Eat your Brussels sprouts!

Image“Eat your Brussels sprouts!” I’m sure you have heard this at least once in your life.  This is because people fear Brussels sprouts for whatever reason. Of all vegetables they have the worst reputation.  However, a recent trend in the foodie culture has revived their reputation to make them popular.  Numerous restaurants are adding them to their menus so I decided to try for myself at home.  Here is a simple recipe you can follow for Brussels sprouts that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy (if you can convince them to try one!).ImageImageImage

Brussels Sprouts

Yields 4 servings

Ingredients

2 dozen fresh Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons of butter

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional) to taste

Directions

Wash the Brussels sprouts thoroughly and remove any damaged leaves.  Prep the Brussels sprouts by cutting in half.  Then, cut off the ends or remove the core by cutting a triangle at the base.  Heat up butter and olive oil in a medium sized skillet over medium-low heat.  Then add the Brussels sprouts. Season with salt and pepper (only use a small amount to start – then add more once you have tasted one). Cook the Brussels sprouts until they start to brown and become tender about 10-15 minutes.

*If your Brussels sprouts are already browned but still too firm on the inside you can remove them from the heat and cover with a lid.  They will steam and eventually become tender.Image

More reasons to eat your Brussels sprouts: Brussels sprouts are in season from late August to March so they make a great healthy edition to hearty winter meals.  It is easy to find locally grown Brussels sprouts at the grocery store between these months.  You should pick the sprouts with the tightest packed leaves.

Brussels sprouts are high in vitamins A, B, and C and are a great source of potassium, fiber, iron, and carotenoids. Brussels sprouts are known as cruciferous vegetables, which are rich in phytochemicals.  These chemicals are said to fight various forms of cancer. Some researchers believe these phytochemicals are as critical as antioxidants for your health. So eat your Brussels sprouts!

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