I read somewhere recently about baking cabbage and thought that sounded like a great idea! I love taking veggies and baking them in the oven for the crisp and crunchy flavors. I could not remember where I heard or saw this recipe, so I created it on my own.
It was very easy and very cheap to make! The end result tasted like butter and it just melts in your mouth. Not bad for a healthy food!
* 1 head of cabbage
* Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* Fresh garlic cloves (3-4)
* Sea Salt & Black Pepper
DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Take the cabbage and peel off the dirty layers on top. Then set the cabbage up on its end and cut 1 inch or thinner pieces from the top down. Don't go too thin or it will break apart. Take your garlic and mash it down then spread all over both sides of the cabbage. Then drizzle olive oil over both sides...it doesn't take a lot. Sprinkle salt & pepper on both sides then place on a non-stick baking sheet. I did not need to spray the baking sheet as the olive oil kept it from sticking.
Place baking sheet in the oven for 25 minutes on one side, then flip over and cook for another 25 minutes. Ovens vary greatly so make sure to check on them the first time you cook them so you don't over do it. When the outside edges are brown and crispy, they are ready.
Serve hot & enjoy!
My husband, like most men, will eat just about anything. But he has always told me that he hates Brussels sprouts. I was at the grocery the other day and they had tons of them on display and they looked so green and yummy. I bought them and tried cooking them on the stove. They were okay, but still not that great. So I decided to try again and bake them this time. And it was incredible! We were both practically licking our plates whishing there were more. I don't generally follow recipes, I prefer to wing-it and create things my own way. So I will try to explain how I made these little yummy green sprouts!
Start with pre-heating your oven to 400 degrees.
About 20-25 Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons olive oil (or any other healthy oil like coconut)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
Cut off the hard end piece of the Brussels sprouts and peel off any discolored leaves. I then cut them in half to make them bite-sized. If any leaves fall off, go ahead and bake them too... they turn out like a chip! In a bowl, mix your Brussels sprouts with the oil, garlic, salt & pepper. Make sure they are all coated well with your mixture. Place them on a baking pan and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. I recommend checking them at 15 minutes, move them around a bit to make sure they are getting roasted on all sides, then put back in the oven. My oven cooks really fast so I have to be careful not to burn things. Once they are brown and crispy, pull out of the oven and serve immediately.
I promise this might just change your mind on how delicious these can be! Oh, and they are good for you too. Just don't tell the kids!
It happens to almost everyone... the middle of the afternoon and you get hungry for a snack. Since I work from home most of the time, there is no vending machine for me to secretly stash a dollar into and pop out a Butterfinger. This is a good thing, really!
I had a light lunch today so was looking for something a little more filling to tide me over until dinner. So I made Sweet Potato Chips and they were delicious! They are really simple to make:
Heat oven to 425 degrees
1-2 sweet potatoes, sliced thinly (I used my new spiral slicer!)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Yep, that's it! Cut up your potato and put on an oven-safe pan. Drizzle olive or coconut oil lightly over the top. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper and pop in the oven for around 15 minutes. You have to check it often so you don't burn these tasty little chips. You can really spice it up however you wish. Often I sprinkle with cinnamon as well. This recipe is 11 year old approved as well!
In my health coaching practice, I come across a wide variety of diets. From the die-hard vegans and vegetarians all the way to the strictly meat & potatoes type of client. It seems we all want to know what diet or eating style is the best. This is a tough question to answer as each way of eating has its pros and cons. We all have different tastes, lifestyles, blood types and ages which all play a factor in what is best for you. What works great for one person could be horrible for someone else. "One person's food is another person's poison."
During nutrition school, I actually experimented with all of these methods. One night my husband and I watched Forks Over Knives on Netflix and immediately the following day declared ourselves Vegan. Just like that, no planning or extra research involved. The problem with this was that I really didn't like any of the vegan foods. At the time, eating my veggies meant having a side of broccoli or asparagus with my meat. We went to our local health food store and spent over $200 on foods that I wasn't sure I would even want to eat. (Some of these are STILL in our pantry untouched). But we were determined. To say I was hungry is an understatement. During my month of being vegan, I was hungry more times than not. My problem was that I just jumped into this drastic change with no research or planning involved. Now I look back and think had we done it a little different, I probably would have been much more satisfied and actually enjoy it.
So then I decided that the vegan was too strict and I wasn't getting enough food so I changed to vegetarian. Well this was a problem as well. You can call yourself a vegetarian and still be extremely unhealthy. Lots of vegetarians assume if it doesn't have to do with an animal, then its totally fine to eat it. This is what I call the "Junk Food Vegetarian." If you think about it, almost all processed and junk food is technically considered vegetarian. So when you meet someone that is vegetarian but not quite healthy, this might be one of the problems. Vegetarian wasn't too bad, but I was consuming a large level of carbs in tons of bread and chips which wasn't doing much to help the muffin-top.
After a few weeks, I was starting to have dreams of hamburgers and chicken sandwiches. What was wrong with me? How can I be dreaming of red meat when I am completely vegetarian? Why do I want a hamburger while wearing my "Plant Strong" and my "Veggie Heaven" t-shirts? So upon further research on cravings, I realized that my body was trying to tell me something. That "something" was that I needed some animal protein in my diet.
So that led me to the completely opposite of extremes: Paleo. This is a dietary theory that includes animal proteins as well as fruits, vegetables, nuts and oils. It is based on eating similar to how the cavemen did many years ago. You know, like when they used to go out to hunt & gather their food. My problem with this is that for most people, hunting and gathering consists of everyone in your family deciding on an acceptable place for dinner and then driving through and taking it home. That kind of takes away the "hunt" part of it. I felt like I really needed to be doing some extreme cardio to support this way of eating. However, my idea of working out at that time was long walks, bike rides and yoga. I know that many people in the CrossFit world swear by this diet. I have checked out CrossFit and that is quite the workout that would actually seem to replicate the hunting aspect. So paleo seemed okay for me as I had enough energy, but I still didn't feel quite balanced.
There are so many different theories and books out there telling consumers that their way of eating is the ONLY way to eat. Its no wonder we are all confused. If you read about the Engine 2 Diet or anything by David Wolfe, you will immediately believe that you cannot eat another piece of meat for the rest of your years. For most people, this sounds down-right crazy and even scary. If you read anything by Dr. Cordain (the founder of Paleo) or Robb Wolf, you will be sold on eating like a caveman. And then there's hundreds of dietary theories that are mixes of all of these.
So what did I figure out after all this experimenting?
I found that I loved so many aspects of each of the theories but there was no one theory that I could live by the rest of my life. We all change as we age as well. A vegan diet might work great for me today, but in five years, it could actually turn unhealthy. We are constantly changing and need to be in tune with our bodies. This is how I counsel my clients. I don't recommend or swear by anything except the following:
EAT REAL, WHOLE FOOD
So whatever diet theory you want to experiment with, just make sure it includes real food and stay away from all the processed junk that is out there!
My mission as a Certified Health Coach is to make the world a happier, healthier place, one person, one meal at a time, with love and gratitude. I work to inspire others to live a life of prevention and overall wellness!