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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Holiday Side Dish

*Post sponsored by Real California Milk, but recipe and opinions are my own.

Another easy side dish recipe for this holiday season is my roasted brussels sprouts with crispy turkey bacon and Real California cotija cheese. As much as I love the taste of pork bacon, I like that the turkey bacon has less fat. Inspired by my recent trip to Mexico, I wanted to include one of my new favorite Mexican-style cheeses: cotija. It is a nice complement to many savory warm dishes or cold salads that need a bit of salty flavor. I also like that this cheese crumbles like feta and can be a great substitute for your Greek salad. Check out this easy recipe:

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs. brussels sprouts (cut in halves)
3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
6 oz. of turkey bacon – 8-10 pieces
3 oz. of Real California Milk cotija cheese (crumbled)
1-2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze

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Direction:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F
  2. Lightly toss together olive oil, salt, and black pepper with the brussels sprouts on a non-stick pan
  3. Bake for 30-40 min until the sprouts are tender and dark green or a toasted brown in appearance
  4. For the turkey bacon, lightly coat your skillet with cooking spray and turn the stove to medium heat.
  5. Place strips in skillet for 4 min on each side until fully cooked; longer if you want it more crispy
  6. Transfer the strips onto a paper towel and let cool
  7. Cut the bacon strips in 1/2 inch pieces
  8. Mix the bacon and balsamic vinegar together with the brussels sprouts
  9. Sprinkle the cotija cheese on top of the dish

Did you know California is the country’s leading producer of Hispanic-style cheeses? The state produces more than 25 varieties and styles of Hispanic-style cheeses bearing the Real California Milk seal. If you are curious to know where to buy Hispanic-style cheeses, check out this LINK for the product locator. Enjoy!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Holiday Side Dish2020-09-04T12:34:20-07:00

Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe

*Post sponsored by Real California Milk, but recipe and opinions are my own.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Home of the acai (Brazilian berry), churrascaria (bbq), and caipirinha (adult
beverage). The one snack I always look forward to eating when I visit one of my favorite vacation spots is
pao de queijo aka cheese bread. Although I typically try to eat low carb, I like that these buns are gluten-
free and contain high-quality protein from the asiago and romano cheeses.
Here’s my recipe that I make when I’m missing my days eating in Rio.
Ingredients:
3 cups tapioca starch or tapioca flour
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/8 cup Real California Milk
3/4 cup Real California Milk Asiago cheese
3/4 cup Real California Milk Dry Jack cheese
1 egg
3/4 tbsp salt

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Directions
1. Simmer vegetable oil and milk in a pan on low heat until warm
2. In a separate bowl, mix the tapioca flour, egg, and salt.

3. Gently pour the warm vegetable oil and milk mixture into the bowl while slowly mixing all the
ingredients together
4. Add in the cheeses and continue to mix evenly
5. With the dough mixture, roll 2-3 inch balls with your hands.
6. Place on to a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper
7. Bake for 8-10 min at 325F until they are a golden color
8. Let cool for 10 min and enjoy

For more information on the essential nutrients that cheese provides (and your body needs), like high-
quality protein, calcium and B12, check out this LINK.

Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe2020-09-04T12:34:20-07:00

Easy Rosemary & Garlic Cheese Keto Chips Recipe

* Post sponsored by Real California Milk, but recipe and opinions are my own.

Do you love savory and crunchy snacks as much as I do? There’s something about munching on salty potato chips that just bring back happy childhood memories. However, my metabolism isn’t as fast as it was when I was a kid.

After losing twenty pounds via a low carb lifestyle, I’m more conscious of what I put into my body; my mentality about portion control and eating lower carb foods have helped me to maintain my weight-loss, have a steady energy level, and reduce stomach bloat. But I still have cravings for junk foods like chips. Through my partnership with Real California Milk, I discovered that I could create my own healthier keto-friendly snacks baking with asiago, dry jack, or romano cheeses to make crunchy crisps. The flavors and textures of these cheeses are similar to parmesan. However, I recommend baking with these cheeses because they come from California dairies, which 99% are family run establishments; I have to give my state lots of love and support. Here’s my recipe for my Rosemary and Garlic Asiago Cheese Chips:
Ingredients:

3/4 cup of shredded or crumbled Real California Milk asiago cheese (* optional romano or dry jack)

2 tbsp of minced fresh rosemary

2 tbsp of garlic powder

12”x17” non-stick baking sheet (or parchment paper)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F
  2. Evenly mix the Real California cheese, rosemary, and garlic powder
  3. Place 1 tbsp of the cheese mixture on a non-stick baking tray about 2” apart from each other; flatten each pile so it will bake and crisp evenly. If you use parchment paper, be sure to generously spray it with a cooking oil to prevent them from sticking to the paper.
  4. Bake 6-8 min until it’s golden brown
  5. Carefully remove the tray from the oven and let the chips cool (10 min) on the baking sheet.

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And if you have a slight sweet-tooth, I also recommended mixing cranberries to the mix. If you’re curious about where to find these Real California cheeses, click HERE for a product locator.

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Do these chips make you hungry enough to try this easy recipe? Let me know in the comments.

Easy Rosemary & Garlic Cheese Keto Chips Recipe2020-09-04T12:34:20-07:00
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