This Brussels sprouts pumpkin and apple hash is bursting with fall flavor. It’s the perfect side or serve it up as a meal with an egg on top!
I used to get occasional insomnia in high school and college.
It would come randomly in bursts but once it hit me, it’d get me good for a few days.
It’s like the second you can’t sleep all you can think about is how you can’t sleep, how many hours of sleep you’d get if you fell asleep RIGHT then and the mental math would continue every 15 minutes as you checked the clock until you worked yourself up into a full on panic and then finally fall asleep right as the sun was rising for a solid 2 hour snooze.
Rinse and repeat the next day.
That’s exactly how I feel right now with writer’s block.
It hit me about a week ago and I’ve literally sat here with the screen open for at least an hour on every single post since, willing the words to come to me.
Funny enough, I’ve been going back through old posts, a handful a day or so, doing some minor edits, deleting smiley faces (cringe, I can’t believe how many I used), making sure links work, etc. and of course reading whatever nonsense I wrote that day.
And just like the sleep thing, reading old stuff is just making me fixate on how my brain is refusing to cooperate when it comes to new content and exacerbating the situation.
So I’m hoping this little bout of mental blankness leaves soon but until then, let’s just talk about the recipe.
This hash (or saute, or salad, or pile of yum, I couldn’t decide what to call it) is pretty much fall on a plate.
For once, I actually bought a real pumpkin to cook with (instead of a can of puree for twice the price) and decided it needed to be all chopped up and acquainted with some Brussels sprouts, apples, cranberries and sage. These are its people.
It can be a side dish, a main course (add some sausage or an egg on top) or, just eaten as is.
The earthy vegetable taste of the Brussels sprouts is offset by the sweetness of the pumpkin. The apples are a combination of tart and sweet. The bacon adds some salt. And the whole thing is tossed in tangy balsamic rice vinegar and topped with fresh sage.
Now if only it had writer’s block curing abilities, I’d call it the perfect dish.
More Brussels sprouts recipes to try:
For the Salad
- 1 cup dry wild rice
- 2 not quite fully ripened mangos, cut into matchsticks
- 2 cups shredded green cabbage
- 2 cups jicama cut into matchsticks
- 2 pickled jalapeños, seeded and minced
- black sesame seeds for garnish
- cilantro leaves for garnish
For the Dressing
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 3 tablespoons Nakano mango-seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon agave (or honey)
- Add the rice to a small sauce pot with 1 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil then reduce to low and cover. Cook until all the water is absorbed then turn off heat and transfer rice to a large bowl to cool.
- While rice cooks, make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a food processor. Process for about 30 seconds until everything is well combined.
- Pour the dressing over the cooled rice, toss to fully coat and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill. (*see note)
- Once cooled, add the mango, cabbage, jicama and jalapenos to the bowl and toss to combine.
- Garnish with extra cilantro and black sesame seeds if desired.
*you can make this salad a day ahead of time up until this point.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 6gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g
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*This post is sponsored by Nakano as part of my ongoing brand ambassadorship with them. All opinions, content and photography are my own.