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Creamy Brussel Sprout Casserole (Low-Carb)

Creamy Brussel Sprout Casserole with bacon and crispy topping is an amazing side dish to share with friends and family. Even the biggest brussel sprout naysayers will love this cheesy casserole!

Whip up this keto brussel sprout casserole recipe for your holiday gatherings for a comforting yet healthful low-carb side dish.

It was only a matter of time before we casseroled some brussel sprouts, am I right? Can I get a high-five? Down low? To the side?

Don’t cancel me.

It has been brought to my attention many times over the years that some folks don’t like brussel sprouts. As is true with most foods, I truly believe the appreciation depends on the way the dish was prepared. 

For me, an easy Sauteed Brussel Sprouts Recipe with Butter and Garlic is absolute perfection.

…but I’m not about to turn down some cheesy brussel sprouts, no way, no how!


That’s where this easy cheesy creamy casserole comes into play. It’s a proper swaddling of brussels in a lovely creamy sauce with crispy bacon crumble topping.

Cheesy Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

You could call it brussel sprouts au gratin for an alternative way of looking at it 😉

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Caramelized Cabbage with Bacon (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

Caramelized Cabbage with bacon is a flavorful, addicting healthy side dish perfect for serving with just about anything. Caramelizing Cabbage will turn even the biggest Cabbage naysayer into a believer!

This easy cabbage recipe is paleo, keto, whole30, easy to prepare, and a crowd pleaser!

We’ve all had caramelized onions, but have you ever tried caramelized cabbage?

Truth be told, I couldn’t tell you whether or not caramelized cabbage is a thing. I dreamt it up one day while I was thinking about making a cabbage stir fry and caramelized onions were simultaneously on my mind.

I thought it brilliant to slowly cook sliced cabbage until it was softened yet slightly crispy and deeply golden-brown for a crazy flavorful approach to the otherwise bland vegetable.

And it’s so easy to prepare! If you can caramelize an onion (which we will be doing in this recipe, too), then you can caramelize a cabbage!

The way I see it, caramelized cabbage can be used in all sorts of ways – as a straight up vegetable side dish, a condiment, topping for sandwiches, burgers, steak, or chicken. I would even use it in burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches of breakfast sandwiches. Go wild!

Cabbage is neutral in flavor, making it ideal for dishes using big bold flavors like onion, garlic, and bacon. It doesn’t take much to spruce it up and make it extra palatable.

Caramelized Cabbage Recipe with Bacon, onions, and garlic - a healthy, easy side dish

Let’s dig deeper!

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Healthy Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-Free, Keto, Gluten-Free)

Healthy Green Bean Casserole made dairy-free and gluten-free is a marvelously flavorful side dish perfect for any gathering! This healthier green bean casserole recipe is fun to assemble and is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Keto, low-carb, creamy and delicious!

Welcome to my newest obsession.

Truthfully, I was never a huge fan of green bean casserole… That is…until I made this recipe.

No lie. As it turns out, a good, fresh, health-conscious green bean casserole is actually ultra palate-pleasing! Now I feel as though I need to make up for lost time and put this beauty on repeat!

While this healthy green bean casserole is more involved than most of the recipes I post, the way I see it is we typically make a dish like this for a special occasion and special occasions call for special food.

Let me tell you, this casserole is AMAZING! It is well-worth the time and effort, is much healthier than classic green bean casserole, and will most definitely wow your guests!

Keto Green Bean Casserole made dairy-free and wheat-free for a healthier version. Amazing holiday side dish that is low-carb and delicious!

There are four main parts to preparing this recipe: caramelizing the onions for the topping, cooking the green beans, preparing the sauce, and finally, making the casserole itself.

Each step is super easy! If you look at the recipe as a series of steps, it won’t seem as daunting. Pro Tip: Read the whole recipe before you begin it so that you can figure out the best way of fitting it into your day.

Great news!: This casserole saves very well, so you can prepare it up to 4 days before the holiday feast or your big event.

Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole - keto-friendly made dairy-free and gluten-free

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Gluten-Free Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

I thought I’d do something a little different today and share a recipe I threw together on a whim that happened to turn out FABULOUSLY.

Last weekend, I had a biscuits and gravy fest and made these INCREDIBLE gluten-free bacon cheddar biscuits. I posted them on my Instagram stories and the crowd went wild. So I figured I would share the recipe!

I didn’t have my good camera with me to shoot photos, but I figured you NEED the recipe for your own weekend baking adventures, so here we are!

While I haven’t had a chance to re-test the recipe yet to be sure it’s just perfect, I’m confident you will love it!

Let’s bake them!

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Paleo Zuppa Toscana (Whole30)

Paleo Zuppa Toscana with turkey Italian sausage, bacon, kale, yukon gold potatoes, and coconut milk instead of cream. This dairy-free version of the classic Italian soup recipe is quick and easy to make and powerfully flavorful.

Welcome to my latest soup obsession. All the flavors and textures in one hearty, rustic, satisfying soup? 

This soup was made for you and me!

If you have never tried Zuppa Toscana, no sweat…I have included everything you need to know about the classic Italian soup in this post, in addition to instructions for preparing it on your Stove Top, in your Slow Cooker, or in your Instant Pot. BOOM so many options!

What is Zuppa Toscana?:

Zuppa Toscana is a classic soup from Tuscany, and translates literally to “Tuscan soup”. There are many approaches to this dish. Traditional zuppa toscana is classically made with Italian sausage, bacon, onion, kale, potatoes, cream, and sometimes zucchini, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, and/or tomato pulp. Rustic Tuscan bread is often added into the soup, as well to thicken it up and make it even heartier.

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with Bacon

Balsamic roasted vegetables with bacon are a marvelous way of getting in your greens. This easy recipe is a crowd pleaser!

I recently hosted a family dinner, and knowing my siblings are ALL ABOUT my roasted veggies, I figured I’d whip up a batch of my classic balsamic roasted vegetables recipe, but…add bacon. Because let’s face it: Bacon is the food of the gods.

And the fat? Bangarang for cooking.

Basically, bacon drippings are as magical as unicorn sweat.

I’m no stranger to using bacon fat for salad dressing or for cooking vegetables. Just have a looksy at my Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Kale, Quinoa, and Bacon Vinaigrette, or my Broccoli Salad with Carrots, Apples and Warm Bacon Dressing.

Mmmmmmbacon, bacon, bacon!

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Mac and Cheese with Zucchini and Bacon

Gluten-free mac and cheese with zucchini and bacon is a mouth-wateringly flavorful side dish or meal. This lightened up recipe uses goat milk cheese and non-dairy milk for the sauce for a comforting mac and cheese that isn’t overly heavy.

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese - gluten-free mac and cheese made with goat milk cheese, bacon and zucchini for a lightened up pasta dish | TheRoastedRoot.net

Also known as that time I ate half a pound of pasta in one sitting. 

Seriously, this zucchini bacon mac and cheese is basically my idea of a wicked wild evening in. I’ve always been a huge fan of mac and cheese and recently decided it’s time to step up my game and make it at home.

How to Make Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese:

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Huevos Rancheros Hummus Toast

Huevos rancheros-style hummus toast with soft boiled egg, bacon, salsa, and green onion. This simple breakfast is an epic drool fest!

This post is sponsored by Sabra.

Huevos Rancheros Hummus Toast with soft boiled egg, bacon, and salsa | TheRoastedRoot.net #hummustoast #breakfast

 

How’s your relationship with toast these days? Holding strong? On again, off again? Take it or leave it?

I personally go through phases when it comes to breakfast toast – I can go on a several months’-long kick, followed by a dry spell, followed by a re-ignition of the torrid toast flame. My toppings of choice? I always, always put an egg on it, and the remaining ingredients tend to evolve with the changing seasons.

If you’ve been a major toast advocate, I’m willing to bet you’ve dabbled in the avocado toast intermittently or for some of you, forcefully.  WELL. I’m popping in to tell you hummus toast is the new latest and greatest. Spread that ish like wild fire!

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Butternut Squash & Bacon Hash with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Butternut Squash and bacon hash with sun-dried tomatoes is a simple breakfast hash for getting your day started on the right foot.

Butternut Squash & Bacon Breakfast Hash - clean, healthy, paleo, whole30, delicious | TheRoastedRoot.net

The other day I pondered what would happen if one were to combine butternut squash and sun-dried tomatoes. Havoc? Bliss? Walk with me on this one, because it’s actually shockingly good!

And paired with bacon? The trifecta is an astrological match.

This simple breakfast recipe takes right around 30 minutes to prepare and just a handful of ingredients.

Similar to the Maple Bacon Butternut Squash Hash with Spinach and the Butternut Squash Hash with Apples Sausage and Kale I’ve shown you in the past, this breakfast recipe is great for sharing, clean, and fairly well-balanced from a macro stand point.

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Butternut Squash & Bacon Breakfast Casserole

A clean and simple breakfast casserole recipe with butternut squash, bacon, spinach, and chives. This straight-forward low-carb dish is perfect for serving the whole family (or guests) during the chilly fall and winter months. True story:  I made this breakfast casserole after posting a photo of my Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Kale Breakfast Casserole  on …

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Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Kale, Quinoa and Bacon Vinaigrette

A warm  shredded brussel sprouts salad with kale, quinoa, crispy bacon, avocado, pear, walnuts, and a warm bacon-cider vinaigrette. This nutritious salad is inviting during the cold weather months.

I created this recipe for The California Avocado Commission. You can skip to the recipe HERE or continue reading.

Warm Brussles Sprouts Salad with Kale, Quinoa, Pears, and Bacon Vinaigrette - an incredibly nutritious salad or side dish to share with friends and family | TheRoastedRoot.com #glutenfree #healthyrecipe

How do you feel about warm salads? I’ve gotta say, I absolutely love them!

If you’re a salad fiend, you may have noticed raw vegetables can be a bit tough on your digestive system. All it takes is a quick steam or saute to soften up the fibers so that your GI tract processes them easier so that they don’t cause GI upset and the nutrients are better absorbed.

I find lightly sauteed hearty greens like kale and brussel sprouts make for a filling salad that is easy on the digestive system and so cozy and inviting during the fall and winter months. With fall rapidly approaching, I’ll be whipping up warm salads regularly for lunches and dinners.

This salad is loaded with goodies! Shredded brussels sprouts, kale, quinoa, California avocado, sliced pears, and toasted walnuts make up this nutritious texturally-pleasing dish. The whole thing is tied together with a simple bacon-cider vinaigrette for a straightforward yet comforting and nourishing meal.

Essentially, it checks all the boxes!

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