Thursday, October 17, 2013

Vegan Bacon-Flavoured Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I hate food trends.  Admittedly, it's probably because they are usually pretty unhealthy.  This is definitely the case with the big food trends of the past few years: Burgers, cupcakes, and bacon on everything.  Silly!

Of course, I find diet trends just as annoying.  They are generally based on pseudo science and never end up being very effective.  Mark my words, even with gluten-free and paleo diets being all the rage, I bet there will be few positive changes in the overall health and weight status of the North American population.

The bacon thing is particularly stupid: cured and processed meats are quite possibly the most unhealthy thing you can eat.  Period.  Cancer and heart disease city.  You can poo poo my warnings all you want, but do you really think it will be worth it when you're wasting away from colon cancer?

Okay, enough of my scare tactics.  If you want all the smoky, salty deliciousness of bacon, without the crap, just make these babies.  They taste good and are good for you.  A much better deal, if you ask me!

Vegan Bacon-Flavoured Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 lb fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half

1 tsp olive or melted coconut oil
2 tsp soy sauce/tamari/coconut aminos
2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp pure maple syrup
Liquid smoke (a few drops, or to taste)
Cracked black pepper and sea salt, to taste

Toss sprouts with all the ingredients and let 'marinate' for at least 1 hour.  Spread on a parchment-lined bake sheet and roast at 350F for 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy!  Your colon will thank you.

This recipe was submitted to Gluten-Free Friday and Wellness Weekend for this week.