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We are officially less than three weeks away from Christmas! How did that happen?
I would love if the holiday season would s – l – o – w down. Even though I despise the freezing cold weather we get here in Boston, I love love love this time of year. There’s cheer, loved ones around, and of course lots of opportunities to eat delicious things (like my favorite Grain Free Cherry Amaretto Cookies) for Christmas!
But sadly, we can’t live off of Christmas cookies for 31 days (or can we?).
Here enters deliciously roasted vegetables in BACON FAT.
Yep, that’s correct. I am telling you to save that wonderful fat after cooking a pack of bacon. This is assuming you are using a high quality bacon. So, what is high-quality bacon?
This is the gold standard for pork, poultry, and eggs. This means that the animals roamed and grazed the grasses and bugs – their natural diet! They are not given corn, soy, or any other grains or scraps from other animals.
No Added Nitrates/Nitrites
These additives are what give bacon and similar meats a bad name. These are the preservatives linked to cancer. I said no added nitrates or nitrites because some occur naturally.
No Sugar Added
Because contrary to what all the “big brands” use in their bacon ingredients, tons of sugar is not necessary! A great brand for no-sugar added bacon is Pederson’s Natural Farms, which you can add to your ButcherBox orders and is Whole30 approved (not pasture-raised, fyi).
If you can get bacon that checks off all of these you earn a golden star! If not, there are still decent options. Applegate or Wellshire Farms are two more I recommend.
Bacon Fat Roasted Vegetables (AIP, Paleo, Whole30) – girlinhealing.com
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- Trim the ends off of the brussel sprouts, carrots, and asparagus.
- Skin the carrots and chop into carrot sticks, chop asparagus, and thinly slice brussel sprouts. Slice the onion.
- Spread vegetables on the baking sheet. Sprinkle on the sea salt and garlic powder.
- Using saved bacon fat, heat it slightly so that it becomes liquid and easier to spread. Add to the baking sheet and toss to coat with your hands.
- Roast for 16 minutes.
Do you save your bacon fat? What delicious things do you make with I?!