Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

I was never a fan of brussels sprouts until about a year ago, and now I can’t get enough! This is a great Fall side dish. It combines savory and sweet tastes to adhere to just about anyone’s liking!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. brussels sprouts, halved & outer leaves removed
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 4 strips nitrate-free bacon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Halve brussels sprouts and remove outer leaves
  3. Line baking pan with foil
  4. Toss brussels sprouts with oil, salt, and pepper
  5. Roast, stirring mid-way, for 20-25 minutes until caramelized and tender
  6. While roasting, cook bacon using desired method (oven, microwave, or skillet), let cool and set aside
  7. When brussels sprouts are done, heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet and transfer them to the skillet
  8. Pour 1 tbsp maple syrup over the brussels sprouts and toss to coat evenly with a wooden spoon
  9. Let cook for 3 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring often
  10. Taste and add the 2nd tbsp maple, based on desired taste (I didn’t find it needed it)
  11. Sprinkle bacon and extra Himalayan sea salt on top and serve hot

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Benefits of Brussels Sprouts:

  • Full of antioxidants
  • Good source of fiber
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Good source of folic acid
  • Fights inflammation

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Italian-Style Mini Meatloaves

Italian meatloaf, loaded with veggies, spices, and delicious sauce… A great variation on a meat dish, right? I thinks so, especially when made into a mini-size that is the perfect serving of protein! The trouble I have always found is that many meatloaf recipes contain bread/breadcrumbs, sugar and other ingredients that make them not an ideal recipe for clean eaters or the allergy-friendly folk. I bring you an Italian-style meatloaf that clean, allergy-friendly, and is bursting with flavor!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (jar or homemade)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs or flour of choice, I used organic non-gmo corn meal

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease mini meatloaf pan (or muffin pan)
  3. In a small skillet, heat oil and garlic, sauté onion and mushrooms until translucent
  4. In a bowl, combine beef, veggies, spices, egg, and 1/4 the tomato sauce, mix well
  5. Fill meatloaf pan/muffin pan to the top with meatloaf mixture
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked through
  7. Let cool, and serve with the remaining tomato sauce on top
  8. Optional: garnish with fresh parmesan and fresh basil

Serve with your favorite roasted vegetables on the side!

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Maple-Infused Protein Waffles with Caramelized Bananas

I absolutely love my protein pancake batter and all the things it can become! Today I altered them into maple-infused waffles and topped it with delicious caramelized bananas. A perfect Saturday morning breakfast.
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Ingredients: (serves 1-2 people)

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (or flour of choice
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Optional Maple Infusion: 1 tsp pure organic maple syrup

Caramelized Banana:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp raw local honey
  • Dash of cinnamon

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Directions:

Waffles:

  1. Mix ingredients together into a bowl
  2. Grease waffle maker
  3. Pour in batter
  4. Cook until done, transfer to plate, and add desired toppings

Caramelized Bananas:

  1. Heat butter/oil in skillet
  2. Add sliced bananas and drizzle with honey
  3. Mix and cook until golden brown and syrupy, about 5 minutes
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top

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Maple Infused Protein Waffles with Caramelized Bananas | Lexiscleankitchen.com #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

 

Ecojarz GIVEAWAY!

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The Product:

ecojarz-mason-jar-lids

Why I love it:

I use mason jars regularly; to drink my smoothies/protein shakes from, and even to use as a bowl for my smoothie and homemade granola parfaits. When I came across EcoJarz, I had an “aha” moment, it just makes so much sense! I mean, yes, I can bring my smoothie in a mason jar on my commute to work, but how would I drink from it in the car? Their lids have made it so easy for me to bring my breakfast smoothies/shakes with me on the road! The other great feature is that these lids fit a variety of different jars that you use daily in your home, so save those jars!

Banana Mocha Protein Smoothie | Lexiscleankitchen.comThese drink tops are made of high-quality stainless-steel with an FDA silicone gasket to prevent spills and leaks and fit standard mouth mason/canning jars. By using materials such as Glass, Ceramic, Stainless Steel and Silicone you are protecting yourself from many harmful compounds and toxins such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates. Materials such as Glass, Silicone and Stainless Steel are best suited for contact with food and beverages because of their lack of reactivity.  This means that you can use and reuse them again and again and they will put nothing harmful into your food!

Now, How do you enter? There are two ways you can enter!

  1. On Facebook:
    1. Go ‘like’ Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and Ecojarz Pages on Facebook
    2. On Lexi’s Clean Kitchen’s wall, write: Enter me to win the giveaway! (Or a nice message of your choice), and while you’re there, share this photo with your friends, too!
  2. On Instagram
    1. Go Follow @Lexiscleankitchen and @ecojarz on Instagram
    2. Share the giveaway photo and tag @lexiscleankitchen and #lckgiveaway!

Easy as that!

US only, winners will be chosen at random on August 7th at 6PM EST

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Paleo Burger Bites

Burger Bites are the perfect appetizer for a night entertaining with friends, or for that Sunday football game. The options are endless (think seafood, chicken, turkey, and vegetarian options) and everyone will love trying all the different variations.

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Lexi’s Variations:

  • Pizza Burger Bites
    • Grass-fed beef
    • Homemade tomato sauce
    • Fresh parmesan (can omit and sub a favorite vegetable)
    • Roasted Eggplant
    • Fresh basil
  • Mediterranean Burger Bites
    • Grass-fed beef
    • Sun-dried tomatoes
    • Caramelized onion
    • Sautéed spinach
    • Cucumber Buns
  • All-American Burger Bites
    • Grass-fed beef
    • Chicken Sausage
    • Tomato
    • Lettuce
    • Bacon
    • Sweet Potato Buns
    • Drizzled in homemade honey mustard
  • Taco Burger Bites
    • Grass-fed beef
    • Homemade Guacamole 
    • Lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Salsa
  • Thai Burger Lettuce Wrap Bites
    • Grass-fed beef infused with garlic, coconut aminos, and sriracha
    • Grilled onion
    • Roasted Eggplant
    • Wrapped in bib lettuce

Burger Bites Appetizers | Lexiscleankitchen.com

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Basic Hamburger Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. grass-fed beef
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp organic corn meal (or breadcrumbs of choice)
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Optional: 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well
  2. Form into bite-size patties (balls) and place on greased grill/grill pan
  3. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through to your liking

Putting Together Burger Bites:

  1. On a plate, place bite-size burger patties
  2. Add desired topping and pin a toothpick through to hold the ‘bite’ together
  3. Serve hot with desired dipping sauces

Burger Bites Appetizers | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Burger Bites Appetizers | Lexiscleankitchen.com