Brussels sprouts. They’ve built up a bad reputation with anyone who has ever had them just blanched or boiled. This is a shame because Brussels sprouts are actually full of health benefits. Not only are Brussels sprouts low in calories and fat, but they help to lower cholesterol, and they are a great source of antioxidants. Each sprout also contains an abundance of fibre with about four grams per cup and just under 100 micrograms of folate per cup.
By adding a few simple ingredients, you can turn these funny looking vegetables into a delicious and highly nutritious side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.
- Cook your Brussels sprouts in the turkey juice or butter. This makes them juicy and flavourful.
- Roast the Brussels spouts to crisp them up and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
- Toast them with butter and bread crumbs.
- Marinate them with your favourite sauce and grill or barbeque the Brussels sprouts.
- Breaded and deep fried. Everything tastes good deep fried.
If you’re unfamiliar with Brussels sprouts, here are a few tips on how to select Brussels sprouts when you’re at the market and how to prepare the sprouts after you’re home.
- Choose firm, bright green Brussels sprouts, stay away from ones with discolouration (yellowing, black spots etc).
- Make sure the leaves are tight, avoid the ones with looser leaves.
- Once at home, make sure to store them in a cool place if you’re not eating them immediately.
- Peel off any wilted outer layers.
- Slice a small ‘X’ into the bottom to help with thorough, even cooking.
Looking for some good Brussels sprouts recipes? Give one of these delicious Brussels sprouts recipes a try: