I am happy to announce that tonight I have officially tackled one of my 2010 Resolutions! I am off to a good start! Tonight I made a vegetable which I have never made or eaten before in my life.
The Brussels Sprout!
I must admit I was a little (ok, a lot!) intimidated by trying the Brussels sprout! They get a pretty bad wrap. It’s always the vegetable that people complain about or stay away from. It even gets made fun of most in the television sitcoms as what the kids won’t eat!
The one thing that got me excited right away about Brussels sprouts was the amazing health nutrition. These little green nuggets are high in Vitamin C, contain lots of antioxidants, are a fabulous source of fiber and provide the body with a great source of potassium. With a nutritional lineup like that, what’s not to love?
When I cleaned and sliced open the sprouts I was loving the fresh smell that they were giving off. They smelled like they looked: Green!
The recipe called for me to slice up the sprouts.
I also cut up a clove of garlic and with some olive oil I added it all to the frying pan to get sizzling!
They were so pretty once they got browning! The recipe called for the sprouts to cook for about 2-3 minutes, then sautee for 5-7 minutes. Next up you add enough water to the bottom of the pan, maybe 1/2 c. and cover and steam for about 5-7 minutes
While the sprouts were heating up, I decided to mix up the sauce. Ingredients included:
2 TB almond butter
2 tsp tamari
2 tsp agave
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1-2tsp lemon juice
I mixed everything together in the bowl and once the sprouts were done I tossed them in the mixture right before serving.
With the sprouts I made some pasta with veggies and sauce. I also decided that if I was making dinner and if I was going to be trying something new, then fiancé had to try it too! He was a good sport about it!
Do you make your significant other try your eats?
The Brussels sprouts mixture wasn’t the prettiest creation I ever made, but it was tasty!
It was hard to toss the sprouts in the peanut butter mixture, but I tried my hardest to make it pretty for the blog!
Does this look right Michelle?
Can I also tell you that this was SERIOUSLY HOT! My mouth was on FIRE the entire time I was eating them. I enjoy a good spicy meal, but this took it to a whole new level.
Luckily I had my pasta dish too.
I ended up putting my sprout mixture on top of my pasta to ease the pain from the heat. It took the edge off a bit, but it was still crazy hot. I liked it a lot and I ate it all, but next time I would cut down on the spices a bit.
It was still really good! And guess what? I am a Brussels Sprout believer! I loved them! I can’t wait to try them out with different recipes and add them to my meals!
Thanks so much for the recipe Michelle! You rock girl!
Do you like Brussels Sprouts? Do you have any good recipes to share with me? I would love to try any!