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Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts

growing up – brussel sprouts were definitely on my list of most hated foods…

they were usually boiled or steamed (i think) and generally disgusting…

as you get older – things change, and you begin to explore different ways of cooking things…

brussel sprouts came back into light a few years ago… with all these sites saying — i know you hated them growing up by try them this way!!!

and so we did … a couple years ago… tried them roasted and then tried them grilled… no.

still. no.

then i thought i would give them another try…

i found a few recipes and modified/combined them…

and …. it’s SO good!!! husband doesn’t like it so much — but i’m totally in love!!!

here goes:

 

1 lb of brussel sprouts – bottoms cut off and cut in half
4 pieces of bacon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp maple syrup — REAL maple syrup none of that HFCS crap
enough garlic for your liking
salt to taste

(see super simple list!)

pan fry up your bacon and save most of the grease… you’ll know if you have too much… but don’t get rid of it all (I never said this was a healthy recipe)
set bacon aside to drain
throw in your cut up brussel sprouts and stir around a bit to coat them in that deliciously unhealthy grease… let it cook for about 10 minutes… maybe longer depending on how green your brussels are – (how hard they are)
throw in the cranberries and stir around some more
cut up your bacon and throw that in with the garlic and then pour in your maple syrup
taste it… you know you want to — add some salt if you like…
now… this tastes REALLLY good… it really does… but i was thinking ya know… it needs a little kick… something to sass it up a bit…

on my counter i happen to have a bottle of Bragg Organic Unfiltered Raw Apple Cider Vinegar…
it’s zingy… i thought it might give it the kick i was looking for
BEST DECISION EVER!!! i know it’s not listed in the ingredients — b/c the first time i made this – i didn’t use it… you could also probably throw in some balsamic vinegar or another flavored vinegar and have it taste just as good…

stir around and continue to let the flavors meld together and possibly even brown some of the brussels…
cook until desired doneness

serve.

enjoy

repeat!

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ACV & Me

acv

so, a couple weeks ago i read a post that a friend had put on her facebook page touting the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
everyone knows that acv is good for so many different things…
i’m all for trying new things now and again…
i happen to have tried some acv in orange juice a couple times…
it gives it a KICK… but it never really did anything for me…
this friend said that she puts it in her tea…
hmmmmm. i drink tea.
ALL.
THE.
TIME.
so i decided to start doing that…
unfortunately it wasn’t doing much for me… ((read: anything))
i looked more into it and found that i should be using unfiltered, raw acv… which definitely is NOT the heinz brand that i have a gallon of… so i saw some at the store and picked it up ((see pic above))
and i’ve been drinking it almost every day in tea and today i tried it in some water with a dash of agave nectar & some cinnamon … that is actually pretty damn tasty!!!
and here’s my rundown – i can’t vouch for it boosting your energy levels b/c mine are so wonky b/c of my stupid schedule…
what i CAN vouch for is that it suppresses my appetite…
now any one who knows me knows that i get hungry at ridiculous times … and i’m hungry more often than i’m not… ((which DOES NOT make sense cuz i eat all the damn time!!)) well, since i’ve started this- i’ve noticed that i’m not nearly as hungry as often!! and when i DO eat – i eat considerably less than normal…
this weekend i skipped out on it and both days i was a lot hungrier than normal…
this hasn’t contributed to any significant weight loss as of yet, but… i only got it mid week last week…
so here’s hoping!!! and here’s also hoping that when i’m back on days it definitely boosts my energy!!

if you’re going to try it – make sure you try the unfiltered type – the Bragg’s brand that I got was not very expensive — i’m pretty sure it was less than $4…

good luck!!

BBQ Chicken in the Crockpot

so . . . i needed something for dinner this evening that i could make quite easily since i worked at 7:30 . . . and i knew d had things planned for tonight… so i knew i wouldn’t have time to actually cook things…and i know it’s summer… kinda…barely… but… the crockpot — painless… and doesn’t heat up the kitchen like an oven does – altho it’s pretty damn cold in my apartment… ALL THE TIME…d keeps it at 72.. which sounds great right?!? but. no, sometimes it’s freeeeezing !!!!!!!!!!
so anyways..
chicken.
crockpot.
recipe.
hmmmm
bbq chicken?? yes!
but most of them called for beer… and right now i don’t have any except the one i’m saving to make beer bread… annnnd i was too lazy (honesty) to run to the store and get some…
besides if i got some, i’d want to drink it… and since i worked tonight i couldn’t.. .(insert sad face)
so i found a recipe that didn’t have any!
yay 🙂
but you know meeeeee, i gotta modify
so here goes:
original:
http://www.sunnysideupsd.com/2012/01/shredded-bbq-chicken/ 

Crockpot BBQ Chicken (shredded)
1/2 green pepper – diced
1 med onion – diced
1 6oz can tomato paste
4 tbsp (which is 2 oz) orange juice
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic – minced ((ummmm i definitely use the pre-minced garlic in the jar… so much easier — that’s 1 1/2 tbsp)
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp honey
1/4 c brown sugar
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp chili powder
2 pounds boneless chicken breast (i’m sure you could use whatever your heart desires,,, but i don’t like dark meat…) 
mix all ingredients except chicken into your crockpot . . .
stir
add chicken and make sure it is covered…
put crock pot on low,cook for 5 hours… 
after your 5 hours are up – shred your chicken,  –how you do this is up to you… but awhile back when i got my kitchenaid my bestest told me that you could shred chicken with the paddle attachment… or dough attachment, i don’t know what it’s called… and i haven’t tried it until today…HOLY MOLY IT’S SO EASY AND QUICK!!! just throw your chicken in, turn it on (not super high speed) and watch it go — takes a total of maybe 30 seconds!!!
throw back into pot, stir.
serve how you wish…
in a sandwich…
over rice?
or… as i did – over baked sweet potatoes with a sprinkling of cheese on top
HOLY YUMMMM
husband DEVOURED it… seriously he was done with his before i had even finished plating mine… granted i still had to cut up my potato and such… but… he inhaled it… and loved it! 

BBQ Chicken over Baked Sweet Potato

BBQ Chicken over Baked Sweet Potato

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