Eat Your Brussels Sprouts! (And A Giveaway!!)

Whoa mamma, so apparently tomorrow turned into a month. It’s kind of funny, I was all excited about having a blog during December because I had all these visions of posting cookie recipes, fabulous meals and everything holiday related…then life had to go and mess it all up! I kind of forgot how much of a whirlwind December can be, work has been crazy busy, then you mix that with present shopping, baking, lunches, get togethers, cooking, grocery shopping, volunteering, decorating and house cleaning (actually, I should thank P for that last one), and before you know it, a month goes by and it’s bloody January! I even missed my one year blogiversary!

I can’t even believe a full year has gone by, who knew that there are people out there that actually read this little ol’ cooking blog of mine…well, besides my parents that is, Hi Mom & Dad!  I was just going to leave you with the brussels sprout and rice recipe I had promised you ages ago but it just doesn’t seem quite right to celebrate a blogiversary with brussels sprouts, so instead I’m going to do my first ever giveaway! I received my first instalment of my year supply of Dandies in the mail from the contest I won during vegan mofo and what kind of person would I be if I didn’t share some of the marshmallow goodness. Soooo, I’m giving two lucky ducks each a bag of Dandies marshmallows and  1/2 a dozen gluten-free S’more Granola Bars made by yours truly courtesy of my little bakeshop. To find out how to enter, just scroll to the bottom of the page for the info.

I gotta admit, considering how much amazing food I’ve eaten over the past couple weeks, I’m sad to say that all I’ve got to show for it is a few crappy photos, but crappy or not I’ll be damned if I’ve gone this long and have nothing to show for it, so expect crappy photos of delicious food in the near future. In the meantime, here are those brussels sprouts and these ain’t no ordinary brussels sprouts, no siree, these are slightly sweet, with lightly roasted shallots and just a hint of miso. Definitely not pretty to look at, but pretty darn tasty in their own brussels sprouty way. Now the rice, well there’s not a whole lot to say about the rice, it’s so easy to make that I almost feel guilty for posting it as a recipe. If you love the combination of cranberries and apples (like I do) then you’re going to love this too. If it’s easy to make and tasty to eat, then how can you say no?

Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 20 ounces Brussels sprouts, outer leaves and stem trimmed, then halved
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 4 teaspoons white wine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 teaspoons olive oil, shallots, garlic, miso, 1 tablespoon wine, garlic and agave. Once well mixed, add Brussels sprouts and toss to coat.

Spread sprouts on a lined baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, or until coating looks dry, tossing every 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl and stir in remaining oil and wine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cranberry Apple Rice

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup white or brown rice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 medium granny smith apple, cored and diced
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

In a saucepan over high heat, bring vegetable broth and apple juice to a boil, add rice, cover and cook according to package directions. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the cranberries, apple and salt. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

Contest is now closed. Congrats to Andrea and Sarah G! 
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post. Tell me what you’d plan on making with those yummy little marshmallows or send me your suggestions on what I can make and blog about!  This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only (sorry everybody else). The contest closes January 7th at 11:59pm MST. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator and posted January 8th. Good luck everybody!

20 thoughts on “Eat Your Brussels Sprouts! (And A Giveaway!!)

  1. Mihl says:

    Happy New Year! Brussel sprouts were the horror of my childhood. My dad would make them and cook them until really mushy. Blergh. Since going vegan I found so many awesome preparation methods that I totally got over my hate. Your miso roasted ones sound fantastic.
    I cannot take part in your contest, but I once made marshmallow muffins with a bag of dandies someone brought me from the US. The recipe is on my blog.

  2. Stacey Vegas says:

    If I had the marshmallows I would be simple about it, it would definitely be s’mores and rice crispy treats all the way.

  3. Bobbie {thevegancrew} says:

    While I think Brussels sprouts are worthy of any celebration/occasion, they’re certainly made even better when accompanied by a giveaway. I think the Dandies would make the perfect addition to a cup of hot cocoa. Or a batch of rice crispy treats. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the blogging anniversary!

  4. Rebecca says:

    First off, I LOVE brussel sprouts! Seriously the fiancee and I went through about 4 pounds of them last week. I’m always looking for new ways to try them and yours looks super tasty.
    As for what I’d do with some Dandies, I’m thinking some sort of rocky road brownie with lots of chocolate, nuts, and more chocolate!

  5. Amy M says:

    I think these marshmallows would be perfect for making Ambrosia Salad, Chocolate/Peanut Butter Marshmallow squares, Rocky Road brownies… I love making sweet treats with marshmallows!

  6. Cindy A. says:

    Thank you so much for offering such a yummy and generous giveaway. I would make one of my absolute favorite desserts… marshmallow pumpkin pie. I might also toss a few in a cup (or 10) of hot chocolate. 😉

  7. sarah g says:

    I would probably make a version of rice krispies with them. Only I would use earth balance in place of butter, and maybe some different kimd of cereal just for kicks and giggles…. like maybe raisin bran or something. Hmm, that could be interesting.

    Or I might just eat the marshmallows straight from the bag. 🙂

  8. Christine says:

    So glad you are back blogging. I’ve been reading your older posts and have tagged so many recipes. The ones today look delish…I’ve been a little obsessy over Brussels sprouts lately!

    What a kind and generous giveaway too! Like others I would have to vote for rice krispy treats. Or find a good cookie recipe…although, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a cookie with marshmallows in it now that I think about it…could be interesting… 🙂

  9. kirstentaggart says:

    That is awesome that you won a year supply!! SCORE 🙂 Hmmm…I would try to make marshmallow fudge. I have seen some recipes that look tasty. I love brussel sprouts especially roasted . My oldest daughter hates them, she calls them little brains!? Happy new year & blogiversary!

  10. Oscar says:

    I gotta hold it down for the hot cocoa crew too, nothing like a good ‘mallow in the brew. Or maybe make those bizarre sweet potato pies I’ve seen around the internet during the recent holidays that have marshmallows on them — I assume it’s an American thing and I’m not just sheltered as I’ve never heard of ’em before!

  11. ikkinlala says:

    Those Brussels sprouts look amazing!

    If I won the marshmallows I’d probably make some kind of cereal squares – I’m not sure if I’d stick with the traditional rice krispies or try something different.

  12. Christina says:

    That’s too funny. I was totally going to say s’mores and hot chocolate but then I scrolled down and saw that was the last comment! LOL. Otherwise I miss making homemade rice krispies.

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