healthy food

Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad with Slivered Almonds

One thing I love is to try new salads that are easy and delicious for lunch. One thing I hate is to throw away food…..for any reason. So I knew I was in trouble after receiving my weekly delicious and fresh produce basket from my Co-op in Silsbee TX. I knew the Brussel Sprouts that came that week would not be a hit at my house. I love them; however, after trying them several ways for my family, I had given it up. After researching a few recipes, I decided to make my own combination for this Delicious Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Salad with Slivered Almonds.

On a Sunday afternoon, I decided to quickly put this together and make the dressing on the side which gave me three easy to go lunches for the work week. It was, convenient, inexpensive and a nice change from the regular day to day salad that can become boring.

Give it a try.

Ingredients

1 lb of raw Brussels Sprouts

6 slices of Turkey Bacon

½ cup of Slivered Almonds

2 TBS of Parmesan Cheese

Dressing:

1 TBS of Olive Oil

1 TBS of Dijon Mustard

2 TBS of Balsamic Vinegar

1 TBS of Lime Juice (you could substitute with lemon)

1 TBS of honey

Directions:

Cook bacon and chop into bite size pieces. Thinly slice Brussel Sprouts to your preference and mix in almonds, cheese and cooked bacon pieces. Mix all dressing ingredients together and store in separate container to drizzle on salad when ready to eat.

This makes 3 good servings at 315 calories and 11 gms of protein including the dressing.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Hungry for Hummus?

Chickpeas are the core ingredient to this healthy food, loaded with protein. Hummus is popular in the Middle East and is also commonly found in Mediterranean-style meals. However, it is now quite popular in the US, costs pennies to make and less than fifteen minutes of prep time. My recipe is a "mas o menos," which means more or less. Adjust the ingredients to your particular taste.

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo, with liquid

juice of 1 fresh lemon

2 T. tahini*

2 cloves of roasted garlic**

1/8 c. olive oil

salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with pita chips, raw veggies or use as a spread on a sandwich or wrap.

*Sesame seed paste can be purchased at any grocery store with a healthy food section.

**My daughter taught me to a quick-roast garlic, just place the cloves in a nonstick pan on medium heat and turn them until they're lightly browned on all sides.

Variations

Substitute any of the following for a twist:

roasted red bell pepper, roasted jalapeno, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives