Brussels sprouts are awesome. I love the way they grow straight out of the ground, with the little ‘cabbages’ clustered around the thick stalk.
These little cruciferous veggies, that are high in vitamins K and C also contain about 4 grams of fiber per cup.
They’re said to have cancer fighting antioxidants and researchers have determined that the sulforaphane made from Brussels sprouts’ glucoraphanin, helps protect the health of our stomach lining by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Pretty amazing!
I’ve recently discovered that I love Brussels sprouts!
I was not alway a fan. When I used to eat meat, (I’ve been a vegetarian for about 6 years now) I ate them cooked in a cream sauce with bacon and a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg.
Now, I’m a Brussels sprouts purist. That is, my favourite way to eat them is steamed with a little butter (or coconut oil) and a pinch of salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Yum!
I find I want to eat them everyday now. Lucky for me they’re fresh at the farmer’s market right now.
The farmer who I buy them from told me that if you choose a stalk that has just a kiss of purple on the outer leaves of the sprouts, they’ve been touched by frost and are the sweetest.
I picked some up last week at the market and as per his suggestion chose a stalk with just a touch of purple.
Absolutely sweet and delicious. So the ones that didn’t have purple were super delicious and the ones with a kiss of purple were even better.
Is it possible to become addicted to Brussels sprouts?
I may have to start weaning myself off of them…
Do you have a favourite Brussels sprout recipe you’d like to share?