Paleo Shaved Brussels and Raw Kale Salad Recipe

Raw Kale salad, Shaved Brussels sprouts salad, kale and Brussels sprouts saladIn case you couldn’t tell by my numerous recipes involving them, Brussels and kale are two of my favorite greens. This recipe uses them both — two thumbs up.

Unfortunately, I find tons of people are a little intimidated by raw kale; they think its only good when steamed, baked or fried, but that is so not the case. As long as you remove the stems, chop it thin, give it some massaging in whatever dressing your using and let it sit for a bit afterwards you wont have any bitterness for toughness. There is nothing to fear; in fact, it’s so delicious done this way, and it’s its healthiest form.

Beyond the awesome Brussels-kale pairing, this salad is so tasty. Incorporating the cherries and crispy almonds adds an awesome sweetness and rich, nutty flavor. Yum.

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KC’s Paleo Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Paleo Shaved Brussels Sprout SaladMy three sisters are one of my life’s biggest blessings — especially when they have good recipes I can steal 🙂

This shaved Brussels sprout salad is credited to my sister KC. She made it for my nephews’ birthday party awhile back and it has slowly become a family-favorite, popping up at the majority of our family parties ever since.

She normally uses some grated Parmesan cheese and olive oil, so I switched it up a bit to make it more Paleo-friendly and added a few extra ingredients to give it a bit more substance. It is super light, perfect for summer and is always a crowd-pleaser. My immediate family — including kids and in-laws — exceeds 30, so I don’t use the term “crowd-pleaser” loosely; that’s a lot of stomachs to please.

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Paleo Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Paleo Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried CranberriesI love Brussels sprouts — always and in all ways — but I have always been especially partial to giving them a little sweetness, and caramelizing them with some pure maple syrup is a great way to do that. Throw in some dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds to give this some added texture and flavor, and you have fail-safe side dish. Yum.

These sprouts are great on their own, but I also often throw these over some arugula or spinach dressed with fresh lemon juice and crushed black pepper to make a yummy salad. You can also substitute the pumpkin seeds out for walnuts, pecans or  hazelnuts.

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Dairy-free Dijon-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Braised Brussels SproutsI love Brussels sprouts, but as of late I find myself resenting the urge so many have to always add a ton of salty meats or heavy fats to them. Don’t get me wrong; they are delicious with butter, cream or crisp bacon, but they are worth a try done a lighter way, too.

This recipe was adapted — sans butter and heavy cream — from a post I stumbled upon from Smitten Kitchen. I nixed and added a few ingredients to make it non-dairy and more health-conscious.I usually serve these over some cauliflower rice, which catches the sauce that you top them with. Delish.

A yummy Brussels sprout dish sans bacon or pancetta and more inventive than adding some S+P and oil? Who knew… 🙂

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