We are creatures of habit. When we find something we like we don't change. Brussel sprouts and the way we prepare them is a prime example. Our normal preparation is clean, cut, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and roast in the oven. If we are feeling crazy we might add a little bacon, balsamic or galic. I've learned to not mess with Laura's brussels!
This past weekend we did a Chrismtas dinner with my side of the family and my mom had found some beautiful brussel sprouts. I've tried exposing to my family to brussels before and other than my mom and sister in laws haven't had much luck. So I figured what the heck let's try something different in the hopes they will try it. It got a couple more to try but I don't know if I turned them to be brussel fans.
This recipe was simply inspired by what was in the kitchen. We had brought some fresh pecans home from Texas. We had an orange that we didn't eat on our flight up to Minnesota and I had saved some bacon grease from our breakfast that morning!
The orange definitely livened the dish up quite a bit and pecans added a nice texture contrast, so I would say this is a win and we would love to hear what you think if you make it yourself.
One variation you could certainly try would be to add bacon to the dish. We didn't since we had it for breakfast that morning. But if you wanted to, just chop and cook the bacon in your skillet until the fat is rendered out, remove the bacon and start the brussel sprout process listed below. Then just re-add the bacon pieces the same time as the pecans.
We all know Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up...and we think it's just assumed that we have to eat all the food and give up any results we may have gained. WHY oh WHY do we do this to ourselves? Why do we just throw our hands up in the air and simply surrender to ALL THE FOOD that's going to be around? Thinking that we have to eat it simply because it's there....like it's not going to be around ever again.
You don't have to. You CAN enjoy the holidays without gaining 10 lbs...seriously. I know the temptations are there but do you really want to get to January 2nd feeling sluggish, crappy, your clothes not fitting and with a huge mountain to climb?? I know I don't. That's why I'm committing to the following things and I wanted to share them with you so you could incorporate them into your holiday plans as well!
Lastly...the holidays are meant to be enjoyed! It's a time to bring people together for community, love, joy....and food has a way of doing that! We don't want you constantly worrying about what temptations are going to be around so we would never advocate for avoiding events altogether. Isolating yourself is never the answer. LIFE IS MEANT TO BE LIVED and ENJOYED....but we truly believe you can do that without gorging yourself either!! It's about BALANCE!
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