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Month: September 2018

Sheet Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies

Roasted garlic-parmesan veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up!


Healthy garlic parmesan roasted veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up! GREAT MEAL PREP IDEA. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com


Thinking about easy dinner recipes this is one of them.  Tons of veggies & sausage mixed with herbs and olive oil and then all tossed together on one foil or parchment-lined pan = ridiculously fast prep, insanely quick clean-up (like none really), and so much delicious flavor. This is a one pan healthy dinner that you are going to love!


Make one huge tray of these veggies + sausage and a big batch of quinoa (or rice) and voila: easy and healthy lunches for an entire week long.


Healthy garlic parmesan roasted veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up! GREAT MEAL PREP IDEA. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com



This sheet pan dinner is ridiculously easy, healthy, and tastes great even by the end of the week!

I mean, there’s nothing like this sheet pan dinner straight out of the oven, but, it also makes for pretty good meal prep.

You can basically use whatever veggies you have on hand or need to use up as this dish is pretty forgiving. The one vegetable that has precise instructions are the red potatoes — you want them chopped pretty little if they are going to bake in the same time as everything else.

You can use whatever sausage you like best. And last but not least, if you are enjoying this straight out of the oven, try some freshly grated Parmesan because that is out-of-this-world. It takes the roasted veggies to a whole new level!


Sheet Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings4 if served with rice/quinoa
  • 2 cups (~1 small) red potato
  • 3/4ths pound green beans
  • 1 large head of broccoli (~ 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers 2 large or 6-7 mini sweet bell peppers
  • 9 ounces smoked sausage, not ground sausage
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Serve with: fresh parsley, quinoa/rice, lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Prep the veggies: chop the red potatoes (pretty small pieces here so they will be tender in time), trim the green beans and halve, chop the broccoli, chop the peppers into thick squares, and cut the sausage in thick slices.
  4. Place all the veggies and sausage on a sheet pan. Pour the olive oil and all the spices on top. Toss to evenly coat all the veggies and meat.
  5. Bake 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip/stir all the veggies around. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender and sausage is browned.
  6. If desired, sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the veggies and sausage as soon as they come out of the oven.
  7. Enjoy with rice or quinoa and fresh parsley if desired.

Walmart Will Track Veggies On The Blockchain After An Epic Lettuce Scare

Health officials, who are looking at how to apply blockchain technology to public health issues, consulted with Walmart on improving food supply traceability.

After hundreds of people in the US became ill after eating contaminated romaine lettuce earlier this year, Walmart, along with many other food retailers and restaurants, pulled the potentially tainted produce from their shelves after regulators issued a warning. The company says the outbreak could have been stemmed sooner if there were a faster and easier way to trace what people had eaten.

Walmart thinks blockchain technology could be the solution. The big-box company worked for more than a year with IBM and 11 food companies to develop a blockchain-enabled food traceability network. Now, Walmart and its subsidiary, Sam’s Club, will require their leafy greens suppliers to use its blockchain technology to implement real-time, end-to-end traceability back to farms within a year, the company announced today.

The company claims its blockchain technology dramatically improves efficiency. In an early test, Walmart’s vice president of food safety, Frank Yiannas, brought in sliced mangoes and asked his team to “stop everything they were doing and trace that product back to its origin on a farm,”. “It took them nearly seven days, as the methods of tracking today are antiquated — sometimes done with pencil and paper.” But using the blockchain, that tracking process can be done in 2.2 seconds.




“Imagine if blockchain would have been able to do what it’s done in our pilots,” the spokesperson said regarding the romaine lettuce outbreak.

“We had to throw out all romaine because there was no way to precisely identify which romaine was from Yuma [the region where the contaminated lettuce originated] versus other growing regions. … It not only affected Walmart, but all of retail and even restaurants. All romaine had to go.”

Bar codes, a common supply chain management tool, “are not a continuous chain (i.e. distributor, farmer, etc. could use different codes along the way),” the Walmart spokesperson said in an email. And even if “they did use the same barcode, the database would still differ by retailer. We are eliminating duplicity within the supply chain and creating one shared system.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been working with IBM on applying blockchain solutions to other public health issues, such as the opioid crisis, consulted with Walmart on improving traceability to help public health officials investigate foodborne disease outbreaks and find the source of contaminated food.

As the MIT Technology Review explained in an article about the CDC and the health care blockchain, “a complex mishmash of data usage agreements and government privacy rules dictate which members can access information and which ones can modify it. That slows things down. A number of additional, sometimes manual processes are needed to make sure the correct organization or person sent or received the right data, and that it was used correctly. A blockchain can automate these steps.”




Walmart said the aim of its new blockchain system is “to help reduce the number of people who fall ill during food incidents, while at the same time reducing losses for retailers and suppliers during a recall.” The information about Walmart’s leafy greens will not be immediately available to consumers, but “that’s in our roadmap,” the spokesperson said.


23 Cheap Things To Treat Yourself To Right Now

Adorable PJs, geeky mugs, a precious planter, and more under-$25 goodies you definitely deserve to own RIGHT NOW.


1. A hydrating cleansing mask that bubbles when applied to wet skin so you can see and feel it working.

Promising review: “This works well to get a nice, deep clean. I love the tingling feeling, which makes my skin feel refreshed. I have very oily and sensitive skin, but after a month of using this I’ve had fewer breakouts and no issues with sensitivity. ” —Idaho

Get it from Amazon for $10.90 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)



2. A friendly fox oven mitt here to protect your paws in the kitchen.

Get one from ModCloth for $15 or a set of two from Amazon for $24.99.


Get one from ModCloth for $15 or a set of two from Amazon for $24.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

3. A delicate cat necklace that’s happy to ~hang~ out and be the purrfect finishing touch to your everyday outfits.

Get it from Amazon for $9.79+ (available in two colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

4. Quirky PJs so adorable, you may have to host a good old fashioned slumber party just so you can show them off.


Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 28 designs). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)


5. A LOL-worthy spoon that’ll put you in the ranks of infamous cereal criminals like Norman Flakes and the Headless Horsebran.

Get it from Amazon for $18.


Get it from Amazon for $18. (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

6. An unbelievably affordable 2-in-1 eyeliner, which (*extremely Stefon voice*) has got everything: a pencil and liquid eyeliner brush, over 1,000 positive reviews, and most importantly, a fun leopard bottle.


Promising review: “I have been wing challenged forever. I love the look of a nice black cat eye, but the technique has always escaped me. This tool is amazing. The tip is firm so you have lots of control, and the actual liner is a nice intense black that dries down matte. I quickly stocked up on more of these because I’m thinking it might be the holy grail. The picture I included is my first use with just one pass.” —Tiarra Reyes

Get it from Amazon for $1.46 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

7. An aww-worthy bunny planter who’s ear to give your succulents adorable accommodations and bring some joy to your desk.

Promising review: “It’s super adorable! Though this is a very tiny planter pot, it’s the perfect size for a desktop or window sill, for a succulent or other low-water plant. It comes with a saucer, which is separate, so it can be removed when you water it.” —Sprout

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

8. Mismatch astrological sign ankle socks I recommend letting peek out from your shoes so everyone else can horoscope them out.

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $12 or two for $20 (available in 12 signs).

Urban Outfitters

9. A sweet cropped sweater with a lace-up back that’s sure to become close knit pals with all the high-waisted items in your wardrobe.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS/S-XL and in 16 colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

10. A cream-scented, slow-rising peach squishy that’ll give you a satisfying, stress-relieving squish, no butts about it.


Promising review: “It’s sooooo soft OMG, I can’t even! It’s so cute too! It’s super slow rising — it takes about 20 seconds to rise!” —Panda

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

11. A set of four hanging storage caddies you can stack and arrange however you want, and that’ll do a meow-volous job of holding your knickknacks.


Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

12. A pretty feather trinket dish for a practical touch to your dresser sure to ~tickle~ your fancy.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in two colors).

Urban Outfitters


13. Cards Against Humanity’s bloody hilarious period-themed expansion pack to pad the fan-favorite raunchy card game with time-of-the-month jokes that’ll have you LOLing menstru-all night long.

Promising review: “Listen up, I don’t write many reviews, but this bad boy is fricking Buzz Lightyear — it went so far above and beyond. Not only were the cards hilarious, but the damn pack comes wrapped inside a pad with a little heart-shaped chocolate. I was laughing for five minutes at the packaging alone.” —Kessa Rigali

Get it from Amazon for $7. (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

14. A clever food decorating pencil sure to be the icing on the cake of your next creative culinary session (besides the literal icing you put in it, of course).


Just use the “eraser” tip to fill the syringe with sauce, melted chocolate, gel icing, or whatever, then squeeze the sides to write. When you’re done, it’s dishwasher safe, so cleaning couldn’t be easier. Basically, there’s no reason to graphite how much you want this.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

15. A heart-shaped old-school alarm clock you’re sure to love, and that’s saying something — your alarm clock is usually your worst enemy.

Get it from Cotton On for $5.

Cotton On


16. A box of truly inspirational Bob Ross adhesive bandages to help heal the side effects of your somewhat-less-happy accidents.

Box Lunch

17. A gloriously geeky mug featuring a favorite anime character that ani-may make you squeal with fangirl joy every time you use it.


18. A unicorn nail fan to dry your mani so fast it’ll be magical.

Get it from Asos for $16.


19. A super chic bag that looks like Chanel without the Chanel price tag.


Plus, you can double up the strap to carry it as a hand or shoulder bag.

Check out more of the best purses on Amazon.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

20. A critter-motif enamel pin (be it a pile of kitties or a merry manatee) to make any bag or jacket all the more zoo-tiful.


Get the “meowtain” or the manatee from Amazon for $9.95 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

21. A Niffler coin bank who wants nothing more than to safely store your gold. Listen, he’s much cuter and more accessible than a Gringotts vault.

Hot Topic

22. An 11-function Pac Man multitool to help you solve minor everyday problems that don’t involve being chased by colorful ghosts.

It's got a bottle opener, a wire stripper, four different size allen wrenches, a ruler, a saw blade, a pry tool, a screwdriver, and a letter opener, and is slim enough to pac in your wallet.Get it from Firebox for $13.19.


23. A succulent-inspired soy wax candle that’s whimsical, pretty, relaxing, all-around awesome, you get the point.





16 Tragic Halloween Designs That Deserve To Be Booed

1. This sign that’s meant to greet the season, but instead looks like it says, “HELL fall.”

2. The oddly placed hand of Frankenstein on these Halloween leggings.

3. The tape on this McDonald’s door that looks like it’s legitimately telling people not to enter.

4. The beads of sweat on this pumpkin that look more like something else.

5. This “boo” decoration that looks more like it says, “bod,” or “bad,” or “bool.”

6. These socks that are spooky, tricky, and…creery?

7. This crappy-looking bloody toilet decoration.

8. These Halloween tights that accidentally have the Star of David on ’em instead of a pentagram.

9. This decoration that accidentally swapped the B and the R in “BEWARE.”

10. These skeleton socks that are designed with two right feet.

11. This sign that says, “Let’s get spoy ok.”

12. This fall shirt that should’ve made the candy corn the V if it wanted to say “LOVE” instead of “LAVE.”

13. These spider and scorpion skeleton decorations, even though both creatures have exoskeletons.

14. This daycare that’s just being festive, but sounds super sketchy.

15. This Halloween poster that didn’t just use a font that’s difficult to read, but also features a watermarked stock photo.

16. And finally, this gas station’s dinosaur statue that got a lazy, ghost makeover for the fall.