Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts is a staple in my holiday cooking. This simple side dish isn’t only delicious but it’s healthy too! 
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I am not a traditional holiday food gal. Turkey, stuffing, ham, cranberries and any type of casserole that includes marshmallows or green beans is easy to pass up. That is not to say though that I do not love holiday meals. My holiday recipes make me happy. Sweet potato gnocchi, roasted veggies, a phenomenally festive salad and some “Hayley” dessert fill my plate when it comes to the holidays and I look forward to an excuse to make these recipes every year. 

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This past weekend I attended a Friendsgiving with a lot of people I don’t know that well and I spent a good portion of the week stressing about what to bring. While my family and close friends have always at least pretended to appreciate my untraditional holiday recipes, I am not sure that strangers would be as good of sports. 

Do I try to make something traditional that I have never made before and am not a fan of? Or do I take a risk because not everyone loves Hayley recipes and make one of my favorites that isn’t as traditional? What if people don’t like brussels sprouts? Or sweet potatoes (they would have to be crazy)? These are the things that keep me up at night, people. I decided in the end to make something that I am comfortable with because I knew I could eat the whole recipe if necessary. 

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Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  2. 2 pounds brussels sprouts halved and trimmed
  3. 1 cup chopped pecans
  4. 1 cup dried cranberries
  5. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  6. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  7. salt
  8. Balsamic glaze (you can make your own but I just get mine from Trader Joe's)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 415 degrees
  2. Toss brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with maple syrup, coconut oil and salt
  3. Spread your veggies on two well greased baking sheets in a single layer
  4. Roast for 40 minutes, at 20 minutes toss with chopped pecans
  5. You will know the veggies are done when the sweet potato is fork tender and the brussels are crispy
  6. Top with cranberries and balsamic glaze
Notes
  1. *This recipe is also delicious with goat cheese and pancetta or bacon
Healthy Regards, Hayley http://www.healthyregardshayley.com/
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 The good news is: I didn’t have to eat all of it! People actually liked it! And asked me for the recipe! And by the time I got up for seconds there was none left! 4 exclamation points worth of excitement! (now five). 

And now, here I am sharing it with you all! (six)

 

P.S. This is recipe is extra good with goat cheese and bacon or pancetta. I made it without this go around so any vegetarians or non-cheese lovers that I have never heard of could still enjoy. 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 


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Are you a fan of the traditional holiday food?

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Weekly Training Recap 11/14 -11/20

Hiiiii friends! Happy Sunday and Thanksgiving week! This post is brought to you without any pictures because my iPhone touchscreen is not working so well right now😀😀😀😀  !! 

Monday

Rest day

Tuesday

AM: Strength 1 hour + Elliptical 50 minutes

PM: Straight swim 20 minutes

Wednesday

AM: Swim 1 hour 

PM: Bike 1 hour 50 minutes w/ 1 minute efforts 

Thursday

AM: Elliptical 1 hour, strength 30 minutes

Friday

AM: Masters swim 1 hour

PM: Bike on trainer 1 hour easy

Saturday

Masters Swim Practice 1 hour 10 minutes followed by 3 hours on the bike 

Sunday

3 hour bike followed by 10 minutes easy run

Totals

Swim: 3 hours 30 minutes
Run/elliptical: 2 hours
Strength: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bike: 8 hours 50 minutes
15 hours 50 minutes

 

 

 

 

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WIAW – Recipes I’ve Been Loving Lately

Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I love finding recipes, planning, grocery shopping and putting it all together. Sitting down to delicious home-cooked meal is just the cherry on top of a process I love.

With a few big job changes, moving and dealing with a long commute I fell out of the habit of cooking “real” dinners during the week. I usually spent some time on the weekend roasting and preparing veggies, making some sort of grain and a few different proteins but didn’t have much of a plan for the week ahead. Most weeknights consisted of throwing together the stuff I had already prepared on the weekend. All of this was fine, I was eating healthy and it was easy however I found that I wasn’t enjoying my food as much as I used to. I was always eating the same things and was less satisfied after meals. 

A few weeks ago I was determined to get back in the cooking game. While there are still days where I throw together a hodge lodge of leftovers, I have been consistently trying 3-4 new recipes a week/revisiting some of my favorites. Taking the time to make “real” dinners has definitely improved my dinner enjoyment and reminded me just how fun this cooking thing is. 

Here are some of the recipes I have been loving lately:  

Lentil and Butternut Squash Chili 

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Soups and stews are one of my favorite things about cooler weather. I especially love how easy it is to make and re-eat throughout the week or freeze and store for longer. Add in some squash and I am sold. The lentils, beans and squash in this vegetarian chili make it very filling. I made about half the recipe and got 4-5 meals out of it. 

Clean Eating Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken  img_2765

Guys, this recipe is so good! It is rare that I get excited about chicken but this has been my favorite recipe from the last couple weeks. SO GOOD (you really don’t need to know much else). I am already planning on when I can make it next. If you are looking to spruce up your usual chicken, this is a delicious way to do so. I made the chicken with roasted brussels sprouts and barley. 

High-Altitude Bison Meatballs from Run Fast. Eat Slow

I received the Run Fast. Eat Slow. cookbook for my birthday in October and have made at least one recipe from the book every week since. While all the recipes have been great, this is by far my favorite. I served the meatballs with roasted veggies and sweet potato. 

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Skinny Taste is one of the blogs I can always count on for recipes. I know that if the recipe sounds like something I would like, I end up loving it. This Maple Soy Glazed Salmon recipe is super easy and doesn’t lack flavor in the least. I served mine over a kale salad with roasted brussels sprouts and carrots (Yes, every dinner consists of some sort of roasted veggie). 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley


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What is one good recipe you have been loving lately? I am always looking for more!

 

 

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Weekly Training Recap 11.7 – 11.12

There are very few cardio exercises that I dislike. After seeing the doc last week and discovering that my stress fracture isn’t healing on the expected timeline, she suggested that I refrain from using the elliptical (which I don’t love but have learned to accept it with all my injuries over the years) because it is still weight-bearing.  NBD, I thought! I decided that on Tuesday morning I could simply replace the time spent on the elliptical by doing 30-40 minutes of rowing, ha! I got to 3 minutes and quickly realized that it would be a miracle if I made it to 10. I am not sure why I dislike it so much but I am certain that rowing is now right behind skate skiing on my short list of disliked aerobic exercise. Rowing a boat? I think I could like that. Rowing on an indoor rower for longer than 3 minutes? Count me out.  oakley Lefthand Canyon, Boulder, CO. img_2812

Here is my (mostly enjoyed) training from this past week:

Monday

AM: Masters swim 1 hour 5 minutes 

PM: Easy bike 1 hour 5 minutes

Tuesday

AM: Strength 1 hour + a mix of rowing/elliptical 40 minutes 

Wednesday

AM: Bike 1 hour 50 minutes

PM: Swim 1 hour 5 minutes

Thursday

AM: Bike 1 hour

Friday

AM: Strength + cardio circuit 1 hour (to be shared this coming week!)

PM: Swim 1 hour

Saturday

Masters Swim Practice 1 hour 15 minutes followed by 3 hours on the bike with 3×20 minutes at Half Ironman effort 

Sunday

2 hour 15 minute ride + 30 minutes strength 

 

Totals –

  • Swim: 4 hours 25 minutes 
  • Run replacement cardio: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Strength: 2 hours
  • Bike: 9 hours 10 minutes

16 hours 45 minutes

Trying to fit things in with a busy work schedule and less daylight after work was a challenge this week. I had to move some things around to make it work. I haven’t always been the most flexible when it comes to my training so this is a good/but not always easy practice for me. The longer efforts on my Saturday ride were hard! I did the efforts on a long climb so the recovery between each effort didn’t really feel like recovery. Just like any tough workout however, it felt good to get it done!

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 


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Rowing, yay or nay?

How is the weather where you are? I am going to start to sound like a broken record but this fall in Colorado has been phenomenal.  I can’t get over how perfect it has been and I don’t want it to end. Also looking into places that have this weather year-round, is that a thing?

 

 

 

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