CategoriesSides Vegetables

Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Dates

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These sweet and savory Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and dates are simply delicious. The Brussels sprouts are pan sauteed with our Garlic Olive Oil and combined with caramelized onions and dates. It’s a quick and super simple vegetable dish to make. It makes a great side dish for the holidays or just an everyday option. You may also use our Medium or Robust Intensity Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil and add fresh or powdered garlic (which is entirely optional). You may also add red pepper flakes to give it some heat.

What you’ll need: 

20 oz. Brussels Sprouts

1 Medium red onion

5 – 7 Dates, pitted and diced

3 – 4 Tablespoons Garlic Olive Oil or Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Red pepper flakes (optional)

Here’s how:

First, wash and cut the Brussels sprouts in half and set them aside. Then cut the red onion in half and thinly slice it. In a medium to large saute pan, add about two tablespoons of olive oil and allow it to heat up on medium heat. Add and saute the sliced onions until they are translucent and slightly caramelized. Remove the onions from the pan into a bowl, cover, and set aside. With a paper towel or cloth, wipe the pan to remove any leftover remnants. Add more olive oil to the pan and allow it to heat. Then add the Brussels sprouts and stir until slightly softened. Lastly, add back the onions to the pan, add the dates, and stir until heated. Salt to taste. Enjoy as a side or on its own!

CategoriesSides Vegetables

Roasted Spring Vegetable Medley

A seasonal vegetable medley that uses all fresh vegetables. Fresh sugar snap peas and peas are easier to find during the spring time. Feel free to make this medley with other kinds of spring vegetables that are in season.

What you’lll need:

16 oz Fresh Sugar Snap Peas

12 oz Fresh Peas

Small Head of Cauliflower

Medium Red Onion

Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Medium or Robust Intensity

Traditional Dark Balsamic (Optional)

Garlic Powder

Sea Salt

Pepper

Red Chili Flakes (Optional)

Parchment Paper (This is to keep the vegetables from sticking to the baking sheet.)

Here’s how:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut and core the cauliflower into florets and thinly slice the florets. Cut the red onion in half and cut the halves into thin slices. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Spread the snap peas, fresh peas, sliced cauliflower and onions on the baking sheet with the parchment paper. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and mix it. Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chili flakes according to your taste. Then mix the vegetables again, making sure to spread it evenly. Add more seasoning if needed. Get a sheet of aluminum foil and just lay it lightly over the vegetables (no need to tuck it). Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. When serving the vegetables drizzle with the Traditional Balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!

CategoriesSides Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary Olive Oil

This is an easy peasy recipe. Not much to it. I chose a variety of root vegetables mainly for the beautiful color combination and taste. I’ve included sweet and purple potatoes, celeriac, rutabaga, and turnips.  You may choose any type of root vegetables. Yukon gold or red potatoes could be another option as well as carrots or parsnips. We tried those too and it’s equally delicious. Drizzle on the rosemary olive oil and you got yourself a yummy side dish.

What you’ll need:

1 Celeriac

1 Rutabaga

2 Medium Turnips

2 Purple Potatoes

3 Sweet Potatoes

1 small onion

4 Tablespoons Rosemary Olive Oil + more for drizzling

Sea salt

Pepper

Here’s how:

Preheat oven to 400°. Peel and chop root vegetables into small cubes. Dice the onion and place everything on a large baking sheet. Drizzle on the rosemary olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Mix so that olive oil covers all the vegetables, and spread  evenly on baking sheet. Place aluminum foil over the vegetables. Bake in oven for 40 minutes, half way through turn over vegetables and continue to bake without the aluminum foil. Root vegetables are done when slightly golden brown on the edges. Remove from oven and drizzle with more rosemary olive oil before serving.

CategoriesMain Dish Sides Vegetables

Harvest Bowl

We’re calling this the Harvest Bowl. It includes the wonderful abundance available in the fall such as winter squash, brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, and pumpkins seeds. We used acorn squash in this recipe but any winter squash may be used. We roasted the squash and brussel sprouts in butternut squash seed oil and finished the dish with it, along with the Neapolitan herb dark balsamic vinegar. It makes a great side dish or a main meal.

What you’ll need:

2 cups Brown Rice, cooked

2 cups Quinoa, cooked

2 pounds Brussels Sprouts, cut in half

1 Acorn Squash, cut and cleaned with skin

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 cup Dried Cranberries + 2 tablespoons for sprinkling

2 tablespoons Butternut Squash Seed Oil + more for drizzling

Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling

Sea salt

Here’s how: 

Preheat oven to 400°. On a large baking sheet, add brussels sprouts on one side of the sheet and the squash on the other side. Add butternut squash seed oil and sea salt and then mix until well coated. Roast it in the oven for about 30 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together brown rice, quinoa, brussels sprouts, and dried cranberries. Add salt to taste. Lay the roasted squash around and on top of the mixture. Sprinkle on the pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Drizzle with butternut squash seed oil or roasted pumpkin seed oil and Neaopolitan herb balsamic.

CategoriesMain Dish Vegetables

Spicy Salmon Kebabs

These spicy salmon kebabs are inspired by the flavors of the Carribean with the combination of our Cayenne Chile agrumato extra virgin olive oil, fresh ginger, garlic, thyme, and honey. Whole cayenne chile peppers and olives are crushed together to make this exquisite spicy olive oil. Any one of our other spicy extra virgin olive oils will work just as well; chipotle, harissa, or baklouti chili. Not a fan of fish? Use chicken, beef, or tofu. Pair together with pineapple coconut couscous and you’ll have a Carribean inspired meal!

What you’ll need:

Marinade:

4 tablespoons Cayenne Chile Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon honey

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon ginger, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon sea salt

Salmon Kebabs:

1 pound wild caught salmon, boneless, cut into cubes

1 red pepper, cut into chunks

1 yellow pepper, cut into chunks

1 orange pepper, cut into chunks

2 small zucchinis, sliced into rounds

1 medium red onion, cut into chunks

wooden skewers

Here’s how:

For the marinade, whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl. In a shallow dish, add salmon and vegetables. Pour the marinade over the salmon and vegetables and mix until well combined. Allow it to marinade for 15 to 30 minutes. Add salmon and vegetables to skewer, alternating until the skewer is full. On a hot preheated grill or cast iron grill pan place the skewers down. Reduce heat to medium/medium high. Allow it to cook and occasionally turn until it’s nicely cooked through. Enjoy it with our Pineapple Coconut Cousous recipe.

CategoriesSides Vegetables

Lemony Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I have Ina Garten to thank for roasted brussel sprouts. Growing up, I could not stand them because they were cooked into mush and very bitter. Sorry, Mom. So years back, while watching Barefoot Contessa, Ina pulled out the brussel sprouts. Oh no, not the brussel sprouts, I thought, but because it was Ina I continued to watch. How she prepared them was so different, it was an epiphany. Wow, I can roast them! Why did I not think of that? So I gave it a try, and it has been a staple side dish ever since. Overtime, I’ve seasoned them in different ways and these brussel sprouts are given a delicious lemon flavor.

What you’ll need:

3 pounds fresh brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons So Olive Lemon Olive Oil + 1 tbsp for drizzling when serving

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh gound pepper

Here’s how:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut off brown ends of brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Lay the brussel sprouts on the baking sheet. Drizzle the first two tablepoons of the lemon olive oil over them and sprinkle on the lemon sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Mix them together and then spread evenly on sheet. Roast in oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Pour in serving bowl and drizzle on the remaing olive oil. Best served while still hot. Feel free to drizzle them with a nice dark balsamic vinegar.