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brussels sprouts: no, you aren’t in trouble

Posted: August 31st, 2009 | Author: leah | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | 7 Comments »

The weekend was ridiculously mild for the end of August making Saturday’s farmers market visit particularly lovely. Not only did the hubs come with me (!!!) but fall-ish produce items are starting to pop up. Early apples, butternut squash, and this week I saw brussels sprouts. I bought some potatoes, bread from Farrell Family as well as some of their amazing black olive tapenade. And of course, some brussels sprouts!

 I know, I know…sounds like something you have to eat when mom is mad at you. But I love these little guys. Not only are they nutrient BOMBS (huge amounts of vitamin C, folate, fiber and very low in calories and fat) they are a nice change in my opinion to the spinach or broccoli side veggie rut we can sometimes get stuck in. I tend to roast mine with a dab of olive oil, salt and pepper in the oven. They get fork tender but still taste “green.” Some of the leaves will fall off and crisp up almost like little chips. Delish! If you want to try this version, Ina Garten has a good recipe HERE.

What about you? Do you cook brussels sprouts or are they just a punishment? I’ve heard of some versions sauteed with bacon or pancetta that sound amazing. Could they be added to pasta? This week I’ll be sneaking them in along side chicken fried steak and gravy in place of the typical mashed potatoes. I figure if the hubs doesn’t like them, he can dip them in the gravy!

What veggie sides are a hit at your house? How do you shake up the broccoli / salad routine?