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Roasted Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Fitness

I know what you’re thinking. Brussel sprouts are gross. But really, they’re not. Brussel sprouts is a go-to veggie in our house because there are so many ways to make them! Sweet or savory, brussel sprouts make a perfect side dish- when made correctly.

A lot of people associate brussel sprouts with nasty, boiled, mini cabbages. That is not how brussel sprouts should be made! They deserve a little extra attention because they can really become something incredible.

I decided to give you guys one of my go-to brussel sprouts recipes because it is really easy and it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish!

roasted brussel sprouts



The nutrition content can really change depending on the amount of oil and cheese you use, but just use your eye and your judgement.

You’ll need|

-Brussel Sprouts (not frozen!)
-Olive oil
-Grated Parmesan Cheese
-2-3 cloves of garlic minced

You’ll do|

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut each sprout in half and place into a large bowl
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  3. Drizzle 1-2 tbs of olive oil over the sprouts. roasted_brussel_sprouts2-1 copy
  4. Add your minced garlic and toss until sprouts are coated with oil and garlic.
  5. Transfer sprouts to a cookie sheet and top with grated parmesan roasted_brussel_sprouts3-1 copy
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until sprouts have browned and are slightly soft.


Serve on the side of any protein and you’ve got yourself one awesome meal! You’ll never look at brussel sprouts the same 😉

Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners // Review + Giveaway! Fitness

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slow cooker recipes for beginners

The Crock Pot is probably one of the best inventions ever. When days are busy, it’s a lifesaver to be able to throw some ingredients in the crock pot and let it turn into dinner during the work day.

I’ve made a few crock pot meals this week and they’ve all be amazing!

On Monday, I made shredded Spicy Barbecue Chicken. It was super easy! I just threw frozen chicken into the crock pot with about ¼  cup barbecue sauce, ¼ cup sweet chili sauce, and ¼ cup wing sauce. I cooked it on high for 6 hours, shredded it, then added some more barbecue sauce before putting it on buns. It was so good!

The issue with a crockpot, to me, was lack of variety. I was either making pulled something, chili, or soup. Very rarely did I ever make anything other than that. When Antares Press sent me their cookbook Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners in exchange for a review, I was really excited! Pinterest has a TON of great recipes for a crockpot, but there are so many that it can get overwhelming.

I made a couple recipes from this cookbook and I was very impressed! The first one, Creamy Mexican Chicken, had 4 ingredients and was incredibly easy. It tasted really good, too! I put mine in tortillas and we had plenty leftover for lunches. It was good without any tortillas as well.

The second meal I made was the Bacon Ranch Chicken. I wasn’t sure about this one because it calls for cream of chicken soup and peas. I omitted the peas and kept the cream of chicken soup even though I’m not a huge fan of it. This dish was actually really good as well! We ate ours on sandwiches, but you could definitely serve it with a veggie on the side.

I honestly probably picked the two most boring recipes out of the book because I had to use the ingredients I had on hand but there are so many amazing recipes in this cookbook and I can’t wait to try more of them!

Some of those recipes include:

  • Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
  • Curried Chicken Breasts
  • Balsamic Almonds
  • Thai Chicken Soup
  • Tex-Mex Chicken Stew
  • Pepper Venison Steak
  • Cheese Ravioli
  • Ratatouille
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Cheesecake
  • Cinnamon Apples
  • and a TON more!


I would love for you to try some of these recipes with me, so I am giving away 5 copies of the eBook! You don’t have to have a Kindle to read the eBook. You can download the free Kindle reader app on your smartphone. If you have a nook or other reader, don’t worry! I have those formats as well.

You can get entered to win by going to the Keeping Carrie Fit Facebook page, find the giveaway post (it will be pinned to the top of the page), and comment with the recipe from the list above that you want to try most!

The contest will end on Monday, February 23rd and the winners will be announced the next day!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in exchange for an honest review of this product. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”