Orecchiette Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts

Orecchiette Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts - Chew Nibble Nosh 5

This is my new favorite comfort food meal for 2016.

It combines one of my favorite cozy Italian dishes, creamy Carbonara pasta, with my favorite winter veggie.  It comes together quickly, and simply, and just a few fresh, honest ingredients pack a whole lot of flavor.  In fact, the first time I made it, Avery (my youngest, and not my most adventurous eater…but she’s trying) commented that “Wow, the noodles give the brussels sprouts such great flavor!”  Ha!  Well, no, probably the other way around, but whatever works in her little head to get her to eat her veggies is fine by me.  That’s something she wouldn’t have done last winter.  My family enjoyed it so much that I’ve made it twice in the past few weeks, and we can’t get enough of it!

Roasted Apple, Vegetable and Kielbasa Bake – #CookForHealthSeptember

Roasted Apple, Vegetable and Kielbasa Bake #CookForHealthSeptember - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know it’s just under the wire, but I wanted to sneak this post in before the month, and the contest, were up!  If you’ve been following my Facebook feed, you may have noticed a contest I spoke about called Cook For Health September.  It’s the brainchild of Alex and Sonja Overhiser, over at the amazing A Couple Cooks.  They’ve partnered up with Green BEAN Delivery, my favorite organic produce delivery group, to help promote healthy eating and meals made with healthy, seasonal, unprocessed foods…especially in their home state, and my home state, of Indiana.

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Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh

Before I start, I know that writing about kale has become almost as cliché as posting about pumpkin spiced things during fall in the food blogging world.  It’s kale this, kale that, kale is so good for you, kale smoothies, kale stew, we love kale, kale will fix all that ails you…yada, yada, yada.  I get it.  The problem arises in that I really do honestly like kale.  I like it a lot.  And so, by default, since I write this blog about the real food I make in my real kitchen, YOU, my lucky friend, get another kale recipe.

Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Ham and Toasted Pecans

Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Ham and Toasted Pecans - Chew Nibble Nosh

Christmas dinner, for us, was a small affair this year.  It was just the four of us.  Pretty quiet, and the youngest two of the four wore their pajamas to dinner.  (The cast of “Downton Abbey” would be mortified.)  It was a lazy, laid back day over all.  One that we all needed and really enjoyed.  And at the end of it, I was left with a cozy holiday feeling, and an excessive amount of Christmas ham leftovers.

I hope you guys like ham, because it’s likely that I’m going to throw quite a few hammy favorites your way in the coming weeks!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Cream Sauce

I’m sitting in my parents’ kitchen right now, and my dad just saw the recipe I’m posting today.  His response?

 “I will never eat that.”

My dad swears that he hates Brussels sprouts.  He hasn’t tried them in years, and has certainly never had them like this.  I know that he’d really like them, if he gave them a chance. I plan on sneak attacking him at some point.  Mwa ha ha!  How often do children have to force feed their parents a vegetable?  It’s going to happen though.  Just you wait.