Easy Brussels Sprouts Cooking How-To

We have been enjoying Brussels Sprouts lately, so I thought I would share this simple recipe for a quick powerhouse veggie side dish.

Ingredients:

2 bags or 1 1/2 pounds Brussels Sprouts, ends trimmed and halved and yellow leaves removed

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Pepper

Oregano

Seasoned Salt

How to:  Preheat oven to 375 or 400 degrees.  Wash Brussels Sprouts, trim ends off and cut them in half.  Then, place them in a bowl and pour olive oil over them.  Toss them to try to cover them all with the olive oil.  Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, seasoned salt and oregano on the Brussels Sprouts, again toss.  Pour the vegetables on a prepared (oiled) baking dish.  I use my french fry pan.  You can sprinkle with a tad more sea salt if you want.  Put them in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  After minute 7, you can move them around a bit.  They should be a little crispy, but not burnt.  Enjoy as a side or on their own!

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Wellness

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Today our students were served a healthy breakfast as a treat from the Wellness Committee.  I happen to be on this committee whose goal this month is to raise awareness within our school community about the importance of good nutrition, sleep, good mental energy, and exercise.  Check out our Wellness blog.  I help out with the section in the blog called Wellness in the classroom.

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ColleenHolland.HealthyVeganI read a thoughtful article on my VegNews Recipe Club email today and I just had to share it.  I felt myself cackling and relating to the author’s raw reflections within her vegan diet.

Colleen Holland, writer and fellow vegan, writes… I am just going to say it: vegans have a dirty little secret. To the outside world, we eat nothing but sprouts, hummus, and brown rice, but us seasoned herbivores know the truth ...read the rest of the article.

By the way, if you want to sign up for the VegNews Newsletters or Recipe Club emails, just look for the little blurb to the right of the article I linked to above.  Even better, subscribe for your very own VegNews Magazine that will come every other month.  My friend, Jen, showed me this magazine over 10 years ago and it is the one magazine that I have always chosen to keep the subscription up.

Girls on the Run

This past Saturday Madelyn and I ran our first 5K together.  Shanda, my sister-in-law, ran with us.  We had a blast!

For the past few months, Maddie has been a part of the Girls on the Run program at her school.  It is a wonderful program that not only encourages girls ages 8 through 12 to exercise, but also weaves in discussions dealing with self-esteem and character building.  To finish up the curriculum, the girls were invited to participate in a 5K Girls on the Run race.  So, Madelyn and her team joined about 1500 runners on Saturday to run the 5K.

I am so proud of Madelyn, Shanda and myself for accomplishing this goal.  I certainly would not have thought I would have done such a thing, much less enjoy it.  Check, check.

Jan and Jerry also joined us on Saturday to celebrate the day’s events and Madelyn and Kalen’s birthdays.  Here we area at Locopops living it up.

Hello February … sniff, sniff

Sick this week.  Julian and I have been out of it and can’t seem to bounce back well.  Makes me think about our immune systems and the need to be proactive about staying healthy by eating well.  Although we are vegan, we could still make improvements in our diet within the Morrison home.  We do eat processed foods.  We need to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  Hey, speaking of that . . . did anyone catch yesterday’s Oprah?  She and hundreds of her employees went vegan for a week.  The show was great, with it I think her message was to get her viewers to be thoughtful about what goes into their bodies.  Click here to read more about the show.

For the past several days I have been increasing the amount of Vitamin C we are taking in.  We use a product called Emergen-C.  You simply put the powder in a glass and add water.  The drink is loaded with vitamins and is an energy booster.  I just made a smoothie with frozen strawberries, bananas, ginger, apple juice, soymilk, a few fresh salad mix leaves, Vitamin C powder (not Emergen-C) and frozen mangos.  I have also been taking shots of apple cider vinegar.  My good friend, Jen, told me about this a year ago.  The vinegar is an effective bacteria-fighting natural remedy for all kinds of ailments.  To fight off this sickness I have also been drinking a lot of lemon water.  We got a really neat hand-held lemon juicer from Target awhile back.  I juice one whole lemon into a tall glass and then add water.  Lemon water is super good for you.  Google some of these things and find out more about them.  Maybe you can implement them into your diet and keep from getting whatever bug that we have here.

*I did want to give an update on the foster child that we are waiting to care for.  It seems it will be awhile longer before she is discharged from the hospital, as she needs even more medical care.