I really, TRULY should be sleeping. I’ve even set a timer for myself for writing this entry: 30 minutes, no más. If I can come within ten minutes of exceeding that, I’ll be impressed with myself.
Anyway, after a cringe-inducing day (let’s just say: I could definitely improve upon my “wingin’ it” skills), I chose to remedy the overdriven state of my noggin with some gym therapy. I once wrote an essay about the mental health benefits of exercise, and for good reason: it works! I get a little miserable if I don’t move for a while, so this was a much-needed interlude in my evening. What was even better was the nourishment that followed said physical indulgence: enter, the latest and greatest snack craze – BRUSSELS CHIPS!
These things are so dang good, they’ll erase any memory you had of hating brussels sprouts as a kid, I promise that. The bacon probably helps. As to why I’m eating something so seemingly random, I do feel obligated to jump in and let you guys know that I have returned to the paleo way of things. Except this time, I’m doing the unthinkable. Yes, I’m giving up dairy in addition to everything else that paleo already bans. So no grains, beans, sugar, peanuts, or even cheese, which everyone knows is my favorite food on the planet and planets beyond.
What kind of sadistic person am I, you ask? Why in the world would I give up my favorite food in existence for a “crazy diet fad?”
I suppose it’s because I’m curious, and not just because of paleo. Paleo isn’t the first “diet” to associate dairy with negative effects. That was a vegan thing before it was a paleo thing. It’s also part of the “GFCF” thing that some circles are talking about for autism prevention. I’ve found, however, that research is difficult to do on food unless you experience food yourself, so I’m taking the initiative and going at least four weeks without dairy to see if I feel any better or different. Today was my first day.
Audience: “Alright, let’s just get to the brussels chips.” Done deal. Allow me to regale the story of…
Brussels Chips with Bacon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: 7-10 minutes (depending on how burnt you like your chips)
Outer leaves from at least 10 large brussels sprouts (for 1 serving…and believe me, you’ll want more than one!)
Salt and pepper
2-4 strips of bacon
1. Peel the outer leaves from as many brussels sprouts as you have the patience for. I had peeled about 30 smaller ones, which took monumental concentration and perseverance, thank you.
2. Stick ’em in a bag and pour some olive oil, salt, and pepper in there to taste. Even if you have a ton of leaves, do not put more than one tablespoon in there; you don’t want them too oily.
3. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes – even more if you want them extra crispy.
4. Meanwhile, cut the bacon into small strips/bits (I literally cut them, as seen below) and microwave for 2-3 minutes. I know, I’m lazy. If you want to get fancy, simply place the bits in the oven with the sprouts, with the understanding that 1) you need to ensure the bits are actually bits and not strips and 2) the grease will saturate the leaves and might make them soggy.
5. After everything is done cooking, toss the two together in the same bag and – voilà! You’ve created a masterpiece.
I suppose I’ll need to give a formal update tomorrow after I have these as my work snack, but I’m predicting some great snacking power here already. Feel free to try this and let me know your thoughts.
By the way: 23 minutes. Not bad!
Thought of the Day: If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic! (from “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” by Napoleon Hill)