No holiday required to cozy up to this hearty combination of protein, veggies, and grains to leave you feeling warm and full.
Funny story, the first time I discovered how delicious this combo was, I ate it for about a week straight. I even once snuck in a small container to the movie theater as it was all I could think about. Don’t tell on me!
This meal is also great because it contains foods that you might already have on hand! Especially after Thanksgiving, you might still have some leftover cranberry sauce or Brussels sprouts kicking around. If you don’t have the amazing superfood, pumpkin seeds, you should get some. As soon as you can. Like maybe now.
I hope this is motivation enough to start cooking. You could prep everything and have a ready-to-go meal at any time! Please don’t be overwhelmed by the length of the instructions. They’re worth it!
Wild Rice – did you know wild rice isn’t actually rice? It’s a water grass that grows in rivers and lakes. This is part of what creates its distinct and rich nutty flavor.
Brussels Sprouts – the star of the show, well, to me. The beautiful cruciferous plant full of minerals and B complex vitamins.
Butternut Squash – smooth, creamy, sweet…the perfect pair to brussels sprouts or they can be transformed into a delicious soup! The options are endless with squash.
Balsamic-Glazed Chicken – I love a moist and flavorful grilled chicken breast, though this meal certainly is still good without one.
Cranberry Sauce – sweet, tangy, spiced, warming, full of antioxidants…need I say more?
Pumpkin Seeds – I mean, they’re a super-food, so I also add these gems to a meal whenever I can. Omegas, magnesium, iron, protein, the list of nutrients goes on and on. Plus, they’re in season with the other ingredients!