Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brusselitos



I went to a event this past weekend, and the restaurant (La Poubelle, which oddly means trashcan but there's nothing trashy about it) had this cute little bowls in the middle of the table with some green/brown stuff in it. The menu said they were brussel sprout chips. I was not immediately excited since this is not my favorite vegetable, but these were AMAZING. Crunchy and salty deliciousness, but fried. So I came home and made a baked batch. Crunchy and not too salty, and since they are chips, my kids ate them too! If I could bag them and sell them at store near you, I'd call them Brusselitos.

Ingredientes

As many brussel sprouts as you'd like
A tiny bit of olive oil
Sal al gusto
Pepper if you'd like or cayenne powder for spicy brusselitos.

Paso a paso

1) Cut ends of brussel sprouts and de-leaf them into a bowl. You might have to cut the end off a couple of times to get to the center. This takes time but it's so worth it. (And at least they are not pokey like artichokes)


2) When you get to the tiny center you can just cut it in half and add it to the batch.


3) Add a little olive oil to the bowl and mix it around. Try to get a little on each leaf.


4) Place parchment paper on baking sheet and spread brusselitos around.


5) I baked them for 6 minutes at 375. Every oven is different so check on them often. They should have brown ends when they are done. Sprinkle a little salt and enjoy as a snack or side dish.



Vegan Protein Fudgesicles


The ice cream truck goes by almost everyday, but nowadays I'm opting for a much better version of "ice cream" for my kiddos. We decided to make fudgesicles with strawberries! These have approximately 5 grams of protein, fiber, and most importantly NO REFINED SUGAR. And so easy to make that a 3 year old can do it. And it tastes like a frozen chocolate covered strawberry! 

Ingredientes

10 strawberries cut into small pieces
2 scoops of Arbonne's chocolate shake powder
1 scoop of Arbonne's fiber boost
1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

Paso a paso

1) Place diced strawberries at the bottom of the popsicle maker.



2) In a shaker or blender, mix together the protein powder, fiber, coconut milk and cocoa powder. Evenly pour over the popsicle maker. Make sure to tap the container a few times to make sure there are no air bubbles. Top off with a little more liquid if there's room.


3) You or your sous chef can insert the popscicle base. And then you wait about 3 or 4 hours. This is the hardest part. 

4) When they are ready to eat, it helps to run a little bit of warm water to help loosen them up and ta-da!