Honey Sriracha Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I think I am immune to endorphins.

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Is this possible? Should I donate my weak body to science?

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I worked out and nothing happened. No rush of euphoria, no epiphanies about my future, nada.

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I actually think I had a panic attack while on the elliptical. Like, there I was on a virtual jog through the streets of Paris and BAM – anxiety. I was minding my own business, just looking for these magical brain bursts you all keep talking about. Perhaps I wasn’t working hard enough. Is there a certain speed I need to reach before endorphins happen? A certain activity, maybe? I got on a couple of different machines for probably three minutes each and nothing happened.

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So I came home and ate five handfuls of cookie dough bites and then was flooded with happiness.

 

 

 

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4 as a side

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of brussels sprouts, ends trimmed off + first layer removed
  • 1 fresno chili pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2-3 tbsp. of sriracha, your preference
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix honey + sriracha + garlic + red wine vinegar + lemon juice + olive oil + S+P
  • Toss brussels sprouts + pepper in sauce + arrange on a lined baking sheet
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes or until crisp to your desire
  • Sprinkle with cilantro + serve warm
  • Enjoy a food fight with your pals + lick remnants off walls

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

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I went to a sporting event last night.

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On a school night! *Gasp*

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I have been trying to be more fun lately. This includes, but is not limited to, picking up a new hobby, making a new friend, accepting more social invitations, and occasionally venturing out of my cocoon on school nights. It’s been terrible.

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What’s wrong with a nice routine? Why can’t I just come home from work and exfoliate, read 100 pages of my novel, & binge-watch two hours of Real Housewives??? What is so “fun” about the outside world anyways?? Like, I go to this sporting event. I have a wonderful time! I’m thinking, “I can do this, I can go out during the week occasionally!” Then, I’m driving home & I look in this restaurant & there are about 10 people my age at a table simply enjoying themselves. At 10:20 pm on a school night!!! Go to bed! What are you people doing??? I know y’all have responsibilities otherwise you could not afford this swanky restaurant. Respect yourself. Get some sleep.

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So I am obviously not ready to be fun but I am becoming a whiz at the cross-stitch.

 

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: a bunch of peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of mini peppers, cut in half + seeds removed
  • 6 oz. of honey goat cheese
  • 6 oz. of herbs de provence goat cheese (or any herby goat cheese you like)
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of fresh rosemary, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange peppers on a lined baking sheet
  • Stuff half with honey goat cheese + half with herby goat cheese
  • Sprinkle with S+P
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Serve warm sprinkled with fresh rosemary
  • Shove 11 in mouth at once + send me selfie

 

Pear + Honey Grilled Cheese

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I need really fantastic things to stop happening this week.

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I just need a break from fainting this week. First the Memphis game, now this?!

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Amy Sherman-Palladino will be making 4 new episodes of Gilmore Girls & ending the show the way she always imagined. *physically faints*

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I have thought about this day, dreamed about this day, for as long as I can remember. When I finished re-watching the series for the 3rd time, I ached for Stars Hollow. I just wanted to walk from my home (even though I hate walking places) and go to Luke’s for a burger (even though I don’t eat burgers I would still order one and just smile at it). Bliss!

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If Rory & Jess don’t end up together, I will hold my breath until my head explodes.

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 8 pieces of sourdough bread
  • 2 pears, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 6 oz. of goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup of mozzarella, shredded
  • Butter, for bread + cooking
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat a tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, let caramelize for 8-10 minutes
  • Butter all of the bread
  • Heat the other tbsp. of olive oil in a non-stick skillet
  • Place a slice of bread butter side down in the skillet
  • Top with pears + onion + honey + some goat cheese + some mozzarella + other slice of bread, flip
  • Repeat with all bread + fillings
  • Serve hot
  • See how many you can stuff in your face at one time