It’s the vegetable that has the worst reputation… at least it did a number of years ago. There used to be a general belief that Brussels sprouts were gassy, stinky, horrible-tasting, mini-cabbage balls that most people detested. For many, cooking brussels sprouts consisted of boiling and overcooking which brings out a bitterness in each bite. Then one day, the idea of roasting the hearty layered spheres became a thing and many long-ago haters of the veggie became true believers. Eating roasted Brussels sprouts, depending on the degree of cooking, might have a crunch or slightly soft but firm texture with a pleasant nuttiness. Tossed in olive oil and salt before roasting creates a simple, clean tasting experience.
These days, Brussels sprouts show up on many upscale, American-style eatery menus. Many households have gotten into the Brussels sprouts game, too. They’ve become a popular holiday side dish, especially for Thanksgiving. Many people even dish them up on any given day of the week, just because… and the kids even love them!
That holds true under our roof, too! My boys have loved the sprouts for several years now. And yes, we’re one of those families who look for the green buds on restaurant menus, often enjoying an order or two as a shared appetizer.
Brussels sprouts’ origin & nutritional profile
Britannica notes Europeans began eating Brussels sprouts in Belgium in the 1500s. Today, we know them to be a good source of vitamins A and K. They also have more vitamin C than a typical orange. The sprouts are high in fiber, manganese and folic acid.
They’re an inviting superfood that tastes perfect even when eaten raw, tossed in EVOO and sea salt. (Yes, it’s the same preparation as the roasted ones I suggested. Actually, that’s how I first discovered their tastiness in the raw, prepping them in a roasting pan and tasting them as I spread them in place before loading them in the oven.)
So happy this vegetable now has its day in the sun as a top-tier delight!
María Felicia’s 2023 New Year Body… Cleanse – Day 18
Written by Maria Felicia Kelley
Disclaimer: Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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