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How to Cook Brussel Sprouts in the Oven

How to Cook Brussel Sprouts in the Oven

If you're looking for a great resource on how to cook Brussel Sprouts for your next dinner or your weekly meal prep, this quick and simple guide takes out all the guesswork to make your next batch of Brussel Sprouts the best you've ever eaten! 


A small bowl of brussel sprouts


How to Cook Brussel Sprouts in the Oven:

Cooking Brussel sprouts in the oven is a fairly easy task, although there is some prep work involved. The basics are that you simply need to clean and prep your Brussel Sprouts, season them with oil, garlic salt, and pepper, and then bake them in the oven at 425º for about 20-30 minutes. 


A small bowl of Brussel Sprouts


How to Clean Brussel Sprouts:

To get your Brussel Sprouts cleaned and prepped for cooking you need to start by cutting off all the small stems on the bottom of the Brussel Sprout. Then cut the Brussel Sprouts in half, and peel off the outer leaf layer. Once your Brussel Sprouts are chopped and peeled, put them into a colander and rinse them off in the sink with cold water until you've washed off all the visible dirt. At this point you can pat them dry with a paper towel and they're ready to be seasoned for the oven. 


A small bowl of brussel Sprouts


Spices for Brussel Sprouts:

I love to keep things simple when it comes to roasted vegetables. I love to simply toss them in a little olive oil and then sprinkle them with garlic salt and pepper. Some other spices you could try are:

  • Red Pepper
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Celery Salt
  • Paprika   
You could also try tossing your Brussel Sprouts in some parmesan cheese, dijon mustard, minced garlic, or lemon juice! If I'm missing some of your favorite toppings, let me know in the comments below! 

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Best Deviled Egg Recipe

Best Deviled Egg Recipe

 If you're looking for the best deviled egg recipe for an upcoming gathering, or an easy afternoon snack while you're working from home, this recipe is fool-proof and super straightforward! 


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Deviled eggs are a long time family favorite snack in our house. We frequently find ourselves making them just about any time of day, and our kids happen to really love them too! Eggs are so good for you because they are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids that your body needs.  A satisfying snack with good nutrients? Sign me up. 


deviled eggs on a platter

Best Deviled Egg Recipe:

This is the best deviled egg recipe because it has the perfect yolk to mayonnaise ratio in my opinion. This recipe can easily be increased. or decreased based on the amount of people you're feeding. When you remove all the yolks from your egg whites, simply stir in 1/2 tablespoons of may for every 1 egg yolk. This will result in egg yolks that are not swimming in mayonnaise, are the perfect shade of yellow, and have that rich yolk flavor. 

deviled eggs on a platter


How Long Does it Take to Boil an Egg:

When I'm making hard boiled eggs, I like to fill a pot with water and put in my desired amount of eggs. I cover the pot with it's lid and then set it on the stove on high heat until the water starts boiling. I let the eggs boil for two minutes before turning off the heat completely. I leave the lid on the pot, and let it sit on the hot turned off burner for 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes is up I transfer the eggs into a bowl of ice water to allow them to cool. This results in perfectly cooked yolks every time. 

Deviled Egg Toppings:

Some of my favorite toppings for deviled eggs are:
  • Paprika
  • Green Onion
  • Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
  • Black Olives
  • Parsley

deviled eggs on a platter

How Long Are Deviled Eggs Good For:

Deviled eggs are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. But this is the best deviled egg recipe, so they will likely not last that long. 




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Mini Pie Crust

Mini Pie Crust

Mini pie crust is the perfect recipe to make when you're making small five inch pies or tiny tartlets for a small party or gathering with friends. 


When I made all my pie recipes several weeks ago, I had someone email and ask if I could in fact make a mini pie crust recipe. While I do love and fully support pre-made crusts from the grocery store, I thought this would be a fun and easy challenge to take on. If you're looking for a mini pie crust recipe for small five inch pies, or muffin tin pies, this recipe will work perfectly! 


Mini pie crust in a mini pie dish on a floured marble table.

Mini Pie Crust:

There are plenty of instances where you would want to make a mini pie crust. All of the mini pie recipes on my blog are for five inch pies, and this would be perfect to make in use with those recipes. You could also use this recipe if you wanted just one crust for a traditional size pie, or you could use it to make super mini pies using a muffin tin. This recipe and dough is super easy to work with, and will result in perfect crust every time. 


Mini pie crust in a mini pie dish on a floured marble table.

Making Pie Crust:

Making pie crust is a pretty straight forward process. First you're going to pulse together the flour and salt in a food processor until well combined. Then you're going to add the cold butter and shortening. Pulse this together until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Finally, pulse in 1 tbsp of ice cold water at a time until the dough just barely starts to form a large clump. You want your dough to be slightly dry, but still able to hold together. You do not want a wet dough. 

Turn the dough out of the processor, and onto a floured surface. Roll into a smooth ball and cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for two hours.  

Then carefully turn the dough out of the plastic wrap and roll the dough on a floured surface until it's about 1/8in thick and place it into your pie dish, or whatever you're using to create your pies. Bake in the oven according to the pie recipe instructions that you're using. 


Mini Pie Plates:

I love using these mini pie plates that I purchased from Walmart. They're five inches in diameter, come in a pack of four with a variety of colors and floral designs. They're also microwave and dishwasher safe and I've used them for baking several different mediums with success every time! They're great for pies, cakes, quiches, frittatas and more!


Mini pie crust in a mini pie dish on a floured marble table.

How to Crimp Pie Crust Edges:

When you place the pie crust over your pie dish, carefully push the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the dish. You'll likely have dough hanging over the dish. Using kitchen scissors trim away the excess dough until there is only about 1/2 inch hanging over. Fold the excess dough that is hanging over the dish underneath the dough in the crust so that it is flush with the top of the pie dish. Using your knuckle on one hand, and you thumb and finger on the other, go around the dish crimping the edges all the way around. 



Yield: 1
Author: Paige Flamm
Mini Pie Crust

Mini Pie Crust

Mini pie crust is the perfect recipe to make when you're making small five inch pies or tiny tartlets for a small party or gathering with friends.
Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 10 M

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Instructions

  1. First you're going to pulse together the flour and salt in a food processor until well combined. Then you're going to add the cold butter and shortening. Pulse this together until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Finally, pulse in 1 tbsp of ice cold water at a time until the dough just barely starts to form a large clump. You want your dough to be slightly dry, but still able to hold together. You do not want a wet dough.
  2. Turn the dough out of the processor, and onto a floured surface. Roll into a smooth ball and cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for two hours.
  3. Then carefully turn the dough out of the plastic wrap and roll the dough on a floured surface until it's about 1/8in thick and place it into your pie dish, or whatever you're using to create your pies. Bake in the oven according to the pie recipe instructions that you're using.

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Healthy Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake

This healthy shamrock shake recipe is a delicious mint chocolate chip combination packed with tons of healthy vitamins and nutrients!


I'm a huge fan of all things mint chocolate chip, as seen in my original Shamrock Shake post. However, sometimes you want the amazing flavor of a shamrock shake, but the nutritional benefits of something like a smoothie. This Healthy Shamrock Shake recipe is the best of both worlds. It's deliciously creamy, vibrantly green, and has a great minty flavor from real mint leaves. It's the perfect way to start your day in my humble opinion. 


Health shamrock shake smoothie on a marble table top with a metal straw.


Healthy Shamrock Shake:

This shamrock shake comes together with a bunch of really simple ingredients. All you need is spinach, frozen banana, mint leaves, almond milk, greek yogurt, and a handful of chocolate chips. Blend everything together in a high powered blender until smooth and you have the best mint chocolate breakfast anyone could ever want. 

I love that this recipe provides healthy nutrients from the banana and spinach (and gives you a serving of both fruits and vegetables!), along with protein from the greek yogurt, healthy fats from the almond milk, and a punch of great flavor from the mint and chocolate. It's a stellar combination of health and flavor.

Health shamrock shake smoothie on a marble table top with a metal straw.

The Best High Speed Blender:

Our family has been using the KitchenAid K400 blender for over a year now and we love it so much. It blends everything for smoothies really easily, rarely gets stuck on frozen items and needs to be stopped and have more liquid added, and has been overall a great addition to our kitchen. It has amazing horsepower for about half the cost of other blenders. 

Health shamrock shake smoothie on a marble table top with a metal straw.

Mint Leaves Benefits: 

Mint leaves are a great source of nutrients and vitamins including vitamin A and antioxidants. It may relive IBS symptoms and aid in digestion. Some studies have found mint to aid in brain function and reduce feelings of frustration and anxiety, and if nothing else, it will make your breath smell better. 

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Yield: 1
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
This healthy shamrock shake recipe is a delicious mint chocolate chip combination packed with tons of healthy vitamins and nutrients!

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 1/2 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbsp greek Yogurt
  • 5 Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth. Top with mint leaves, chocolate chips, or granola as desired. 

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Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

These small batch cinnamon rolls only take one hour to bake and are the perfect treat to make for breakfast on any holiday or special occasion. 


Growing up my family celebrated almost all holidays with cinnamon rolls. We typically did store bough growing up, but now as an adult, I really love making cinnamon rolls from scratch. Most recipes make at lease a dozen rolls though, and for our small family that means that a lot of them go stale on the counter faster than we can eat them. This small batch cinnamon roll recipe is perfect for our family of four and makes the perfect half dozen of cinnamon rolls in just an hour!


Six cinnamon rolls in a green baking dish with a blue dish towel in the background.


Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls:

This is the best cinnamon roll recipe because it makes exactly 1/2 dozen cinnamon rolls. If you're single, or live with just a few people, this is the perfect recipe to make so that you don't have a bunch of leftovers going to waste. For our family of four we each had 1 1/2 cinnamon rolls and everyone had full and satisfied tummies afterwards. 

Six cinnamon rolls in a green baking dish with a blue dish towel in the background.

Cinnamon Roll Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened and divided 
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided 
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 egg, whisked
  • 1/8 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoons ground cinnamon 

Best Small Baking Pan:

For small batch baking recipes I love using this 5x7 pan that I bought on Amazon. It's the perfect size for this cinnamon roll recipe and fit the dough I needed perfectly. It comes in three different colors, I bought the green but the pink and yellow are super cute too!

Six cinnamon rolls in a green baking dish with a blue dish towel in the background.

The Best Cinnamon Roll Icing:

My family and I do not like cream cheese frosting. We much prefer a simple vanilla icing to go on our cinnamon rolls, much like the kind you would find in a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. For this recipe you'll simply mix together 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp milk, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla, and stir until everything is well combined. You may need to add more powdered sugar/milk until you get your preferred consistency.


Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 6
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 40 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
These small batch cinnamon rolls only take one hour to bake and are the perfect treat to make for breakfast on any holiday or special occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter, softened and divided
  • 1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Gugar, divided
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Yeast
  • 1/2 egg, whisked
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
Vanilla Icing
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. For this recipe you start by melting the butter and milk together in the microwave until the butter is completely melted. Let the mixture cool until it's 110º or warm to touch. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 tbsp sugar together, and then add the milk, 1/2 egg, and butter mixture, along with the yeast to the dry ingredients. Mix together with a wooden spoon, or with an electric mixer (I do everything by hand). Add more flour 1/4 cup at a time if the mixture is too wet. Once the mixture is smooth to the touch and consistent throughout, grease a bowl and place the dough inside and cover with a towel for 10 minutes.
  2. While the dough is resting mix together 2 tbsp each of white and brown sugar, and 1 tbsp of cinnamon, then set aside.
  3. After 10 minutes roll the dough out into a long rectangle (about 12 inches by 6 inches). Spread 2 tbsp of butter on top of the dough, and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly across. Roll the dough on the long side tightly to make one long log. Cut the dough into six even pieces and then place in a small baking dish.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350º and let the rolls rest on top of the oven for 25 minutes. Once the rolls have rested, bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the rolls are done baking make you icing by mixing together 2 tbsp butter, 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, two tbsp milk, and 1 tsp vanilla. Add more sugar/milk as needed until you get the preferred consistency. Serve immediately.

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Mini Bundt Cake Recipe

Mini Bundt Cake Recipe

This mini bundt cake recipe makes exactly one small bundt cake that is the perfect gift to bring to a friend for their birthday or any small celebration!


I have a confession to make. I have never eaten a bundt cake until I made this mini bundt cake recipe yesterday afternoon. I was surprised by how easy they are to make and the possibilities are endless with the cute designs of mini bundt cake pans you can purchase. This would be the perfect treat to bring a friend of neighbor on their birthday! 


Mini bundt cake with stripes of vanilla icing

Mini Budt Cake Recipe:


This mini bundt cake recipe comes together by mixing your dry ingredients together in one bowl, and whipping your wet ingredients together in another. Then you carefully fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, pour it into your greased bundt pan mold, and then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

I made a cream cheese frosting to go with my cake that came together with cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. I whipped it on high speed with an electric mixer for a minute or so and it was ready to pipe!


Mini bundt cake with stripes of vanilla icing

Small Bundt Pan:


To make this bundt cake I purchased this small bundt pan on Amazon a couple weeks ago. They have so many different patters, designs, and options, but I liked that this one was under $10, had a fun design, and was a 4 inch diameter to make the perfect mini bundt cake. 

Mini bundt cake with stripes of vanilla icing

Moist Bundt Cake Recipe:

What makes this bundt cake super moist is the addition of greek yogurt in the batter. You can use sour cream or greek yogurt interchangeably and it makes any baked good in my opinion turn our great every time. I live in fear of making a dry cake but any time I make a recipe with this addition, it's always a winner. 
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Author: Paige Flamm
Mini Bundt Cake Recipe

Mini Bundt Cake Recipe

This mini bundt cake recipe makes exactly one small bundt cake that is the perfect gift to bring to a friend for their birthday or any small celebration!
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 40 Min

Ingredients

Mini Bundt Cake Recipe
  • 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp egg, whisked (see note)
  • 1/8 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frostin
  • 2 tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 350º and grease your mini bundt cake pan. I took a small dab of butter and rubbed it thoroughly inside the entire pan. 
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the  flour,  baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate medium size bowl using an electric hand mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until well combined and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed with a rubber spatula, and then add in your eggs and mix again with the hand mixer. 
  4. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla to the wet mixture, combining again with an electric beater until well combined, scraping the sides as needed with the rubber spatula. 
  5. Finally, gently fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture until just combined, making sure to not over mix. 
  6. Pour the mixture into your prepared bundt cake pan, and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
  7. Allow cake to cool for one minute in the pan before turning out onto a small plate to finish cooling completely. 
  8. Once the cake is cooled completely, pipe your cream cheese frosting into thick stripes around the bundt cake and serve!
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl using an electric handheld mixer until everything is well combined. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe onto your bundt cake as desired. 

Notes:

When making small batch recipes in small bowls, I like to only put one beater into my electric handheld mixer. I find it mixes these small batches better without the hassle of the other beater getting in the way.


For the egg, crack one egg into a bowl, whisk together until the whites and yolks are well combined like you're making scrambled eggs. Scoop out two tablespoons of this mixture to add to the batter.

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Small Batch Banana Muffins

Small Batch Banana Muffins

This small batch banana muffins recipe makes exactly six banana muffins that are super sweet, delicious, and make the perfect morning treat. 


Muffins might be my very favorite thing to eat for breakfast in the morning. There is literally nothing better than putting some butter on a freshly baked muffin with a glass of milk on the side. That is ultimate comfort food in my book. This small batch banana muffin recipe is adapted from my mini loaf banana bread recipe, and comes together both quickly and easily. 


Three banana muffins stacked together on a marble table with a blue dish towel in the background.

Small Batch Banana Muffins:

For this recipe you mix together your wet ingredients: sugar, eggs, oil, banana, vanilla, sour cream (or greek yogurt), and then add in and stir your dry ingredients. once everything is well combined, pour a 1/4 cup amount of batter into six muffin liners and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 


One banana muffin on a marble table


The Key to Perfect Banana Muffins:

I think that the key to perfect banana bread, muffins, etc... is using either sour cream or greek yogurt in the batter. There is something about it that just makes them turn our moist and perfect every time. Almost every recipe I've tried that doesn't use it in the batter tastes dry and unappetizing to me. If you want perfectly moist muffins or bread, go for the greek yogurt/sour cream every single time. 


two banana muffins on a wood tray with another muffin on a marble table. There is a blue dish towel in the background with peanuts scattered on a table top.

Six Cup Standard Muffin Pan:

I used a standard 12 cup muffin tin when making this recipe, but there are plenty of options online should you want to purchase a six cup muffin tin. This one that I've linked to on Amazon is under $10 and excellent quality. 


Banana Muffins Recipe Notes:

  • Mash your bananas before putting them into the batter. For this recipe I used about 1 1/2 bananas and put them in a bowl and mashed them with the bottom of a drinking glass, and then scooped out the 1/2 cup that I needed for the batter. 
  • You can use sour cream and greek yogurt interchangeably.
  • For the egg, break an egg into a small bowl, whisk, and then scoop out the 2 tbsp you need for the batter. Use the rest as you see fit. 


Yield: 6
Author: Paige Flamm
Small Batch Banana Muffins

Small Batch Banana Muffins

This small batch banana muffins recipe makes exactly six banana muffins that are super sweet, delicious, and make the perfect morning treat.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Egg, whisked (See recipe notes)
  • 1/4 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 cup Bananas, mashed (See recipe notes)
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350º.
  2. Mash your bananas in a small bowl with the bottom of a drinking class and then scoop out the 1/2 cup that you need for the batter and put into a separate bowl. 
  3. Whisk your one egg until the white and yolk are well combined, and then scoop out two tbsp of egg and add to the bowl with your measured mash banana.
  4. Add in your remaining wet ingredients to the banana and eggs: sugar, oil, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. 
  5. Next add the salt, baking powder, and flour to the mixture, and stir until everything just barely comes together. 
  6. Line your muffin tin with paper liners. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each of the liners. 
  7. Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool for about 4-5 minutes in the pan until removing and eating. 

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