Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

This is a recipe I get asked about a TON!brussel-sprouts

Brussel spouts get a bad name, but they are delicious!  Just make sure to add bacon.  😉

But seriously, the first time I tried a single sprout was a year ago and it was because I was at my mother-in-law’s and couldn’t say no.  I went all 4 year old on her and grabbed half a sprout, to smell, lick then taste.  I was blown away at how good they were!!  How could people say they were awful?  Maybe these are sprout lovers who don’t want the rest of the world to know.  Either way, I’m tearing the cap off it.  Brussel sprouts (with bacon) are DELICIOUS!  Give them a try.

Ingredients:
3-4 pieces of bacon (regular or turkey) cooked and crumbled, fat removed
1 bag of Brussel sprouts, end cut off and sprouts cut in half or chopped (totally up to you how knife happy you get)
1 Tbsp of bacon fat or olive oil

Directions:
Warm the fat or olive oil in a skillet
Add the cut sprouts into the skillet and sauté on medium heat
Stir occasionally, but let the sprouts brown
After the sprouts are brown on at least one side, add the bacon and warm through.

Serve!

Optional:  Some people like to add a little salt, some like a little sautéed red onion and some like to add balsamic vinegar.  I like mine just like how the recipe is, but feel free to make them your own!

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Lewis Boy Wings

I need to give a shoutout to my hubs for letting me use this recipe (you can find him on Instagram at back_porch_dad).  He’s a true carnivore and LOVES wings, but about 2 years ago we made the commitment to stick to the 80/20 rule of eating clean.  Wings were one of the first recipes he had to revamp and these are goooood!

Paleo.
21 Day Fix.
Lewis Boy approved.
And just in time for Father’s Day!

Ingredients:Lewis Boy Winds
Whole wings (drumsticks and wings attached)
Cayenne powder
Crushed red pepper
Italian seasoning or oregano
Buffalo hot sauce of choice (Tabasco brand is pure paleo, but can be hard to find.  Brands like Frank’s have minimal preservatives)
Blue cheese (optional)

Directions:
Preheat grill to high heat
Dust both sides of the winds with seasonings.  I start with the coarsest seasonings first.  This prevents the cayenne powder from blocking the crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning from sticking well.
Grill on high heat until golden brown and juices are popping. (His words!)
After the wings are seared, move them to top rack to ‘bake’.  Close the lid and check and turn periodically.  Depending on the grill, this should take as long as half an hour.
When they’re done, brush on the buffalo sauce.  Let this cook onto the skin for 3-5 minutes.  Repeat once.
Remove from grill and let cool for a few minutes.  Feel free to top with blue cheese immediately after removing them from the grill if you’d like.

Happy eating!

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Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Thighs

This is way more of a meal for my husband than me.Chicken Thigh Done
I like white meat, he likes dark.
Cured meats aren’t really my thing, he makes meals out of them.
Hence prosciutto wrapped chicken thighs.
They really are very yummy and the crispy prosciutto rocks my socks off.  Soooo good!  And 21 Day Fix approved!

Ingredients:
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
8 pieces of prosciutto
Rosemary
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 c olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper

Directions:Chicken Thighs Prep
Warm oven to 350 F
In a pie dish, mix olive oil and sliced garlic.
Take one sprig of rosemary and strip it, then coarsely chop the rosemary.  Add this to the olive oil and mix well.
Cut the remaining rosemary into 8 sprigs
Take one chicken thigh and spread it flat.
Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Drudge the thigh through the olive oil mixture.  Do this with both sides.
Then place a sprig of rosemary in the middle and fold the thigh over.
Wrap the thigh in a piece of prosciutto and secure with a toothpick.
Place the thigh on a cooling rack and place the cooling rack on a baking sheet.
Continue with the remaining thighs.
If you have remaining olive oil, drizzle over the thighs.
Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.

Serve.

Chicken Thigh Recipe Card

 

 

 

 

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Southwest Egg White Omelet

An easy peasy Southwest Egg White Omelet.

It takes about 5 minutes to throw together and is loaded with yummy goodness.

Southwest Egg White Omelet
Ingredients:
3/4 c egg whites
1 c combined chopped red bell peppers, jalapeños and spinach
1 tsp coconut oil
Salsa

Directions:
Warm coconut oil in a skillet.
Meanwhile, combine egg whites, peppers and spinach in a bowl and mix.
Add the egg mixture to the skillet and cook until the eggs are no longer runny.
Fold in half and top with salsa!

Southwest Egg White Omelet

 

 

 

 

 

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Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

Poor, poor brussel sprouts.  They’ve had a bad name for far too long.

Growing up I wouldn’t touch these bad boys with a 10 foot pole, but I’m trying to make up for it now.

The first time I actually had these little verbally abused gems was at my mother-in-law’s.  I saw my life flash before my eyes when I looked in the skillet and saw them.  Do I tell her I’ve never had these before?  Can she see the fear in my eyes?  What if they cause me to gag?  Maybe I can time supper at the same time the kids start getting tired and just avoid it all together.

But I sucked it up and sat down at the supper table, fork in my hand and an extra large napkin handy.

I took my first bite with about 4 little pieces of bacon.

‘This isn’t so bad’, I thought.  ‘Let me try one more bite’.
And before I knew it I was reaching back to the skillet for more.  What the heck just happened here?!  Did I just become a brussel sprout fan?  Does that even exist?   I bet it’s an odd bunch if that does exist.  But I’m a card toting member now and actually crave them.

One thing you HAVE to remember though.  Bacon.  You can cook these a million ways, but just remember bacon.

These are a few ways I have cooked mine…

Ingredients:brussel sprouts
2 c brussel sprouts, sliced in half
3 pieces of crumbled, cooked bacon
tsp sea salt
tsp ground black pepper
This is where I change it up.
1/4 c chicken broth or
2 Tbsp coconut oil or
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or
2 Tbsp butter (not margarine.  butter)

Directions:
Pay close attention, because it gets complicated.  Not really!  It’s super easy.
Warm your choice of broth, oil or butter in a medium skillet.
Then add the brussel sprouts, bacon, sea salt and pepper.
Sautee for about 10 minutes or until the brussel sprouts start to soften and brown a little.
Serve it up.  Or just eat out of the skillet.

You can tweak this recipe a lot.  This is a very basic recipe.  Feel free to add garlic, red pepper flakes, etc.

Serves 2 adults

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Spicy Cauliflower

It’s football season, which means the beer fridge is full and all the food has a little extra kick to it.

Recently I purchased the new 21 Day Fix cookbook, Fixate.  It’s an amazing cookbook built around the program 21 Day Fix.  It includes Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free and Vegetarian recipes.  As well as cocktails!  The 21 Day Fix is all about creating a healthy lifestyle and we understand splurges are sometimes included with our lifestyle.  We just have to make them as healthy as we can.

I saw this recipe and knew I needed to give it a go.  These Spicy Cauliflower Bites were a big hit all around.

Spicy Cauliflower

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower (broken or chopped into florets)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c hot pepper sauce (we use Hooter’s 3 mile.  It’s paleo baby!)
1/3 rice vinegar
2 tsp ground chili powder
1/4 tsp ground smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp honey
2 Tbsp grass-fed butter
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Place cauliflower on baking sheet and and season with 1/4 tsp sea salt.
Bake for 20 minutes or until tender-crisp.
While cauliflower is baking, combine the hot sauce and rice vinegar.  Whisk until combined.
Add chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, honey, Worcestershire sauce, butter and remaining sea salt.  Whisk to blend.
Heat hot sauce mixture over medium heat; stirring frequently for 10 minutes or until thickened.  Set aside.
Remove cauliflower from the over and mix the hot sauce mixture and the cauliflower in a bowl.
Return the cauliflower to the cooking sheet and bake and additional 5 minutes.
Serve hot.

And there ya go!  Spiciness.

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