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Gluten-Free Side Dishes Vegan

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

I am leaving for Boston tonight and I am SO stinking excited! Thanksgiving is my family’s favorite holiday. We all look forward to this week every year. All of the out of town guests stay at my parents’ house, so it’s like a big ol’ family reunion every time. The best!

Bessie is flying with us, too. It will be her third time on a plane in a year – our little girl is becoming quite the traveler!

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

I know there are a few of you out there who don’t have your Thursday menus finalized yet, and this recipe is just for you!

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Throwing together these Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes couldn’t be easier. And this recipe just might turn the biggest brussels sprouts hater into a fan.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

I love traditional Thanksgiving recipes, from the big bird to stuffing and pie, but one thing I’ve learned over the years is that not every recipe has to be coated in butter to taste delicious.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

This recipe doesn’t use a lick of butter, but it still tastes rich. Just a dash of pure maple syrup gives these veggies the perfect hint of sweetness.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

For a large crowd, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. I just recommend that you use multiple baking sheets, rather than piling the brussels and sweet potatoes on top of each other. The veggies only crisp up when they are spread out on even layers on the baking sheets.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating!

 

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
 
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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed, and sliced in half*
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl combine the sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. Toss with the olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup. Add the chili powder and ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
  2. Roast for 15 minutes, then remove from oven, flip and roast for 15-25 minutes more until browned.
  3. Remove from oven and toss with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup. Serve warm.
Notes
*Brussels Sprouts come in all sizes, so make sure the pieces are cut to the same size to ensure even roasting.
 

 

 

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Gluten-Free Snacks Vegan

Maple Chili Popcorn

I remember growing up, every holiday season my dad would receive a massive tub of popcorn from work. The tub was divided into three delicious flavors: butter, caramel, and cheese. Given that I’ve always had a sweet tooth, the caramel was my favorite – I could eat myself sick with that stuff.

Maple Chili Popcorn Recipe

Now that I try to keep a (much) healthier diet, snacks like that caramel popcorn don’t typically make it into our apartment. Travis, in particular, loves to munch on popcorn while watching TV (he always makes his own on the stove as opposed to buying the microwaveable kinds). So this popcorn recipe comes from a desire to please both mine and Travis’ taste buds: sweet for me and savory for him.

Maple Chili Popcorn Recipe

This Maple Chili Popcorn takes less than 10 minutes to make, so you really have no excuse not to try it 😉 I realize that you may not have popcorn kernels on hand, but this recipe is way healthier than any packaged variety, so it is certainly worth buying the kernels to pop yourself.

Maple Chili Popcorn Recipe

This popcorn is a very good balance between sweet and spicy – neither of the flavors overpowers the other. Of course, if you prefer maple or spice, feel free to adjust the flavors to your liking.

Maple Chili Popcorn Recipe

Be prepared to share – this stuff is addicting!

 

Maple Chili Popcorn
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a small microwaveable bowl, mix the maple syrup, butter, cayenne and salt. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Stir and set aside.
  2. Heat a large pot with a lid over medium high heat. Add the canola oil and once hot, add the popcorn kernels. Place the lid over the pot and shake repeatedly. You should hear the kernels beginning to pop. Place the pot down on the stove and after a few more seconds, shake again. Repeat for about 1 minute. Once you begin to hear a 1-2 second pause between each pop, turn off the heat. Shake the pot again.
  3. Remove the lid and pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Pour the maple mixture over the popcorn and mix well. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then serve. Adjust seasonings to taste.