Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Maple Balsamic Glaze

Monday, September 11, 2017 Alanna Figueira 0 Comments

Happy September, everyone!  This month is already flying by.  I (finally!) have 2 kids in school. Yay me! Although one is only age 3 and goes 9am-12pm; it's something!  She's made it sort of impossible to recipe test of late, but hopefully I'll be able to be getting more recipes up now that I have a few free hours!

This is my favorite way to make brussels.  I often make this recipe and eat the whole thing for lunch.  It's delicious.  Perfect combo of savory and sweet.  You can also easily make this roasted in the oven, takes a little longer but crisps up better and is delicious.  You can just toss with the oil then roast at 400F for 20 mins or so, until they are crispy and tender.  Then add the pine nuts and glaze.  

I know many of you are doing Whole30 and clean eating challenges in September, and this should fit right in.  For Whole30 just omit the balsamic glaze or try simply reducing some balsamic vinegar sans maple syrup.  

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Maple Balsamic Glaze


12 oz brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed and sliced lengthwise (about 4 cups sliced)
1 tbsp avocado or olive oil
1 tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 cup pine nuts (pignolas)


Trim the hard bottoms off of your Brussels sprouts and slice them lengthwise.

Heat a 12 inch heavy bottom pan over medium heat.  

Add oil and butter.

Add garlic.  Sautee 1-2 mins, until fragrant.  

Add brussels. Cook for 10-12 mins, stirring frequently, until brussels are tender and browned around the edges.  

While brussels are cooking, prepare your maple balsamic glaze (below).  This takes about 10 mins to prepare.

Once brussels are cooked, add the pine nuts and mix them into the pan, just to combine. 

Remove from pan and place in serving dish.  Top with maple balsamic glaze and serve immediately. 

Maple balsamic glaze


1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup


Place ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer and reduce by about half . This will take 7-10 minutes.  It should be thick, slightly syrupy. 


Creamy Low Carb Chicken and Mushrooms

Monday, May 15, 2017 Alanna Figueira 2 Comments

This post scares me a little's my first non-paleo recipe, ever!  So please don't throw cheese at me!  I am not going all keto on you or anything, though I have to admit that over the past few months I have been experimenting with a lower carb lifestyle. I actually love it, but find it sometimes challenging to stick to low carb and dairy free.  No one here tolerates dairy very well, so a recipe like this is like a treat meal for us.

 For anyone starting out with keto and/or low carb, this recipe is an excellent way to start out and feel like you're cheating!  This is my absolute favorite low carb chicken dish.  This is kind of like a base recipe because you can easily add flavor by throwing in garlic, different herbs at the end or adding seasoning like dried red pepper flakes.  Try throwing in some roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes or spinach.... endless possibilities really.  The best part is it's all made in one pan! It's also made with very few ingredients and takes only about 20 minutes start to finish to whip up, making it the perfect week night dinner.

Nutritional Info:

Servings: 4
Per Serving:
Calories: 354
Protein: 22 g
Fat: 29 g
Carbs (net): 1g

Creamy Low Carb Chicken and Mushrooms

Serves: 4 Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 20 minutes


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite sized pieces
6 Tbsp butter, separated
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
3 oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper
fresh herbs (basil, thyme, parlsey)


Heat up a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat.

Season your chicken with salt and pepper.

Add 2 Tbsp butter to cast iron.  Cook chicken until no longer pink inside and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside on a plate.  Drain the chicken juices and discard. 

Add the remaining 4 Tbsp butter to the same pan.  Cook the mushrooms until tender.  

Add the cream cheese to the pan and mix to melt and combine with mushrooms.  Add the heavy whipping cream, stirring continuously until the sauce is thick and creamy.  Add the chicken back in and mix together.  Add any fresh herbs now.  Enjoy!


Rootz Nutrition - Paleo Superfood

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 Alanna Figueira 2 Comments

I'm really really not a smoothie/protein shake type of girl... I'd rather just eat my food. So for me to be promoting a protein powder means it's really something special! I've tried a billion different types of powders; plant based, whey based; you name it. I've never been able to find one that meets all of my requirements - great tasting, low carb, clean (non-gmo, grass fed) ingredients, not loaded with phytic acid gut irritants like pea/oat/grain protein. Any protein powder which lists whey protein isolate an ingredient without a claim for organic, non-gmo, or grassfed... is probably cheap whey...sourced from commercial, non-grass fed, non-organic animals.

So recently tried out Rootz nutrition post-workout paleo protein-superfood and their pre-workout paleo energizing-superfood. Admittedly, my expectations were not high. I checked the ingredients first like always and they were impressive... so impressive that I knew the stuff would taste like sand and hemp dust. It also comes in at only 1 net carb! I like to keep my carbs low, not necessarily ketogenic low but this would fit right into a ketogenic diet. So we're talking all clean superfood packed ingredients, 15g protein, 1 net carb and the real kicker is that the stuff tastes great!

I love the post-workout paleo protein superfood. I use it after my workout to avoid eating everything in sight.  I don't know about you but I am ravenous when I get home from the gym.  It tastes great and is so versatile. It says it's chocolate banana nut but really goes with anything. I've thrown berries, almond butter, even spinach in and both myself and the kids love it. Did I mention my kids love it? When the picky-as-f 6 year old loves something, it means it's pretty damn good. He likes it just blended with ice and unsweetened almond milk, which is how I usually drink it post-workout.

Then there's the pre-workout paleo energizing-superfood powder and this stuff is crack. All you have to do is mix it in some water and it's like taking a 5hour energy shot but without the actual heart attack. It's made with all superfoods and plant based caffeine so it's more gentle and won't leave you jittery but will give you hours of real energy. It's really perfect to fuel a workout. I've not worked out without it since trying it.

There are really very few products I promote on my blog so I want you all to know that any product I promote on my blog my kids and I personally use and love.

You can get these products at

Special Promotion for PLG followers - use discount code "PLGVIP" for 10% off..


Recently I'm standing in my kitchen and all of a sudden hear that godawful-nails scratching down a chalkboard-eyes rolling so far back in my head- dish rag thrown across the counter melody.... you know ... the ice cream man. Because now that it's barely 50F out the children must be pumped with sugar and chemical, right? Just before dinner time. Perfect timing dude. But this momma is prepared. I have my handy ice pop molds and whipped up some protein pops to keep on hand for when that pest decides to pass through my block.. which happens to be every goddamn day around 5pm just as I'm serving dinner. Anyway. I made these with nothing other than unsweetened almond milk, Rootz paleo protein-superfood, berries, spinach, and some ice. My kids are not used to refined sugar so the sweetness really comes from the berries and is enough for them. They loved them.

 Here's a quick recipe:

For 3 pops:

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp protein powder
1 handful berries or spinach
Handful of ice

Blend, pour, freeze, enjoy

Products i use:

Here's some more info on Rootz.


Rootz Nutrition is a recently launched company that offers a Paleo-approved energizing powder and a complete protein+superfood+greens powder made from real, wholesome foods. All of our products are free of artificial ingredients, GMO's, coloring, gluten, dairy, soy, and are organic. We strongly believe that what is left out of a product is just as important as what goes in.

WHY ROOTZ? (from the founder)

The inspiration for Rootz came when I had taken up the Paleo diet in 2011, and was left with virtually no options for energy or protein supplementation. I began to realize that most of the products on the market were loaded with chemicals and artificial ingredients, often times dangerous, and almost always doing more harm to a person's body than good.

I wanted something that was made from real food ingredients that I could actually pronounce, but would still give me results. To my frustration, every product I had tried left me disappointed. The energizing powders were too weak, and the protein powders either didn't taste good, or didn't have the well-rounded nutritional profile that I was looking for.... So I went out and made my own products that I could feel good about putting in my body.


It doesn't matter if you are a professional athlete who trains for hours every day or a soccer mom who is looking for convenient, healthy on the go food options-- If you are looking to eat healthier and have more energy, I think you will love Rootz.