Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

It’s the time of the year when Brussels sprouts are at their peak, and my three kids and I really like them! As you know, Bacon makes anything taste  better, so these Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are at the top of our Brussels sprout side dish list. This recipe is a great side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays or anytime during the week. Brussels sprouts only have 28 calories in a 1/2 cup. They are a good source of fiber and low in carbohydrates (only 6 grams in 1/4 cup). Brussels sprouts provide you with 20 essential vitamins and minerals. A ½ cup serving provides 48 mg of vitamin C, and 604 IU of vitamin A, which supports healthy eyesight. Brussels sprouts provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin K for men, and 91 percent of the daily value for women which may help strengthen your bones. Brussels sprouts, along with other cruciferous vegetables, contain isothiocyanates, which  helps prevent cancer and also may reduce your risk of heart attack.

Beetroot, Goat Cheese Hazelnut Tart

Beets are so incredibly healthy, and one of my favorite root vegetables. Just 3 baby beets equals one serving of your 5 vegetables and fruits you should have a day. They are also so versatile in cooking, and I love them in this Beetroot Goat Cheese and Hazelnut Tart. This recipe is very simple to prepare, and it makes a show-stopping appetizer or side dish. It’s perfect for holiday season entertaining. Check out LoveBeets which are ready-to-eat, cooked beets. You can find them in your local grocery such as Whole Foods Market. They make life so much easier, and they taste so fresh.

Here are just a few of their powerful health benefits.

1. Beets are one of the richest sources of folic acid essential for normal tissue growth.

2. Research has showed that beets can help lower blood pressure and blood sugar.

3. Beets have been said to lessen chances of skin and lung cancer.

4. The high iron content in beets helps fight fatigue and anemia.

5. Beets contain high amounts of Boron which is related to production of human sex hormones, thus increasing sex drive. 

Brussels Sprouts-Tomato Salad

I love Brussels Sprouts this time of year, and I was so excited about a new way to serve them in this Brussels Sprouts-Tomato Salad. This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or your weeknight dinner, and it’s a cinch, flavorful and pretty. It was featured in the November issue of Birmingham Magazine and on NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” this month so it’s quite the popular Brussels Sprouts recipe. I even got two out of three of my kids to try it, and honestly, they liked it a lot!

Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole

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I made this on Thanksgiving, and it was quite the hit. Fresh green beans, shallots and panko breadcrumbs take ordinary Green Bean Casserole to a new level. It’s perfect for Christmas and anytime of the year. No one will believe it’s so low in fat.

Fall Carrot Souffle: Great Rosh Hashanah and Holiday Side Dish

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My sister, Julie, got this recipe from a wonderful cook in town, Ellen Sokol. It’s perfect for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah coming up this weekend. It’s so similar to a sweet potato casserole, and it’s a great substitute for Thanksgiving or Christmas if you want something different this year. To make it a bit lighter, add egg whites for the eggs and cut the butter to 3/4 cup. It’s really delicious, and it’s a great way to get your kids to eat carrots.