We’ve been conditioned to think of certain vegetables as the ultimate in yucky foods. Whenever an example of some “gross” vegetable is brought up in a cartoon, movie, or even in a book, the poor Brussels sprouts almost always get the bad reputation. Well, runners, joggers, and walkers, no more! It’s time to give these often-shunned veggies a spot in your refrigerator.
For those of you who aren’t terribly familiar, Brussels sprouts are those tiny cabbage-like veggies near the peppers, parsnips, and zucchini (at least in our grocery store that’s where they’re located). You can buy them by the pound or you can also find them in the freezer section, though I’d say if you’re skeptical — try fresh first. Once I finally gave them a try, Brussels sprouts quickly became one of my top three favorite vegetables.
Here’s why: They’re high in vitamin C. Just one cup contains more than 100 percent of your daily requirement of this nutrient, meaning you’ll avoid all those winter colds and skipped workout excuses. They contain high levels of phytonutrient glucosinolate, which fights cancer among other things. And they’re absolutely delicious when cooked right.
Here are 20 tasty, hand-picked recipes for this new favorite!
- Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts via Wicked Spatula
- Baked Eggs with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts via An Avocado a Day
- Curried Brussels Sprouts Soup via The Flexitarian
- Ham, Cheddar, and Brussels Sprouts Waffles via Grab a Plate
- Millet Winter Salad with Brussels Sprouts via Tasty Plan
- Turkey Sandwich Topped with Brussels Sprouts via Food 52
- Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Roasted Brussels Sprouts via Food Doodles
- Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts via A Calculated Whisk
- Brussels Sprouts Kimchi Tacos via Dolly and Oatmeal
- Pizza with Shaved Brussels Sprouts via Food and Style
- Ginger-Walnut and Brussels Sprouts Filled Puff Pastries via Lucullian Delights
- Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Quiche via Peaches, Please
- Brie Brussels Sprouts Spread on Toast via Chase That I Love
- Wintergreen Soup via Three Little Halves
- Brussels Sprouts Salad with Seared Shrimp via Bev Cooks
- Poached Eggs with Brussels Sprouts on Toast via Five and Spice
- Brussels Sprouts with Chanterelles, Tarragon, and Cream via Cook Think
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry-Pistachio Pesto via Angie’s Recipes
- Brussels Sprout Slaw via Kitchen Konfidence
- Brussels Sprouts Winter Salad with Quinoa via Grown to Cook
One way I’m not sure I’m ready to eat this most nutritious cruciferous vegetable? These Brussels Sprouts Cupcakes, though Cake Spy — too — deemed them “too bitter” to bite.
What’s your favorite way to eat Brussels sprouts? Or do you still avoid them?
Written by Ashley Marcin.