Friday, September 28, 2012

The Vegetable You Never Knew You Could Like

I didn't know they
grew like this :)
There are those certain foods in life that you just decide you aren't going to like.  Maybe it's because you had them when you were little and they didn't taste good, or maybe it's because they just sound nasty.  For me it was the very idea of people having told me they were nasty, and so I believed them.

Now that I am a grown up, who is passionate about studying food, I have decided to give such foods a chance to see what I really think of them.  So here enters brussels sprouts.

I've made them a few times in the last year or so, and thanks to accidentally over cooking them, my kids LOVE them!  That's right my kids love them!  You may be thinking I have the kind of kids that don't like candy or something, well you'd be wrong.

The secret to a great brussels sprout is in the way you cook it.  I happened to have heard a chef on tv one day tell me how to make them taste good, and I've been cooking them that way ever since.

Brussels sprouts are a great food to eat in the winter because they are not only high in vitamin C (120% of the RDA), but are also high in vitamin D which we tend to get less of during winter months.  Each serving of brussels sprouts, which is about four pieces, also contains folic acid, vitamin A, 2 grams of protein, and 3 grams of heart healthy fiber.  They also have an antioxidant called glucosinolates which can help prevent certain types of cancer. (source)

To cook them it is usually best to bake them.  Here is how I make them...

1.  They ususally come fresh or frozen, however just for fun I bought this giant bunch of them.  To prepare them I snapped off each brussels sprout.  They weren't organic so I took the time to peel the outer leaves off each sprout. (I only needed half of these so I froze the other half.)

2.  Cut each of the brussels sprouts in half and place them cut side up on a baking sheet.

3.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4.  Cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 10- 15 minutes, or until they get just slightly light brown on top.
Serve warm.  Enjoy!

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