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Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Tempeh Bacon

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A healthy, delicious, sweet, and savory combination that makes for the perfect main or side dish.  Add this vegan-friendly dish to your holiday meal plan to please all eaters alike.

maple brussel sprouts bacon 3In case you had not noticed, or if you happen to live in a dark hole, I am going to let you in on a little secret…

maple brussel sprouts bacon 2… our world is obsessed with bacon right now.

There is bacon on sandwiches, bacon on cupcakes, and lately, almost always bacon in brussel sprouts.

maple brussel sprouts bacon 4While I am sure it is a delicious combination for meat eaters, I don’t really do bacon.  So you’ll have to excuse me when I order my brussel sprouts without bacon.  It turns out brussel sprouts are mighty tasty all on their own.

But potentially in an effort to fit in, or maybe simply because I wanted to see what this combination was all about, I created a vegan version of maple roasted brussel sprouts with bacon… using tempeh!

maple brussel sprouts bacon 6Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Tempeh Bacon

Serves 2 as a meal or 4 as a side


8 oz package tempeh
1/2 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos or coconut aminos (low-sodium soy sauce would work too)
1 lb brussel sprouts
1 leek
1 TB extra virgin olive oil
2 TB pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Slice tempeh into 1/4-inch thick pieces.  Dip tempeh into aminos and coat both sides.  Place tempeh onto nonstick baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until golden brown and crispy.  Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, clean brussel sprouts, cut off ends, and remove any loose outer leaves.

4. Wash and slice the leek into 1/4-inch thick pieces.

5. Once the tempeh “bacon” is cooked, lower the heat to 375 degrees F.  Combine the brussel sprouts, leeks, extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.  Stir until the veggies are well-coated.

6. Place brussel sprouts and leeks onto a non-stick baking sheet.  Roast for approximately 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until golden brown.

7. Leave the tempeh “bacon” slices whole, or break them into 1-inch pieces (as I did).

8. Combine the tempeh “bacon,” brussel sprouts, and leeks.  Serve warm.

maple brussel sprouts baconNow vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters can all enjoy maple brussel sprouts with bacon.  Or… “bacon!”

maple brussel sprouts bacon 5I don’t know about you, but I would not be upset if this dish was on my table on Christmas day.  Just saying.

maple brussel sprouts bacon 7All I want for Christmas is for you to pin this recipe and share it on Facebook and Twitter using the buttons below!

For the most part, I am going to be checking out from the blog to enjoy this coming week with my family and friends.  I do have a post ready to go live for WIAW, but other than that you will not be seeing much of me.  I’ll catch you on Monday for a recap of my Christmas weekend!

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  • Jessie December 22, 2014, 2:57 am
    Brussel Sprouts is one vegetable I've had a hard time eating ever since finding out I was pregnant. I've tried preparing them multiple ways, but no such luck. Guess you'll just have to eat a serving or two for me :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 10:37 am
      Ahh, what a bummer! I hope you are able to enjoy them once again after the girls are born!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 22, 2014, 7:09 am
    I'm so mad I never got around to trying Tempeh before I developed my soy allergy! I was still a foodie novice then and wasn't aware of "cool" food at the time. However......I do believe there is some company that makes a soy-free tempeh....I need to find it again! I swear I heard of it before!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 10:39 am
      That seriously stinks! Tempeh is my favorite meat substitute. I hope you are right and that they make a non-soy version. And if so, I hope you can find it!
  • TIFFANY WOOD December 22, 2014, 8:25 am
    I'm deeply obsessed with this. Thank you for sharing. x Tiff (Creator & Editor-In-Chief @ http://hautemessmag.com)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 6:29 pm
      You are welcome, Tiffany! I hope you enjoy them :)
  • Ashley December 22, 2014, 9:50 am
    Yessss! I was so excited for this recipe! I have a slightly insane love of brussels sprouts :) haha Happy happy holidays! Hope you have a wonderful one with your family!! Ashley recently posted...Slow Cooker Gingerbread Hot ChocolateMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 10:40 am
      Isn't it crazy how good and popular brussel sprouts are now? I used to think they were "scary" as a child. I am glad I changed my mindset on this. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, as well!! Eat lots of delicious food :)
  • Susan Mahlburg December 22, 2014, 12:19 pm
    My husband LOVES brussel sprouts, and is always looking for new ways to prepare them. His brother is also a vegetarian, so this will be a nice dish to add to our holiday repertoire! Susan Mahlburg recently posted...evian Facial Spray: The Perfect Addition To Your Skincare & Makeup RoutineMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 4:51 pm
      Oh how perfect! I hope you all enjoy it :)
  • Justine Y December 22, 2014, 12:58 pm
    My husband and I are among the bacon lovers of the world, but this also looks amazing! Justine Y recently posted...favorite Christmas moviesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 4:51 pm
      Thanks Justine! If you haven't already, you definitely need to give tempeh "bacon" a try ;)
  • GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth December 22, 2014, 1:41 pm
    This looks so good! Brussels Sprouts are the bomb dot com right now apparently lol GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth recently posted...Last Minute Edible Christmas GiftsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 4:52 pm
      They SO are! They are definitely one of my favorite veggies ever, especially roasted!
  • karen December 22, 2014, 2:22 pm
    Loving the bacon and brussels idea. Normally I'm seeing bacon in weird places....like the bacon blizzard? What's going on here. ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2014, 4:53 pm
      YES! It is in dessert everywhere!! I'm not sure how tempeh "bacon" would be in desserts though either... I think I'll just stick with the blizzard with lots of chocolate and candy ;)
  • Farrah December 22, 2014, 7:08 pm
    I haven't had tempeh since I moved away from New Jersey! :[ I need to stalk some down so I can try making this! <3 Farrah recently posted...Recipe ReDux: Cream Corn Turkey Bacon Salad Drizzled in Balsamic GlazeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 23, 2014, 8:28 am
      Oh my gosh, yes you do! I just LOVE tempeh!! It is my favorite meat substitute :)
  • Linda @ Veganosity December 27, 2014, 11:57 am
    Pinned! What a fabulous recipe. I love Brussels sprouts, and I don't eat bacon, so this is my kind of dish. :) Linda @ Veganosity recently posted...Vegan Saturday NewsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 28, 2014, 10:08 am
      This definitely sounds perfect for you, Linda! I hope you enjoy it :)

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