• Healthy “Fried” Brussels Sprouts

    September 12, 2013

    Hi, friends!

    I can’t believe it’s already September 12th! Wasn’t it just September 1st? Holy cow. I can’t believe the month is moving along so quickly, but, hey, I’m not complaining. BRING ON FALL!

    i love fall

    Speaking of which, Mal and I sat on the couch last night and coordinated our calendars for the upcoming season (while Murphy snoozed on my lap).

    couch hang

    I knew things were going to be a little hectic this fall, but I didn’t realize just how crazy they’re going to be until last night. Check out the next two months!

    • September 15: Matthew’s baptism
    • September 18: My sister’s birthday
    • September 20: Housewarming get-together
    • September 21: 2-year CrossFit 781 anniversary party
    • September 22: NYC
    • September 23-25: Cooking Cottage in the Hamptons
    • September 26-27: Visit to the CVS headquarters
    • October 1: No Meat Athlete book signing
    • October 4-7: Newport, Rhode Island
    • October 11-13: Wedding
    • October 17-20: Runner’s World Half Marathon
    • October 18: Mom’s birthday
    • October 22-23: NYC (tentative)
    • October 26-27: CrossFit competition (tentative)
    • November 7-10: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

    Lots of fun stuff, right? It’s going to be a busy couple of months, but I am pumped!

    Also, last night, I made a really tasty recipe for “fried” Brussels sprouts. Instead of breading and deep frying them in oil, I baked them in a lighter batter of almond meal, egg whites, and grated Parmesan cheese. They turned out so well, I just had to share!

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    Healthy “Fried” Brussels Sprouts


    • 24 ounces of Brussels sprouts, cut in half
    • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites (or 2 large)
    • 1/3 cup almond meal
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tbsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Be sure to fully coat Brussels sprouts.
    3. Pour Brussels sprouts on a prepared baking sheet (I used non-stick cooking spray) and spread around evenly.
    4. Bake for 45-50 minutes until Brussels sprouts start to brown, tossing occasionally.
    5. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

    Healthy Fried Brussels Sprouts

    Murphy was so cute during my Brussels sprouts photoshoot, I just had a snap a picture. He loves the warm spots on the sun porch.

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    Questions of the Day

    What are you looking forward to this fall?

    What’s your favorite roasted vegetable?

    Do you coordinate calendars with your significant other? 

    P.S. The Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston is putting on their third annual “Raise Your Glass for Jimmy” wine-tasting event to benefit the Jimmy Fund on September 25th at The Liberty Hotel. Details here!

    P.P.S. I’m hosting a Twitter chat TODAY at 1:00 PM (EST) with The Laughing Cow. The hashtag is #FallRoutines. I hope you can make it!

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    Samantha @ 10,000 Squats September 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

    My bf and I definitely have to coordinate schedules! I can’t believe how much you guys have going on, that’s an impressive list. I love how involved in the community you are and hope to be involved as much myself one day! Thanks Tina you’re the best.


    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake September 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

    That is a busy but awesome looking schedule! Those brussels sprouts look delish! Might have to try that


    Madison September 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I’m looking forward to cozying up with my husband EVEN more! :) AND of course pumpkin goodies and scarf weather.


    Zahra September 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Fall makes me want to bake cookies too. I’ll try some of your recipes. (:


    Corrie Anne September 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Wow!! That’s a crazy schedule — but all good, right??? I’m such a homebody, I’d have a hard time keeping that up. I’m pretty much the planner in the couple so I usually take care of the calendar. I like fall, but I wish football season didn’t come along wth it! Lol.


    Lauren @ Peaks and Passports September 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    It sounds like you’ve got an awesome few months coming up! I, on the other hand, am totally looking forward to my relatively clear schedule this fall after a summer of go, go, going. I can’t wait to spend some time at home and just relax. I don’t really coordinate calendars with the boyfriend but really should – maybe an item to tackle during our upcoming down time!


    Courtney September 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    My boyfriend and I just coordinated our Google/iPhone calenders last night! … on the couch with the dogs. Haha – glad to know we are not the only ones!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    ooooo those brussel sprouts look amazing. I love roasted brussel sprouts but this is taking it to a whole new level!


    Tom T. September 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I do love the roasted veggies especially sprouts. I usually keep it simple with just olive oil, salt and pepper but this looks just as simple and so much better.


    Nicole @ FruitnFitness September 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    It looks like you guys have a busy few months planned! These brussels sprouts sound really good, we usually just roast ours in the oven but this would be a fun change.


    Jackie September 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I love roasted sweet potatoes!


    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee September 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Love this recipe! And I just bought brussel sprouts yesterday… perf :) I love roasted all kinds of veggies: squash, peppers, sweet potato and brussel sprouts. If I had a significant other I’d hope we coordinate schedules hehe


    Sara @ Zero to Sixy September 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Looks like a bunch of fun things lined up! I am kind of the opposite, I have a fairly open schedule in the fall thus far, which I am definitely okay with! Summer was nuts! I have to try these Brussels sprouts! :)


    Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love September 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    My son should be here any day now so obviously him! :) And I can’t wait to have a woodchuck around a bonfire with friends and family.


    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Roasted brussels sprouts are the best! Can’t wait to try out this version!


    Karen R @www.fabinyour40s.com September 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I love fall! My anniversary is in the fall and I can’t wait to have fires in the fire place again! I also love fall clothes: sweaters, boots, jackets…. So much fun shopping. I know you say you’re not good at shopping but TJ maxx and Marshalls ( you have to choose which store) can have great items. A cute shell under a tailored jacket with jeans and boots would be adorable. Been getting into leggings too with a long sweater and boots. So comfy and warm!


    Danielle September 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Those look great! I love brussels sprouts. Such a busy fall! Spring is usually crazy for me but this year fall looks like it’s going to be packed too.


    Alex @ Kenzie Life September 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    That does sound like a busy few months but so much fun! This fall I’m looking forward to this pumpkin festival that goes on in my town, hosting a halloween party, and as nerdy as it sounds, I’m just so excited to be going back to school for a post-bacc, and doing homework outside in the crisp fall weather while the leaves are changing colors. Those brussels sprouts look really good! And I’m not a fan of them but I might try that recipe!


    Kelsey September 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Oh my god these look awesome – I definitely will have to try them! I just ate at a restaurant in San Francisco who had brussel “chips”! I’ve been surrounded by so many yummy brussel sprout recipes lately! http://theprimalyogi.com/2013/09/10/take-me-back-tuesday-san-francisco-part-one/


    Tina September 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Oooh, those look fun! Thanks for the link! :)


    emma September 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Tina, my husband asked me to join him for a quick business trip to Foxboro, MA. I’ll just be there a few hours, anything special to do? I was eyeing the nearby Wrentham Outlets…would love any recommendations!


    Tina September 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    You could check out Patriot Place! Lots to do there! http://www.patriot-place.com/


    emma September 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    @Tina: Thanks will check it out!


    Meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles September 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I have to try making these brussel sprouts- I love all roasted vegetables and this recipe idea will certainly give me another option! I bet my son would like it too.


    KateL September 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Yay for brussels sprouts, I can’t wait to try them!!
    I just did the Jimmy Fund Walk again this year on Sunday (although they lied! It’s not a half marathon, I GPSed it and it was 14.65 miles!) and then ran 3.25 miles on Tuesday, I’m quite sore today! I love the wine tasting event, though, I’ll have to look into it! Thanks for the info! My family has funraised for the Jimmy Fund since 1995 (my sister died of cancer in 1997 when she was 21) and we’ve raised over a half a million dollars since then (not including the totals from this years walk yet). I’m always happy to support the cause…and drink wine!


    Cate September 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Brussels are my favorite! In just picked some up last night. Looks like a crazy fall! I did the Wine &Dine in its’ inaugural year and it was so much fun!


    eliza September 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    yum!! I have been reading your blog forever and i just realized how wonderful your photography has gotten! well done :)


    Tina September 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Aww, thanks! It’s the lighting on our “new” sun porch! :)


    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl September 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    This looks like such a great recipe! Pinning!


    Anna Lynn September 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Those brussel sprouts look yummy! I’ve just recently discovered I like them after learning new ways to cook them. Can’t wait to try this!

    I’m so excited you’ll be in Orlando! I attend college here and got the opportunity to run in the Princess Half Marathon two years ago. Disney races are a blast! I’ve always wanted to do the Wine & Dine but my schedule has never matched up with it. Maybe one day!


    Ashley September 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Those sprouts look awesome! Little Murph doesn’t look so excited about them though, he obviously hasn’t tried them yet!


    Tina September 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm



    Linda @ running4two September 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Wow, you are crazy busy but it all seems like fun stuff! I am also going to the Runner’s World Half and Festival and I am super excited for that! The Disney Half looks like so much fun…I may have to get in on that!

    My husband is a bar manager and he is always working nights and weekends :(…so I tend to do things with my mom instead. I’m lucky to have her :).


    Shel@PeachyPalate September 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Kabocha sqaush, hands down, sweet potato and brussels and cauliflower (especially with curry powder) are in a tie for second place followed closely by kale. I’m a roasted veggie nut!!! Eggplant is amazing bread too – I bet the almond meal would be great for making eggplant fries! Looking forward to wearing new boots, sticking on a hat and not having to wash my hair occasionally too! Totally heading over to check out the no meat athlete book! Have you read it? Thoughts?


    Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Busy busy! Those brussel sprouts looks amazing! Definitely one of my favorite vegetables.


    Michelle @ 3cheaprunners September 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Love Brussels Sprouts…so thanks for sharing another way to enjoy them!


    Jenny September 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I have a roasted cauliflower recipe on my blog that I LOVE!! And I am so ready for scarves and boots and sweaters!! YAY FALL!


    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Mmmm, those look delicious. My favorite roasted vegetable…toss up between brussels sprouts and broccoli. Ina Garten’s Best Ever Roasted Broccoli is one of my favorite things ever.

    I can’t believe it’s almost fall, but I’m looking forward to seeing the changing colors and carving pumpkins!


    Nikki @ grab your kicks September 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Haven’t coordinated yet, but we need to! I have many meetings on odd days and he never remembers. I think there’s a google calendar that will sync our schedules? I’m looking forward to all things fall…football, pumpkin spice coffee, Thanksgiving, my bday, our 2nd anniversary, hubby’s bday….I could go on and on!


    Katie @ Balanced RD September 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    That looks like a crazy (but great) schedule!! My fiancé and I don’t formally coordinate our schedules. I am the planner in our relationship so I usually make both of our schedules! Haha :) I love fall!!!


    Heather L @ PinkPolkaDotDiarty September 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I’ve never breaded brussel sprouts but might try this one! Yes, we use a google calendar to send invites to things we are doing together to one another. It helps!


    Cortney September 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I am always sad to see Summer go, but I love the Fall, too. My birthday is at the end of the month and I cannot wait to go to the pumpkin patch and then come home and read by the fire place while drinking pumpkin spice coffee. We plan on going apple picking and on a hayride, too!

    I am also running a 15K, Ragnar, a marathon and 30K and a 6 hour race, all with in 3 weeks of each other. It will be a busy few weeks but punctuated with bouts of chilling on the couch watching movies in between.


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    We definitely coordinate calendars. Especially now that we have a baby. We need to make sure that if there’s an evening when one of us wants to go do something, that the other will be available to stay with the baby! :)


    Katie September 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    So excited to try this brussels sprouts recipe! I love them and typically just roast them, but I hear all the time from clients that they hate brussels sprouts.
    Thanks for sharing it!


    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom September 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    You’re doing Wine & Dine?! I have a friend who is running it and I’m going to support her since I live an hour from Disney and would love to meet up if you have the time/energy! I’m sure 10,000 people in the area will be trying to get your attention, so I know it might not be possible!

    I cannot wait to try these brussels sprouts. I love brussels sprouts and don’t really care for fried food because it makes my stomach hurt, but I can’t wait to try this. I love roasting zucchini, potatoes, eggplant, and squash :)


    Lori @ www.ffglobetrotter.com September 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I LOVE roasted spaghetti squash! :)


    Annette September 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I am going to the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend, too!! :)


    Tina September 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Yay! :)


    Kristine September 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    We have iphones and there’s an app to share your calendar, it’s great. http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2690


    She Rocks Fitness September 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Definitely looking forward to tackling some longer runs! The furthest I have gone in Houston is 5 miles, but I’m getting the itch to run more. The mornings are slowly but surely getting cooler…slowly. LOL! Got to love Texas!


    Matt Frazier September 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Alright! So glad you’re coming to my Boston event! I bet we’ll end up doing a run and grabbing a drink afterward if you’re interested … looking forward to seeing you!


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats September 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    My boyfriend always asks me what do we have on? Every weekend as he always forgets.

    Loving this recipe I’ve bookmarked it to try.


    Alyssa September 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Woah, what a schedule! It looks like it’s filled with a bunch of fun things though.

    I’m excited to get out of tank tops & flip-flops. I miss my boots! lol. I also can’t wait to make healthy soups & do some baking. Plus, pumpkin!


    Prepared December 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I was raised on a farm, this is my every day experience.


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