Recipe Roundup: Spicy Side Dishes

With Thanksgiving only a couple of weeks away I thought I’d share with you a few great ideas for spicy side dishes! If you’re like me and attending a Thanksgiving dinner rather than hosting one then you’re probably thinking about what to bring to this year’s gathering. Our family dinners are huge, usually 20+ people so everyone chips in and brings a dish which makes it so much easier for the host. One of these days I’ll host Thanksgiving dinner and make a spicy turkey! Ha! The familia would never go for it but they will go for a couple of interesting side dishes that will add a little zing to the meal, you know, keep things interesting! These spicy sides dishes below are a great place to start, not too hot but a great balance to your Thanksgiving meal and guarantee you an invite next year! 🙂


1. Spicy cornbread and sausage stuffing from Rachael Ray. 2. From yours truly, I had to throw in my spicy pan roasted brussel sprouts! You can never go wrong with these Hot Lollies favorite. 3. I can’t wait to try these spicy roasted acorn squash wedges from Laa Loosh. 4. Fiery kale with garlic from The Kitchn. 5. Grilled jalapeno potato salad from Serious Eats.

Meatless Monday: Buttery Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts! They used to be the vegetable I avoided until a friend of mine made me try them years ago. I always thought they would taste like cabbage, which I’m not a fan of, but they were surprisingly different and only resemble cabbage in appearance. Brussel sprouts are nutty, buttery, nutritious and so filling. They are the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and seafood but can also be enjoyed alone. They are also one of the healthiest of vegetables, packed with all sorts of nutrients.


Brussel sprouts are high in protein and fiber, low in calories and loaded with anti-oxidants to help protect against heart disease and cancers. Also, according to doctors and nutritionist, adding a little extra kick from spices will also help rev up your metabolism.  Sometimes I will have these after getting home late from a good work out at the gym. They are light, and quick and easy to make. They are so tasty there is really no reason not to add them to your diet.

Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts

1 lb brussel sprouts
1-2 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
dash of salt & pepper

1. Rinse the brussel sprouts in water and peel off a layer or two and cut each in half. Heat up a cast iron skillet or heavy bottom pan on medium heat and add butter. As butter is melting toss in brussel sprouts and stir.

2. Add the garlic, pepper flakes and the salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook for about 8 minutes until the brussel sprouts are tender and nicely browned.

Enjoy in a bowl with a glass of white wine!