Monday, November 25, 2013

5K & a Feast!

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but all I have to do is make it through three days at work, and then I will be rewarded with five days off! More exciting than five days off in a row? Why Thanksgiving of course!

This year, P & I are doing a 5K/month, each benefitting a different cause. This week is our Turkey Trot 5K and it is on Thanksgiving morning! We will be bringing canned food to donate to a local food bank, and then racing away! (Which really just means we're balancing out the extra calories!)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

For some people Thanksgiving is all about the Turkey. And I'll give it to you, you can't have Thanksgiving without it. But for me it is really all about the smashed potatoes (I'm not really a fan of the super smooth completely lump free variety) and the brussels sprouts! And this year I will be making the brussels for the future in-laws!

I know what you are thinking, and it is probably, ewwwww! Brussels sprouts are gross!

I assure you, they are delicious--and soo easy!

All you do is trim them from the stem, peel off any loose gross looking leaves, and quarter or half them. If they are quartered they will cook much faster.
Give them a good rinse and pat them dry.
Toss them into a baking dish (I usually use a loaf pan, but any baking dish will do) with enough olive oil to coat, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Give them a good stir to make sure that they are all covered with the oils. Cover with foil and they are ready to go in the oven at 375. They will take between 20-35 minutes depending on if you halved or quartered them. You will know they are ready when the leaves are crispy, and you can put a fork through the middle of them without much resistance. 
If you want to kick them up and make them special for the holiday feast....then before you cover with foil, take two strips of bacon, cut in half lengthwise, and then dice. Sprinkle the bacon pieces throughout, then proceed to cover with foil and bake.

Everything will crisp up and they will be so delicious--It's making my mouth water just typing this!

What special dish makes your Thanksgiving dinner? Do you help with any of the cooking or have any special recipes to share?

I'm thankful for my health. Without which, our 5K goals would be unrealistic. (And I wouldn't be able to enjoy the feast afterwards!) Happy Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

  1. It's going to be quite cold at the beach... but I bet there is a race Thursday morning. I'll have to see what I can find tomorrow. I'd love to have those b-sprouts! I normally do much of the baking for the meal, but I think we're eating out this year.