Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

If you are looking for a versatile side dish that works for both a quick weeknight meal or a decadent holiday dinner look no further than this recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon! Cooking the brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup is sure to make this side dish a fan favorite for everybody! This paleo-friendly recipe is sweet and savory and definitely going to be in your winter meal plan rotation!
Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon in a bowl

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

I was never a fan of brussels sprouts until a few years ago, and now I can’t get enough! These Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon convert just about anybody to be a brussel sprout lover. This easy brussel sprouts recipe combines savory and sweet tastes to adhere to just about anyone’s liking!  Plus, is there any greater combination than maple and bacon together? 

Ingredients Needed:

We love the short ingredient list here, especially since this dish is so flavorful!

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bacon
  • Maple Syrup
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic Powder


What to serve with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

This dish is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. But also, it’s so darn good you’ll want to have this on rotation all Fall and Winter long. This dish would be great served with:

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Like this veggie side dish? Try these other favorites:

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lb. brussels sprouts, halved & outer leaves removed
  2. 2 tbsp + 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  4. 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp ground garlic
  6. 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  7. 4 strips nitrate-free bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Halve brussels sprouts and remove outer leaves
  3. Line baking pan with foil
  4. Toss brussels sprouts with oil, salt, and pepper
  5. Roast, stirring mid-way, for 20-25 minutes until caramelized and tender
  6. While roasting, cook bacon using desired method (oven, microwave, or skillet), let cool and set aside
  7. When brussels sprouts are done, heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet and transfer them to the skillet
  8. Pour 1 tbsp maple syrup over the brussels sprouts and toss to coat evenly with a wooden spoon
  9. Let cook for 3 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring often
  10. Taste and add the 2nd tbsp maple, based on desired taste (I didn't find it needed it)
  11. Sprinkle bacon, ground garlic, and extra Himalayan sea salt on top and serve hot
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Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

This easy Italian meat sauce recipe is my probably my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe! It’s an easy homemade meat sauce recipe that is hearty and flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Make this healthy meat sauce with ground turkey or ground beef, and let it cook nice and slow! It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, and so yummy! Serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for low carb, or gluten-free pasta!

Italian meat sauce recipe

Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

I LOVE Italian dishes. Especially a quick and delicious meat sauce! I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious, always a hit and so versatile! Serve it over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, the options are endless! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and I never get sick of it!

How do you make meat sauce
If you love meat sauce, try this spaghetti sauce in these recipes:

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Want other healthier pasta recipes? Try these favorites:

How Do You Make Meat Sauce

Lexi's Meat Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
  • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
  • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
  • Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add onion, carrots, and peppers to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
  3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
  4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and remove from heat.
  6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
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Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Sausage Peppers and Onions | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This low-carb and keto-friendly Sausage, Peppers, and Onion, one-pan dish is made in just twenty-minutes! Such a perfect sausage and peppers recipe for any night of the week.

How to make Sausage and PeppersSausage, Peppers, and Onions

Did you know that peppers are at their growing season peak right now? I was over at my favorite little farm and they had a bin with the most beautiful looking peppers, so I just had to get a bunch! This dish went over big time here.

This is the EASIEST sausage and peppers recipe! It is made in one skillet, is so flavorful, and you can use chicken sausage, pork sausage, or any sausage you like! I like to find ones with minimal added ingredients.

Chicken Sausage and Peppers with cauliflower rice

It is flavorful, comforting, and just plain delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. A great dish for football Sunday or those nights when you need a quick and easy meal!

How to make Sausage and Peppers

Sausage Peppers and Onions on a plate

You can get creative with how you serve this dish! I love it served over roasted spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice but I bet it would be great with gluten-free pasta or spiralized veggies as well! This sausage and peppers recipe is Paleo friendly, whole30 compliant, dairy-free, grain-free, and no sugar added!

Like this easy skillet recipe? Try these other favorite one pan meals!

Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or just until fragrant.
  2. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and poblano pepper to the skillet; let cook until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add cooked sausage to the large skillet with the peppers and onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and spices. Mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
  7. Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta!

Recipe Notes

  • *If you are using uncooked chicken sausage, remove the casing and cook the chicken sausage and garlic together in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown on both sides. This should take around 5 minutes, stirring often.
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Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

We had this AMAZING Thai brunch in Boston at Banyan. I’m still dreaming of this gluten-free sandwich on scallion pancakes.

brunch

Earlier this week I took a few days to go on our annual spa trip with very special friends. We had the best time relaxing, laughing, and enjoying Norwich Spa and Mohegan Sun!

Norwich Spa & Mohegan Sun

We stayed at The Spa at Norwich Inn, then took quick 5 minute taxis to Mohegan each night. We ate at Tuscany and Bar American, and visited our favorite, Vista Lounge, both nights!

CSA

Does it get any better than this? I can’t wait to cook through this week’s CSA haul!

CSA SHARE

Now I’m back to work, work, work and WEDDING PLANNING! We are one month away!


Blog Posts I’m Loving:

The most gorgeous Summer Fruit Plate ever.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Vegan Fudge? Sign me up!

I want this Skillet Fish with tomatoes this weekend!

The perfect way to use avocados and my tomatoes and cucumbers is this salad.

Grilling a Delmonico Steak just got easier!


 Quote of the Week:

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” ― Marcus Aurelius


What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Recipe | Pin It 

Hosting the Perfect Brunch: How To | Pin it

Easy Blueberry Jam: Recipe | Pin It

Loaded Paleo Nachos: Recipe | Pin It


Current Must-Haves: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

This off the shoulder top.

These booties.

This casual T.

This awesome structured bag.

My favorite everyday bra.


What You May Have Missed:

This Easy Beet Slaw.

My Thai Curry Soup with ALL THE VEGGIES! 


Better Beauty & Safer Skincare

I’ve been talking a lot more about what products I’m using to create a non-toxic home and I can’t say enough amazing things about what I’ve been using lately.

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Here’s a look inside my medicine cabinet!

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Hair: I love Oi oil by Davines.

Teeth: I brush with Dessert Essence Toothpaste in this flavor, and find it at Whole Foods Market or on Amazon. We love it.

Deodorant: Primally Pure in Lemongrass. It’s fabulous!

Pre-cleanser: I like this pre-cleanser oil to remove dirt and make-up before washing.

Face Cleansers: I use this cleansing bar in the shower, and this face wash for AM & PM.

Face Exfoliators: Here’s my light exfoliator. Here’s my go-to heavier exfoliator (my favorite).

Face Moisturizers: I love this serum oil, this moisturizer for AM, and this for PM! I also still have this serum that I like.

Face Mist & Toner: I really like this complexion mist, and I use this clarifying toner from Norwich Spa.

Lip Treatment: I love love love this lip conditioner

Eye Cream: I love this rejuvenating eye cream.

Face Masks: I love this charcoal face mask and this camphor mask from Norwich spa.

Shampoo: This is my favorite, and a little goes a long way.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me!


 Enjoy the weekend, loves! Thanks for reading! 

Kitchen Staples

You know the feeling when you find an awesome recipe and you get so excited and then you realize you’re missing one or two ingredients? And then those same ingredients keep popping up in other recipes? Well, I know the feeling and I am never happy! I get a lot of questions from people asking about the essential items I have in my kitchen at all times. I feel like this list is ever-growing, but I came up with a (rather large) list that I feel has all the items I use regularly.

KITCHENSTAPLES

Oils:

Condiments:

Vinegars:

  • Rice vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar

Sweeteners:

Spices:

  • Fine Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper Mill
  • Garlic Mill
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Granules
  • Onion Granules
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Minced Onion
  • Dill
  • Curry Powder
  • Celery Seed
  • Turmeric 

Baking:

  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Pure Organic Vanilla Extract
  • Unsweetened Cacao Powder
  • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Ground Flax
  • Chia Seeds

Powders/Flours:

Shelf Items: 

  • Nut Butters (read ingredients- get ones that are just the nuts, no added sugars/oils)
  • Diced Tomatoes (preferably organic/no salt)
  • Tomato Sauce (preferably organic/no salt)
  • Tomato Paste (preferably organic/no salt)
  • Coconut Milk (I always keep 1 in the fridge)
  • Organic Chicken Broth
  • Organic Vegetable Broth
  • Organic Beef Broth
  • Organic Bone Broths
  • Unsweetened Applesauce

Fresh:

  • Garlic
  • Bananas
  • Veggies
  • Fruit
  • Lemons (for fresh juice)
  • Limes (for fresh juice
  • Basil (amongst other herbs, but I love my organic basil plant!)
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Frozen Organic Berries
  • Organic farm-fresh eggs (local, pasture-raised whenever possible)
  • Spinach
 

Kitchen Staples 

 Print a printable PDF version HERE.


 

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My Paleo Patisserie Review + GIVEAWAY

You guys… I am so excited to tell you a little bit about this new amazing cookbook that is out right now called My Paleo Patisserie by Jenni Hulet of The Urban Poser. You’ve likely already heard of this book with all the buzz going on about it, but if you have not, let’s go through some of the details and why it is truly a special book.

You see, Jenni has been sharing sneak peek recipes of this book for over a year on her Instagram page. Each gorgeous photo shows her talent, craft, and the love she puts into each recipe. I simply love her style. I also love that this book is totally grain-free and all that jazz. I mean HOW? It is truly amazing. There are also a ton of nut-free and egg-free recipes as well. This book is certainly a labor of love and is super unique in the artisan approach of paleo cooking and baking.
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tiramisu

Some of the pages I have bookmarked are:

ALL of the marshmallow recipes 

Bruschetta Tart

Tiramisu 

Neapolitan Cake

Eclairs 

Waffle cones

Passion Fruit Curd

and 

Meringue Frosting

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See what I mean? Every picture is stunning and drool-worthy. 
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I started off by whipping up a batch of Jenni’s Extra Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies. They are out-of-this-world delicious. Find them on page 178!
pp_cookies1So, so delicious.
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Now you just need to have it, right? You can buy your copy on Amazon here!


But first… Enter to win a copy below!

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Simply comment below to enter. One winner will be chosen by Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 12pm EST. US only.