Eat Your Brussels Sprouts!

Brussel Sprouts

Believe it or not, this past fall was the first time I have ever had brussels sprouts! Just the mention of them usually evokes strong feelings one way or the other for most people, they either love them or, most likely, hate them. 

I grew up having a balanced, home-cooked meal almost every night with everyone in the family at the table together, but I think that someone must have disliked them as we never had brussels sprouts that I can recall.  In fact, it was last fall when my Mom was visiting that inspired me to give them a try. 

We first tried them boiled and plain, which I’ll admit was pretty boring.  But I’ve since tried several different recipes and my two favorites are this one and this one (pictured above).  My husband actually asks me to buy brussel sprouts now!

Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous veggie similar to cabbage, high in vitamins C and K, and full of fiber.   But one of the most valuable nutrients from these little cabbage-like heads is sulforaphane, a phytonutrient that helps boost the body’s ability to protect against diseases like cancer.  And they are usually in season this time of year, so don’t shy away, find some local brussels sprouts and and try one of the recipes above. 

Posted in Chew On This,Going Local by Liz on February 21, 2008 | Permalink | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “Eat Your Brussels Sprouts!

  1. Debbie says:

    I love boiled brussel sprouts. The only thing that I add that I must admit makes the boiled brussel sprout taste devine is butter and nutmeg. I know butter isn’t all that great but brussel sprout swimming in butter with a sprinkle of grated whole nutmeg. Mmmmmm! Nothing better.

  2. Liz says:

    Yum, Nutmeg, I will have to give that a try. Thanks for the tip Debbie!

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