Three Super Simple Veggies.

Now that the holiday festivities are over, I want to make sure that I dive into healthy eating habits right away so I don’t become victim to eating nonstop treats and sweets. Now don’t be fooled, I’ll still splurge a little while I’m home for the next couple weeks but not to the extent I was the last couple days.

That is why I’m sharing three of my favorite & super easy veggie recipes today in this post. And when I say easy, it really can’t get easier than these three recipes for home cooked veggies. If you have olive oil, salt & pepper then you’re set!

Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

These are my new favorite side and if you’ve been following the blog Instagram you’ll notice I shared these a few weeks back on my story when I made them for a Christmas party. I think the combination makes for an amazing savory and sweet flavor between the balsamic vinegar and cabbage taste of the sprouts.

Ingredients:

  • Brussel Sprouts, Enough to fill a cake pan
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • Optional: Dried Cranberries, Pecans, Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the Brussel Sprouts and cut in half. Line the cake pan with the sprouts and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shake pan to evenly coat all sprouts with oil.
  3. Cook on the medium rack of your oven for 35-40 minutes or until you notice the layers of sprouts starting to brown.
  4. On the stove top, bring the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once at a boil, bring down to medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  5. Pour glaze over Brussel Sprouts and shake the pan.
  6. If desired, toss in cranberries, pecans, or parmesan cheese.
  7. Enjoy!

Asparagus

Asparagus

Asparagus is a super simple side that can be cooked up fairly quickly. My secret is I prefer to get the larger stock Asparagus which might take a little longer to cook but they don’t wilt as easily while cooking in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • Asparagus
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional: fresh garlic clove, Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wash and cut the ends off the asparagus.
  3. Line a baking sheet with asparagus, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Shake pan to evenly coat all asparagus with oil.
  4. If desired, add a diced fresh clove of garlic to the mix.
  5. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  6. If desired, sprinkle parmesan cheese across the top and allow to melt.
  7. Enjoy!

Sauteed Zucchini 

Zucchini

I actually make these little guys often before I even start cooking and snack on them throughout with a glass a wine. They are super handy when you’re craving fried food like french fries – definitely not the same but they’ve saved me a couple times.

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 Zucchinis
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Wash and slice zucchini into thin chips.
  2. Drizzle olive oil into a medium-size frying pan and heat over medium heat. Line pan with zucchini chips and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make sure each chip is laying flat on the pan so they all cook evenly.
  3. Let cook until lightly brown and flip to the other side. Don’t worry if you flip too early, just flip them back over 🙂
  4. Once cooked to desire, let cool and enjoy!

 

I hope these three recipes make eating healthily a little simpler for you. These are definitely a couple simple recipe I turned to at least a couple times a week.

Let me know in the comment section if you test any of these out or if you have tasty simple recipes of your own. I’d love to hear them!

Happy Wednesday loves.

 

Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies.

If I’m going to splurge on treats this season it’s going to be homemade caramel puff corn or these new buttery salty cookies I found in a small deli in San Francisco a few months ago. It was my first time attempting baking these myself today and for the first pass I believe they turned out pretty darn yummy.

We’re about to host a cookie swap so these cookies are my contribution and I’ll follow up with the crowd comments!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sea salt for sprinkling
  • Optional: melting chocolate

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter until it starts to caramelize. It should smell nutty and you will see brown bits at the bottom of the saucepan.

3. Pour the browned butter into a medium bowl and stir in brown sugar and vanilla.

4. In a small bowl, whisk flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and combined.

5. Let cool to room temp and then scoop tablespoon size balls onto cooking pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and lightly press into top of cookie.

6. Bake for ~10-15 minutes or lightly golden brown. Don’t overlook or cookies become dry.

7. If desired, melt chocolate and drizzle on top of cookies.

8. Let cool & enjoy!

Yogi Gift Guide.

The holiday season is always quite stressful for me since I’m not the best gift-giver. I’ve never been big on shopping and an afternoon strolling through stores is not my ideal hobby. So when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for loved ones, I struggle.

I love giving gifts to others especially when I feel I have found an item they are really going to enjoy…. it’s the finding part that is key and not in my wheelhouse, unfortunately.

That is why I wanted to make a list of items, as a yogi, that I’m currently loving in hopes this will help your holiday shopping if you have a yogi on your list to buy for!

Cushion

  • Meditation Cushion: These are amazing gifts for those in your life that enjoy some zen meditation time. I use to sit on a regular pillow while meditating but once I upgraded to a nice Manduka cushion, it was a game changer!

Saje

  • Saje Wellness Pocket Farmacy Oil Blend Kit: Five of Saje’s most loved roll-ons in a cute little travel case to make it easy to take with you everywhere! These blends are to help overall wellness and what a better gift to give during the holiday season.

Cookie

  • Lenny and Larry Cookie: This brand is one of my favorites when I want to have a sweet treat but don’t want to completely indulge in a naughty dessert. If I could I would eat one of their peanut butter protein cookies 3 times a day. These are great alternative stocking stuffers for loved ones that want something healthier than chocolates or candy canes.

Cardigan

  • Old Navy Cardigan: I’ve been living in this open front sweater since purchasing. It is the perfect thickness to throw on over almost any outfit and is a simple option when I’m walking Nella outside during these chillier days in SF. I have it in the Neutral color but have my eye on purchasing the Grey Marl color as well.

Yoga Bag

  • Yoga Mat Bag: I love this one I found a few months ago on Amazon. My mat fits perfectly inside and the additional pockets are great to hold my keys and wallet so I don’t need to carry extra bags. The best part is there are a ton of designs to pick from.

I hope a few of these ideas help with your holiday shopping this season. If you have other great gift ideas for yogis or healthy loved ones I’d love to hear them!

For now, I am off to a Christmas party and taking my cranberry balsamic brussel sprout recipe that I’ll be sharing in a post tomorrow.

Namaste loves, leaving you with a festive picture of Nella my dog walker sent me yesterday to start your evening off in a jolly mood.