• Brussels Sprout and Chicken Pizza with Parmigiano Reggiano

    February 20, 2012

    Ahhh, this is so cool!!

    Remember when I mentioned my special recipe project with Whole Foods? Well, here’s my WholeFoods.com recipe debut: Brussels Sprout and Chicken Pizza with Parmigiano Reggiano!

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    I should have known it would be a pizza recipe! I <3 pizza.

    Whole Foods compensated me for my participation and recipe development with a $50 gift card to their store.


    Mal and I combined forces to make last night’s dinner. On the menu: American Chop Suey and really, really, really delicious Garlic-Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Roasted garlic + tangy lemon + stinky cheese = holy yum.

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    Garlic-Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts


    • 1 pound-ish Brussels sprouts, chopped in half
    • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 2 tsp minced garlic
    • Salt + pepper to taste
    • Shredded Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 400*F.
    2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
    3. Pour Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and roast for 30- 35 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
    4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
    5. Eat and enjoy!

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    After dinner, Mal and I made hot cocoa with soy milk and watched Drive, another movie with Ryan Gosling in it. Apparently, we’re big fans of his lately.

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    I enjoyed the first half of the movie, but then it became a disgusting, violent blood bath, so I stopped watching and read a magazine. Murphy couldn’t believe what he was watching! Eww! (Isn’t it funny when dogs watch TV? Murphy loses it and barks/growls when he sees dogs on the television.)

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    Even still, I enjoyed cuddling on the couch with my two favorite guys.

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    whitney February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I completely agree regarding Drive. It is like Quentin Tarantino took over directing in the second half with its unnecessary gore.


    Tina February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

    @whitney: Ha! YES! I was so confused by it!


    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

    That pizza looks SOOO good! I probably wouldn’t have said that 4 months ago before I discovered brussels sprouts but now I’m obsessed so any excuse to use them! 🙂

    Thanks for the heads up on Drive. I’ve been debating it and hate gory films for gore’s sake so I’ll skip it.


    kathleen @ the daily crumb February 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

    our dogs are SO funny when they watch tv. the voice is our puppy’s favorite… she loves the performances!

    our crossfit coach told us this morning to be prepared for the filthy fifty tomorrow… AHHH! never done it before… so scared!


    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

    homemade pizza is on our dinner menu for this week… i didn’t know which kind i wanted to make until i read this post and looked at your recipe! looks great! 🙂


    Lauren @ Vaguely Vegan February 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

    That pizza looks awesome!!!

    I had the same issue with “Drive”…first half was okay, and I thought I could power through considering Ryan Gosling’s hotness, but I ended up having to leave the room. Way too violent for me. Huge bummer.


    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    My parents’ dog watches TV like a human, it’s the funniest thing ever. They had the dog show on last week and she sat down right in front of the TV following the dogs back and forth as they trotted up and down. Hysterical. I’m pretty sure our dog on the other hand, has no idea what the TV even is.


    Josie @ happycorredora.com February 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Not a brussel sprout fan- but the food looks delicious. And the pizza very gourmet!

    I don’t like violent films either. I would have read or left the room 🙂


    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake February 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Dogs watching tv is pretty comical. My parents have a boxer puppy & they swear that he likes to watch Sesame Street! haha


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Oh gosh, good to know. I love Ryan Gosling but I do not like gory movies!


    Alyssa February 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Strange, I watched Drive last night as well! Except I watched mine while stuff in Virginia in the middle of a snow storm and traffic jam. We had no choice but to enjoy it and complete the movie – blood baths and all!


    Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I make a similar brussels sprouts recipe but I also add pistachios or walnuts. The extra crunch is awesome!


    Khushboo February 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Congrats on the recipe- looks delicious!


    Cait's Plate February 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Ahhhh! So exciting!! Congrats! It honestly looks FABULOUS!


    katie @ KatieDid February 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    oh man I was excited about another movie with ryan but it doesn’t really sound up my alley. Those brussels sound delicious!


    Kadye February 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

    My dog will sit in front of the TV and just stare. She also sometimes barks and growls at the dogs on TV. Once she sat and watched TV for half an hour without moving.


    Cristen February 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I agree 100% about Drive! It was not ehat I expected it to be. I thought I was going to be.sick to my stomach a couple times. My dog Georgie goes crazy when there are other dogs on TV. It’s cute watching her. Especially when the Stars Wars Dogs VW commercial comes on.


    Katie @ Plates and Paste February 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

    That pizza looks awesome!

    I was planning on making roasted bruseel sprouts tonight with dinner so I think I’ll use your recipe 🙂

    My bf’s family has pugs and they also go crazy whenever they see dogs on TV. It’s really hiliarious.


    Maureen February 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Drive was NOT what I expected it to be! I was hoping for a lot of action scenes, not the blood bath that it turned out to be!


    Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves February 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

    That pizza looks delicious! Why have I never thought to put brussel spouts on a pizza before?


    Cate February 20, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I can’t wait to try that pizza! I just picked up some Brussels yesterday and I have some homemade whole wheat pizza dough sitting in the freezer. Yum!


    Ashley February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    My dog barks at the TV too! But only when there are other animals, even cartoon animals. There are certain commercials that when he hears the opening music he gets all riled up cause he knows there is an animal in it. Sometimes he confuses animals with small children and barks at them! Such a wierdo!


    Erika - The Teenage Taste February 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Oooh la la! That pizza looks fabulous! Bookmarking! 😀


    Annie February 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, I am SO going to make those lemony garlicky brussel sprouts for lunch today!


    Joss February 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Looks like a yummy pizza recipe and dinner! 😀


    Katrina February 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I always use http://www.videoeta.com to check the rating of the movie. I never watch movies that are Rated R for strong bloody violence, which was the case with the movie Drive. I don’t like those kinds of movies either!! It has saved me from watching a bunch of movies with scenes I’d rather not see!


    Jacki Noel February 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Agree on Drive. Unfortunately when the blood bath started our 2 year old granddaughter was in the room. She immediately grimaced and said “mess” and tried to clean it off the TV with a feather boa.

    We watched “Warrior” next and would highly recommend.


    Lee @ in the pink of condition February 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    i really enjoyed Drive…i didn’t think it was unnecessarily gory, but maybe I was focused on the acting. i guess it’s not for everybody?


    Rachel February 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I’m in love with Murphy and all the stories about him. I recently adopted a pug-mix and I totally understand what makes the breed so charming (and goofy, definitely goofy!)


    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I love adding roasted brussel sprouts to my homemade pizzas! My husband thinks its nasty but I love it!


    Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Definitely wanting some homemade pizza now! I’ve never thought of adding roasted brussel sprouts, but I’m sure it would be good.


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    That pizza combination sounds so good! And congrats on being featured on the WF website!

    I love Ryan Gosling but I will not see Drive – gory movies make me sick to my stomach! 😛


    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama February 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Oh yah! Love brussel sprouts. I agree with you about Drive. I stopped watching and read instead also.


    Denise February 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I’m new to your blog and wanted to begin by saying I’m enjoying it very much. I agree with you about drive, Brussels sprouts are awesome, and my dog cooper does the exact same thing as Murphy when he sees a dog on TV.


    Sara @my less serious life February 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

    i can’t get over how cute you and mal are together!


    Katy @ HaveYouHurd February 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I watched TWO Ryan Gosling movies this weekend! Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Ides of March was decent (mostly because of RG & George Clooney) but omg I was obsessed with Crazy, Stupid, Love. Adorable, cute, and very funny!


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