Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Can we talk about how much I hate diets and diet culture? I promise I’ll get to these delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, oh and caramelized onions! Sooo good! I know hate is a strong word but I hear conversations all the time between women and stories of the diets they’ve been on. I’ve talked about this before but until diet culture lays to rest, it bears continued repeating.
Diet culture is a way to keep women small. It keeps them occupied with something as insignificant as the size of their ass or the number on the scale. Diet culture takes our energy and brain power and focuses on something that keeps us living small. Women are incredibly powerful beings and we can change this world when we step into our power and do what we’re meant to. Its individual for all of us but dieting keeps our voices quiet on important topics, because it makes us feel less than.
Dieting also starves our bodies of vital nutrients leading to nutrient deficiencies, both in total overall energy intake but also micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. This in turn leads to neurotransmitter deficiencies, hormone imbalances, digestive issues and more. These health impacts then lead to symptoms that affect our mental health like mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It also leads to fatigue and our physiology becomes so affected that the diets eventually fail us and we end up gaining more weight back.
Some diets are so low calorie that it’s criminal in my mind. I mean literally lower calorie than what I was eating when I was freakin anorexic. As you can tell, this really riles me up, but this is truly morally wrong. Women need to quit trying to be less. We need to quit listening to what the media and society tells us we should be, how we should act, what we should do and follow our own hearts instead. If you are so out of touch that you have no clue what your heart wants, then you need to get connected to your heart and figure that out. What we all truly want is happiness. We can find that by listening to our heart, also known as our intuition.
When you understand your worth you can stick up your middle finger to the diet industry and all the other people that are brainwashed by it. If they’re your family or friends, because often they are as they were taught the same, you can stand in your convictions about what’s right and politely tell them how you feel. You can start to be the powerful, badass, feminine woman that you are meant to be. And by the way, feminine doesn’t necessarily mean makeup, pink and sweet. No, there are many types of feminine and you will find your own expression that empowers you. End rant.
Now, as promised here’s the recipe to these delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. 😉 Now go kick ass, you beautiful, intelligent, woman.
- Approx. 3lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 1 tbsp duck fat (or butter)
- 1 tsps Himalayan rock salt
- 1 package bacon (I love Sunworks), cooked
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 2 tbsps balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread brussels sprouts out on one or two baking sheets, add cooking fat and sprinkle with salt.
- Place in oven and roast for 50 minutes. Stir after 10 minutes to coat the melted fat evenly on the brussels sprouts.
- While the brussels sprouts cook, heat a cast iron pan over medium heat with more cooking fat (lard, duck fat, butter or avocado oil). Add onion slices and cook over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes with 1/2 tsp salt. Stir occasionally to prevent too much sticking.
- Once the onions begin to brown and you get a sticky glaze on the bottom of the pan, use the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.
- This means adding the vinegar and the steam produced will help release the glaze from the pan.
- Once everything is cooked, mix together and enjoy!