Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It’s that time of year! And I really can’t believe it. November and December are by far my most favorite months of the year, the weather, the festivities, the clothes, and of course, the food! But this year I’m just really not ready yet. I’ve been known to break out the Christmas music mid-October when I’m in my car by myself, but not so much this year. In fact I haven’t even listened to a holiday tune yet! I did get a really decadent cinnamon-y candle though. I can’t figure it out, but maybe this chilly morning is finally what I needed to get my holiday spirit in full gear.


So if you’re like me and not quiet ready for the holiday-palooza, this smoothie will help us all make an easy transition into holiday food. This pumpkin spice smoothie isn’t overly sweet and the pumpkin packs plenty of fiber helping you stay fuller longer. Always a bonus this season when a few extra pieces of pie seem inevitable. Best of all, this recipe is vegan, aka no dairy, so everybody can rejoice and enjoy!

For the full tutorial and recipe, check out my post here on Brit+Co.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie_ 4Do you have any healthy twists on holiday favorites? Tell me below!

Easy Curried Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Today’s post is inspired by simple goodness. I feel like I get busier and busier by the day, so quick and easy have become my go-to. These brussels and cauliflower work great as a side, or as a meal if you’re me!

The curry and garlic add a ton of flavor. Plus, you only need one pan!

For this recipe, you’ll need:
1 cup chopped cauliflower
1 cup quartered brussel sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (or more!)
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Start by mincing and chopping everything up.

Add the brussels, cauliflower and garlic to the pan with olive oil. Stir over medium heat for about one minute.

Add the curry powder, red pepper and salt. Sauté over medium heat for 15 minutes or until tender. Stir frequently.

And there you have it! The perfect quick and easy side. Bonus it’s vegan for those of you who are into that.


Brussels Sprout and Leek Hash with Truffled Mini Potatoes

Looking for the perfect side for Easter this weekend? Or an upcoming spring meal? I took this Brussels Sprout and Leek Hash with Truffled Mini Potatoes to a potluck and it was a total hit! Yeah… I went there. I truffled those tiny little carb-filled morsels. It was delicious. The shredded brussels sprouts add a little green freshness, but served warm, they are comforting and the perfect compliment to any meal!

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Plus, isn’t this side pretty? Everyone will want seconds!

For this side, you’ll need:

1 lb. mini potatoes
5 cups of shredded brussels sprouts
4 stalks or 2 cups of slice leeks (white part only)
1 stick of butter (sub 1/2 olive oil to make this vegan)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon garlic sea salt
1/2 tablespoon white truffle oil

Serves 10-12.

Begin by washing and slicing the tiny potatoes in half.

Next, toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon kosher salt and 1/2 tablespoon of truffle oil. Place in a skillet and sauté over medium to medium-low heat for 35-40 minutes. Stir frequently.

Meanwhile, wash and finely dice the brussels sprouts.

I sliced the leeks thinly and then in half.

Toss the diced brussels sprouts with the leeks. I sautéed these in a wok, because I love my wok, but a large skillet with high sides would work as well. Dice the butter, and add that and the garlic salt to the wok. Cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Stir frequently.

Layer the sautéed brussels sprouts and leek hash on the bottom of your serving dish. Then scoop the truffled potatoes over top. Serve warm.

Who is ready to dig in? I know I am!