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Simply Sautéed Mushrooms

Simply Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic

8 oz button mushrooms

avocado oil

salt

pepper

2-3 garlic cloves (you can scale back to just one if you aren’t a garlic lover like me. I use 3.)

Wipe your mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt that may still be on them. I prefer buying whole mushrooms because it is impossible to clean the already sliced ones properly.

Slice your mushrooms thinly while your pan heats up to medium high. Mushrooms have a ton of liquid and we want to pull that out of them in order to achieve a golden brown and delicious result.

Pour about a tablespoon of avocado oil in the pan and swirl to coat.

Drop the mushrooms in, trying not to overcrowd your pan. Cook on medium high, stirring every so often until the mushrooms release their liquid and start to brown. If the pan becomes too dry, add a splash more oil.

In the meantime, you can mince your garlic.

Turn the heat down to low and add your salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Stir frequently. You want your garlic to become a little golden but not burn. If I’m using my cast iron pan, I will even turn it off when I add the garlic because the pan retains heat so well.

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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

My Aunt Pat loves Brussels Sprouts, so last year for Thanksgiving, we made some just for her. Surprisingly, they ended up being the most talked about side dish at Thanksgiving. No one thought they really like Brussels Sprouts. I think this is because most people have tried them boiled. This does absolutely nothing for the Brussels Sprouts and  has given them a really bad reputation. Poor Brussels Sprouts.

However, when you put them in the oven, they come out golden brown and delicious. I love when some of the outside leaves fall off and get crispy crunchy.

So if you think that you do not like Brussels Sprouts, give these a try!

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Caramelized Onion Quinoa

Quinoa

Is anyone else into making weekly to-do lists? I have recently been making them, and I have to say they are really working for me. I split my list up into a few sections: blog, for me, errands, and meal plan/grocery list.

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Simple Garlic Broccoli

Simple garlic broccoli may be a simple recipe, but it is seriously good. It is one of my go to side dishes for weeknights. To make it even quicker, prep the broccoli florets when you get home from the store. Store the broccoli in a ziplock bag with a couple of paper towels to keep it fresh until you are ready to make it. Easy peasy.

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Smokey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Kelby (the love of my life/ the guy who makes me belly laugh daily/ best friend) used to hate sweet potatoes. I tried every preparation that I could think of… baked, mashed with honey and pecans, plain mashed, etc. It was a sad time. I did not want to make two different types of potatoes forever and I could not give up my beloved sweet potatoes. So, I tried to roast them with a delicious smokey spicy mix. The verdict: he absolutely loves them! This is the only way he will eat them.  If you have a sweet potato hater in your life, try this super simple side dish.