First off, a huge thanks to those of you who commented on my last post. It truly touched my heart, and gave me a renewed faith that what I am doing here isn’t for not.
So after a fun filled day in Chicago yesterday celebrating my oldest daughter’s upcoming 16th birthday on Tuesday, I sharpened my knives and decided to dive in to making a yummy, healthy, yet EASY dinner for my family.
My husband picked up this yummy aged sirloin steak yesterday while were in Chicago at Eataly, (one of my ALL TIME favorite grocery-ish type stores…like EVER) and grilled it on our BBQ grill.
I was in charge of the side dishes, so I decided to tweak by Brussels sprout recipe just a touch, and make sweet potato “chips” as my second side. You can find the recipe for the sweet potato chips HERE!
For the Brussels sprouts, here’s what you’ll need:
3 cups of Brussels sprouts, cleaned and cut the end core off. I halve mine to shorten the cooking time. This is totally optional.
2 strips of thick cut bacon, halved long ways, and then cubed.
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of brown sugar, halved
Kosher salt and pepper to taste, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
In a non-stick pan add 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and heat to medium high heat. Add in your bacon and shallots and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and let caramelize. This takes about 10-12 minutes. Next, add your Brussels sprouts, and seasonings and sauté for 10 minutes ensuring NOT to overcook. You still want a bite to your Brussels! In the last 2-3 minutes add your remaining brown sugar, mix well, and taste for proper seasoning.
Dinner is served!
Next week I plan on tackling my inner “you can’t do this anymore because you haven’t been running other than on the dreadmill” demon and head outside for some much needed miles. I don’t always have to be training for a marathon to be a runner, and I’ve accepted the fact that I just don’t WANT to make the time to train for a full marathon, either. I have a family that needs me more, and to dedicate countless hours each week is just simply unfair. It’s put a damper on so many areas in my life, so for now I’ll stick to the half marathon distance and shorter.
I’ve also realized that when you aren’t running, your “running friends” sort of fall by the way side. And this makes me very sad. I had a nice little cry to today knowing it was the day of the Fox Valley Marathon (my favorite local race) but I had other obligations. I miss those friends, but they are still out there all running together or in groups…and I…well…am not. It stings a little. I won’t lie. But that’s just part of the circle of life…right? 😦
So with my mantra of #keepmovinforward I plan on putting my time and effort in things that bring joy to my life. Being that friend that everyone can bring their problems too, yet I can’t come to with MY problems is less than joyful to say the least. So here we go…upwards and onwards.
What’s been on your plate these days? Do you find you have “fair weather” friends at times? Do you have any fall races coming up?
Thanks again everyone! Have a wonderful week!