Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

Bacon & Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels sprouts have always been one of my favorite veggies- I had never thought of using them as a salad base until I saw the recipe on pinterest! Any salad that combines bacon with healthy goodness is top on my list. Bill and I made the salad based on the directions below and added pepper crusted grilled chicken and some avocado to add some extra protein to make it a full dinner sized meal. I then took the leftovers, exactly as below, to lunch the next day. To make the brussels sprouts a little less rough, I warmed the salad, with dressing, up in the microwave for 30 seconds and the results were delicious!

ingredients:
1 lemon
1 orange
1 large shallot, minced
½ cup olive oil
salt and pepper
6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 bag TJ shredded Brussels Sprouts
1/2 Bag TJ Bagged Salad Mix (I forget the name, but it’s kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc.)
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup grated Pecorino-Romano cheese

Bacon & Brussels Sprout Salad

directions:
Bake bacon in a 400 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Drain excess fat and once cooled, chop the bacon.

Juice the lemon and orange into a large bowl with the minced shallots. Pour the oil into the bowl in a constant stream, whisking to form an emulsion and season generously with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Using a food processor, coarsely chop the almonds. Combine the shredded brussels sprouts, other greens mixture, ¾ of the almonds, cheese, and bacon. When ready to serve, toss with the dressing and sprinkle remaining almonds, cheese, and bacon on top.

Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

Bacon & Brussels Sprout Salad

Obsessed Much


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A little bit eclectic for my first obsessed much post, but bear with me. I am beyond lusting after these adorable bar stools– if only I had a breakfast nook or bar area to adorn. These bad boys would be the first thing in there. Since I starting making smoothies everyday, I’m obsessed with straws- I’m currently rocking a reusable pink plastic one I bought at Ralph’s but how cute would these striped straws be with a mason jar? This architectural napkin holder is amazing and would match my flatware perfectly. How beautiful are these John Robshaw note cards- I love stationary and I love anything and everything gold- so these are right up my alley. How can anyone not love this gorgeous mixing bowl? I’d love to have an army of them. Beyond perfect for serving delicious baked goods.

Turkey & Avocado Panini

Turkey & Avocado Panini
There’s nothing like a warm hearty sandwich to make an average lunch into a gourmet feast.  While I am lucky enough to have a panini press in my apartment {thanks, roomie!}, I rarely use it.  This is all about to change now that I’ve discovered this tasty recipe.  How many times have you gone to a cafe for lunch and thought how easy are these recipes?  Why am I paying 12 bucks for something I could make at home?  Well number one, you’re paying to not have to cook, number two, you’re paying for location, location, location.  So on those off days where you want that cafe style panini, but you’d rather not change out of sweats- this is the recipe for you.  The dynamic between the creaminess in the avocado, the spiciness of the arugula and the sweet honey goat cheese, makes this the perfect meal to ignite all your taste buds in one bite.

Turkey Avocado Panini

ingredients:
2 slices of wheat bread
1 handful arugula
1/4 ripe avocado, sliced
Salt & pepper
3 slices of pepper crusted turkey breast
1 oz TJ honey goat cheese

Turkey & Avocado Panini

directions:
Layer avocado slices and arugula on one slice of bread and season generously with salt and pepper. Spread goat cheese on other slice of bread and top with turkey breast. Combine the two halves into a sandwich and heat in a Panini press. You could also do this stove top, just make sure you add pressure to get the true panini feel. Slice in half and serve warm.

Turkey & Avocado Panini

Green Smoothie

Spinach Acai Smoothie

Being from LA, it’s hard not to try any of the overhyped “juice” bars around the city. A few weekends ago, my roommate and I headed on a Sunday adventure- starting with a hike in the Santa Monica mountains and ending with some juice. Yes, we know we couldn’t have planned a more #LA day; and yes, I needed to add the hashtag. I’ve always been a lover of green things- spinach, arugula, kale, kiwi, apples, the list could go on and on. We ended up at juice crafter in Brentwood and ended up with the #8. It was the perfect way to sneak some fruits and veggies into my daily routine without even realizing. I knew I had to make it a daily occurrence, but at eight dollars plus a juice, I knew I’d have to find a way to make them on my own.

Spinach Acai Smoothie

ingredients:
1 Frozen Banana
2 cups Spinach
1 cup Almond Milk
1/2 Acai Smoothie Packet
1 Tsp Chia Seeds

Spinach Acai Smoothie

directions:
Throw the spinach, acai, banana and almond milk in a blender and belnd until smooth. Pour into glass or mason jar {for easy travel} and top with chia seeds.

Caloric info: 225 calories

Spinach Acai Smoothie