Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crazy Good Brussel Sprouts

My husband couldn't get enough of these things. When you have a grown man popping brussel sprouts like they're french fries, I'd say even Martha would deem these a 'good thing.'

Pair with the double-stuffed sweet potatoes for what my husband called "The best vegetarian meal he's ever had."

1 lb brussel sprouts, washed, trimmed, and halved
6 dried figs, stemmed and quartered
1/4 cup walnut halves or pieces
lemon zest to taste
olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Toss brussel sprouts with figs and just a little olive oil and sprinkle sparingly with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until brown edges form, 15 minutes or so (keep your eye on it).

3. Remove from oven. Lower oven to 350. Add walnuts and stir to combine. Return to oven until walnuts are toasted, about 10 more minutes.

4. Remove from oven. Add lemon zest and adjust seasoning as needed.

Serves 4

Double-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Ever since watching the documentary Forks Over Knives, my husband and I have been trying to eat less meat. I believe that most Americans could use a little less meat in their lives. Of course, we all still want a tasty dinner that sates us. I came up with this recipe for double-stuffed sweet potatoes that are chock full of antioxidants and delicious to boot. Serve with the brussel sprouts for a meal that will make you forget all about the meat.

2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
2 cups raw kale, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
15 (or so) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Poke holes in sweet potatoes with fork, set on baking sheet. Bake in oven 35-40 minutes, or until cooked through. Meanwhile sautee kale and oregano in a saucepan over medium heat with a little oil or broth until wilted. Take off heat.

3. Let potatoes cool slightly. Carefully cut potatoes in center to open being careful not to cut all the way through. You want to create a big pocket. Carefully scoop out flesh of potato and put into a medium bowl. Mix in kale, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Using a microplane, grate parmesan on top if using. Place back in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Serves 2.

Optional add-ins: kalamata olives, feta cheese, pine nuts, lemon zest