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 Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe! 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!
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
I was never a fan of brussels sprouts until a few years ago, and now I can’t get enough! This dish converts even those who say they don’t like brussels sprouts! This easy brussels sprouts recipe combines savory and sweet tastes to adhere to just about anyone’s liking! And I mean.. Maple + Bacon = side dish WIN.
How good are brussel sprouts for you?
Brussels sprouts contain small amounts of vitamin B6, potassium, iron, thiamine, magnesium and phosphorus.
They are low in calories and high in many nutrients, especially fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C.
What is the best way to cook brussel sprouts?
This way, trust us!!!!!
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This Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce is an easy update on the classic Thanksgiving staple! It is such a great combination with tart cranberries, along with sweet apples and just the right amount of citrus. It’s made right in the slow cooker which means hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!
Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce
Forget the over sweetened canned cranberry sauce this year because it is SO EASY to make this Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce! You essentially throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away! It also is refined sugar free relying on coconut sugar, honey and sweet apples to balance the tart cranberries and citrus.
This sauce is of course well known as a Thanksgiving staple, but I also love to put a spoonful right on top of of latkes or as a versatile spread for breakfast or leftovers!
How do you sweeten homemade cranberry sauce?
We used a combination of naturally sweet apples, orange juice, honey and coconut sugar!
How long does homemade cranberry sauce last?
Homemade cranberry sauce will last quite a while, so this makes it a great make-ahead part of your holiday feast! We’d recommend using it within 7-10 days after making for optimal freshness, but it could very well last longer. For Thanksgiving it might make sense to make the cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! You can serve it cold or you can re-heat gently in a pot over low heat.
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This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no added sugar and is my all-time favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, and is so delicious! It’s filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices that will make you’re home smell heavenly.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)
While studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst I found a serious love for apple butter thanks to frequent visits to Judie’s Restaurant. Back before I changed my diet I would enjoy the giant popovers they served slathered with the most delicious apple butter.
It has been a while since I’ve been there, but I haven’t forgotten that apple butter and realized it was time to create a recipe of my own that wasn’t loaded with refined sugar. While I won’t be enjoying this apple butter on top of popovers anymore, rest assured there are plenty of ways to enjoy it, with this, on top of these, over these or with the biscuits in my book. But really, it’s amazing just by the spoonful.
There are loads of other apple butter recipes out there, some with long cooking time and some with short. I really feel like the longer and slower the cook, the more depth of flavor the apple butter has, so a 2-hour version just has never cut it for me. But aside from the prep and the finishing touches, this recipe is relatively hands-off and can even be done overnight.
How Do You Know When Apple Butter is Done?
You want the apple butter to be dark in color and quite thick, thick enough that when you pick it up by the spoonful it mounds on the spoon instead of dripping off.
Put everything in slow cooker. The cider or juice should not overpower apples. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch, place into a pot on the stove over medium-low heat and let simmer until thick.
Let cool, store in jars in the fridge for up to 1 week unless canning.
-If not as thick as you'd like, transfer to pot and cook over medium heat until thickens (use a lid, it will splatter)
-Very thick and spreadable. Perfect top spread on toast, or to top your favorite oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles!
Make it last a year! How to can this apple butter using the Water Bath Canning Method:
Heat water in a large, deep saucepot equipped with a lid. If you have a canning rack or a cooling cake rack, place the rack at the bottom of your saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil) and carefully submerge your jars along with their lids for about 5 minutes or until warm. Make sure water is inside your jars to keep them submerged.
Carefully remove the jars and lids from the warm water with tongs and place on a cooling rack set over a kitchen towel. Pour the apple butter into each jar using a funnel, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the jam and that the rim of the jar is clean before securing the lid.
Cover your saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Submerge the tightly closed jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes.
Take your saucepan off the heat and allow your jars to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
Carefully take your jars out of the hot water and place on a paper towel. Check jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up and down when pressing the middle of the jar.
Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year! Once opened make sure to store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
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Football season is here! Do you entertain? Go out weekly for games? It is such a tempting time to sit around with friends, drinking and eating all sorts of delicious, yet unhealthy foods. These clean eating game day recipes will be a hit with everyone. Here are Healthy Game Day Recipes that are perfect for Football entertaining!
Healthy Game Day Recipes
Game Day Appetizers
Appetizers are a game day must! These cleaned up appetizers are perfect, delicious, and indulgent in a guilt-free way!
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, and Gluten-free. Use Ghee or Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in the sauce to make this recipe Whole30 approved)
This paleo-friendly, SUPER EASY, Raspberry Peach Crumble is the perfect healthy Summer treat! Packed with Summer fruit, just the right amount of tartness, and so so flavorful! It will definitely be a staple for Summer gatherings with friends and family!
Raspberry Peach Crumble
I like to top this with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream, but it is equally as delicious all on its own! Grain-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, and so so simple to make!
I’ve been wanting to come up with a clean and healthy, paleo-friendly crumble for some time now and I definitely hit the money with this one. Aside from the amazing taste, this dessert is loaded with nutrients! Filled with fresh organic fruit, ground flax, and topped with a blend of raw nuts = fruit crumble perfection!
Can I use other fruit?
Yes! This recipe is very customizable. Sub in your favorite fruit!
When I think of summer I think of fresh fruit, delicious summer meals, and being outdoors with friends and family. What is a better addition to that combination than a healthy treat filled with delicious berries?
Add this to your weekend brunch spread, or pack it away for Summer potlucks and it will definitely be a crowd pleaser again and again!
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In a medium mixing bowl, combine sliced peaches, raspberries, cinnamon, flax, and honey. Mix until well combined.
Grease desired baking dish and pour in the peach and raspberry mixture.
Combine topping ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Mix with a fork until crumbly.
Pour crumble mixture evenly over fruit.
Bake for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and fruit is hot and bubbly.
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This easy Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe is the perfect creamy and flavorful smoothie to add to your morning routine! It uses leftover coffee or cold brew, and is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and SO delicious.
Coffee Banana Smoothie
Looks like summer is here and I am certainly ready! I started off my day with a refreshing shake that contains my morning coffee, protein, and healthy fats (don’t be afraid of fats, you guys!). Oh, and it was DELICIOUS.
This smoothie is a hit with everyone who makes it! To build a perfect smoothie, you want it to be nutrient dense, creamy, and not super thin.
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Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
Optional: Handful of ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
Blend until creamy.
Taste and add additional sweetener if needed.
*If your shake isn't thick enough for your liking, add the optional ice.
**Photos updated April, 2017.
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