I’m so glad you liked the french toast! I did, too ;) 

That breakfast held me over all morning! I like making french toast with a hearty bread like that – and the pumpkin filling helped a little, too.

This morning is going well – busy with work, but it is so gross and gray outside today! Chilly, rainy…now I’m really happy we did go running yesterday because I don’t want to go today.


I forgot that I had bought some brussel sprouts, and Nick isn’t a big fan of them so I figured I could use some of them in my lunch at home today.


This was so easy and so good! Plus, there’s nothing like a warm lunch on a cold, gray day.

I just took a big handful of brussel sprouts, cut them in half, and started just pan roasting them with a little bit of grapeseed oil.

I added in 1/2 cup of a bean mix (kidney, pinto, black), salt, garlic, parsley, crushed red pepper and some couscous. I actually had some leftover couscous which was superfast, but couscous only takes 5 minutes to make anyways.

I just mixed all of that in the pan until it was heated through and spooned into a big bowl.


Isn’t it right that a grain + beans = a complete protein? I think that’s right. So, go me  :)

Grains, protein, green veggies…


and chocolate for sanity.


This one is a caramel apple fudge in milk chocolate. I definitely like the dark better, but this is still good.

A great, small, sweet way to end my lunch.



What’s your favorite way to have brussel sprouts? I still have a good amount left!


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  1. Sprouts = I cut ’em in half, steam ’em, and then top each half with almond butter :)

  2. I love roasted brussels sprouts with ketchup :D

    That truffle looks killer!

  3. I wish I had thought to make a warm lunch today — it is so cold here, it would have been nice. I like to stream my sprouts and have with a little evoo and salt. Simple and delicious!

  4. i actually havent had brussel sprouts since i can remember… hmmm maybe this is another veggie to put on the “try” list!

  5. I love them with a choice cut of meat like bison and letting the juices kind of mingle

  6. oh my that brussel sprouts dish looks awesome!
    and that dessert? now that is just teasing!

  7. I like my brussel sprouts steamed for 3-5 minutes and topped with cooked quinoa and marinara (sometimes with a Tbs of PB2 mixed in) and a TON of parm!

  8. Caramel apple fudge?? OMG.

  9. I love couscous! Your dish looks great!

  10. I never tried brussel sprouts, I think? No one here at home likes them so we never buy them! Am I missing something awesome, or… I’ll live? :p

  11. i love brussle sprouts!
    I love them halfed, then steamed! or baked with ketchup ( i love my ketchup ) ha.

    A recipe my mom gave me was to quater the brussle sprouts, saute them, then bake with cheese!! I thought that sounded so good!! I need to find some vegan cheese to make that!

    I also have about 5 things for you!
    2 bigger things, 3 smaller. Thursday would be a good day to send it out, for sure :)

    Email me your address!?


  12. I love brussel sprouts! I actually like them alone – with just a wee bit of melted butter.

  13. Just steam and eat.

  14. ROASTED! i LOVE roasted anything, and especially the Brussels! I could totally use a chocolate right now! YUMMM


  15. oh lord I heart candy corn. haven’t had any yet this season but on top of that chocolate goodness looks like the perfect way!

    it’s WAY too cold here! I’m shivering!

  16. my fave/quickest way is to roast them, but i also like to cut them into slices and sautee them with garlic and evoo.

  17. NEVER tried the brussel sprouts! true story!

  18. I just read your French toast post – it has my stomach growling ;) Great submission!

    The chocolate with the candy corn on top is equally mouthwatering. And this post reminds me that it’s been a while since I made Brussels sprouts – need to get on that!

    Hope you’re having a great day, Brandi!

  19. chocolate for sanity.. this is why I love you. Be my life coach/personal chef please? :)

  20. Your lunch looks great! I loveee roasted brussels sprouts. I need to make them! And yes to chocolate for sanity. I agree 100%!

  21. Love all the brussel sprouts!

  22. I honestly only like them roasted with olive oil and salt and pepper.

  23. Not a huge fan of sprouts – I roasted them – maybe my spices were wrong?

  24. I like them sauteed in olive oil until they’re brown and falling apart and then sprinkled with some salt and pepper. I also like them with sauteed with shallots and crispy bacon. Yum!

  25. Mmmmm – my fave way is to roast the heck out of them until they’re reeeeally crunchy. The leaves fall off and are like brussell sprouts potato chips…the BEST!

  26. thanks for the brussels idea – I’m always looking for veggie/bean/grain combo ideas – and I looooooooooove brussels – adding that to my grocery list for this week since I have a multitude of grains and beans always on hand in the pantry ;) great to put in grab and go containers for me :)

  27. I have eaten WAY too much candy corn already! =P

  28. Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

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