Twice-baked sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts hash

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? Liv and I have been playing nurse to the pups; they’re still moving a little slowly after their dental cleaning yesterday. Poor girls. 🙁 Hoping they’re back to their spunky selves soon.

Instead of a picture of them looking tired and forlorn, here are some succulents:

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Last night was gloriously low-key over here. We picked up the dogs, and enjoyed a veggie-packed dinner here at home.

Emily’s fantastic black bean burgers (one of my favorite blogworld recipes ever)


with twice-baked sweet potatoes and Brussels sprout hash. 

The Brussels sprout hash was inspired by a creation I enjoyed this weekend at Canyon Ranch. I knew that this simple and savory side dish would be the perfect way to switch up the Brussels sprout rotation here at home.

I used this bag pre-shaved Brussels sprouts (thanks Joe the Trader for doing the work for me),

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and sautéed in a little butter with garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped organic turkey bacon. I hit it with a splash of balsamic and a squeeze of lemon juice, and it was done!!

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(An instagram friend said to drizzle honey next time. Happening.)

For the twice-baked potatoes, I baked them for an hour at 350, and then halved them before removing the flesh. I blended it up with some butter, cinnamon, maple syrup (!), and added back to the skins. I baked them again for about 20 minutes until they were crisp on top, and gooey on the inside. 🙂

The Pilot and I stayed up later than usual to finish watching Gone Girl. I had already seen it, and read the book, and told him the entire plot line because I was so mad when it was over haha. I was surprised he still wanted to see it after my Gina-fied synopsis. 😉

Hope you’re enjoying the morning! I’ll see ya later today over on the Family page.



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  1. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Gone Girl was intense! I had read the book so I knew what to expect, but my boyfriend was in shock by the end. Lol. Your dinner sounds so good! I love those Brussel sprouts from TJ’s – perfect little time saver!

  2. Beks on January 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I just invested in a Vegetti Spiralizer (though, I think getting a real spiralizer might end up happening in the future. I don’t see this thing lasting long), and the Zoodles I made were extremely fun. I can’t wait for Zucchini season now!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

      looooove zoodles 🙂

  3. RachelG on January 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

    So incredibly making the brussel sprouts for our Superbowl Party! 🙂 It’ll be the perfect complement to all of the cheesy deliciousness.

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

      oh that sounds great!

  4. Hayley@healthyregardshayley on January 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    This is like my perfect dinner.

  5. Erika S. on January 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I’m really into sautéed kale. Just heat crushed red pepper flakes in evoo, then sautee garlic & onions…add kale…sprinkle a little bit of seasoning & then add a splash of vinegar…delish!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

      so good!!

  6. Tamara @ A Side Of Dessert on January 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Omg thw twice baked potatoes look heavenly! Perfect for the super bowl this weekend 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

      oh yeahhh!

  7. Catherine Cormier on January 28, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I just listed to this week’s Posh podcast … you got a shout out from them at the beginning!! Way too cool 🙂

  8. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on January 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Yum!!!! Also, I have a succulent that needs to be re-potted… but I’m so nervous I’m going to kill it! Any advice?

  9. Angelica@The Pretty Girl Diaries on January 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I did not know the sold Brussels sprouts like that. I love them in chicken soap. This though, gave me a pita idea!!!

  10. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I was frustrated with Gone Girl the book and didn’t see the movie. Is it worth seeing?

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

      the movie is pretty amazing. they did a great job

  11. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on January 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I didn’t like the ending of Gone Girl either! Someone told me that they’re going to make a sequel.

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:23 am


  12. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on January 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Those twice baked sweet potatoes sound delicious!! My favorite quick and easy veggie side dish is roasted asparagus. I toss the asparagus in a bag with olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. It’s my favorite spice combination! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

      ohhh i love that combo!

  13. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I love those shaved brussels sprouts from TJ’s. I put them in my eggs all the time.

  14. allison on January 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Try a fried egg and some pomegranate seeds on top of the brussels hash; it’s my favourite lunch!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:22 am


  15. Linda @ the Fitty on January 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I still have yet to see Gone Girl! I know, I know. I suck!

  16. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

    That hash looks fabulous! I really want to see Gone Girl! Josh and I keep meaning to rent it but then always decide against it at the last minute.

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

      it’s so crazy!

  17. Tracy on January 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I love those shredded brussels! Have you tried the new kalettes yet? They’re a cross between baby kale and brussels sprouts. I picked them up from TJs as well. Last night I sautéed them in EVOO. and seasoned well…delicious! Very interesting!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

      no, i haven’t seen them yet! this is happening.

  18. Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free on January 28, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Ohh that hash looks delicious! I have some brussels in the fridge waiting to be used up and they may be destined for this! And I’ve never thought of making twice baked sweet potatoes! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  19. Katie @ Live Half Full on January 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I love Green Beans for an easy side. They steam quickly and are easy to eat plain!

  20. Cassie Vaughn on January 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm


  21. Laura @SheEatsWell on January 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I always do cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes too! Everyone loves them, with coconut oil. However, I am going to try your twice baked version – I love maple-anything!

  22. Cassie on January 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I just finished Gone Girl! I did not like the ending! I will definitely be trying the sweet potatoes…I’m obsessed with anything to do with them!

  23. lois on January 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    not so much a side, but recently, i’ve been really enjoying this ginger-scallion sauce ( as a condiment to baked chicken (simply seasoned with some salt & pepper)! given your love for green juices with the ginger kick, maybe the recipe’s 1/2 c of minced ginger won’t scare you away! =)

  24. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on January 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Cannot handle the goodness that is this recipe. <3 Thanks, Gina!

  25. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on January 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I LOVE brussels– especially with bacon! That looks incredible!

  26. Amy S on January 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Your succulents are so pretty! And that brussels sprout hash looks pretty darn tasty!!

    I absolutely LOVED Gone Girl (the book), and I seem to be one of the few people who found the ending to be decent. Yeah, not we would have all liked to see happen (wink wink) but something about it was still intriguing to me. Dying to see the movie, which I’ve heard is awesome!

  27. Cara's Healthy Cravings on January 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    My fav veggies side dishes always include something that has been roasted.
    I adore roasted beet salads, as well as roasted carrots and parsnips.

  28. Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner on January 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Hope the pups feel better soon! I ADORE Brussel sprouts, I will definitely be trying this! Thanks! 🙂

  29. Stacy on January 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Gone Girl was an amazing book (and movie) with a disturbing ending! I Agree! Those sprouts sound amazing! I love shredded sweet potatoes in coconut oil with garlic, brussels sprouts with lemon and rosemary, and a zucchini + eggplant mix sauteed in EVOO, garlic, and greek seasoning. I feel like I could live on veggies sometimes!

  30. Les @ The Balanced Berry on January 28, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Uhhhh YUM. Both of those dishes sound amazing! My favorite quick veggie side dish is similar to the hash – I love to sautee brussels with chopped onion, almonds, balsamic and a drizzle of maple syrup. The best!

  31. Nikki on January 29, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hi Gina, Love the blog! I’m a somewhat new reader (maybe a year-ish) by way of SemiProper 🙂 I’ve read through your blog mostly from start to finish and love the knowledge I was able to gain. I’ve been dabbling in the yoga, strength training and the clean eating world for a while now and I love the information you’ve been able to capture here, from recipes (amazeballs!!!!) to your overview of different work out styles and classes. Oh and I love your book! Anyway one thing I didn’t come across when reading your blog was your opinion on any food documentaries. I know your style of eating and living is personal and I appreciate that! I was just wondering if you had ever watched these documentaries (think Food Inc. Hungry for a Change etc.) and what your opinion was on them. Were they hokey? Informative for someone looking to make a change or learn more? Waste of time? For someone newish to the scene of healthy living what are your suggestions on where to start? I plan on meeting on a dietician to make sure any decisions/changes are approved and healthy for me but in the meantime any suggestions?

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:23 am

      hi nikki! welcome to the little blog 🙂 and so cool that roo introduced us!
      i am kind of a food documentary nerd, but definitely think you should take them with a grain of salt. i would start with forks over knives, and then maybe do food inc.? love that you’re planning on meeting with a dietitian too!

  32. Bethany on January 29, 2015 at 4:17 am

    The Brussels sprout hash is a staple for me! I do not add vingarette and lemon though. I add apples, cinnamon, and chili powder add an amazing flavor!

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:20 am

      that sounds amaaaaazing

  33. Sandra F. on January 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Definitely going to make those sweet potatoes! My favorite veggie side dish is roasted carrots — just a little olive oil, salt and herbs de provence. I can’t stop eating them!

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