Savoury Recipes! And Some Honest Talk…
Today I have a little something different to share with you. Some very honest talk, and a few savoury recipes that are cooked. I hope that doesn't offend you as this is typically a raw dessert blog.
In my last post I took a poll and asked what recipe you'd like to see in my next post. The popular vote on here was for "My favourite roasted brussels sprout dish". In my Sweetly Raw Facebook Group, on the other hand, a lot more people voted and "Zucchini Boat Pizzas" came in at #1 by a long shot! And so I created a recipe video for them but since the brussels sprouts were second in request in that group and number one on here, I thought I'd share the recipe in this post.
I wrote the above last night - In fact I wrote most of this post last night but decided to leave it and finish up this morning. I woke up to an angry message on my Sweetly Raw Facebook page from someone who is upset that I posted something cooked in Sweetly RAW. She said this is not a vegan group, this is a raw group! To which I responded that yes its mostly raw dessert recipes but that Sweetly Raw is ME and I'm not raw anymore, and I'm not a vegan anymore either so I suggested she leave the group if it bothers her.
I'm actually happy it happened because this is something that has been on my mind for a while. If you've been a long time reader on here, you know that 6 years ago exactly, I opened up and shared that I stopped being a vegan after getting very sick. If you're newer on here you can see my post HERE. The whole thing was really hard for me. I had been a vegan for 13 years and a raw vegan for 3 of those years. I created my identity, my career around a vegan lifestyle. And I cried the first time I ate meat again. But honestly, I needed to do it. I wasn't sure how people would respond and if I'd lose my entire readership here but I needed to be transparent. And you know what? I was stunned! People melted my heart. There was an overwhelming amount of sympathy, support, and people who said they've experience the SAME thing. To this day I still receive emails from people who come across my story and can relate and thank me for sharing and ask me questions.
So why am I rehashing some old stuff? Well because that was a long time ago and if you just read the blog and never check out the "about me" or those older posts, you assume I'm at least a vegan if not a raw vegan. I'm a vegan at heart with at least 80% of my diet made up of vegan food but yes I still do incorporate animal products in a conscious way when I feel I need it and I feel so much better for it.
This ties into my new YouTube channel where I want to be 100% me and share all kinds of recipes. I don't want to box myself into raw desserts. I don't want to box myself into just sharing vegan recipes either. So yes a lot of them will be vegan but overall I will feature HEALTHY recipes: raw, vegan, paleo, gluten free, keto. And thats why I chose to call my channel Heather's Healthy Kitchen (HERE).
I also have my other blog Food and Yoga For Life featuring savoury (both raw and cooked) and cooked dessert. Ive done a terrible job and keeping it updated. I haven't posted in over 2 years - that being said there are some fabulous recipes on it. So if you're in the mood for something other than raw desserts, I hope you'll check it out.
I'm excited to share my new Zucchini Boat Pizza recipe video HERE . If you're still with me, please subscribe and let me know what recipes you want me to share next. It can literally be anything - cooked, sweet, savoury… and I'll share a healthy version!
Now onto my favourite roasted brussels sprout dish! Do you like brussels sprouts? A lot of people don't. I honestly think if they're prepared just right anyone will like them. Gone are the days of mushy boiled sprouts haha (I've heard older people refer to eating them this way when they were young).
I've turned people into brussels sprout lovers with this dish! Seriously! Ive made it for many occasions and changed people minds. Now I have to say that I didn't create it. Its my rough version of a recipe that my Mom used to make when I was young and its actually how I started liking brussels sprouts. So this is thanks to her.
The BEST Roasted Brussels Sprouts
I'm giving you rough numbers here because I don't measure anything for it. Theres lots of room to play. Oh and there are barely any dishes to do after! Its all mix up in the same pan that it gets roasted in. The tip with brussels sprouts is to use enough salt (don't worry we're using good salt here). They like salt and it makes them taste so much better.
1 -2 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved*
1 large apple, peeled and sliced
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sliced or chopped almonds
1 teaspoon salt of choice** (more salt if using 2 lbs of sprouts)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Preheat an oven to 400F. Wash the sprouts really well (I find a lot of dirt always comes out of them so I soak them in water and shake them around a few times). *Slice the bottoms off and halve all the brussels sprouts. Toss all ingredients together (except coconut oil) in a 9x13" pan making sure that the oil and vinegar are coating everything evenly. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the coconut oil (it will melt right away - and yes adding this makes it even better!) stir everything up especially moving the stuff that is sitting on the bottom of the pan. Roast for another 20- 30 minutes (until golden and the sprouts are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork.
**Himalayan or celtic sea salt
How to make brussels sprouts taste amazzzing!!!!…..
Add your brussels sprouts, apples, and onions to the pan.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it all up right in the pan.
After baking for 40 minutes its coming together - but not done yet! Stir it all up. And bake again.
And after baking again, it all really caramelizes and becomes super tasty!!
I hope you give them a try! 🙂 I made them for Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday.
Make sure to check out the Zucchini Boat Pizza recipe HERE too. Its easy, versatile and doesn't require measuring anything. Yay!
Wishing you a great week!