I have always despised brussel sprouts. As a vegetarian, I generally like all vegetables but not brussel sprouts. I thought they were mean, nasty, little, bitter cabbages and I avoided them like the plague until today.
I’ve been doing research on nutrition that will support me having the best possible outcome from the dental reconstruction I will begin shortly. (I’ll get more into this in a future post.) So, you can imagine my inner conflict when I discovered that brussel sprouts, those angry little wet balls of green slimy leaves, are loaded with vitamin K, essential to strong bones, and calcium… among many other health benefits. Dammit! Now, I was going to have to give those little suckers another try.
So, today with an open heart and mind, I opened a bag of fresh (well, you know, Trader Joe’s fresh) of brussel sprouts. I dutifully cut off what remained of their little tails and split them in half. (I learned it was good to split them in half because sometimes little creatures can be found amongst the leaves…ewwwl!) Then I put them in a bowl full of water with three tablespoons of vinegar for ten minutes to clean them. I rinsed them off and was ready to roast.
I figured, since I tend to like roasted veggies that, roasting might increase the odds I actually would find them edible. I added a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then I put the little green guys in the oven for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
When I checked on them, I was pleased to find them just starting to turn brown and tender but not slimy. I cautiously put one in my mouth and began chewing. While, I would say they definitely were mildly astringent but not at all bitter. They were quite pleasant. I couldn’t believe it. I was actually enjoying brussel sprouts!
So, to any of you veggie avoiders out there (you know who you are!) you may want to give your detested dish another try. I think prep is key when it comes to certain vegetables. So, if you don’t like it the way your grandma made it; find a new recipe; mix it up; invent your own! It might improve your health and make your world a little more interesting.
Love and blessings to all.