Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti

This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!

Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!

You know how some days you never feel like you're doing enough? Never knowledgeable enough? Continually falling down bruised, all throughout the race, while dropping behind the pack? I do.

 I'm a sensitive and emotive person but rarely do I ever exhibit any sort of suffering around anybody other than my husband. Let's just say that in the past two weeks I've had the first-time embarrassment of calling my dad, sobbing. Every day I spend my hour lunch break forsaking yoga and just sleeping it out. I'll dash off during the quiet moments of the day to hide and have a quick, uplifting pep talk with myself that usually, regrettably, ends up with welling tears instead of feeling better. 

Everyone goes through a period like this some time or another. If life is zooming along at the pace of a high-speed train and you feel as if you're pointlessly chasing after it barefoot with arms outstretched, doing all you can to catch up as it bullets past...you're not alone. I feel you.

If you feel the unrelenting urge to suddenly drop everything and quietly slip away to live in a tiny, remote cabin in the Scottish high country with your loved ones and furry companions, live off your vegetable garden and spend your days reading books and baking at the local cafe...I hear you. Alas, that won't happen and I wouldn't want it to.

I am exhausted with excitement for the near future, but that doesn't mean I'm not utterly silenced by the weight of it all. It doesn't mean I haven't been a zombie-like, cantankerous little asshole just trying my best to keep it together and be cheerful. I'm so grateful for the awesome opportunities I've been granted but good heavens, I think it's crushing me! I just tell myself that we've all been there and it's not shameful to feel this way. #endthestigma

All of Us campaign

All of Us campaign

If you've ever been a distant friend, mute co-worker, emotional spouse, dreary employee, or an irritable, worrisome ghost of a person wearing your hair in front of your face so people won't notice you and ask you what's wrong...I hope you know you're not alone. Lift that chin up, put on those rose-colored glasses, and wait for this massive wave of anxiety to tide out. Don't be crushed by change. 

Bloggers (and people in general) often put on a good face and act like nothing is wrong. That their life is the stuff of dreams and envy and everything is just perfect and they are always sunny and happy as can be! That isn't real life. And it's what drives stigmas. That ain't the way over here at Produce On Parade!

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Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!
We don’t all struggle with a mental illness, but we all have mental health.
— The mission statement from the All of Us campaign to rethink mental health
Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!
Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!
Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!
Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti

This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 heaping cups of Brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1 heaping cup of cherry tomatoes, whole
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • dash of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 lb. spaghetti pasta, dry

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F and wash the veggies.
  2. Slice off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and discard it, along with any outer leaves. Cut in half lengthwise, then again to quarter. Place the sprouts along with the tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Arrange the veggies in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  3. While the veggies cook, heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low. Add the garlic and sauté about 5 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from heat and whisk in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. When there is about 10 minutes left for the veggies to cook add the pasta and boil until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and return to pot.
  5. Stir the sauce into the pasta as well as the roasted veggies. Be sure to get in any juice that has escaped from the tomatoes while cooking.
  6. Serve hot with a glass of red wine.
Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!

A big thanks to Whole Foods Market who sent me this excellent vegan, organic red wine. What a perfect pairing for this pasta dish.  It's "a delicious Spanish import that is made with 100% certified organic grapes that come from Jumilla, a region near Valencia that is said to be the birthplace of the Monastrell grape.” So if you're looking for a smooth, Spanish wine that's vegan and organic, look no further. No fish bladders here! 

Produce On Parade - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bursted Cherry Tomato Spaghetti - This is an easy, hands off meal that’s done in 45 minutes top to bottom. Sweet, roasted Brussels sprouts and tart, oven-bursted cherry tomatoes tangle with spaghetti in a cheesy, buttery sauce. Make the most of those veggies that quickly move past their prime with this delicious pasta dish!

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Overwhelmed --> overweldigd (over-velldigt"

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All of Us campaign

All of Us campaign

All of Us: A Campaign to Rethink Mental Health is a program founded by UCLA undergraduate students with the goal of shifting the way people and the public perceive and treat individuals with mental illness, through education and advocacy. 

Zesty Coconut-Lime & Tofu Soup

It's been snowing. Yes, that's right, more snow. I'm  freaking out with excitement okay with it. I love the snow and I'm always a little mournful when I know the last snow has fallen. Well, I thought that was a few weeks ago when we had that unseasonably late snowfall. Now, let me be clear...this mid-May snow is not just a few flakes. This is A LOT of snow. So you can imagine my surprise when a few weeks later we now have even more snow! Voila! It's a spring miracle! Though it only sticks a day or two.

Anyways, with the snow and whatnot, I thought it was a good idea to make a nice robust soup. It's reminiscent of spring, light yet filling, and piping hot. Todd kept asking me about the soup broth. "It's killer! I mean it's really, really good! How long does it take to make this? Whatever combination you have in the broth, I need you to remember it. Can you do that? God, that broth is so good. Can we make it again?" Those are direct quotes.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="540,542"]

Here's what made it so great...the addition of fresh ginger, hand-squeezed lime juice and coconut milk lend a super zesty, zingy bite that's balanced with coconut-y creaminess. This soup is super flavorful and of course super nutritious.

Produce On Parade: Zesty Coconut-Lime & Tofu Soup

Zesty Coconut-Lime & Tofu Soup

Inspired by Oh My Veggies

Serves 4-6

  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth (I made my own bad ass broth...more on that later)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 15 oz. of extra firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 5 large brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (about 2 limes, don't you dare use bottle lime juice)
  • 3 Tbsp. liquid amino acids or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • small splash of rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

In a large saucepan, bring the vegetable broth, ginger slices and salt to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to medium.

Produce On Parade: Zesty Coconut-Lime & Tofu Soup

Next, add the coconut milk to the saucepan and stir. Add the tofu and the brussels sprouts and simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered. Finally, add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for another minute or two.[gallery type="square" ids="543,545,544"]

A note about the lime juice. Use fresh squeezed lime juice. If you're feeling rebellious and you use bottled lime juice you will be very, terribly sad and you will regret it. There is a time and a place for bottled lime juice and this is not it. Period. Don't do it. I've got my eye on you.

Wow, that was intense, sorry. Moving on...soup's up! Garnish with extra cilantro or basil or better yet mung beans too! My main store decided not to stock them anymore. Poo. It's okay, this soup was so good it didn't need them. Yum.