To Simply Inspire https://www.tosimplyinspire.com Simple Recipes - Easy DIY & Crafts Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:04:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Balsamic Brussel Sprouts https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/balsamic-roasted-brussel-sprouts.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/balsamic-roasted-brussel-sprouts.html#comments Sun, 11 Aug 2019 12:05:46 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=47213 These Balsamic Brussel Sprouts are so easy to make for a healthy side dish. They’re loaded with sweet nutty flavor and will quickly become a favorite! I am really not sure when my love of brussel sprouts began. I absolutely know that I never had them when I was growing up.  My family mostly ate green […]

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These Balsamic Brussel Sprouts are so easy to make for a healthy side dish. They’re loaded with sweet nutty flavor and will quickly become a favorite!

I am really not sure when my love of brussel sprouts began. I absolutely know that I never had them when I was growing up.  My family mostly ate green peas with onions  or green beans.

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Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

I honestly do not remember where or when that was when I finally tried brussel sprouts. But I am so glad I finally tried them. I feared them for no reason at all.

Brussel sprouts are SO good for us too since they are loaded with vitamin K-1 and Vitamin C. They are also an antioxidant, like their friends cabbage, cauliflower, kale and broccoli.

For years, my favorite recipe was these Sauteed Brussel Sprouts. But I decided it was time to try roasting fresh brussel sprouts in balsamic vinegar and a olive oil last week.  To say the least, I am hooked and have made these twice in one week!

Roasting brussel sprouts gives them a completely different flavor. It’s a nutty, sweeter taste. And honestly the crispier the better.

I love to serve them with this Grilled Chicken or this Honey Dijon Pork Tenderloin. Whatever you serve them with your guests will be thrilled.

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How to Make Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Wash fresh brussel sprouts and trim the ends off.

Slice them in half (from the end to tip)

Place them in a bowl and add the vinegar, oil and pepper

sliced uncooked Brussel Sprouts tossed in balsamic vinegar

Toss lightly and place on a baking sheet, cut side down

Uncooked sliced Brussel Sprouts spread on a baking sheet with balsamic vinegar

How Long to Roast Brussel Sprouts

Bake for 20 minutes, tossing once to make sure they are evenly browned. I have even gone a little longer depending on the size of the brussel sprout.

ENJOY!!

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Looking for some more new healthy side dishes? Try these easy recipes:

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Spicy Asian Zucchini

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

Simple Baked Cabbage

Roasted Green Beans

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

These Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts will change the way you think about this veggie. They are loaded with sweet nutty flavor for a wonderful, extremely healthy side dish!

  • 1 lb of fresh brussel sprouts (trimmed and cut in half lengthwise.)
  • 3 TBSP of olive oil
  • 3 TBSP of balsamic vinegar
  • pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Wash fresh brussel sprouts and trim the ends off a little.
  3. Slice them in half (from the end to tip)
  4. Place them in a bowl and add the vinegar, oil and pepper
  5. Toss lightly and place on a baking sheet, cut side down
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, tossing once.

You can use frozen brussel sprouts as well.  Just thaw them first and remove any excess water. Then increase the baking time to 30-40 minutes.

Sprinkle them with a little parmesan cheese after they come out of the oven for an even bolder flavor.

 

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Coconut Rice https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/coconut-rice-recipe.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/coconut-rice-recipe.html#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2019 20:58:50 +0000 https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=52126 This easy Coconut Rice is so amazing with it’s rich flavor! Turn plain jasmine rice into a wonderful, aromatic side dish that’s perfect for Asian inspired curry dishes, stir-fries, and more! COCONUT RICE RECIPE I haven’t been this excited about an easy peasy recipe in so long! This coconut rice has everyone in my family practically […]

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This easy Coconut Rice is so amazing with it’s rich flavor! Turn plain jasmine rice into a wonderful, aromatic side dish that’s perfect for Asian inspired curry dishes, stir-fries, and more!

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COCONUT RICE RECIPE

I haven’t been this excited about an easy peasy recipe in so long! This coconut rice has everyone in my family practically begging for it. It’s just as easy as plain ole rice but the flavor is so much tastier!

You can cook in on the stove or in a rice cooker. Either way it turns out fantastic!

WHAT TO SERVE WITH COCONUT RICE:

The Coconut Rice complements so many dishes, especially Thai or Asian-inspired dishes like this Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce or Shrimp Zoodles in Thai Coconut Sauce.

You can also serve it as a extra flavorful side dish with this Spicy Asian Zucchini or steamed broccoli along side Asian Grilled Shrimp, Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs or Chicken Teriyaki

You could even add a teaspoon of sugar as well and then top with a few slices of fresh mango for a fabulous dessert.

coconut milk can, cup of uncooked rice and a measuring cup of water.

COCONUT RICE INGREDIENTS

Jasmine rice, rinsed and drained very well

Canned full-fat coconut milk

Cold water

Sugar

Salt

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HOW TO MAKE COCONUT RICE?

Rinse the rice under cold water until the water is clear.

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Cover and reduce the heat to low.

Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

CAN I USE BROWN RICE TO MAKE COCONUT RICE?

You can substitute brown jasmine rice as well to make this coconut rice recipe. Brown rice does take about twice as long as white rice to cook. (cook per your package directions)

Coconut Rice

This easy Coconut Rice is so amazing with it’s rich flavor! Turn plain jasmine rice into a wonderful, aromatic side dish.

  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water is clear.

  2. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil.

  3. Cover and reduce the heat to low.

  4. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

 

 

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Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/maple-roasted-chickpeas.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/maple-roasted-chickpeas.html#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:35:21 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=40893 Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas are a wonderful, crunchy, healthy snack. Nut free, gluten free and vegan. They also make fabulous salad topping! Roasted Chickpeas This Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas recipe has a little sweet side to them to satisfy your cravings.  They have the perfect crunch that reminds me of a sugar cereal to be […]

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Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas are a wonderful, crunchy, healthy snack. Nut free, gluten free and vegan. They also make fabulous salad topping!

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Roasted Chickpeas

This Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas recipe has a little sweet side to them to satisfy your cravings.  They have the perfect crunch that reminds me of a sugar cereal to be honest.

You can also change the ingredients to create several different flavors.  These Honey Mustard Chickpeas are another great way to make them. Or try sprinkling them with with a little olive oil and garlic powder.  They are great with olive oil, soy sauce and lime juice.

I made one batch and completely failed. I poured the mixture over them and THEN baked them and it did not go well at all. The syrup and/or brown sugar burned.

two bowls of Roasted Chickpeas. One cooked, one burnt.

Then I decided to try it a different way. And the best little sweet healthy snack was born! I roasted the chickpeas plain first. Then coated them with the mixture and put them back in the oven to caramelize them.

They taste like a sweetened cereal. Kid-friendly for the win too!

I actually soaked and cooked dried chickpeas this time instead of buying a can just in case I failed again. I have SO many more for so much cheaper. The whole bag of dried chickpeas cost $1.79 and yield 4 times as many as one can.

Ingredients for Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Olive oil

Maple syrup

Brown sugar

Ground cinnamon

How to Make Roasted Chickpeas

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Pat them dry with a paper towel.

3. Spread the chickpeas on baking sheet line with parchment paper.

uncooked Chickpeas on parchment paper

4. Bake for 45- 50 minutes. Give the pan a little shake every 15 minutes to move them around. You want to bake them until they are crunchy all the way through. Test one.  If it’s still soft in the middle, cook a little longer. Retest until completely crunchy.

5. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, maple syrup , brown sugar, cinnamon.

Uncooked Chickpeas mixed in maple cinnamon mixture

6. Put the chickpeas into the the maple syrup mixture and toss until they are coated.

7. Put them back onto the lined baking sheet and caramelize for about 10-15 mins.

8. Remove and ENJOY!

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas are a wonderfully crunchy healthy snack!

  • 15 oz Chickpeas ( or Garbanzo Beans)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  3. Spread the chickpeas on baking sheet line with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 45- 50 minutes. Give the pan a little shake every 15 minutes to move them around.
  5. You want to bake them until they are crunchy all the way through. Test one. If it’s still soft in the middle, cook a little longer. Retest until completely crunchy.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, maple syrup , brown sugar, cinnamon.
  7. Put the chickpeas into the the maple syrup mixture and toss until they are coated.
  8. Put them back onto the lined baking sheet and caramelize for about 10-15 mins.

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Simple Corn Salsa https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/simple-corn-salsa.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/simple-corn-salsa.html#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:46:14 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=47205 This simple Corn Salsa is bursting with fresh flavors!  Super easy to make and serve with tortilla chips or as a topping on tacos, burrito bowls or baked fish. Corn Salsa Recipe If I was asked what my favorite food was, I most certainly would tell you Mexican.  I usually have something at least twice a week […]

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This simple Corn Salsa is bursting with fresh flavors!  Super easy to make and serve with tortilla chips or as a topping on tacos, burrito bowls or baked fish.

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Corn Salsa Recipe

If I was asked what my favorite food was, I most certainly would tell you Mexican.  I usually have something at least twice a week to satisfy my cravings.  I honestly think it’s the cilantro that I crave the most.  Anything I can add some yummy Mexican flare to I’m all in.

This simple corn salsa is one of those that you can’t get enough of.  Seriously! My favorite is just the scooping it up with tortilla chips.  Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s blue tortillas?  Love them!

But, it’s also amazing as a topping on my favorite rice bowls or served on top of pan seared or baked fish like salmon.

FYI – I use this handy chopper to get my onions finely chopped.

Corn Salsa Ingredients

Olive oil

Sweet corn

Garlic, minced

Tomato, seeded and finely chopped

Red onion, finely chopped

Lime juice

Avocado, diced

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Jalapeño, (optional for your desired heat)

Tortilla chips

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How to Make Corn Salsa

In a sauté pan, sauté the corn and garlic on med-high for about 5-7 minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Add the corn and garlic (once cooled) and mix thoroughly again.

Serve with tortilla chips.

ENJOY!!

 

Try these other healthy appetizers too!

Cowboy Caviar

Cucumber Avocado Salsa

White Bean Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

 

Simple Corn Salsa

his simple corn salsa is bursting with fresh flavors! Super easy to whip up and serve with tortilla chips or as a topping on tacos, burrito bowls or baked fish.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet corn
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 medium tomato (seeded and diced)
  • ¼ medium red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 jalapeño (finely chopped optional for your desired heat)
  • Tortilla chips for dipping
  • ENJOY!!
  1. In a saute pan, saute the corn and garlic on med-high for about 5-10 minutes.  Set aside and cool to room temperature.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add the corn and garlic (once cooled) and mix thoroughly again.

  4. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Roasted Beet Salad https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/roasted-beet-salad.html https://www.tosimplyinspire.com/roasted-beet-salad.html#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:54:34 +0000 http://www.tosimplyinspire.com/?p=49749 This Roasted Beet Salad is make with just a few simple ingredients.  It makes a wonderful new side dish to add to any Summer menu. Roasted Beet Salad We were eating at a restaurant a couple of weeks ago at the beach in Massachusetts.  One of the only healthy side dishes on the menu happened to […]

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This Roasted Beet Salad is make with just a few simple ingredients.  It makes a wonderful new side dish to add to any Summer menu.

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Roasted Beet Salad

We were eating at a restaurant a couple of weeks ago at the beach in Massachusetts.  One of the only healthy side dishes on the menu happened to be Roasted Beet Salad.  Curious, I asked the waitress how it was prepared and she said it was simply beets and red onions in a vinaigrette.

I have never been a huge beet lover but I’m so happy I was bold enough to try their version because it is amazing!!

All you have to do is slice up a few roasted beets and red onion (I used a mandolin slicer for easy slicing) and let it marinade a little in red wine vinegar and olive oil with a little seasoning.

For my first time making this, I decided to buy already cooked beets because I was impatient.  But it is very easy to make you own Roasted Beets

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Ingredients for Beet Salad

6-8 medium red beets, roasted

Red onion, sliced very thin

Extra virgin olive oil

Red wine vinegar

Dried basil

Black pepper

How to Make Beet Salad

Remove ends from the roasted beets and peel off the skin.

Slice beets into 1/4 inch slice and place in a serving bowl.

Add red onion slice.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, basil and pepper.

Pour marinade over the onions and beets and stir to mix.

Marinate for at least an hour at room temperature.

ENJOY!!

 

Be sure to try these other popular salad recipes too

Southern Potato Salad

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Succotash Salad

Roasted Corn Orzo Pasta Salad

Roasted Beet Salad

This Roasted Beet Salad is simply marinated in vinegar and olive oil with a touch of basil and pepper. A wonderful new side dish to add to any Summer menu.

  • 6-8 medium red beets (roasted)
  • 1/2 small red onion (sliced very thin)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Remove ends from the roasted beets and peel off the skin.
  2. Slice beets into 1/4 inch slice and place in a serving bowl.
  3. Add red onion slice.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, basil and pepper.
  5. Pour marinade over the onions and beets and stir to mix.
  6. Marinate for at least an hour at room temperature.
  7. ENJOY!!

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