Browned Brussels sprouts with Bread Crumbs

  How many kids do you know who like Brussels sprouts? Somehow, Brussels sprouts are at the top of our list (minus the husband).  I should clarify, Trader Joe’s Shaved Brussels sprouts, sautéed with olive oil and sea salt, was what originally put them on our radar. From there, I gained the confidence to experiment with a new dish: Brussels sprouts and Bacon with Maple Syrup.  Another hit.  The irony? There isn’t a shred of Brussels sprouts in any of Mom’s recipes.  In fact, I didn’t even know what they looked like until starting the … [Read more...]

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

How many times have you been stumped, trying to figure out a vegetable side to your dinner? I was so tired of steaming and sauteeing broccoli (and so were my kids).   When I discovered Brussels sprouts (note proper spelling) I felt as if I had truly turned a corner and opened up a whole new realm of veggie possibilities. I introduced the first Brussels sprouts recipe sautéed with some chunks of bacon and hot maple syrup.  I had hoped the salty and sweet toppings would draw the attention away from the fact that is was labeled a "mystery … [Read more...]

Shaved Brussels sprouts with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Something very strange has happened the past two nights for dinner:  my son has demanded vegetables!  I swear.   I thought I was having an out of body experience.  And, this morning for breakfast, he asked for vegetables, again: Brussels sprouts.  The past two days, all he’s eaten for the past two dinners is Brussels sprouts. If you’re scratching your head, I had the same thought: this is extremely uncharacteristic for a seven year old boy! And, I wasn’t intentionally trying to get him to eat his veggies either.  I simply made a new side … [Read more...]

Brussels Sprouts w/ Bacon and Maple Syrup

Do you know any children who willingly eat Brussels Sprouts? I have no recollection of my mom even handling these vegetables when I was young.  However, by reputation, they were automatically placed way, way, way down on the bottom of my "Do Not Eat" list, right behind spinach.  But, even Popeye eventually got me to try spinach. Unfortunately, I would go almost 40 years without ever having tried Brussels Sprouts (or even spell it correctly)--until last summer.  I was out at a restaurant and by complete accident, I ate one sprout that … [Read more...]