Brussels Sprouts Virgin

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.

Behold:

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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!

Tonight I decided to tackle these bad boys head on! They don’t looks so bad, right?  wicked 281

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?

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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!

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When I mentioned my resolution was to try Brussels sprouts, I was sent an awesome recipe by Michelle that she got from a Clean Eating Magazine! Michelle is from Australia! G’day girl!

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The recipe called for me to slice up the sprouts.

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I also cut up a clove of garlic and with some olive oil I added it all to the frying pan to get sizzling!

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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

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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

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I mixed everything together in the bowl and once the sprouts were done I tossed them in the mixture right before serving.

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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?

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The Brussels sprouts mixture wasn’t the prettiest creation I ever made, but it was tasty!

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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?

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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.

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Luckily I had my pasta dish too.

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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.

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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!

Also I posted earlier about the Disney Princess blogger meet up! Our little list is growing! Come meet us if you can! 

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9 Comments

  • Reply Allie February 3, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I love brussel sprouts, I usually just steam them and put a little butter and salt on them. I'll have to try this recipe though since my way is a little boring.

  • Reply Texan Couture February 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    The roasted brussel sprouts from the Whole Foods hot bar are so good!! I highly recommend you try them if you get a chance.

  • Reply Jenny February 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I am a brussel sprout fiend! I swear, on Thanksgiving I have the entire pot to myself!

  • Reply Cassie February 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I have been kicking the brussel love old school… I swear I was the only 5 year old who would eat brussel sprouts! There isn't a bad way to make them, they are DELICIOUS! I'm glad you're jumping on the brussel wagon 🙂

  • Reply Jacqui February 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I love sprouts too. The first time I tried them was at my in-laws because I felt bad not eating them. We have them all the time. So funny because my hubby always says they taste "green" when people ask!

  • Reply laughin n lovin March 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I also recently tried brussel sprouts, but we steamed them. I added butter and the first bite for me was delicious and then the bitterness crept up on my tastebuds. They were the frozen kind so I figure next time I'll try them fresh. I'll try them with this recipe because it looks good. Another vegetable I tried that I had never had before was asparagus, and I love it! I can't get enough.

  • Reply Nicole September 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Leslie-I am a huge Brussels Sprouts fan and I roast them in the oven. I toss them in a bowl with EVOO and a little salt, then roast them at 400 until the leaves start to get drak and crispy. Sometimes I toss them with garlic, or onions, or even mushrooms, whatever I have in the house…When they are roasted, they become even more sweet and carmalized and delicious!

  • Reply Vanessa December 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    try this recipe, it is delicious! Saute halved brussel sprouts in olive oil, season with a little S+P, you may need to add a little bit of water to help steam them(just a little), then add balsamic vinegar and continue to cook for a minute or two, then top with shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese and cover, let that melt and then enjoy!

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