Happy News and Brussels Sprouts!


Hello everyone,

I am finally happy to announce that Wyatt James Beresford made his arrival on Monday! Mom and baby are doing well!

So personal story time, last year my boyfriend and I embarked on the “Whole 30 diet”- for those who aren’t familiar with the concept it is a “lifestyle change” that teaches you to give up grains, dairy, sugar, and processed foods. You eat Whole 30 approved foods for a whole month and then hopefully keep up your new habits for life. It was quite the adjustment at first but after a week or so, we found some new favorite recipes that kept us full and satisfied. One of our favorites (and one that we still regularly make) is a roasted brussels sprouts with bacon recipe (it can be found here). I love this recipe because the sprouts take on a delicious nutty roasted flavor and the bacon gives it a delicious, salty crunch. Its also really simple to cook. All you have to do is cut the brussels spouts in half, pour some melted ghee (or butter for those not on the whole 30) on top, spread it on a cookie tray and sprinkle chopped bacon around the tray. The only real problem is that it takes 35 minutes to bake, which is eternity when you are ready to eat!

I have another announcement about the IMAGINE class series I wrote about last week. We have ironed out some details, check out our flyer:

Registration is not open yet but I will let you all know as soon as it opens!

Hope you all are having  a wonderful week,

Jessica and the Columbia’s Cooks Team


Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

by nomnompaleo | Serves 4-6

Ingredients: 

  • 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted ghee or fat of choice
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 bacon slices, diced (choose sugar-free bacon if on a Whole30)
  • Aged balsamic vinegar

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Trim the ends and any old outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts.
  • Cut the sprouts in half and toss them with melted fat of choice, salt, and pepper.
  • Dump them on a foil lined baking sheet, making sure to keep everything in one layer.
  • Sprinkle the diced bacon over everything and pop the tray in the oven.

The sprouts take about 30 to 35 minutes to roast, so set your timer for 10 minute intervals to regularly rotate and flip the sprouts ‘n swine.

Check for seasoning and drizzle some of the aged balsamic vinegar on the finished dish.

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