Brown Sugar Bacon Brussels Sprouts - Savory Simple - www.savorysimple.net

Brussels sprouts. We need to talk. My poor, neglected vegetable friend. Don’t listen to what others say about you sometimes. They just don’t understand what it’s like to be you. You’re unique and delicate. You should only be prepared in certain ways and sadly… there are many home cooks out there who don’t understand your special needs. People have been cooking you incorrectly for generations. [Read more...]

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Cheesy Broccoli Bacon Quiche

My recipe project is starting to wind down and I’m so relieved. Relieved and exhausted. I have been cooking for fun a bit more and have some great recipes lined up (hint: I’ve been on a homemade pasta kick). In the meantime, I have just a few more guest posts for you to enjoy while I continue to get caught up on life. Please give a warm welcome to Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas! She’s brought us a fabulous cheesy broccoli bacon quiche. Joanne and I are online friends who will soon be “real world” friends once we attend Eat Write Retreat in May. I can’t wait! 

Hi friends! I’m Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas, and it’s my job today to tempt you with something delicious and show you how to make it. One dish everyone should know how to make is a simple quiche-style tart. The best part about a quiche or tart is that it’s a good way to use up leftovers in your fridge and turn it into something new and exciting.

I find my fridge often loaded with too many vegetables. You see, I go to the grocery store trying to be good and healthy by buying tons of fresh produce, but sometimes I end up with too much of something. This week for me it was too much broccoli, but by all means, you could make this tart with asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, kale, and so on. Use your leftover veggies in a tart and serve it with a little salad for a great lunch.

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Sweet and Spicy Asian Tofu (Weight Watchers) ~ Savory Simple

For those of you who follow my site regularly, you might have noticed a slight decrease in recipe posts over the past few weeks.  The truth is that I’ve been insanely busy and I have terrible time management skills.  I’ve been trying various methods to improve my productivity but nothing seems to stick.  I know social media is a big part of the problem.  Recipes must be pinned!  Tweets must be tweeted!  Hey, what’s happening on Facebook? Also, this is my first year shooting food photography in natural light and I am not adjusting well to the shorter days and general lack of quality sunlight.  So to those of you who are good at multi-tasking and handling endless to-do lists, I must ask a very important question:

What are your best time management tips?  

Seriously, I could really use any and all advice so don’t hold back.  There are just never enough hours in the day to get it all done!  I find myself working in the evenings and on weekends and I’m still always behind. Someone suggested only checking my email three times per day.  I tried that for a week and was twitching the entire time as I waited for my next fix.  I will freely admit that I’m an internet junkie but I see plenty of other junkies online getting oodles of work done.

There’s been another downside to the hectic schedule; I’ve let my eating habits slip a bit and have put on some weight.  After contemplating a few options I’ve decided to return to my old standby, Weight Watchers.  Paleo sounded very interesting but in the end it’s just too restrictive for me.  I really do think Weight Watchers is a great program. It has the flexibility to let me eat what I want within reason and test recipes for the blog.  I’ve always been an online member but I’ve started going to meetings for the first time and I really love the support and accountability.

Today I’m sharing the first of what I hope will be many delicious Weight Watchers recipes (and don’t worry, there will still be plenty of the normal goodies). This sweet and spicy Asian tofu has been an obsession for me lately and since I love it so much I figured it was worth sharing.  I swear I’ve been eating it almost every day.  I crave it. It has everything I want in a weekday recipe- flavor, texture and it’s incredibly fast and easy to make.  I can have a home cooked lunch ready in less than 10 minutes and it scales up very easily for two when making dinner.  I buy fresh, pre-cut stir fry veggie mixes to save time.  If you’re not sure how you feel about tofu, try this. It’s pan-fried and I honestly feel like I’m eating fried cheese.  It soaks up the delicious sauce and is filling without being overly heavy.  It’s also very budget friendly!

Side note: I’m only focused on points but if there’s enough interest I’d be happy to calculate the nutritional values of my Weight Watchers recipes. Just let me know!

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Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash and Bacon ~ Savory Simple

I’m tired and desperately in need of a vacation.  Last week I took part in a Google Hangout called “Battling Blogger Burnout” which you can see here (thanks to Casey Benedict, Monica Bhide, Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet and Amanda from MarocMama).  It was a very well-timed session because I’m most definitely feeling burned out lately.  I feel like I’m constantly moving, constantly running around, planning, working, cooking, cleaning… never really stopping for some me time. When I do take a mental break I don’t feel refreshed; I feel guilty for procrastinating.  The video chat gave me some great tools to keep in my back pocket when things get tough.  Give it a watch and tell me what you think in the comment section.  Monica offers some great insight.

I’m heading to NYC for the rest of the week and could not be happier to get out of town and take a break. Mr. Savory is headed there for work training and I’m tagging along. I’m going to see the sites, do a bit of shopping, sit in on a few tapings, crush on Momofuku Milk Bar and have dinner at wd-50.  A much needed break, indeed.  I’ll be a whole new me next week!  I hope.

This chicken pot pie with butternut squash and bacon is total comfort food.  Comfort to get through those rough weeks when all you want to do is lie around in your pajamas and chill. Life doesn’t stop just because we need a rest but the little things sure do make life a bit sweeter.

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How do you do it? How is it possible to interweave a recipe about duck with the horrors of cancer? I’ve lost loved ones to the disease and nearly everyone has or will at some point. I was recently asked to join several other bloggers this week in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer. My mind immediately went to two strong women who lost their battles; a coworker and a good friend. In 2006, my friend died from Leukemia, a form of blood cancer. She was 24 years old. Is her story even appropriate this week? There is no such thing actually is a Leukemia Awareness Month but it gets no publicity. I think every story is worth telling, whether it’s breast cancer, lung cancer or leukemia.

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