Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Winter Veggie Love & Chicken With Almond Butter Sauce

I really like to eat the same food over and over and over again. If I like something, I could easily eat it every day without getting tired of it for a very long time. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for my family, so we do have quite a bit of variety in our meals. But I still often eat the same lunch the entire week…

For the past few weeks, I have been obsessed with roasting veggies. So the other day, I made dinner using some old friends: sweet potatoes & Brussels sprouts. I would have been more than happy with just roasted veggies and a salad, but I thought the guys would like some chicken. At first I wasn’t sure what to do with the chicken to make it a bit more “interesting,” but then I whipped up a very simple almond butter sauce. Here is what I did:

Winter Veggies 01

Roasted Veggies with Parmesan Cheese:

  • Cut Brussels sprouts in half and sweet potatoes into fries
  • Toss with a bit of oil, salt & pepper
  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 35 – 40 minutes; after about 25 minutes flip the veggies over and sprinkle them with a bit of Parmesan cheese

Chicken with Almond Butter Sauce

  • Cut two organic chicken breasts into small pieces
  • Sauté the chicken in a bit of oil
  • Let the chicken cook for about 10 minutes, or until it is cooked all the way through
For the sauce whisk together the following:
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (or more, if you like a “nuttier” taste)
  • 4-6 tablespoons warm water – I started by adding just two tablespoons and whisked the ingredients together. I added more water to make the sauce a bit runnier.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and let the sauce and the chicken simmer for a few minutes. You may want to add a bit more water if the sauce gets too thick. Serve the chicken with the veggies.

Questions: Do you like to eat the same food again and again? Or do you get easily tired of the same food? What’s your favorite food at the moment?

Be well,


P.S.: Don't forget to floss!
P.P.S.: Thanks for all the camera & photography suggestions and tips. I will keep you posted as to what camera I'll decide to get.


  1. Almond butter sauce! I have got to try that!!! I do tend to get burned out eating the same thing over and over. My favorite food of the moment would be roasted pumpkin seeds.

  2. Oh yum! I think I'm going to have to try this complete meal sometime this week!

    I could totally eat my dad's Mac N Cheese every day. I keep trying to find a way to make it myself and make it healthier.

  3. I usually do the same food over and over and over. Mostly with my lunch and breakfast and then variety with dinner. My fave food right now is anything I pull out of my bread machine. I have made "bread" 5 times in the past week. At least one was a gift!

  4. I'm a sucker for the same stuff over and over again. Why change it if it works??? ;)

  5. it depends on the food for me to get sick of it...i could NEVER get sick of oatmeal in the morning, i acutally crave it...but certain dinner dishes I can get sick of quick!

    this recipe looks great and so unique!!

  6. Anonymous11/11/2009

    Roasted veggies sound delicious, and I love the almond butter sauce for the chicken! We do have a few favorites that I make every now and then, but my family is super spoiled and they don't want to repeat the same dish even if it's really good.

  7. ahhhh i go on food kicks all the time! usually the span of 2-6 weeks...then i don't eat that food for forever again.

    how is your flossing going? i am planning on doing a more thorough recap this weekend. my weeks have been insane. however, i am proud to say in the past week or so, i have made it 5/7 nights!

    have a lovely day andrea!

  8. I do eat many foods over and over again (umm..spaghetti squash, cottage cheese, avocado, cheese sticks, turkey burgers!) but I also add variety in most of my meals. I actually learned that by including more variety in your meals you are less liable to have strong cravings for bad foods! So, mixing it up is good.

  9. Anonymous11/11/2009

    I love eating same thing over and over again! I've been in love with kabocha and steamed corn for years and even my family asks me if I'd ever get tired of them, and obviously no way!!! :D
    fav food at the moment? kabocha!

  10. Mmm...roasting veggies. Love it. I find them much better than the conventional steaming or boiling. Plus you can add flavors to them, too.

    I never get tired of eating the same foods. There's just something comforting about eating the foods you like. It keeps the person happy.

  11. I can eat the same breakfast and lunch every work day for months no problem. I love it because I don't have to think! LOL.

    Thanks so much for your supportive comments on my blog Andrea. It means a lot to me that your reading!

    My favourite food at the moment? I discovered this President's Choice Raita that I have been putting on everything! Chick peas, veggie burgers, even black beans. It is so fresh tasting and delicious!

  12. I totally eat the same foods over and over, just with slight variations here and there (oatmeal, avocado sandwiches, huge salads, rice stir-frys, etc.) Considering I have the attention span of a gnat on crack and get bored with everything, it's quite a contradiction for me to be so rigid.

    However, it's what I like and am comfortable with, so I just go with it (a bit too much at times, but we're working on that).

    Plus, I don't really cook :)

  13. I have to switch up my meals because there are so many good foods to try! Right now, I am loving spaghetti squash! :)

  14. oooooh I just bought some brussel sprouts today!! Can't wait to roast them tonight!

  15. There are some foods that I eat over and over again. I could eat broccoli repeatedly, but I try to keep our meals mixed as well as I can. Your roasted vegetables sound great!

  16. I usually do the same breakfast for 5 days straight - and I never get bored. I don't like to have left-overs though more than 1 or 2 days tops.

  17. I can eat the same lunch and breakfast over and over again, but I always want something new and different for dinner!

  18. Anonymous11/11/2009

    I definitely do not get tired of the same food, if I absolutely love it! If I somewhat like it, I will get sick of it, if that makes sense, haha! I am loving toast with ab and raspberry jam. I can never get sick of that :) The AB sauce sounds heavenly!

  19. Anonymous11/11/2009

    My boyfriend eats the same exact breakfast every single morning, and never gets tired of it. For me, on the other hand, I can't stand to have the same thing two days in a row! I need variety, for sure.

    Oh and I love the almond butter sauce idea...yum! :)

  20. I do tend to eat the same things over and over again! Especially for breakfast and lunch. Boring is my middle name.

    For dinner, perhaps because I'm cooking for all nine of us, I do get more adventurous - which is why I like your site so much. You always have the best ideas!!

  21. YUM almond butter sauce sounds good!

  22. A healthy and delicious meal. Looks wonderful!

  23. almond butter sauce! I love it, super healthful and yummy dish

  24. Yum, amen to the roasting of veggies! I love that the oven does the majority of the work, and it does a grand job of cooking them! What a healthy and hearty meal to enjoy.

  25. I don't mind eating leftovers for a few days. In fact, I relish it. My hubby, though? Not so much. One day of leftovers is all he can take. Oy!

  26. I'm with you, I can eat the same thing day after day too, so that's why I love blogging. I have to always be trying new recipes.

  27. I've never try roasted veggie before. I guess I should try it out some time. Looks really tasty when added in the pamersan cheese on it.

  28. Love roasted sweet potatoes! I also make alot of the same things and try to toss in a few different things a week. Nothing too difficult :)

  29. I just bought almond butter a couple of weeks ago for the first time - what a great way to use it!