Quick, Easy and Creative!

You all know how I love delicious food, but that I love quick and easy delicious food even more! I thought it could be fun to share with you my little tips and tricks to take our everyday goodies and create something unusual with them. Using the same ol’ foods in the same ol’ ways can get, well, you know, same ol’. So let’s take those favorites and shake ‘em up!

You also know how much I love my Trader Joe’s products. Let’s start off with one of these and have a little fun. If you haven’t ever tried this one before, let me introduce you to Cruciferous Crunch.

It’s sold as a bagged salad and many people use it to build a beautiful raw cruciferous salad. Eating these guys raw, while delicious, can be a little rough on the digestive system. For many of us, the harsh digestibility of these raw greens is just too much. Gas, bloating, indigestion… not to mention the potential to not fully absorb the nutrients. But I still want to enjoy the greens and the Brussels sprouts. Have you ever tried baking it? Cooking it? Sautéing it?

Cruciferous crunch is a fantastic addition to soups and stews. Add some beans, diced tomatoes, potatoes… yum! Sauté it in a pan with shallots and garlic… primo! IT goes beautifully with a frittata or quiche. But my favorite? Roast it!

On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread your cruciferous greens out. I prefer to use a mister, but you can also sprinkle with some avocado oil. Season with sea salt, pepper and massage until all the greens are covered and seasoned. Roast in the oven at 425 for about 10-15minutes, flipping over halfway through.

The greens crunch right up and the flavor sparkles! Feel free to eat it just as it is in all it’s roasted glory, or top your soups and salads off too. Stuff a wrap, mix with rice or quinoa, or add to your plate of nachos. Simply put, you can’t go wrong. Your mouth will love the sweeter flavor and your stomach will love the easier digestion.

For a few little twists, add fresh squeezed lemon or balsamic vinegar before baking. Use flavorful herbs such as thyme or oregano, or spice it up with red chili flakes! It’s delicious whichever way you make it!

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