One of my goals for 2013 is to try at least one new recipe a week. As a full-time working mom with an almost 5-year-old who prefers chicken nuggets to all other foods and a husband who has discerning tastes (I didn’t say picky!), I have fallen into a rut of cooking the same stuff week after week. Putting something new on the table only to have it panned or totally avoided (Charlie) is a bit discouraging, but I’m ready to start fresh and force the issue – at least once a week!
I’ve also been struggling to find a way to save the recipes I like. I tried one of those pinning websites for about 5 minutes, but the social networking aspect was overly distracting. I just need a way to log what I’ve tried, whether it’s worth making again, and any changes I’d make. A recipe blog seems like a good way to log my successes and failures, so here goes!
Recipe #1 – Caramelized Brussels Sprouts from Eat, Live, Run: http://www.eatliverun.com/caramelized-brussels-sprouts/
Last night, George was out and Charlie wanted leftover pasta – so I could try something just for me. I’m trying to up my vegetable intake and eat a little less meat, and this recipe seemed hearty enough that I could skip the main course. A dinner of sides works for me!
- Chopped sprouts! I realized I far prefer brussels sprouts chopped. Sometimes the whole or halved ones can be a little mushy in the middle, even when roasted – but these were fresh, green and crisp.
- They were hearty – they’d make a very filling side course, and were great on their own. The pecans added good protein and a nice crunch.
Cons: They were far too sweet for my taste.
Make again? Yes, definitely.
Recipe variation? Next time I will be cutting the sugar in half – and I expect to love the result.