Happy Holiday’s, teacher friends! You have earned it and deserve all the joy, relaxation, and indulgence that this season brings. The time of teacher’s lounge potlucks and end-of-year parties is upon us and with it brings about a new level of temptation. The good news is that living a healthy and balanced lifestyle as a teacher includes the needed indulgence. While you should 100% allow yourself to chow down on that big piece of pie, keep yourself from falling into an “unhealthy rut” (and all the low energy that comes with it) by incorporating some healthy dishes into your Holiday feast or potluck party!
I love a good healthy dish, but I also love a GOOD dish. Rest assured that while this Holiday Hash recipe packs a healthy punch it will taste just as delicious as those cheesy mashed potatoes do! The dish below: Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Hash with Cranberries and Pecans, packs all the goods while tasting like seasonal comfort.
The best part about this Brussel Sprout Hash is that it has almost everything you could ask for in one dish: greens, fiber, fruit, and protein! It is definitely a power dish and will be the perfect addition to your table – or potluck – this holiday. Another wonderful aspect of this dish is that it is modifiable to accommodate your personal flavor preferences. Maybe you are not a big sweet potato fan, no problem! Substitute red potatoes instead. Maybe you don’t like Cranberries, no worries! Substitute some cherries or red grapes. Not a pecan fan? Try walnuts or almonds instead.
This dish will taste delicious even if you want to mix up some of the players a bit 👍🏻. Make it your own so it is perfectly conducive to your table.I have included the nutrition label to this post so that you can know exactly what you’re putting in your body 😊 but don’t worry, it is 100% guilt free!
Holiday Hash Recipe:
Step 1: Chop produce and preheat oven to 425: Get out your cutting board! Halve the brussel sprouts and cranberries. Chop the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch cubes. Strip rosemary leaves from stems and roughly chop.
Step 2: Roast Veggies: Toss brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes with olive oil, half of the rosemary, salt, and pepper. Spread onto baking sheet and sprinkle sweet potatoes with cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice). Place in oven and roast until tender and lightly charred – about 15-20 minutes (tossing halfway through).
Step 3: Prepare Cranberries: While veggies are roasting, heat some olive oil on a skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. Throw in cranberries and shallots, cooking until tender and lightly charred (about 3-4 minutes). Then, remove cranberries from heat and set aside into bowl (leave some of the shallots in the pan if possible).
Step 4: Make sauce: In the same pan used for cooking the cranberries, add veggie stock and boil until reduced just slightly. Then add wine, balsamic vinegar, honey, and the remaining rosemary. Simmer until thickened and reduced by half. When finished, turn off heat and throw in the cranberries and pecans to combine.
Step 5: Complete and Serve: Remove roasted veggies from the oven and add to a large bowl. Pour the cranberry and pecan sauce over the top and stir to combine (being careful not to mash up potatoes and Brussel sprouts). Pour into a casserole dish to serve and ENJOY!
What I love most about this dish is it’s holiday flavor profile. It includes all those winter produce favorites with the holiday comfort-food flavors and spices! To top it off, the recipe involves NO BUTTER for added health points 👍🏻. This yummy Brussel Sprout Holiday Hash goes great alongside turkey, stuffing, virtually any pie, or your Christmas Roast! I recommend to enjoy with a nice glass of red wine (not because of the flavors, but because you’re a teacher… 😏). I hope you will bring this tasty dish to your table or lounge this holiday season – I promise it will be a hit! And if nothing else, it will make you feel a little better about going back for seconds 😊.
Staying healthy and keeping up with your fitness during the holidays can be a big challenge – and being a teacher makes that even more difficult with all those lounge goodies and student gifts. In addition, our stress levels skyrocket with grading responsibilities and reaching for those comfort foods is easier and more tempting than ever (stay ahead on your workload with my teacher shortcut tricks). Finding small ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet can keep you motivated to maintain other aspects of your health! Check out my blog post “3 Ways to Stay Fit during the Holidays” for more health tips and some home workouts designed to accommodate any schedule or space limitations due to holiday travel.
In addition, if you’re looking for some more healthy meal ideas with a fall/winter inspired flavor, check out some more of my favorite recipes: Lean White Turkey Chili, Autumn Squash Soup, Easy and Guilt-Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup, and some other healthy food choices perfect for a teacher’s workday! Staying healthy will keep you happy and full of energy for a fun-filled holiday season.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from my table to yours! 💕
|ABOUT: Kelsie Brown is a 5th year high school biology teacher and cheer coach. A former gymnast, gymnastics coach and KSU cheerleader, health and fitness has always been an enormous passion of hers. She began her blog “Inspiration from a Messy Desk” in September of 2017 with an intent to inspire others to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, one that is maintainable with the sporadic and demanding schedule that teachers face during the school year.
Check out her blog for some great education and technology resources as well as some healthy recipes, home workouts, fitness tips, and budget friendly DIY projects for those much needed teacher breaks! To see weeknight recipes unfold in real time and more health & fitness motivation, check out her Instagram. She loves to get creative in the kitchen with healthy recipes and fun ingredients perfect for busy weeknights!