Butternut Squash Roasted Veggies

Roasting vegetables is my absolute new favorite thing. It’s just so easy. Easy AND delicious: such a winning combination. The ingredients of roasted butternut squash, brussels sprouts, craisens and red onion recipe may seem simple or even plain, but they all work together to create something AMAZING. I paired these veggies with a pretzel crusted sriracha maple boneless wing and it was too good not to share the recipes with you.

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved
1 lb butternut squash, chopped into ½” cubes
1 red onion, cut in half, and each half cut into 6 chunks
1½ tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup craisens
¼ teaspoon salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Coat a baking sheet with oil  and put the vegetables on the pan. Top them with the other ingredients ( olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, pepper ), and toss to coat.
Roast for 18 minutes. Flip the vegetables over and give them a good stir around the pan.
Roast for another 18 minutes, or until the butternut squash is tender. Add craisens before serving.

INGREDIENTS:

1 and 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or tenders
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/2 cup sriracha
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 and 1/2 cups finely crushed Rold Gold Pretzel
nonstick spray like PAM

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Coat baking sheet heavily with nonstick spray.
Cut chicken breast into 1-1.5 inch pieces.
Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Beat eggs in another shallow dish. Pour pretzels into a third shallow dish. Coat each chicken piece in flour, shaking off any excess. Then, dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then generously roll in the pretzels, shaking off any excess. Place the chicken bites on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes. Turn each piece over and continue baking until the outside is crisp and the centers are cooked through, about 15 minutes more. Combine sriracha and maple syrup and top wings with the combination.

HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER RICE

HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER RICE

Cauliflower  is quickly becoming my favorite vegetable to cook with. Cauliflower rice is a great basic recipe to have on hand. It’s easy to make a big batch — and stock your refrigerator or freezer with a ready-to-cook, 5-minute side dish that goes with just about anything.

Most recipes call for pulsing the cauliflower in a food processor. I think the fastest and easiest way is to use the pulse option on the ninja blender. It takes just a few minutes to grate the whole head of cauliflower. If you don’t have a food processor or a blender, grate by hand with a box grater.

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Instructions

Begin by preparing your cauliflower. Chop each head in half, then into quarters, then separate the florets from the stem in one slice.
Chop the cauliflower into 1 or 2 inch pieces. Don’t worry about keeping the florets pretty-looking, your pulverizing them anyway.
Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor or blender in batches. I usually do 3 batches per head of cauliflower. This sounds like a lot, but it only takes about 4-5 one-second pulses for each batch, so it doesn’t take too long. Pulse only until the cauliflower looks like rice.
Transfer all the cauliflower rice to a bowl. In a large, wide-bottomed skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Continue cooking until the cauliflower rice becomes tender. Add vegetables, meat, spices, etc.

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

What do you get when you combine spicy Buffalo sauce and zesty Ranch mix? Crazy delicious and a seriously easy Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Recipe!

 Just 3 ingredients and you’ve got yourself another winner dinner!

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Ingredients
4 – 5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed
1 bottle Frank’s RedHot Wings Buffalo Sauce
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix

Instructions
Cook chicken in Crockpot on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours {covered}
Mix together Buffalo Sauce and Ranch Seasoning Mix
Stir and cook on HIGH for 30 more minutes, or until done.
Garnish with chopped Green Onions, lettuce ranch or add a seeded bun for a sandwich and ENJOY!

Friday Favorites: Fall Edition

Oh, how I love when Friday rolls around. Weekends are just the best, don’t you think? I’ve been very inspired by all of the colors, flavors and fashion of the fall season lately, which you’ll probably notice when you take a peek through today’s favorites. Enjoy!

Favorite Fall Tablescape: featuring The Little Market dishware and styled by Beijos Events

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Favorite Reminder: Don’t quit your daydream

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Favorite Sweet Treat: Apple Cider Cupcakes

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Favorite Fall Soup: Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

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Favorite Fall Coffee Cups

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How to get out of a rut

We’ve all been stuck in a rut before. Whether it’s because we’re lacking motivation, stressed out, tired or just simply bored of the same old routine day in and day out, getting stuck is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes we just fall off the bandwagon and begin to feel a little discontent with the way things are going. So here are a few ideas to help you get out of that rut and feel like yourself again!

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1. Drink lemon water first thing; start your morning off by hydrating

2. Get some fresh air- get outside and get some vitamin D.

3. Declutter your digital life- Give yourself fewer options for distraction by deleting apps you don’t use, emails you don’t need, and bookmarks you aren’t going to read.

4. Up your fruit and veggie intake- Maybe you’ve been feeling a little lethargic from your food choices lately. If so, try adding in more of the good stuff.

5. Try positive affirmations. Give yourself some words of encouragement, even if it feels silly.
6. Freshen up your desk space- Getting organized helps you regain your focus.

7. Focus on one thing at a time. Make a to do list and prioritize. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, get serious about your priorities and figure out what you can set aside for now.

8. Go somewhere new- Even if you can’t get very far, explore a town or area near you that you’ve never been to.

9. Go for a run- It’s no secret that exercising releases endorphins that make us feel good. And along with that, it gives us a space to sort out what may be bothering us.

10. Give yourself a mani/pedi- I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to recall a time when I felt miserable while painting my nails. I think it’s just really hard to feel unhappy when you are beautifying yourself.

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