment to apartment, city to city with us. She was the only one to be physically present in the moments as my husband and I went from dating to engaged to married. She was loving and spunky and was the joy of our lives, especially the joy of my life when my husband was often gone for work. The events that lead up to the night we had to say goodbye to her (aside from my actual labor) were the most stressful days of my life. I’ve been fortunate so far in that I’ve never had to deal with the lost of an actual human loved one and I dread the day when I will have to deal with it, but up to this point, losing my dog was the first time I felt the actual heart ache of loss. I was physically and emotionally down for a good amount of time. The things that usually bought me joy just didn’t seem to matter anymore…i.e cooking and blogging, and so I decided to take a break from writing.

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My daughter- A little more than a year later my husband’s career had us move again and we decided this new city was a good place to start a family. I did some research beforehand and read that it can sometimes take up to 6 months to be successful in conceiving. I mean it sounded like the stars had to align in order for an egg to become fertilized, so we decided we should start trying, thinking it wouldn’t happen right away….well, it did not take us 6 months, I got pregnant immediately. We had just moved to a new city, I just landed a pretty good job, but now I had to re-evaluate what direction I wanted my life to take, stay-at-home mom or continue to work? I always envisioned that when I had a baby I would stay at home and raise my child, but the thought of having a career was also appealing to me. It took me a while but I had to really think about what made me happy and what I saw my life as, and I decided to be a stay-at-home mom (at least for now).

It’s been quite an adventure adjusting to motherhood. For 10 years it’s just been my husband and me, and suddenly we were sharing it with this little baby. We had to learn how to adjust from a life of two people, a life of complete freedom and plenty of free time, to a life that now involved lots of crying, feeding, sleep deprivation, and figuring out this tiny human that we brought into the world.

She’s now almost 10 months and I still can’t believe I’m a mom and this lively, curious little baby girl is mine and I especially can’t believe she’ll be 1 year old in a few months!

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those feet 🙂

I feel my life is settling back down and I want to go back to what I have enjoyed doing and that is food, cooking, and writing about it. Some days (actually most days) it is hard for me to cook a meal while caring for a baby, let alone take pictures and write about it, but now I want and hope I can get back in the kitchen and do the thing I love again.

By the way, my small patio backyard is now an even smaller balcony, but I’m making it work …at least for some herbs, but that’s better than nothing I guess 🙂