Roasted Beets with Horseradish Vinaigrette

Roasted Beets with Horseradish Vinaigrette - Chew Nibble Nosh

I don’t know about you, but this week is a pretty busy one for me.  So busy, in fact, that I contemplated just letting the ol’ blog go this week and not adding anything into the mix until after Christmas.  Then, looking through the leftovers in the fridge, I was reminded that I really should share this one special recipe with you before Christmas hits.  Not only is it beautifully festive for the holiday table, it’s unbelievably delicious, and became an instant hit in our household.  Don’t like beets?  You may change your mind once you try them this way.

Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini

Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini - Chew Nibble Nosh

Yep.  This was good.  A little too good, but that isn’t surprising when you see what goes into it.  If you’re looking for a way to use up some more of the summer zucchini from your garden, this recipe is for you.  Or, if you’re like me and don’t have a summer garden, but you have a grocery store or farmers market that sells zucchini grown by people who are much better gardeners than you are, well…then it’s for you too.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Amaretto Brown Sugar Butter

Roasted Acorn Squash with Amaretto Brown Sugar Butter  - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love acorn squash.  I’m pretty partial to any squash in general, but I love to indulge in butternut and acorn squash in the fall, when the color or the squash matches the color of the leaves outside my window.  I have fond memories of my mom roasting some up with our dinner, and it always involved brown sugar and butter, which made it seem like a dessert vegetable when I was growing up.  She’d cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and then fill the middles with brown sugar and butter, which would just sizzle and caramelize and sweeten up the squash as it baked.  Good stuff. It’s like comfort food to me.

Skillet Summer Vegetable Tamale Pie

Skillet Summer Vegetable Tamale Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

It was Monday, and I had a problem.  I was craving Mexican food.  The problem with that was twofold.  Our evening was busy enough that we couldn’t spend time going out for dinner.  Plus there was the fact that we’re leaving for a beach trip in a little over a week, so binging on tortilla chips and queso dip while sipping on a margarita, and then chasing it with enchiladas isn’t exactly what I need to be doing a week before I spend a few days in nothing but a swim suit.

Sesame Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

Sesame Roasted Sugar Snap Peas - Chew Nibble Nosh

Earlier this week, I posted a delicious easy recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with a sweet and tangy Orange-Hoisin Glaze.  I mentioned then that I served it alongside some amazing little roasted snap peas.  I figured that today, it would just make sense to share that recipe as well!

Slow Cooker Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Quinoa and Vegetable Stew - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ah, the “After Holiday” season is now upon us.  We are all bloated, and overfed, over-wined, over-cheesed, over-cookied, and sporting a couple of extra pounds.  We’re ready to banish rich food from our lives for at least a little while, right?  This simple, slow cooker stew is not only hearty enough to get you through a “polar vortex” (assuming you can get to the store), but also healthy enough to make you feel good, and refreshed, as you start the new year.

I started by prepping my potatoes, onions and garlic.  I diced up a pound of red potatoes, skin kept on, chopped up an onion and minced up some garlic.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Poor, poor Brussels Sprout.  For years and years, it seems that this disrespected little veggie was the Rodney Dangerfield of the side dish world.  I can’t remember anyone speaking highly of them when I was a child.  My parents didn’t like them, so I’d never tried them until I was an adult.  I remember telling my husband, probably when he was still my boyfriend, that I’d never had a Brussels sprout.  He looked at me like I had three heads, as it was some important, childhood rite of passage I’d skipped right over.