Category Archives: Brussel Sprouts

Warm Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad

Have you ever had a no-chip manicure before?

I had one done about a year ago when I was living in the city and after only two days, the nail polish already chipped.  And by chipped, I mean it was coming off in sheets!  After spending twice the amount of a normal manicure, this girl was not happy.  Nor was I convinced that this “no-chip” business was true.

Since then, I continued to hear wonderful things from so many people about the no-chip and how it lasts at least 2 weeks and blah blah blah….. so I decided to give it another try.

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Well, you see that chip on my middle finger?  It happened yesterday, sadly.

But that was after 5 solid weeks!  Granted, my nails have grown out a lot and they look terrible in this picture but I was determined to see how long the polish lasted.  And now I’m a believer in the wonders of no-chip manicures!  Totally worth the extra $$, in my opinion.

Warm Brussel Sprouts Salad

Okay so now moving on to a delicious meal!

warm brussel sprouts salad with chicken

Similar to the concept of a warm spinach salad, I subbed in Trader Joe’s shredded brussel sprouts for the spinach and added plump dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and creamy goat cheese.

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And to round out the salad and become a complete meal, I topped with grilled chicken breast.  Delish!

warm shredded brussel sprouts salad with cranberries pecans and goat cheese

Serves 2-3


10 oz. bag of TJ’s shredded brussel sprouts*

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup pecans

2 oz. crumbled goat cheese

2 grilled chicken breasts (optional)


1.  On medium heat in a large skillet, add pecans and stir constantly for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant and toasted.

toasted pecans

2.  Once toasted, pour pecans onto a cutting board and coarsely chop.  Set aside.

chopped pecans

3.  Coat skillet with cooking spray and pour in shredded brussel sprouts.  Saute for a few minutes.

TJs shredded brussel sprouts saute

4.  Add chicken broth, salt, pepper and cranberries.  Stir and let simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, the brussel sprouts are tender and the dried cranberries plump up a bit.

brussel sprouts with cranberries

5.  Dish up onto plates or in bowls and top with toasted pecans, goat cheese, and grilled chicken, if desired.

warm brussel sprouts salad and chicken

Have a wonderful Thursday!


WIAW #14: Adobe Gilas

Look at what’s being built as we speak I type and you read…



Ahh I’m so excited!  They are building an outlet mall about 3 minutes from my work in Rosemont.

When I first started working in the area, there was very little to do.  Most of the surrounding buildings are other business offices and hotels, along with the convention center.  My coworkers and I have always had a tough time trying to find decent sit-down restaurants (besides fast food) or anywhere to hang out after work.  This was all up until a couple years ago when they added an entertainment district with a bunch of nice restaurants and bars, including Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar, Zanie’s Comedy Club, and Kings Bowling Alley.

Still, the area lacks any good shopping.  The only place nearby is Target which, don’t get me wrong, is better than nothing but just doesn’t cut it all the time.  But come August, we will have a huge fashion outlet mall with awesome stores!  Some stores I’m especially looking forward to Michael Kors, BCBG, Coach, Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Limited, Tory Burch, among many others!  I seriously cannot wait!

What I Ate Wednesday

Okay, now that I’ve gotten some of the excitement out of my system, let’s take a peek at another day of food.


I prepped a batch of protein pancakes the night before following this recipe, minus the lemon Stevia and blueberries.

pbj protein pancake

I ate 3 of these protein pancakes smeared with peanut butter and jelly (this picture was the prettiest so became the representative for all three).  I was surprised at how delicious these were as leftovers served cold/room temp.  Very filling!  I will definitely be making these again.

Mid Morning Snack

roast beef wrap

Whole wheat tortilla wrapped around roast beef, spinach leaves, and yellow mustard.

I know, it’s a rather odd morning snack but I had already packed the rest of my food and realized I was still without something to hold me between breakfast and lunch.  I remembered I had roast beef deli meat that would likely go bad if I didn’t use it up quickly and thus, a roast beef wrap was had at 10 am!


sloppy joe and roasted veggies

Homemade Sloppy Joe filling (obviously minus the bun), alongside roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts.  Leftovers are just very un-photogenic, aren’t they?  My apologies. Oh well, sure tasted good!

Afternoon Snack

About an hour after lunch, I was ready for a tiny dessert.

reese's egg

Last Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg of the season.  😦

turkey jerky

I picked up this Turkey Jerky in the check out line at Target and stashed it away in my desk drawer.  Since I knew I would be having an early dinner, I didn’t want to ruin my appetite but needed something. Turkey Jerky to the rescue!  (I’ve never had it before but it tastes almost identical to beef jerky.)


Oh man, am I glad I saved plenty of room for dinner!

csf girls group pic

A group of us girls from work (including 2 former coworkers) all met at Adobe Gilas, the Mexican restaurant located in the Rosemont entertainment district.

adobe gilas guacamole

We started off with tri-colored tortilla chips dipped in guacamole and salsa and a few drinks.

adobe gilas tacos

Since it was $2 taco night, everyone ordered a combination of different kinds.  I had the buffalo chicken taco (crispy buffalo chicken and blue cheese) and the carne asada taco (steak, cilantro, and onions).  Cheap and yummy!

Sundried Tomato Brussel Sprout & Spicy Sausage Bowl

Wheww that title is a mouthful!  But we’ll get to that in a second.  First, an honorable mention goes out to one of my very favorite grocery stores, Trader Joe’s!

trader joe's store

I just love all the unique products they carry and never fail to bring home more than I intended.  I always get sucked into checking out their new products and love taking a few extra minutes to browse.

Trader Joe's

It feels like an eternity since I’ve shopped at a TJ’s.  It hasn’t been exactly the most conveniently located grocery store when I lived in either Chicago or now St. Charles, but I had some extra time yesterday afternoon so I ran in to grab a few things.

Trader Joe's Groceries

This probably wasn’t the most exciting purchases I’ve ever made but we have plenty of snacks at home and were in need of produce.  But as always, the dark chocolate almonds caught my eye as I was waiting to check out so in my basket they went! 😉


A some point while baking those cookies last weekend, something happened to our oven door and it is currently out of commission.  Sad day.  As a result, I’ve been rather limited to cooking on the stove or microwave.  Fortunately, I picked up a bag of shredded brussel sprouts (so good!) and was inspired by the recipe for Cheesy Garlic and Herb Brussel Sprouts with Sausage from Carrots N’ Cake.

sun dried tomato brussel sprout and sausage bowl

I made a few minor changes/additions but couldn’t believe how easy and tasty this recipe turned out!  All it takes is a few minutes to brown the sausage, saute the shredded brussel sprouts, and then toss with cheese.

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I substituted the Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Cheese for the Sundried Tomato & Basil flavor and added chopped sundried tomatoes and a sprinkling of extra parmesan cheese.  Creamy and delicious!

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Sundried Tomato Brussel Sprout & Spicy Sausage Bowl

Slightly adapted from this recipe


2 spicy chicken sausages, sliced

2 tbls olive oil, divided

1 10 oz. bag of shredded brussel sprouts

Salt & pepper, to taste

4 sundried tomato & basil Laughing Cow cheese wedges

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes (the dry bagged ones, not packed in oil)

1-2 tbls shredded parmesan cheese (optional)


1.  Brown the sausage in a skillet with 1 tbls of olive oil for about 4-5 minutes.  Meanwhile, boil a cup of water and pour into a bowl along with the sundried tomatoes to soften.

2.  Add the brussel sprouts, remaining oil, and salt & pepper to the skillet.  Saute until sprouts are bright green and tender.

3.  Drain water from tomatoes and finely chop.  Additionally, unwrap cheese wedges and place in a large bowl with tomatoes.

4.  Once the brussel sprout mixture is cooked, pour into bowl with cheese and tomatoes.  Combine until evenly coated.

5.  Serve in bowls with parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top, if desired.  Dig in!

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