Final thoughts

It’s been a great year for exploring vegetables in our family. Here are a few more tidbits we’ve learned.

1. The best way to cook brussel sprouts is to caramelize some onions, put a little maple syrup on them, dice and crisp up some bacon, and toss it all with the sprouts and a bit of garlic. Put it in the oven (350) for 10 minutes to cook through. This makes a great side dish!

2. Our favorite soup recipe is standard chicken noodle (or rice, or quinoa). We always make a pot of soup after we have cooked a whole chicken (the rotisserie chickens from the supermarket work too) earlier in the week. It’s a favorite Sunday meal. We take the remains of the chicken and put it in a soup pot with a few bay leaves and lots of water. Boil for 3-4 hours, adding water as needed. Remove chicken from stock, pick the meat off the bones and return to pot. Add an onion, some carrots, celery, some diced kale, and whatever seasonings fit your tastes (we like Costco’s no salt seasoning). Add noodles, rice or quinoa about 30 mins before serving.

3. Cut up green peppers and spread peanut butter on them for a quick, healthy, and surprisingly scrumptious snack!

That’s all for me on the blog this year. I hope you have found some ideas along the way to incorporate into your family’s menu! It’s been a pleasure to write, and thank you for reading!

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