Balsamic & Goat Cheese Brussel Sprouts

April 22, 2011

Oh yeah… it’s Friday.

Kat from Keepin’ The Faith decided I was bootylicious enough to tag me for the Bootylicious Award that’s circulating… I swear it’s just ’cause I kicked her booty with the Dirty 30 workout… πŸ˜‰


1. Post this award with the picture and name whoever tagged you in it
2. Do the STUFF
3. Award to 7 others (all of you!)


1. Name 3 things that are lying right next to you

Study material from a photography class I took on Tuesday

A buckwheat bake I just made and am snacking on.

Flowers from me, and flowers from my boyfriend.

2. Name 2 foods you cannot live without

  • Kabocha
  • Green Smoothies (does that count as one food?)

3. Name 1 thing you did today

One thing, heck, I could name a zillion. (we’ll go with yesterday since it’s waaaaay more impressive… I’m such an award cheater) I trained a client at 5 am, 6 am, and myself at 7 am. I downed a large mason jar of green smoothie. I worked all day (9-5), hit up Trader Joe’s, made dinner (that you get the recipe for today!), watched an hour of tv, read (some of the book above), and finally decided it was time for lights out.

Woooooh. Exhausted just recalling all of that.

Recipe, anyone?

Now, these are not the best pictures in the world (I was too hungry to care at the time), but I guarantee that the sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy flavor speaks for itself.

Balsamic & Goat Cheese Brussel Sprouts

[out of control delicious]

  • 3 cups (any amount, really) brussel sprouts, washed and quartered (or halved if using smaller b. sprouts)
  • 1/2 sweet white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil, as needed for pan
  • 3 tbsp goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp tangerine or orange juice (some type of sweeter citrus works)
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, and tangerine/orange juice. Set aside.

On medium-high heat, sautee onions in olive oil until slightly translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the quartered brussel sprouts and continue to cook until the sprouts become bright green and, again, slightly softened, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add into the balsamic-cheese mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

It’s Friday! Don’t you worry, I’ve got you covered for the weekend… you know, when you’re looking for a workout to do. πŸ˜‰

You didn’t think you’d get away without some sweat recommendation, did you? Now, it won’t be 30 burpees but it is a great workout.


“What Goes Up, Must Come Down” Workout

Instructions: Go through each move starting at 1- working up to 10- then back down (like a pyramid).

Air squats (regular squats- no weight)
Regular or Incline push ups (no knees- we’re talking real push-ups, just inclined to make them more doable, if needed)
Sit ups holding something heavy (a weight of some kind)


1 squat
1 push up
1 weighted sit up
2 squats
2 push ups
2 sit ups
3 squats
…and so on until you get to 10.

Rest 2-3 minutes

10 squats
10 push ups
10 sit ups
9 squats
…all the way back down to 1 of each

Got it? GO!

That’s it.

Tell me what you think. If you’re feeling a little competitive, time yourself. Come back and tell me your time and I’ll post mine after I do this workout too. πŸ˜‰

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right…?

No, no, we don’t play like that here. Only niceness and kittens and sunshine. Maybe some rainbows.

You’re Bootylicious too! I’m giving you with the honor of accepting this award…

What three things lying next to you right now?

What are two foods you cannot live without?

What is one thing you accomplished today?!

Hardest question: Are you happy it’s Friday…?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley @ the fit academic April 24, 2011 at 5:51 AM

haha, I love that “competition” photo! hilarious! everyone can use a little bit of HEALTHY competition, right? : )


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 24, 2011 at 5:30 AM

3 things lying next to me: feathers, doggie named Veta :-), and the tv remote

two foods: Green Monster (definitely think that counts as one), and peanut butter

One thing I’m accomplishing right now? catching up on my favorite blogs and working on a presentation!



Kristina @ spabettie April 23, 2011 at 8:45 PM

three things next to me right now… my sleeping Jason and dachshund, on the couch… also my water bottle, my notebook + pen (I am writing recipes tonight).

two foods – sushi, spinach.

HA – one thing I am accomplishING right now? obviously – getting through the 800+ in my google reader. I am so very behind! πŸ˜€

I was very happy for Friday… and I am happy today, we had an AWESOME day, and I look forward to another one tomorrow.

I’ll do the workout in the morning – it’s 1115 pm right now. πŸ˜‰



Christin@purplebirdblog April 23, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Indian food takeout container, written recipe for vegan baked potato soup, purse.

Avocado and PB (healthy fats much?!)

I accomplished a butt ton today! Kickass yoga class this morning, pants buying at Academy, post office to pick up shipping supplies, Target, laundromat trip, just devoured some delish Indian food, about to pick the winners of my granola giveaway, blog, pack lunch for tomorrow, shower, hopefully cuddle with the pups and unwind!

And um… DAMN brussels! I need those here with me… to hold me and keep me safe for all eternity… what?


Lauren @ WWoB April 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Im gonna make thissss. Its calling my name. And I have everything but the brussels!!
next to me: coffee. water. friends. study materials.
cant live without: icecream. yogurt. nuts.


chrysta April 23, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Kabocha is my fav too! I eat it everyday. Id have to say Kabocha and almond butter. sssooo good! Third up is my choclate protein shake. Cant live without it. Well I guess I technically could…but dont want to=) 3 Things laying around me? well Im at work ssooo my coffee cup..water bottle and my headset. Exciting stuff I tell ya. Have a great weekend!


Kelsey@LiveTheFitLife April 23, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Those flowers are so pretty!! Love! And I don’t even like goat cheese (I’m weird about cheese, which just makes me a weird person in general), but those brussel sprouts w/goat cheese look SOOO tasty!


Christine (The Raw Project) April 23, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Three things are 2 cell phones (work and personal) and digital camera.

Two foods are kale and hemp seeds.

I made a fresh pot of coffee. πŸ™‚

Yes, well Saturday now. πŸ™‚


Hannah April 23, 2011 at 2:16 AM

Ohmygosh! Tonight I had plain steamed brussels sprouts, and an hour later I ate a chunk of goat cheese, also straight up. Tomorrow I’m making this! Wait, no, day after, ’cause tomorrow is Easter…


Kristie April 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Aw those flowers are so pretty. And that balsamic + goat cheese combo = amaaaazing.

3 things next to me: phone, study notes, hand cream
2 food can’t live without: hmm…yogurt and peanut butter
1 thing accomplished today: a heck of a lot of study notes
Happy it’s Friday… definitely. Though I’d be a heck of a lot happier if I didn’t have to spend my Easter weekend studying for my final two exams next Tuesday and Wednesday…But whatever, it’s Easter weekend, woo!


alyssa - fashion fitness foodie April 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Im gonna answer the hard question… HECK YES im excited its Friday πŸ™‚

I need to try brussel sprouts again to see if i like them…and when i do i will be using baslamic and goat cheese!


Emily April 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Next to me: my blackberry, a mug of tea, my stuffed bunny Bruce.

Foods I cannot live without: broccoli, garlic.

Thing I accomplished today: washing all the laundry in the hamper!

Happy it’s Friday? Yes!!

And now I’m craving brussels sprouts πŸ™‚


Katie April 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM

My phone, water, and chapstick.

veggies and chocolate (totally cheating, but I can’t pick just one veggie)

A badass workout (among many other things….)

Totally glad its Friday. I’m taking the whole weekend OFF!!


Shanna, Like Banana April 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Hi Lori — I just got your message on my blog and small world, but I too live in Sunnyvale! I had no idea another blogger lived so close. Hope to keep on your blog and perhaps do a future meet up =)


Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

So glad you posted on my blog so that I could find yours! That buckwheat bake of yours looks delicious, I need to get my hands on some buckwheat asap. Next to me is my remote, cell phone, and pillow.
I cannot live without oats and pb for sure! And I did air squats today πŸ˜‰


Ela April 22, 2011 at 8:11 AM

3 things–mason jar with herbal tea, earbuds, kleenex.

2 foods–coconut and carrots

1 thing–hey, it’s only 9am–but I’ve fixed breakfast, cleaned up after Phil, made coconut milk, done my wimpy pushups and plank and other exercises.

I’m neutral on the Friday thing… Have a great w/e!


Kat @ Cupcake Kat April 22, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Those brussel sprouts sound amazing!
Lying next to me: textbook, water bottle, paper
Can’t live without: nut butters, trail mix
Accomplished: did the Dirty Thirty!
Hardest question: not really I have to work and study all weekened πŸ™


The Teenage Taste April 22, 2011 at 6:05 AM

Congrats on receiving the Bootylicious award, Lori! Those flowers are so pretty! You are one lucky girl! πŸ˜€


Alisa Fleming April 22, 2011 at 5:55 AM

What a rock star day!! Wow, gorgeous flowers.


Sable@SquatLikeALady April 22, 2011 at 4:46 AM

Well it’s not really LYING next to me but my window is to my left and outside of it is (are?) mounds of snow. πŸ™ And I could not live without apples or peanut butter! Together or separate, doesn’t matter πŸ˜‰


christina April 22, 2011 at 4:11 AM

yummmmmmmm to anything with goat cheese and balsamic. πŸ™‚


Kat April 22, 2011 at 3:53 AM

Oh my goodness those brussels sounds amazing!! I love the balsamic and cheese together. Oh crap Im drooling. I may need to choose a different cheese though since my hubby doesnt like it, or I guess I could always just make it all for myself πŸ™‚
And I LOVE these kind of workouts!! I have one that I do with kbells and it KILLS me. Totally will be trying this one out next week πŸ™‚


Lesley Lifting Life April 22, 2011 at 3:28 AM

Balsamic and goat cheese Brussel Sprouts?? That sounds way too good … mmm!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 22, 2011 at 3:15 AM

What three things lying next to you right now? empty smoothie glass, a stack of client files, my grocery list
What are two foods you cannot live without? chia + berries
What is one thing you accomplished today?! I wrote an FAQ page this morning for my blog.
Hardest question: Are you happy it’s Friday…? HELLLS YA!


tea-bag April 22, 2011 at 1:58 AM

3 things lying next to me: my nightly orange, (under my bed) my hoard of kabocha squash, my embarrasingly cliche chick-lit book.

2 things i can’t live w/out: kabocha & podcasts

1 thing i accomplished: (successfully) adapting a muffin recipe to make it vegan

Hardest question (easiest question): YES!!!! πŸ™‚


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