Maple Roasted Brussels 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 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 Bacon Brussels Sprouts

 

 

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!!!!!


Brussel sprouts with maple syrup

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Roasted Chicken Dinner (SO EASY!!!!)

This Roasted Chicken Dinner recipe is the perfect one-pan-meal. The tender and juicy chicken is roasted with garlic and herbs and the accompanying vegetables are baked underneath the chicken. It’s a hands-off meal that is easy to prep, so satisfying and versatile as it can be made with any veggies you have on hand. Made in partnership with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic!

roast chicken dinner

Roasted Chicken Dinner

Look no further, this is your dinner tonight! This Roasted Chicken Dinner is such an essential recipe that everybody should have in their back pocket! It features a bunch of in-season vegetables roasted with garlic underneath an herb and butter chicken that is made easy with hands-off roasting and can be made for a weeknight dinner or a dressed up for a fancy meal. Sometimes simple is the best, and this classic recipe is it.

I love this because you can also customize with whatever vegetables you have on hand. Here we used the classic combo of carrots, potatoes and onions (which caramelize and add a special layer of flavor) but really you can use any seasonal vegetables like fennel, parsnips or butternut squash!

roast chicken dinner recipe

What is the best way to roast a whole chicken?

We love to roast the chicken and the fixins all in the same pan! It’s easy prep and easy clean up. Simply:

  1. Add vegetables to the bottom of the pan with oil and salt.
  2. Prepare the chicken by removing giblets and excess fat, season and place in pan.
  3. Bake!

how long to bake a whole chicken

I am so happy to partner with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic to bring you today’s whole Roasted Chicken Dinner recipe! SVO is my go-to trusted chicken company because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality chicken grown on family-owned farms.

Their chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! Pretty cool if you ask me!

roast chicken with vegetablesUse their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you! Plus, I just love the taste of this chicken! It’s just superior!

How do I season my roast chicken?

We went with classic flavors of herb and butter! We used the herbs from my garden: sage, thyme and scallion. We also went heavy on the garlic with 9 whole cloves both on the chicken and with the vegetables. And of course, lots of salt and pepper.

We use butter in this recipe, but if you are dairy free give it a try to use avocado oil in it’s place.

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Roasted Chicken Dinner

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 01:10 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 425º F.
    2. Place the potatoes, 8 garlic cloves, onion, and carrots, in a large cast iron pan or roasting pan. Toss with avocado oil, salt, pepper and spread out on pan. Make a small hole in the middle for the chicken to be placed. 
    3. Prepare the butter spread by finely chopping 1 teaspoon of both the fresh thyme and the sage, and 1 tablespoon of the scallion, and mincing 1 garlic clove. In a small bowl add fresh herbs, garlic and softened butter to combine.
    4. To prepare the chicken remove the giblets and remove any excess fat or feathers. Salt and pepper both the outside and the inside of the chicken. add remaining scallions, thyme and sage to the cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place chicken in the middle of the vegetables and spread the herb butter all over the skin of the chicken.
    5. Place in the pre-heated oven and roast until chicken registers 165, or until juices run clear, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. 
    6. Let chicken rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
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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
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    How Do You Make Meat Sauce

    Lexi's Meat Sauce

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 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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    Turkey Chili (Stove-Top or Instant Pot)

    Healthier Classic Turkey Chili - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #turkey #chili #soup #intstantpot

    This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I call it healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe!

    Turkey Chili Recipe with toppingsHow to Make Turkey Chili

    The best part? You can customize this chili to your liking. Some days I’ll add more veggies based on what is in season. Make it on the stove-top, or in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! I’ve also perfected this chili to be equally delicious with or without the beans. Instant Pot directions included, and Whole30-approved!

    Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

    Ahhh… comfort food. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes. Perfect for a big party, football Sunday, or for a good weekly meal prep (tons of leftovers). The best part of the chili is you can customize to your liking, some days I’ll add more vegetables based on what’s in season! For a beanless turkey chili, and to make this Whole30 compliant, simply omit the beans! They are optional!

    Healthy Turkey Chili

    How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot

    • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
    • Add meat and cook until brown.
    • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
    • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
    • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
    • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    • Notes: If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!

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    What do you top chili with?

    • Scallions
    • Avocado Slices
    • Cheese
    • Diced Onion
    • Cilantro
    • Diced Tomatoes
    • Guacamole
    • Tortilla Chips
    • Shredded Lettuce
    • Sour Cream
    • Additional red pepper flakes if desired for heat
    • and MORE!

    Turkey Chili

    Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 03:00 Serves 6

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and sweet potato, if using, for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
    2. Add the meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring often to break up the meat.
    3. Once the meat is browned, add the water, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, salt, and all of the spices. Mix well to combine. If you are adding the beans and jalapeño, do so here.
    4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until the chili is nice and thick, about 3 hours. Add additional water during this time if you want your chili more souplike. Towards the end of the cooking time, taste and adjust spices as desired. Add additional cayenne for an extra kick, and more salt and pepper as needed.
    5. Serve garnished with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Mine are listed above.
    6. Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer.


    Recipe Notes

    • *Omit beans to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly
    • How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot
      • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
      • Add meat and cook until brown.
      • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
      • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
      • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
      • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
      • Notes:
        • If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!
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    What’s In Season: SPRING EDITION

    Spring is here!! Whether it’s still chilly where you live or beginning to warm up, the produce is coming! I always opt for using fresh, local, in-season produce, plus it can often be cheaper, so let’s take a look at the SPRING EDITION of what produce is in season!

    Broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, artichokes, all the lettuce greens, asparagus, radishes, peas, parsnips, chives, potatoes, chard, rhubarb, grapefruit, strawberries, and more! It’s a good season!

    In the next few weeks on Lexiscleankitchen.com, we’ll be sharing even more recipes to use all of the fabulous produce in abundance this season.

    What's In Season In The Spring - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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    Blueberry Chia Jam

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    Mediterranean Veggie Fritters

    Everything Bagel Topped Cauliflower Rolls

    Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

    Guacamole

    Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Radishes

    Indian Spiced Cauliflower with Chicken

    Herb Cucumber Salad

    Roasted Chicken Buddha Bowls

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    Potato, Leek, and Chard Frittata

    Blueberry Crumb Bars

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    Cauliflower Baked Ziti

    This Cauliflower Baked Ziti from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook is the perfect LOW-CARB vegetarian meal! I love the idea of using cauliflower as a lower carb and higher nutrient alternative! This dish is so creamy, dreamy, and a great gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, and vegetarian meal the kiddos will LOVE!

    I was super excited when my friend Megan from The Detoxinista’s newest book arrived! It’s filled with so many family friendly recipes that I cannot wait to make. I started with this Cauliflower Baked Ziti since we are in a grove with our Meatless Monday series! If you tolerate cheese, this recipe is for you!

    Here are a few others that I have my eye on:

    Butternut Mac n’ Cheese

    Sweet Potato Queso

    Loaded Nacho Dip

    Creamy Mushroom Soup

    Avocado Caesar Salad

    Strawberries & Cream Freezer Pops

    Frosty Chocolate Shakes

    Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    Cauliflower Baked Ziti

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:45 Yields 4

    Ingredients

    • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets and chopped
    • 2 cups pizza sauce (store-bought or homemade)
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup ricotta cheese
    • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
    • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

    Directions

    1. In a large Dutch oven, combine the cauliflower and pizza sauce and stir well to coat. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and, once at bubbling, lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot to let the cauliflower cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, grated Romano cheese, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning and salt. Set aside.
    3. After the cauliflower is tender, stir in the spinach and simmer to cook off any excess moisture in the pot, to ensure that the final result isn’t watery. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the egg and cheese mixture. Top with the shredded cheese.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes, until the eggs have set and the cheese is bubbly on top. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    Recipe Notes

    • *If you want to add meat, sauté it separately, and then add it to the mixture before baking!
    • *Make this a freezer-friendly meal: Follow steps 1-3, instead of baking it, pour the ingredients into an oven-safe dish. Cover well and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake!
    • *Adapted with permission from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook by Megan Gilmore
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