Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Hi all,

Good afternoon, I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Today I want to share a recipe of mine that is super simple, super delicious and super healthy! This is a recipe that I LOVE to make pretty much any day, any season, any time. Unfortunately, most of the time it is difficult to find organic Brussel sprouts so when I do find the organic kind I go crazy! Like 4-5 bags crazy ha ha!

In this recipe I use flavored balsamic vinegar. A few years ago a shopping center near my home had an olive oil company open in one of their small shops. The first time I saw it I didn’t think much of it because I personally don’t use a ton of olive oil. One day I stumbled in and checked the place out to find they had EVERY flavored balsamic vinegar under the sun! I went a little crazy sampling balsamic vinegar because I LOVE balsamic and use it on everything! This was the start of a new and BEAUTIFUL relationship!

Today I stop in every few months and grab some of my favorite flavors as well as try out all the new flavors they add. One of my all-time favorite is a lavender flavored balsamic and on the lighter side a champagne white balsamic that has a bit of a fizz sensation to it! So unique and delicious!

If you have a local olive oil company I strongly urge you to check it out! You seriously won’t believe how many amazing flavors there are! If you are ever in Albuquerque take a stop into ABQ Olive Oil Company they truly are the best.

Here we go for the recipe. Once you find those, round, green beauties at the grocery store give this Brussel recipe a go.

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Brussel Beauties I had the other day with a Foodies Griller Burger. YUM
Ingredients:

As many Brussel sprouts as you desire

1 tbs agave (or honey)

3 tbs flavored balsamic vinegar

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425. Wash sprouts and cut them all in half and throw them into a large bowl. Mix the agave and vinegar and pour over sprouts. Mix ingredients until the Brussel sprouts are fully coated. If you desire more sauce mix it up 1:3. In a glass baking sheet spread the sprouts out and pop them in the oven for 25 min. Peak in a add time if needed until they are slightly toasted and tender. These are AMAZING on the grill too! Enjoy!

Vegan Nice Cream Recipe

Recipe Time! Since transitioning to a plant-based diet over 6 years ago I quickly learned that you have to be creative when it comes to cooking meals! All the time, every day, constantly trying new things. Which is great because you learn how to season and cook so many different, delicious and healthy foods that you can add to your vegan repertoire. If you’re not being creative you find you are eating a lot of the same boring beans, salads, soups etc. and nobody wants that.

If you’re anything like me the simpler the better! Sometimes we just don’t have the time to cook an amazing complicated meal but we still want the AMAZING! Don’t get me wrong I like to get a little crazy in the kitchen every now and then but on the daily, healthy, simple and delicious are just want I need.

For those of you out there with a sweet tooth this is the PERFECT simple, healthy, and delicious recipe! Vegan Nice Cream. Just like regular ice cream but a nicer plant-based version ;). The best part is it’s made from frozen bananas! It really doesn’t get any healthier than that!

I know what you’re thinking…” frozen banana ice cream? Come on, when I want ice cream I’m craving junk! This can’t possibly satisfy that craving.” Oh, but it can! And it will. I cannot tell you how many skeptical, dairy-loving, people I have made this for who later became Nice Cream believers! So, what have you got to lose? You might just gain a healthy ice cream alternative you can enjoy totally guilt-free!!!

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Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

3 Frozen Bananas (freeze without the peel!)

1 Cup Almond Milk (can use hemp, soy, coconut etc.)

Add-ins of your choice!

Today I chose to add a half scoop of Growing Naturals Organic Rice Protein in Chocolate and some cacao nibs

Other options: frozen or fresh berries, peanut butter, graham crackers, nuts, mint extract and chocolate chips, coconut flakes, espresso, the possibilities are endless!!

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Method:

Place bananas, nut milk, and add-ins you intend to puree into the nice cream into a blender. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop the blender periodically and mix with a spatula to ensure all banana chunks get blended. Pour into a bowl, top with additional goodies, and enjoy!

Those interested in the macros of 1/2 this recipe: Calories: 250 Carbs: 50 Protein: 9 Fat: 3.5 perfect fit into the high-carb, plant-based diet!

This seriously takes 5 minutes if you freeze the bananas ahead of time. When my bananas start to turn from perfect to kind of squishy that’s about the time I place them into the “To Be Nice Cream” freezer bin and they are ready for the next time I’m craving sweets!

Hope you enjoyed the recipe! Try it out and let me know how it goes! If you have some awesome Nice Cream recipes I’d love to hear about them!

Have a beautiful day!

 

Andrea B Fit