Healthy Addictions: Brussels Sprouts

April 11, 2013 4:57 pm

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There are a few major themes in my life: fun, great people, exercise, meditation, and brussels sprouts.  I have an abnormal obsession with crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, deep dark roasted, slightly salty brussels sprouts.  The good news is brussels sprouts are a very trendy vegetable side dish in Los Angeles restaurants so it is very easy to fulfill the brussels sprouts craving at any moment; but the even better news, is that these little nuggets of nutritious delight are VERY easy to make at home. Literally they take maximum 7 minutes to prepare by tossing them with your desired spices and olive oil. Then they go in the oven to carmelize and roast for an hour.

Health benefits of brussels sprouts:

Lower cholesterol, full of antioxidants, fight inflammation, prevent certain cancers, provide cardiovascular support, aid in digestion and blood sugar levels. (Keep in mind that some of these claims are simply claims and have not been extensively researched and proven).

 

The Easiest Recipe Ever:

Brussels sprouts, halved

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Garlic Powder

Optional: Turkey Bacon or Parmesan Cheese

 

1. Toss with enough olive oil to coat the sprouts (about 1 tablespoon per 10 whole brussels sprouts)

2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (I use truffle salt when I’m feeling fancy). Garlic powder and cayenne are optional.

3. Bake in 415 degree oven for about 45 minutes to an hour or until browned. You may need to stir them up midway through the cooking process so that they don’t burn.

4. If adding turkey bacon, cook according to the package. Cut into small strips and toss with the roasted brussels sprouts or slice and toss in with the brussels sprouts as they cook in the oven.

5. Eat as is or if not eating with turkey bacon, sprinkle with parmesan cheese!

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