We made Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Miso for our Friendsgiving dinner. It was a big hit and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone like me who loves Brussels Sprouts.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon red miso paste
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
1 lime, halved
¼ cup chopped roasted almonds
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, miso and salt until smooth. Add the brussels sprouts and toss until evenly coated. Transfer the brussels sprouts to a rimmed baking sheet. Spread out in an even layer and scrape every last drop of the honey-miso mixture from the bowl on top.
Roast the brussels sprouts until tender and nicely caramelized, 35 to 40 minutes, tossing halfway through with a spatula. Squeeze the lime juice over top, give the mixture a good toss and transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with the almonds, then serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: 4 servings
Perfect for cold winter nights or any time of year, this vegan chili recipe is a real winner for the whole family. (I usually double up the recipe and divide portions into separate containers as a meal prep hack.)
Vegan Chipotle Chili (serves 4-5)
2 tablespoons avocado oil (can use olive oil as a substitute)
1 white onion, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (12-ounce) can of corn
2 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
1 (8-ounce) can of chipotle sauce
2 large tomatoes, diced
2 cups quinoa, cooked
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Avocado, for topping
Cilantro, for topping
1. In a large pot, heat avocado oil and sauté onions and garlic. Cook until onions become translucent.
2. Add beans, corn, vegetable broth, chipotle sauce, and tomatoes.
3. Simmer for 10 minutes until tomatoes get tender.
4. Add quinoa and lime juice, then continue to heat for another 5 minutes.
5. Top with avocado and cilantro. Serve warm.
Recently, while shopping at a local grocery store, I stopped by its coffee bar to treat myself to a beverage while I shopped. Although the station wasn’t staffed, it had a small bell on the counter that shoppers could ring to call someone over. I noticed several workers nearby who were all helping other customers. So, I decided that I wasn’t going to ring the bell and, instead, would just wait patiently until a worker noticed me standing there.
Sure, I was in a hurry and was definitely looking forward to that shot of caffeine that would be in the small mocha latte I planned on ordering. But I also recognized that waiting patiently would be a good test of my resolve. Why? Because technology has created an over-automated society that expects us to deliver goods and services faster and faster. Therefore, I decided I was going to stand there and wait patiently to break the cycle.
Think about it. Getting evening or late-night emails from supervisors used to be taboo. Now, we feel like we must respond to work-related emails no matter what time of day they arrive (even if it’s during hours that we’re off work). Even friends and relatives sometimes get annoyed if we don’t instantly reply to text messages. Our lives are becoming more harried and more chaotic—as if someone is standing nearby shouting, “Faster! Faster!,” every minute of the day.
Thus, my standing at the coffee bar and waiting patiently without ringing the service bell was going to embody my protest. I could stand there enjoying the moment, waiting for someone else’s timing to accommodate my own.
I’m ashamed to admit that “just standing there” wasn’t easy. My initial thought was to grab my phone and scroll through incoming emails or text messages. But I fought the urge. I didn’t have to be doing anything while standing there other than breathing. Still, I wondered to myself, where do I direct my eyes? What kind of posture do I assume? How, exactly, does someone wait patiently? It was a mystery—mainly because I’ve been a participant in life’s chaos and haven’t paused in several years.
So here I was… Pausing—like a robot that had been temporarily switched off. After what seemed like an eternity (roughly about two minutes), a cheerful employee approached and asked what kind of beverage I wanted.
Like any proud kindergarten student handing in their first homework assignment, I wanted to boast that I’d purposely not rung the bell and then bask in the gratitude. But I caught and circumvented my need for acknowledgment. My being patient was its own reward (as was the small mocha I ordered, which I’ll admit was quite delicious).
I realize that waiting patiently at my local market’s coffee bar was a small act when it comes to patience. And yet, the muscle of patience is one many of us don’t exercise enough. Sure, we are all very busy, and we’re all sometimes facing insurmountable demands and obligations of all kinds. But if we don’t initiate temporary pauses in our lives, who will? Even the smallest patient acts can add up. And those acts begin with us and our choices.
So next time you’re racing for an entrance, consider holding the door open for someone behind you so that they can enter first. You might even allow a car at a four-way road stop to go before your own, even if you have the right of way. Or, if you see a bell on an empty counter, perhaps wait for the employee to return on their own accord rather than banging out a fractured symphony of “I’m in a hurry!”
Lastly, practice patience with yourself. We can do this by stopping and acknowledging the situation we’re in, then taking a few deep breaths. This sounds like a simple act. And the good news is that it is. An act that can help remind us that life doesn’t have to be a race every single second of every single day—and that we deserve patience as much as anyone we might encounter does.
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We have a Halloween party tonight, and I made a special Halloween Chex Mix (with pumpkins, candy corn, Reeses Pieces, and Chex mix ingredients). Because, post-pandemic, it’s kind of gross to think of people putting their hands in a bowl to take a scoop, I put them into individual 5 oz. containers (black, of course), so people could serve themselves “treats” without “tricks.”
Do you feel frustrated with dieting, losing weight, and keeping it off? Are you sick and tired of seeing short-term results only to gain back any weight that you lose?
Are you exhausted from the emotional ups and downs that always follow an emotional eating outburst, or do you always end up “cheating” on your diet because of the constant tinge of hunger that goes along with deprivation and starvation?
There is a better way to weight loss, and that’s… The right way. And it definitely doesn’t include depriving yourself, spending hours on the treadmill, beating yourself up, or buying the newest pill, shake, or diet plan.
No matter how long you’ve been struggling, the battle against food, dieting, and weight loss doesn’t have to be the story of your life – and right now I’d like to invite you to a free event that will show you how to rewrite your story.
My friend and colleague Lisa Goldberg, a nutritionist and weight loss coach, invited me to present at The Right Way to Weight Loss Summit, a free online event where nutritionists, doctors, fitness experts, psychologists, coaches, therapists, and other transformational health experts will gather for 12 straight days to share the latest of their tips, tools, strategies and so much more!
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We start on November 1st!