Food Friday is my weekly homage to my favorite thing on Earth- FOOD! I haven’t always felt this way. I used to view food as the enemy. But no longer! I love food- it helps me meet my performance goals, nourishes my body, and most importantly keeps me healthy so I can make a difference in this crazy world. So every Friday I will be posting about one of my favorite foods. It may be a plant or animal, single ingredient or recipe, or whatever I feel like (hey- it’s my blog afterall).
If there is a particular food you would like me to talk about, recommend it in the comments!
But just like thick rimmed glasses and baggy sweaters, what’s old is new again. Brussels Sprouts are back in a big way. Restaurants are making a name by making them tasty. Hipster foodies buy them locally. And of course, they’re Paleo.
Brussels Sprouts pack a punch of nutrients and are super easy to make. So if you haven’t already, get daring and add some to your meal plan today!
P.S. Does anyone else say Brussel Sprouts?? I did… until about two days ago. It’s really Brussels Sprouts…. because modern versions were cultivated in Belgium!
- Super high levels of Vitamin C and K
- A good source of Folate, Manganese, Fiber, and Vitamin B6
- Provides protection against cancer because of a compound called glucosinolate. All cruciferous veggies contain this compound, but Brussels Sprouts have the most.
- Low carbohydrate- one gram per serving
Roasting Brussels Sprouts is the way to go.Some people like them steamed, but I think that makes them taste like mini-cabbage mush balls. So if that’s your jam, go for it. A good roast gives them crispy outer leaves and well cooked inside. You can also peel the leaves and make chips.You could also skip the cooking and slice them to make a winter slaw!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ham
1/2 Cup Chopped Ham (or sub 4 pieces of chopped bacon)
2 TBS Coconut Oil (melted)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 Degrees F.
2. Cut the white stalk off of the Brussels Sprouts and cut in half
3. Mix Brussels Sprouts with chopped ham, coconut oil, sea salt, and pepper.
4. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until crisp on the outside.
6. Serve immediately and enjoy!
What do you think? Do you like Brussesls Sprouts or would you rather put your head through a wall? If you love them, share your favorite recipes in the comments below!