These roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon are going to be your new favorite Whole30-friendly side dish
This post is sponsored by our friends at Pederson’s Natural Farms
Bacon and Brussels and Garlic, oh my!
Whether you’re in the midst of a Whole30 or not, you’re going to love these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. And not just any bacon — we’re talking about uncured, nitrate/nitrite-free and sugar-free hickory smoked bacon. Real bacon, with all it’s fatty bits that make everything all smoky and salty and irresistible.
Sugar-free bacon now available in grocery stores
Have you ever noticed how it’s nearly impossible to find sugar-free bacon in your local store? Previously, I’ve either had to order my Whole30-approved bacon online or make my own (which let me just say this, isn’t the most efficient use of my time these days). That is, until now! I’m so excited to introduce you to the sugar-free hickory smoked bacon from Pederson’s Natural Farms. I get mine from Natural Grocer’s and Sprout’s here in Colorado but you can find your local retailer using their store locator here: Find Pederson’s Natural Farms Products Here
Not only is this bacon sugar-free, it’s also free of added nitrites and nitrates, is MSG and gluten-free and the pork used to make the bacon is humanely raised. This is a really big selling point for me because I like to be able to look my food in the eye and when I can’t, I want to know that the animal was raised on a farm that’s self-sustaining and good stewards of the land. It’s also important to me that the meat I consume has been allowed to live a good life, free of stress, eating it’s natural diet with access to fresh air and the outdoors and without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. That’s exactly what I’m getting when I serve up a plate of Pederson’s Natural Farms bacon to my family – and for me, that’s the next best thing to buying from my local farmer.
Brussels for the nutrition win!
Brussels sprouts, a member of the cabbage family, are a great source of vitamins C and K. And they’re also a good source of folate, manganese, fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus,vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in antioxidant and phytochemicals and have been shown, like other cruciferous vegetables, to have anti-cancer properties.
They also taste delicious and even more so when roasted with plenty of garlic and bacon so let’s do this!
Remove any damaged or tough outer leaves from the sprouts, trimming the bottoms if necessary and cutting them in half. Place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Add sliced red onions and garlic. Drizzle with avocado oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle uncooked bacon and salt and pepper over all.
Place pan in oven and roast, baby, roast until delightfully crisp and lightly caramelized.
Serve and prepare to fall in love.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
These tiny cabbages are turn into something magical with the addition of crisp, salty bacon and they’re an easy side dish for any meal.
- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 1 Tbsp avocado oil
- 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 slices uncooked sugar-free bacon (such as Pederson’s Natural Farms), thinly sliced
- Sea salt & black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400℉.
- Place trimmed Brussels sprouts on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Add sliced red onions and garlic. Drizzle with avocado oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle uncooked bacon and salt and pepper over all.
- Place in oven and roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until Brussels are tender and bacon is cooked through.
- Remove from oven and serve.
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- Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
- Calories: 187
- Fat: 15g
- Sodium: 337mg
- Carbohydrate: 10g
- (Fiber: 4g
- Sugar: 0g)
- Protein: 6g
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