Sunday, December 28, 2014

Our Healthy Christmas Dinner

Friends ask us if we miss "traditional" Christmas dishes at our Christmas dinner. My answer is NO! This dinner was satisfying, healthy and delicious! The menu included a pear/pomegranate/avocado/arugula salad, slow cooked brisket, garlic/cauliflower mash, bacon/Brussels sprouts and roasted acorn squash.

For the Crock Pot brisket (recipe from Martha Stewart):
What you need:
 1 large onion, thinly sliced
 2-4 garlic cloves, smashed
 3-4 lbs. beef brisket
 Sea salt and pepper
 1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth

What you do:
 Place onion and garlic in Crock Pot
 Season brisket with salt and pepper and place in Crock Pot
 Add broth
 Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours
 Remove brisket and slice against grain
 Serve with garlic cauliflower mash, the sliced onions and some of the liquid

For the bacon/Brussels sprouts (recipe from Nom Nom Paleo):
What you need:
 1 1/2 lbs. Brussels sprouts
 2-3 Tbs. melted ghee
 Sea salt and pepper
 4 slices bacon, diced
 Aged balsamic vinegar

What you do:
 Preheat oven to 400ยบ
 Rinse, remove outer leaves and slice the Brussels sprouts in half
 Toss Brussels sprouts in melted ghee, salt and pepper
 Place on parchment lined baking sheet, single layer
 Sprinkle with diced bacon
 Place in oven
 Toss every 10 to 15 minutes, until done at 30 to 35 minutes
 Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar

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