Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Grapes

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Who would have guessed that a massage would give me my next recipe idea? Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Grapes.
Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Grapes


My birthday was a little over a month ago and Tim got me a Hot Stone massage. First let me just say this……try one! It was fabulous.

Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Grapes

After years as a bartender I can strike up a conversation with anyone about anything and I’m always ready to talk about What the Forks for Dinner? Angela was my masseuse and was excellent. If you are local call Sauk Valley Massage Therapy and schedule a massage with Angela. Continue reading “Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Grapes”

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Poppyseed Power Salad

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Super salads are …..….super!! Poppyseed Power Salad is a super delicious salad!!


Poppyseed Power Salad

What makes a salad super you might ask???? Well for me these are the 7 key components to build a super salad ……..

  1. Start with a really great mix of lettuce or green……..I love baby…..any green…..spinach, romaine, red leaf, ……the darker the color the better.
  2. You need some crunchy stuff……in this salad brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, carrot and kale. Nuts or seeds are a great addition……I used almonds.
  3. You need a colorful ingredient…….I used dried cranberries but, colored peppers, red onion, tomato, avocado, even shredded beets.
  4. Add a punch of protein……beans, meat, fish, eggs, or cheese….I used goat cheese.
  5. Fruit adds a fresh element. Apples, or berries, the choices are really endless. Be careful with dried fruits, they tend to have a higher sugar content so a little goes a long way. Less sugar options are also available….I use those.
     
  6. Leftovers can add any of the above ingredients, and are a good way to stretch your food dollar.
  7. Use a good dressing……preferably homemade. You can control the fat and sugar. Oil, vinegar and citrus make the best healthy dressings. Dress salads lightly.

Poppyseed Power Salad

I have salad several time a week, the more the better. I came across a bagged mix……let me say this about that………if you have access to a Farmers Market, or have a garden of your own……make that your first choice. Having said that, there are many great organic and non organic pre-made mixes that can save you time and money and still give you all the benefits for a super salad.

Mann’s is a brand name of veggie that I use often.
They have a large line of products that make eating your veggies easy. Their Powerblend mix with brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrots, and kale that I adore…….is what I used in this recipe.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Crunchy, nutritious, and full of vitamins…….and bonus ……it’s already ready already! I added some baby spinach to bump the green power and, cause I had some leftover.

I think fruit in a salad is a nice sweet surprise, and dried cranberries are an easy salad add in. As I said above, dried fruits do have more sugar so go lightly, and if possible buy a reduced sugar version.

Poppyseed Power Salad

If I had to chose a favorite nut……and had to exclude Tim…….lol, I would chose almonds. To me they have a light, delicate flavor that won’t overpower a dish. They are great in either sweet or savory dishes and are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber…..they are kinda super too!

Goat cheese……love it or hate it……I love it. So beautifully white, with a creamy mild and distinct flavor. It is not everyones cup of tea, but give it a try……it was the only choice for this salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed dressing, I have made several varieties over the years, those is one of the best. Fresh and light, lemony, with a touch of sweetness. Lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon, and apple cider vinegar make the perfect dressing for Poppyseed Power Salad.

This salad does not have meat but you could add a nice grilled chicken and make it a main course. I must confess, that even thought it does not go with the healthy theme to the salad, I put leftover bacon on top when I took the leftovers of this salad for my lunch the day after I made it. It was bacon……what can you say….it was deliciousPoppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed Power Salad is a perfect side or main dish salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 10 ounce package Powerblend Salad Mix
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • ½ cup almonds ( whole, slivered or sliced )
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • Dressing
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup organic honey
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated onion
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseed
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all of the salad ingredients, toss to combine.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients except poppyseed in a blender or a jar with a tight fitting lid, blend or shake until emulsified. Add poppyseed and mix until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. When you are ready to serve give the dressing a shake, top the salad, and serve.

 

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Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce

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In the realm of summer grilling, nothing beats a bratwurst. Except maybe Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce.


Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce

Packed with flavor, hot and juicy off the grill with a twist of a topping and honey mustard sauce.

Last weekend was Memorial Day and a lot of grilling went on. I can’t leave well enough alone with traditional things, I have to mess with them……I know it’s a curse!

Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce

I have a minor obsession with brussels sprouts. Well, if they are cooked in bacon. Once again the praises of bacon are endless and they bring glory to the ho-hum brat.

Let’s have a brat lesson……According to Wikipedia…….Bratwurst, often shortened to “brat”, are a common type of sausage in the United States, especially in the state of Wisconsin. Germany ancestry. It is a common sight at summer cookouts, alongside the more famous hot dog.

Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce

Wisconsin is also the origin of the “beer brat”, a regional and my favorite, where the bratwurst are simmered in beer (generally a mixture of a pilsner style beer with butter and onions) prior to grilling over charcoal.
Bratwurst has also become popular as a mainstay of sports stadiums, especially baseball parks, after Bill Sperling introduced bratwurst to Major League Baseball in Milwaukee County Stadium in 1954. The brats, which sold for 35 cents then, were grilled and placed into a container of a special tomato sauce before being served. ( I may have to check out said tomato sauce)

Every year, during the Memorial Day weekend, the city of Madison, Wisconsin hosts the Brat Fest, which is billed as the “world’s largest bratwurst festival.”

Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce

I boil my brats in beer, onions, and throw in a few peppercorns. Boiling them first makes them much easier to grill……less chance of burning them. Plus, it add a little flavor and gets rid of a bit of the fat. Let’s be clear….. brats are not a healthy fat free food, but they taste damn good!

Ketchup, mustard, onions, sauerkraut and relish = traditional. Brussels Sprouts, bacon, pecans, and cranberries = untraditionally super yummy!!!

Brussels Sprouts, sliced thin, I like my mandolin for this……watch your fingers…..and sautéed in bacon fat. Add pecans and cranberries for a few seconds and you have yourself a delicious topping for a brat.

Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce

Top that topping with honey mustard sauce, and crispy bacon…….Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce.

When I made these the first time, I had two fails. First go-round I tried it with a hamburger….not so much in the taste department. Plus the pictures……..definitely not!!

Second go-round….swap beef for a brat and the pictures are…..well I don’t want to brag, but they are pretty awesome.

Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce

The brussels sprouts remind me of sauerkraut, in a far fetched way, but they are both cabbage, and I have a vivid imagination.

I wasn’t too sure about the whole idea of pickles with the topping for the brat, but they are the perfect side piece. Bite of brat, a bite of pickle. Make sure it’s a dill pickle……

Mustard is a must with a brat, but with the brussels sprouts, and bacon, honey mustard sauce…..oh yeah!!

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Shake up your next cookout with Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce and you will own the cookout!!!

Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. bacon
  • ⅓ lb. Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. pecans, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 brats
  • 4 hot dog or hoagie buns
  • Honey Mustard Sauce (see recipe below)
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon until it's crispy. Set aside.
  2. Sauté Brussels sprouts about 1 tablespoon bacon fat until they are just wilted.
  3. Add the pecans and cranberries. Stir for about a minute, then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Boil brats in beer and grill or sauté in skillet until well browned.
  5. Place the brat in a hot dog or hoagie bun, top with brussels sprout mixture, honey mustard sauce and bacon. Serve with dill pickles.

Honey Mustard Sauce
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredient until well blended. Refrigerate.

 

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