Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash

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Um two days from now it’s November. WHAT? How did THAT happen?

First of all, don’t forget to change your clocks back Saturday night/Sunday morning. I’d like to go on the record here and state how incredibly STUPID and pointless daylight savings time is. I read an article a few years ago about how it’s pretty useless now and more of a pain than a benefit and we should do away with it. I 1000000% agree and could rant for a good 3 paragraphs here butttttt I’ll spare you 🙂

Next, THANKSGIVING! (side note, did you all hear about REI being closed on Black Friday? Read about it here. I wish every store would follow suit but that’s another topic I could go on a rant about and again, I’ll spare you, you’re welcome 🙂 )

Now serious time. It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving day menu!! Some families make the same items year after year after year. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that! But if you’re like me and physically can’t seem to make the same thing twice, then you probably get so excited to try new recipes every year!!

There are some flavors that scream fall and cold weather and family comfort time to me. Rosemary, sweet potato, pumpkin, sage, brussels sprouts, cranberry I could go on. Not to say I don’t eat those flavors throughout the year but you know what I mean. Turkey usually get to be the star of the show but for me, I’m obsessed with the sides. Stuffing, potatoes (yes both, you can’t skip either one) veggies, cranberry…

whoooaaa. I’m drooling.

But fo’ realzzzz that’s where flavors can shine! Turkey, meh, turkey can be good or bad (best Turkey I ever had was one that had been brined and then roasted….ohhhh mamma it’s to die for. Do it…) but it generally stays the same from year to year no experimentation. Sides! You can mix it up all the time. Different types of stuffing, different flavors in your potatoes, different roasted veggies and a million other things.

A few weeks ago I came across these BEAUTIFUL fresh local brussels sprouts and wanted to try a new flavor mix up. Enter this healthy and delicious fall flavored side dish. It’s packed with flavor, super easy to make, and healthy/low fat! I eat brussels sprouts like they’re going out of style but this is a great way to maybe sneak some into your menu and try to trick those that are too afraid to try them “don’t like them”.20151007_184353ALWAYSSUMMER (3)BEFOREOMGGG so good. Look at that roasty goodness.The cranberries get a little bit caramelized/chewy in the oven and every single thing about this dish is perfection.

I hope you make this (even if not for Thanksgiving) and enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash & Arugula Quiche

Butternut Squash & Arugula Quiche
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HAPPY FRIDAY! 6 words for you. Thank. God. It. Is. The. Weekend.

I had what I’m going to call the longest week EVER at work. But I have a super fun weekend planned. I’m heading to the twin cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) to visit my best friend everrrr. She just moved into her and her husbands first official house and I cannot WAIT to see it and help her celebrate being a homeowner and settle in! 🙂

It’s also my birthday on Saturday! 26! Nuts. But I’m sure we’ll get into some shenanigans like we always do when we’re together. Excited!

But before I head out on my fun filled weekend I had to share what I call “the best thing I think I’ve ever made” with you. (I actually said that when I tasted this). This GORGEOUS and delicious dish can be made for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time… you name it!

I used crumbled goat cheese as my cheese and it was seriously perfect. I recommend that but as with all of my recipes, use anything you want! It’s all about experimenting and having fun, & I suggest you try with this, pronto.

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Like I said, I used goat cheese and it was to. die. for. Also you can easily make this so quick. Use store bought pie crust (like me) use pre cut up butternut squash(like me) (you can find this in the natural foods frozen section of most stores, otherwise Trader Joes has some!) if you use some of those handy shortcuts you have a wonderful delicious and somewhat healthified dinner in no time at all!

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Do yourself a favor and try this. Then come back and tell how you liked it! oh and MOST importantly, have a wonderful weekend!!!!!

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Turkey, Leek, and Wild Rice Casserole

Turkey, Leek, and Wild Rice Casserole

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Hello fraaaaands!

Last year around this time, I posted this enchilada recipe to give you a new way to use your leftover turkey!It was different flavors than most of us probably had on Thanksgiving and we all know I like to spice it up 🙂 butttt we also know I’m a creature of habit and love the holidays. I love the food of the holidays and usually have too many recipes on my wishlist and end up cutting some out because making ungodly amounts of food is wasteful…… That’s why this year, I’m again going to give you an EXCELLENT recipe to use up some of your left over Turkey meat from next week, but it’s a fall inspired comfort food meal!

Yes Thanksgiving is next week and this recipe is a “week early” but if you’re like me, you like to plan and that includes meal planning. This post is extra special because it contacts some sponsored products!

A while back, I was contacted by popchips to see if I would be interested in trying some of their products and sharing them on the blog. Um yes.

Upon further research- popchips are all natural, gluten free, low fat, not fried, no soy(as far as I can tell- though I haven’t tried every kind) and non to mention- delicious!

Originally I was asked if I could try some of the Cheddar Cheese products because they were interested in teaming up with bloggers in Wisconsin because Wisconsin is apparently one of the only places where Cheddar cheese is a snack consumed at higher rates then anywhere else . I said yes, even if I try to limit my cheese intake we all know- I love cheese. Too much.

They sent me a big box of samples of tons of flavors and even some veggie pop chips.

So I won’t lie- they were so good just as is (especially with Hummus) that that’s pretty much how we enjoyed them. However I did get the idea (rather genius if you ask me 🙂 ) so use them as a crunchy layer on a casserole. It was the PERFECT way to get a healthy crunch!

I was inspired by a fellow Wisconsin food blogger, Sarah from Wisconsin from Scratch. I get her blog posts directly to my email and love every single thing she posts! This dish she made particularly caught my eye. So I did my own rendition. Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

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Turkey, Leek, and Wild Rice Casserole
Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large leek, thoroughly rinsed, chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (or ½ tsp dried thyme)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ cups cooked wild rice*
  • 2 cups cooked turkey shredded or chopped (or chicken too!)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese popchips, crushed

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once hot,  add the leeks, mushrooms, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook until vegetables are soft, around 5 minutes or so.

3. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables, then stir so that the flour coats all the vegetables. Once coated, cook for about 1 minute more and add the milk and broth. Bring it all to a boil, and reduce the heat to low and simmer until it thickens a little, about 3-5 minutes.

4. Stir in the cheese and yogurt until well combined. Once cheese is melted in, stir in the already cooked wild rice and turkey.

5. Pour wild rice mixture into a medium sized (1.5 quart) baking dish or casserole dish.

6. Pour 1 ½ Tbsp melted butter into a small bowl. Add the crushed popchips and mix together.

7. Top the turkey/wild rice mixture with the crushed popchips. Place in the oven and bake at 350 until topping is golden brown and filling is hot and bubbling, about 20-25 minutes.

7. Let sit and cool for about 5 minutes and then ENJOY!!!

*To cook wild rice, combine ½ cup dried rice with 2 cups of  water(or broth) in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Then drain off any excess liquid. 

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Hmmm baked cheesy, crunchy goodness. Soo good and comfort foody. So there you have it- the perfect thing to do with your leftover bird.

Hope you enjoy and happy holidays to you and your families! Take time to tell them you love them and unplug from social media/technology and have a drink, laugh and love with them!

xoxo

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White Chocolate Fall Bark

White Chocolate Fall Bark

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Hellllloooo!

I’ve had major writers block lately and little inspiration for new blog post ideas. Sometimes I am just IN. THE.ZONE. and I’ll write up like 5 blog posts in a day. My little dirty secret is that I’ll store them as drafts to be used later on. It’s hard work to write posts every week! Don’t get me wrong I love every minute of working on my blog and creating things to share with you all but I might not have made every recipe that you see in the week it was posted. Take for instance this post you’re reading right now and the recipe below, this was something that I made 2 YEARS AGO! Yes. Two+ years. Hence the crappy iPhone photo making a return. But this was just something that I had drafted a while ago and never got around to posting it. Most drafts I only hold onto before posting for a week or so, sometimes a month. This is definitely the longest standing item in the draft box of Eat Laugh Craft and it feel so good to finally share it 🙂 haha.

This is a really fun recipe too. Perfect to have kids help you make as it’s pretty much a free for all. It’s a perfect fall snack or treat that looks great to bring to a party. You could add or take out anything that you wanted (like if you cant have nuts at your kids school or something like that). Hope you enjoy and HAPPY FALL!!!!!

White Chocolate Fall Bark

Ingredients

  • 1/2  pound white chocolate (chips,coating,big ole’ block of it etc…)
  • 1  cup pretzels(I broke mine into pieces but you don’t have to)
  • 1/2  cup  candy corn
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts broken into small pieces
  • 1/3  cup  dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang on 2 of the sides.
  2. Heat the chocolate in a double boiler (or in the microwave at 50% power for 1 minute increments until desired consistency) until melted and smooth.
  3. Spread the chocolate in the prepared pan and sprinkle with the pretzels, candy corn, and dried cranberries.( I sort of carefully pressed all of the ingredients into the chocolate so they were ‘stuck’. Chill in fridge or freezer until firm, about 1 hour.
  4. Remove the bark from the pan and break into pieces & EAT!

How cute and fun is this, right?! Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

  • In a skillet, add the turkey, onion, pepper and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Drain if needed.
  • Transfer to slow cooker.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Cook, covered on low for 5-6 hours

* Feel free to top with cubed avocado and thinly sliced green onions, cilantro or any other yummy chili fixin’s you like!

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How delicious does this look? And it’s falllllll and it’s coooolder out and it’s cooozzzzzy! And it’s so easy to make and every one will love it, promise 🙂

Congrats! I you made it to the end of this post! As a reward, I have a surprise for you!

Drum roll please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………………………..

EAT LAUGH CRAFT’S FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!

Yahoo!! Ok as stated above Red Gold contacted me about my blog and offered to send me a goodie box filled with product samples and some other various red gold logo items. They sent me a really really nice wooden spoon that says “Red Gold Official Blogger” ooooh fancy! It is heavy and a really good quality! Then they sent me a cute Red Tomato Apron, 6 cans of different Red Gold products (two of which I used for this recipe) and a little collection of recipes. How nice right?!?!? Well I would like to hook one lucky reader up with a similar package of goodies! Don’t you want all of what is below?!? Yes, yes you do.

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So you have one week from today to enter yourself into the drawing and I will announce the winner after the giveaway closes. The giveaway will run from Friday 9/26 until Friday 10/3. I will randomly pick a winner shortly after that! Due to some hosting issues with my blog, I am having issues running this giveaway exactly as I would like.

So there are two ways to enter into the giveaway:

1) Go to our Eat Laugh Craft Facebook page and go to the “GIVEAWAY’ tab, just below the cover photo. Then you will have a box appear with 4 ways in which you can enter to win! Do at least 1 or all 4!

2) Because I personally hate contests that only allow Facebook entries I will also enter anyone into the drawing who comments on their favorite post here on the blog (this post or any other). Take a look around a find a post you maybe haven’t seen before. Make sure to use the hashtag #eatlaughcraft just so I can know you saw this giveaway and want to be entered.

That’s it! So easy! Now get out there and enter yourselves and win this goodie box!!!!

OH!!! one more thing. Red Gold Tomatoes is currently hosting their OWN giveaway called “2 A Day Crockpot Giveaway”, where you guessed it, they are giving away two crockpots a day from now until October 8th! All you need to do it go to their Facebook page and enter yourself to win. GOOD LUCK!

Whewwww- I’m done. Promise 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway(s)!!

xoxo

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