Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Well here we are, most of us at least three weeks deep in this quarantine period, and if it hasn't set in that we're going to be home for a while, you might want to open your eyes or turn on the news. I implore you all to accept that this is the new normal for now, and start to adapt to it. Find ways to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Use this time to cook new recipes (like the one at the end of this post), make up fun workouts or look them up online (there's thousands of free ones on Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Google, wherever!), and take your family and pets on long walks outside. I have the happiest dog on the planet right now since he's getting all this extra attention. Quarantine is definitely for the pups.
Since I'm not coaching or training people at the gym anymore, it's been TOUGH for me to get at least 10,000 steps a day in, and I will admit, there are some days that I don't get nearly that many. Since it's finally getting a little warmer (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!) out here in Wyoming, I've been trying to get out at least once a day to walk my dog, get some Vitamin D and fresh air, and try to get those dang steps in. I've noticed that if I walk for at least 1 hour per day, I have no problem getting to the 10,000 mark. For reference, I am getting 3+ miles in during that hour of walking. Give it a try this week! I am challenging each of you to get at least 10,000 steps in every day this week!
This weekend, Shawn and I completed our second installment of the Hunt a Killer game we are playing. We're obviously crushing it.
Our objective this week was to rule out one of the murder suspects by decoding more messages and sorting through additional evidence. It's been a lot of fun so far, and we've already put the order in for box number 3. I've gotta know who the murderer is!
Last night, I made a London broil for dinner, and y'all, this is such a good meal to make right now. It's a huge piece of meat that is pretty inexpensive, and it is so easy to prepare. All I did was season it with Montreal steak seasoning, a little garlic and onion powder, and put it in the oven on broil for about 5-6 minutes per side. It's meant to be cooked rare to medium rare, so if you want your meat more done than that, then you'll have to cook it a bit longer. Just keep in mind that it cooks FAST on broil. Once you've cooked the meat to your desired doneness, it's always a good idea to rest it for about 10 minutes, wrapped in foil, before slicing it thinly against the grain. We had plenty of leftovers that will make great lunches this week, either on a sandwich or by itself.
We also watched the movie Onward over the weekend, and I really liked it. It's free on Disney Plus right now, so if you have that, it will save you the 20 bucks you'll have to shell out by renting it On Demand. This one hits you right in the feels, so if you choose to watch it, have the tissue box close by. It's a great family movie, so pop some popcorn, set up your living room like a theater, and have a movie night together.
Alright, I've got another recipe for you guys! Shawn asked me, "how have you not put that on your blog yet?" I'm a little shocked myself considering that these bacon brussel sprouts used to be a staple in my weekly meal prep. I haven't made them in a long time, and I honestly forgot how amazing they are. Note that I made them with 4 pieces of bacon this time, when I used to make them with 6. If you are a big bacon fan, feel free to add the extra couple pieces if you want. I also spritzed the halved brussels with avocado oil spray and lightly sprinkled them with sea salt before baking them. You can omit this step if you like.
1.5 pounds brussel sprouts (trimmed and halved)
4 slices of bacon
sea salt and pepper
avocado oil spray
1. Preheat oven to 350 and bake the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
2. While bacon is cooking, toss brussel sprouts with a spritz of avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Remove bacon from the baking sheet, leaving bacon grease on the foil, and set aside.
4. Place brussels on the baking sheet and toss in bacon grease.
5. Bake brussels for 40 minutes, tossing halfway through.
6. While brussels are baking, crumble bacon into small pieces and set aside.
7. Remove brussels from over, and sprinkle bacon crumbles on top.