Brussels Sprouts. Maybe you love them, or maybe you think you don’t - they generally don't have a great reputation. If you are in the camp that doesn't like sprouts I reckon that’s because you haven’t had them roasted. The key to perfect sprouts is not to over cook them or they become stinky and mushy, but when a sprout is roasted it loses some of that cabbage flavour and takes on a sweetness with a bright hint of lemon
That being said, in this dish the sprouts come out lightly tender. If you like them more tender, you can drop them into hot water for 2 minutes and drain before you roast them. You can also garnish these with chopped parsley leaves and a sprinkle of vegan or dairy Parmesan - I've even heard a rumour that its delicious with crumbled feta, but I haven't tried that myself. If you have let me know.
Health benefits of brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts are one of the low-glycemic nutritious vegetables that should be considered in weight reduction programs. 100 g brussel sprouts provide just 45 calories, nonetheless, they contain 3.38 g of protein, 3.80 g of dietary fiber (10% of RDA) and zero cholesterol.
Brussels sprouts are incredibly nutritious vegetable that offers protection from vitamin A deficiency, bone loss, iron-deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers.
What to Look For: Look for hard, bright-green sprout heads, as mushy sprouts yield less flavor. Avoid those with excessive leaf perforations; they may be housing aphids, common garden pests. Choose sprout heads of roughly the same size so they'll cook evenly.
How to Store: Store unwashed Brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within three or four days.
LEMON ROASTED SPROUTS
The sharp tang of lemon goes perfectly with the bitterness of the roasted sprout.
Author: Emma Olliff, Dip NT CNM
Recipe type: side
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
900g / 2 lbs Brussels Sprouts, halved
4 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 garlic cloves, crushed
Salt to taste
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!