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Bacon brussel sprouts & preparing for the holiday season

Bacon brussel sprouts for the win! If you’re still unsure of these little baby cabbages, this recipe will win you over. I never liked brussel sprouts growing up. One time when I was younger and my mom was out of town, my dad tried to make us some from a can and that became the first and last time for those. Once you know how to cook fresh sprouts, it’s a game changer. Scroll down for the recipe and enjoy! 

Do you ever have weeks that are so overly stressful you start to question your path and purpose in life? Probably not, but I’m having (been having) one of those moments! I think lack of sleep is to blame, but they are the worst. Especially when you have all the things to do, but just want to come home from work, lie in bed, eat cookies and watch Netflix.

I have to laugh. Now that Halloween is over, everyone is talking about Christmas. For which I have to say, get on my level. I have been organizing my Christmas playlist, gifts and wrapping ideas for the last two months. I’m straight-up Mrs. Claus over here. 

I love the holiday season. Seriously love it. I will take all the freezing temps, icy roads and heating bills if it meant the holidays could last a little longer. I don’t know what it is – the togetherness, the food, the smells, give me all of it – all the time. 

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things in the upcoming weeks again this year to hopefully spur some gift giving inspiration. I’m also on the lookout for some healthy treats to give to coworkers and coaches. Any ideas? My first thought was paleo dipped marshmallows? Wrapped all cute and dainty? Do people even like marshmallows? I don’t think I’d necessarily be thrilled to receive a giant marshmallow… but maybe that’s just me? To be determined… 

And for that bacon brussel sprouts recipe. These are buttery, salty and full of flavor. A perfect side dish to any holiday meal. 

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Looking for more holiday eats and treats? Check out my raw paleo pumpkin cheesecake or my harvest stuffed squash! 

Bacon Brussel Sprouts
The perfect salty, buttery side to any holiday meal
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups brussel sprouts
  2. 1 package of organic bacon
  3. 4 green onion stalks
  4. 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
  5. Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large roasting pan, line bacon strips side-by-side and place in heated oven.
  3. Cook bacon for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired crispiness (I like mine crispy)
  4. While bacon cooks, slice brussel sprouts and chop green onions. Set aside.
  5. Remove bacon from oven and set bacon on paper towels to absorb extra grease. (Keep the leftover bacon fat in the pan)
  6. Toss the brussel sprouts and green onions into roasting pan and toss them together with the leftover bacon fat. Add an additional 1-3 tbs of olive or coconut oil if brussel sprouts are not evenly coated by bacon fat.
  7. Sprinkle sea salt over sprouts.
  8. Place back into the oven for 30-40 minutes. Toss one time at half way point.
  9. After 30-40 minutes and brussel sprouts have browned and crisped, remove from oven.
  10. Place in serving dish and crush cooked bacon over top hot brussel sprouts.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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