Brussels Sprout Salad & Reminder to turn back your clocks

A friendly reminder that daylight savings time is Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 AM. Time to fall back an hour!

Also just in time for fall, here is a hearty yet healthy salad to enjoy as the days grow darker and it seems harder to eat healthy, especially with all the leftover Halloween candy! This salad is crisp, sweet and salty. 

Brussels Sprout Salad with Sweet Potato, Cranberries and Pistachios


2 9oz Shaved or Shredded Brussels Sprouts
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Pistachios- deshelled
2 Sweet Potatoes- cooked and cut into bite size pieces (We are always about saving time, so I microwaved the sweet potatoes for 8 minutes or until cooked all the way. Let it cool and then cut into pieces.)
1/3 cup crushed Wasabi Peas (Measure, put in a plastic bag and then use a mallet.)

For Dressing:

1/3 cup lemon juice
1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp honey (or a little more if you prefer sweeter)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


1.)  Combine all ingredients except for the wasabi peas.
2.)  Pour dressing and toss. Sprinkle wasabi peas on top.


Easy & Healthy 3 Step Turkey Chili

This recipe is a family fall favorite. Our Turkey Chili Recipe calls for clean ingredients- turkey, beans and veggies. A bonus is you only need one pot for cooking, which makes cleaning up easy too!

Feel free to swap in your family’s favorite veggies and beans. This recipe is also a great leftover when all you feel like cooking is warming something up.

3 Step Turkey Chili Recipe


1 lb of lean turkey
1 tbsp of EVOO (a Jolly Oak favorite)
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 yellow pepper chopped
1 orange pepper chopped
1 can of beans (I used black beans) but use your favorite
2 8 oz cans of diced tomatoes
2 tbsp of tomato paste
1 package of low sodium chili seasoning
*Optional: oyster crackers, finely diced onion and shredded cheddar cheese for topping.


1.)  In a large pot, add EVOO and brown the turkey.
2.)  Add remaining ingredients, stir and cover.
3.)  Simmer on low for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. 


Healthy Chocolate Chip Apple Muffins

Our apples from apple picking are finally gone! Here is one last apple recipe that was the kids favorite. 

For a healthy twist, we substituted applesauce for butter, took out some sugar (your kids won't notice) and added olive oil. My kids insisted we add chocolate chips, and they were right, the perfect Fall muffin! These muffins taste decadent straight from the oven or served warm. Perfect for this cool Chicago October day! And since it is October 1st, don't forget to say and have your family say "Rabbit Rabbit" for good luck this month!

Chocolate Chip Apple Muffin Recipe: (yields about 8-10 muffins):
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar and then 2 tbsp for topping
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup applesauce
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 apple- diced into little pieces (I used honey crisp)
2 tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine all ingredients until smooth except the apple, cinnamon and sugar topping.
Pour each muffin cup half way with batter, layer with apple pieces, then cover with batter to top of muffin cup. 
Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top of each muffin and then swirl with a fork.
Bake about 30-35 minutes.


Cinnamon Apple Bread

Have you gone apple picking yet? We went over the weekend, and I promised my kids we would experiment with lots of apple recipes over the next few weeks.

The kids first suggested we bake Apple Bread. This recipe turned out amazing! The bread complimented my coffee this morning, my husband devoured a piece straight from the oven, and both of my kids ate breakfast without a fuss.

This recipe is simple to make and uses simple ingredients. My kids can pretty much do everything themselves now (they are growing up too fast!), except I chopped the apple. They cracked the eggs, mixed the batter, layered the apples and sprinkled on the cinnamon sugar. Happy Fall everyone!

Cinnamon Apple Bread


1 large apple- diced (If you feel ambitious, you can peel off the skin.)
8 tbsp butter/1 stick
2/3 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 ¼ cup white flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup nonfat milk
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon


1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.)  Spray loaf pan with baking spray.
3.)  In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
4.)  In a mixing bowl, blend butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix until smooth. Slowly add in flour, baking powder and milk. Mix.
5.)  Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Evenly layer diced apple into batter and sprinkle on brown sugar and cinnamon mixture until completely covering apple layer. Pour remaining batter over apples.
6.)  For the topping, evenly layer apples over the top of the batter. Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar mixture.
7.)  Bake 50-52 minutes or until bread is baked through.