12.01.2011

Produce Pick of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

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I can hear your groans already. It's possible that the humble Brussels Sprout is one of the most hated veggies out there. But they've always been a favorite of mine. As with one of my other favorites—Asparagus—the secret is in the preparation method. Most folks simply do not know how to prepare and serve them right. They get boiled to death, stink to the high heavens, and squish in your mouth like a... yeah I'll stop there. Even I get grossed out by how some folks have destroyed a good Sprout.

Credit: wifeyluvs2cook (allrecipes)

The fact is, Brussels Sprouts are very good for you. Low in fat, cholesterol-free, and filled with cancer-fighting phytonutrients these veggies are worth learning to love. A half cup serving is a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, and Manganese (source). I wish I'd stocked my freezer with them while I was pregnant because all of those vitamins and minerals are so important. Those are just the ones they rate very good on. You can see a more indepth look at them here.

Why did they earn the coveted—okay in my own mind veggies fight for this—position as my Produce Pick of the Month? They're one veggie that is easy to keep in the freezer and fix quick. In fact, trying to find any raw preperation recipes was tough. They're enough like cabbage to earn a few slaw recipes but mostly they're looking good paired with smokey meats like bacon, crunchy nuts, and fruit. In fact, my recipe search inspired me so much I can hardly wait for my next grocery store trip so I can buy some fresh ones and get cooking!

Credit: breezrmom (photobucket)

Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Risotto
Brussel Sprout Cole Slaw with Walnuts
• Asian Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries Baby Carrots And Brussels Sprouts Glazed With Brown Sugar and Pepper
Baked Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts, Figs, and Blue Cheese

Maybe they still won't win over your kids but try serving one of these dishes this winter or even at the holiday table. Let me know if you don't convert to the green side. I'm drooling over the Rigatoni with figs and blue cheese myself. Wouldn't that make a nice potluck dish?

Of course they're always in the freezer section ready to go in steamer bags with butter sauce for a fast sidedish. Even my husband will eat them!

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