Brussels, Carrot, Leek & Lentil Salad

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This salad is so so yummy, you guys! The main ingredients are in the title, so as you can see, it’s super duper healthy!

I love lentils – they make the perfect compliment to so many dishes, and they are loaded with health benefits as the following pin illustrates.

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All those health benefits, and that’s only from one ingredient in this salad! The veggies in this dish add about a gazillion more health benefits, and the only other ingredients are garlic, olive oil, plain yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and a couple of spices! So, um, yeah, nutrition overload, right?

BRUSSELS, CARROT, LEEK & LENTIL SALAD

Ingredients: makes 1 large salad or 2-3 side dishes

  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, plus 1/2 tsp. for dressing
  • 1/2 pound brussels sprouts, finely chopped or shredded
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 leek, chopped into long strips
  • 1/4 cup dry lentils
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. Hawaiian Jade Bamboo sea salt

Directions:

1.) Heat 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add the brussels, carrots, dried basil, and leeks. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables begin to sweat. Add the garlic clove and cook for 1 more minute.

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2.) Rinse and sort the lentils, then place them and the water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil.

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3.) Add the vegetables to the boiling lentils and water. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 25-30 minutes until the lentils are tender, and the water has cooked off. (It’s okay if there’s a little water still, just drain it off before transferring to a plate or bowl.)

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4.) While the lentils and veggies are cooking, make your dressing/sauce by adding the yogurt, 1/2 tsp. olive oil, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar to a small bowl. Stir to combine completely, then place in the refrigerator until the lentils and veggies are done cooking.

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5.) When the lentils and veggies are done cooking, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a bowl or plate. Top with the yogurt sauce, and stir in to combine.

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Yum, YuM, YUM! Enjoy! ūüôā

 

Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

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So, I looked up the definition of “Au Gratin”, and it says that it means sprinkled with breadcrumbs, shredded cheese, or both. ¬†Well, I don’t do bread crumbs, but um sprinkled in shredded cheese – yes…please…no really…please! ¬†I decided to get a little creative for a dinner side dish. ¬†I had some brussels sprouts, so I made my own rendition of Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin…however, I think this could easily be called brussels sprouts with homemade cheese sauce and cheese. ¬†Au Gratin makes it sound so much more fancy though, don’t you think?

Of course, I used all goats milk cheeses and other healthy ingredients, so even though it tastes like cheese heaven, it’s actually quite good for you! ¬†Especially since the main ingredient is brussels sprouts. ¬†These guys are full of healthy benefits!

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That’s just 14 of the health benefits of this tiny little cabbage! ¬†Anyway, a cheesy treat that has all these health benefits? ¬†Like I said…um, yes…please. ¬†Let’s get to the recipe!

BRUSSELS SPROUTS AU GRATIN

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts, washed, ends chopped off, and halved
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided, plus more for greasing a pan
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp. brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1 cup shredded hard goat cheese, divided
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8 x 11 baking dish with olive oil.  Add the prepared brussels sprouts, top with 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil and garlic granules.  Toss to coat.  Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  Remove from oven and stir/turn the sprouts.  Put back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

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2.) While the brussels sprouts are baking, heat the remaining 1/2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan.  Add the onion, and cook till onions are soft (about 4 minutes).  Add the flour and stir for 1 minute to coat the onions.  Add the almond milk and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.  The sauce will begin to thicken slightly.

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3.) Add the 2 oz. of soft goat cheese and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese to the sauce and stir until the cheese is completely incorporated in the sauce and it is smooth.  This will thicken the sauce even more.

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4.) Top the brussels sprouts with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the fresh thyme and a bit of sea salt.  Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

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5.) Place the dish back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.  When done, transfer to a plate, season with sea salt and pepper, and serve.

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Au Gratin!!! ¬†Yum! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Delicious Brussels Sprouts

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Delicious Brussels Sprouts – wait, Delicious? ¬†Brussels Sprouts? ¬†What? ¬†Those aren’t usually two things that you would associate with each other, BUT if you prepare your brussels sprouts like I’m about to show you, you will wonder how you could have lived your life without these in it! ¬†Well, maybe not that dramatic, but you will LOVE this dish! ¬†It’s seriously SO yum-a-licious! ¬†I got the idea from the following pin that has a recipe for slow cooked brussels sprouts.

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I changed it up by using just olive oil and no butter or vegetable oil. ¬†I also used red onion instead of shallots. ¬†I could seriously eat these things all day long, which is great, because it’s no secret that brussels sprouts are fantastic for you! ¬†Some of their health benefits include the following.

  • Lowers Cholesterol – the high fiber content of brussels sprouts aids in lowering cholesterol
  • High in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Folate – this fact makes brussels sprouts great for boosting the immune system, preventing cataracts, and great for heart health.
  • High in antioxidants – protect against oxidative stress on cells
  • Great for digestions –¬†protects our stomach lining by obstructing the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori
  • Cancer prevention –¬†fights against and even prevents various cancers, including bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate, and ovarian cancer.
  • Anti-inflammatory – helps to¬†regulate our body’s inflammatory responses.
  • Cardiovascular health –¬†prevents and even possibly help reverse blood vessel damage.
  • High in Vitamin K – This vitamin is essential for healthy brain and nervous system health.

All this healthiness in this tiny little bite size vegetable – no wonder why health experts are always telling us to eat our brussels sprouts! ¬†This recipe makes for a great side dish, or if you have a very large serving, it can also serve as a lunch. ¬†Either way, you won’t be disappointed by adding it to your menu!

DELICIOUS BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Ingredients: 2 servings

  • 1-2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Add Brussels sprouts and cook for about 3 minutes browning all over by stirring and shaking pan often.

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2.) Remove brussels sprouts from pan, and reduce the heat to low/medium.  Using the same pan, add 1/2 Tbsp. Olive oil.  Add the onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.

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3.) Add the brussels sprouts back to the pan.  Add the garlic powder, sea salt, and chicken broth.  Cover with a lid and cook for 20-25 minutes until the brussels sprouts are tender.

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4.) Transfer to a plate, and let cool for about 2-5 minutes, then serve.

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Yes, DELICIOUS brussels sprouts!!! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

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