How to cook Brussel Sprouts healthy? Why ?!?
You may remember Brussels sprouts as those small, round veggies that ended up on your plate as a child. Like most children, you probably didn’t want to eat them or cringed at the way they smelled while cooking. Despite these little drawbacks, however, they were put on your plate for good reason: they’re actually one of the world’s healthiest foods!
Those little veggies that look like mini-cabbages more than anything are packed with vitamins and minerals that can do wonders for your body and your immune system. Not only are they highly nutritious, but they’re also extremely versatile and can be prepared in a number of different ways. This means you have a variety of options for how to add them to your diet, so you won’t ever get bored with these perfectly crafted vegetables.
How to Cook Brussel Sprouts Healthy
Adding Brussels sprouts to your diet is incredibly easy because they can be prepared so many different ways. Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts; stir-fried, baked, shredded sprouts, parmesan sprouts, and raw sprouts are just a few ways to prepare these veggies. There are many oven roasted recipes like the one below: BBQ Roasted Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts with Garlic.
They can also be added to soups, salads, casseroles, pasta dishes, and used as garnish around poultry and fish. There’s truly no right or wrong way to make these, so simply find a recipe that intrigues you and get cooking!
I enjoy raw Brussel sprouts and often use them shredded in salads like this Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad.
No matter how they come, Brussels sprouts can offer you an excellent source of nutrients. Packed with good things from the earth and nature, these vegetables are perfectly crafted for maintaining health and wellness. When raw, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and K and contain good amounts of B vitamins such as vitamin B6, folic acids, and other essential minerals. They are also a good source of protein and dietary fiber and contain absolutely no cholesterol.
After all of that now you why you want to know how to cook Brussel sprouts healthy. This recipe is one of those ways you’re going to want to learn.
BBQ Roasted Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts with Garlic
- 1-2 heads broccoli
- 1-2 lbs. Brussels sprouts
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 – 1 tsp garlic powder (special instructions below for fresh garlic)
- good size pinch of salt
- a few shakes of pepper
- a few shakes of nutmeg
- a few shakes of paprika
- a few shakes clove powder
Preheat oven to 400 F. Clean your Brussel sprouts (as you can see by the picture to the right, they aren’t always very pretty). So I peel off the outer layers and throw them away. Then depending on the size of your sprouts, you can cut them in half or even quartered if you get the really big ones. You will want to cut your broccoli into bite-sized pieces also.
Place the broccoli and Brussel sprouts into a large bowl, drizzle with a little oil and add your seasonings. Toss or stir until the veggies are nice and coated.
Roast the veggies in your oven until they are nice and brown and caramelized. About 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and if needed add a little more seasoning.
How to cook Roasted Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts with fresh garlic
You will basically follow the same directions above, omitting the garlic powder. The difference is the last 5 minutes or so of cooking you will want to take the broccoli and Brussel sprouts out of the oven, add 3-5 minced garlic cloves to the veggies, give a good stir and cook for the remaining 5 minutes.
I have found, if you add the garlic at the beginning it often burns before the veggies are ready. Which isn’t very appetizing. I have tried using whole garlic cloves and not mincing but the flavor just doesn’t meld as well.
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Want to know how to cook Brussel Sprouts healthy in an even simpler and just as yummy way?
Just do a simple roast with just salt and pepper like I do for my roasted broccoli and they are a hit that way too!
Though Brussels sprouts may have gotten a bad reputation when you were a child, you can now look at them with new eyes. These little vegetables are wholly good for you with only benefits for your body and wellbeing. When eaten in moderation, these beauties will keep you regular, have you feeling great, and inspire you to create a healthy diet around them and their health benefits. Mom always said, eat your vegetables, and she was right!
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