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Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

8 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 lb. Brussels sprouts
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, plus more to taste
1/2 c. dried, unsweetened cranberries
1/4 c. apple juice
1/4 c. maple syrup

In a large cast-iron skillet, cook the bacon oven medium-high for 6-8 minutes or until crispy.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet, stirring well to coat with the bacon grease. Reduce heat to
medium and cook without stirring for 6 minutes or until the sprouts start to brown/caramelize.
Stir in the salt and red pepper and continue to cook an additional 6 – 8 minutes or until Brussels
sprouts are just tender.
Stir in the cranberries, apple juice, and maple syrup. Cook 3 minutes, stirring to coat the Brussels
sprouts. Add the cooked bacon and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing (and Fritos)

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 head lettuce cut in layers, then chopped
1 large tomato diced
1 large sweet onion diced
1 can hot chili beans drained and rinsed lightly
12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese shredded
1 9-1/4-oz. bag Fritos corn chips
1 cup Kraft Catalina salad dressing

Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add the canola oil and swirl to coat the pan. Crumble the
ground beef into the skillet, cooking and stirring until no longer pink.
Drain off any grease, then add the taco seasoning packet and water (according to package) and
continue cooking per packet instructions. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Meanwhile, toss together the lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans, and cheese.
Add the bag of Fritos, partly crushed, and toss with 1 cup Catalina dressing (add more dressing,
if desired). Serve immediately.
Making the salad ahead of time? Once you've finished prepping and chopping, store the
ingredients separately in Ziploc bags or bowls with tight fitting lids. This will ensure the lettuce
doesn't get soggy from everything else in the bowl!
More veggies! Dice up a red bell pepper or cut an ear of fresh corn off the cob to add even more
goodness to this salad. If you like a bit more heat, prep a few fresh jalapeno slices too.

Roasted Parmesan Carrots

2 pounds carrots, washed, scrubbed, diagonally cut into about 3-inch pieces
4 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 425F.
Grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with foil; set aside.
Place prepared carrots in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
Melt butter in the microwave.
Once melted, add minced garlic, Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper to the melted butter and
whisk until thoroughly combined.
Pour the butter mixture over the carrots and toss to coat.
Add grated parmesan cheese and mix until combined.
Transfer carrots to prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Mix around half way through cooking.
Remove from oven.
Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.

Honey Butter Corn

16 ounces frozen corn
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large skillet, heat the frozen corn over medium-high heat, stirring often, until hot.
Add the honey and butter and stir until the butter is melted. Cut the cream cheese into small
chunks and add them to the corn, along with the salt and pepper.
Allow the cream cheese to melt, then stir until completely melted into the honey butter sauce.
Serve the corn hot.

Roasted Butternut Squash Gratin

3 cups (about 3 pounds uncooked) mashed butternut squash
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the squash, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, salt, rosemary, and pepper.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of
Parmesan and the shredded Asiago cheese too.
Bake for 20 minutes.
ROASTING YOUR BUTTERNUT SQUASH: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut your butternut
squash in half, scrape out the seeds and discard. Place them cut-side-up on a lined baking
sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated
oven until squash is fork- tender and lightly browned, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool, scoop out the
pulp, and then mash it up for your recipe!
TIP: If you roast your butternut squash ahead of time, you can refrigerate it until ready to use.
Bring it to room temperature again before using in this recipe.

Oven Baked Green Beans

3, 14.5 oz. cans cut green beans, drained
6 bacon slices, cook until crispy
⅔ cup brown sugar
¼ cup melted butter
6 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder

Spray a 9 x 13 pan with your favorite cooking spray. Heat oven to 350*.
Put drained green beans into the pan.
Mix the brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Pour over green beans.
Add the cooked bacon.
Bake for 25 minutes, serve warm.

Maple Glazed Green Beans

1 large onion, chopped
4 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon bourbon, optional

1. In a large saucepan, place steamer basket over 1 in. water. Place beans in basket. Bring water
to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a low boil; steam, covered, until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onion and bacon over medium heat until bacon is crisp;
drain. Stir cranberries, syrup, salt, pepper and, if desired, bourbon into onion mixture. Add
beans; heat through, tossing to combine.

Street Corn Dip

2 – 10 ounce bags steam fresh frozen corn

1 tablespoon olive oil

juice from one lime about 2 tablespoons

1/2 cup mayonnaise

4 ounces low fat feta cheese

1 jalapeno pepper chopped (leave the seeds in for extra spice!)

2 tablespoons red onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped

2 tablespoons franks redhot sauce or your favorite wing sauce

Prepare corn according to package instructions.

Once corn is steamed/dethawed, heat in a large skillet on medium high heat with the olive oil. I cooked it for about 7-8 minutes until it was slightly browned.

Take corn off of heat and toss with all other ingredients.

Serve as side dish or as a dip with tortilla chips!

Serve immediately and refrigerate remainder for up to 3-5 days.


Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Fresh thyme

To cook the garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes: Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Peel and cut sweet potatoes into thin slices.
Place garlic, oil, butter, salt, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in a Ziploc bag and mix well. Throw in sweet potatoes and shake until well coated.
Lightly butter a baking dish and arrange coated sweet potatoes into a spiral. Sprinkle with a little parmesan if you like.
Bake sweet potatoes for 30-35 minutes. Serve your garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes warm and sprinkle with thyme if desired.

Cauliflower Au Gratin

6 tablespoons butter, cubed

4 ounces cooked ham, chopped

1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

  1. Preheat broiler. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add ham and garlic; saute for 4-5 minutes. Add cauliflower, and cook just until crisp-tender. Combine cream and flour; stir into skillet, and blend well. Add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 1 minute longer.
  2. Pour into a 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil until lightly browned, 2-4 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.