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Monday, March 9, 2009

Brussel Sprouts?

Now that you, my faithful reader(s) (thanks, Mom...lol), think of me as a cereal-eating, candy-usurping Mom who is derelict in grocery shopping duties, I will proudly tell you what I cooked for dinner last night.


Brussel Sprouts.

Yes; you read correctly. I served my 10-year-old and almost-13-year-old boys (and 40-year-old boy) brussel sprouts! The fresh kind.
I can tell by the bewildered look on your faces that I need to explain...

My nightly standard vegetables consist of fresh broccoli or fresh spinach. Apparently my children are tired of these vitamin-packed nutritious vegetables. I can tell by the volume of whining audible each night. I do a good job, too, sauteeing them with garlic and a little bit of olive oil or butter. The boys don't think so. They are T-I-R-E-D of broccoli and spinach.
"My gosh!" I exclaim exasperatedly. "It's not like they're brussel sprouts..."

"We want brussel sprouts!" came the chorus without hesitation. "Anything but broccoli or spinach!"

"Fine," I snorted... and off I went to the grocery store the next day to purchase fresh brussel sprouts, which I have never, in my life, cooked before.

I found a fabulous recipe online; many thanks to the host of 101cookbooks.com, who provided a delicious recipe involving ingredients I have in my kitchen! Brussel sprouts (obviously!), olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Voila! (Here's the link: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/goldencrusted-brussels-sprouts-recipe.html)

Who'd a thunk it; they were a huge it! The only criticism? I didn't make enough!

There you have it, folks. Brussel sprouts and delicious can occupy the same sentence.


  1. My husband brought home brussel sprouts already prepared from the market (one of those gourmet deals) a few weeks ago. I never would have picked them out but they were great. They were roasted. I think they are a veg. you have to get creative with otherwise they can be pretty awful.

  2. I agree with you. You can't just boil 'em and serve 'em...

  3. so that's where the brussel sprouts comment came from...lol. no way in hades will i ever eat that stuff. i have a very hate-hate relationship with foods that stink and well...this falls in that category for me.

    but glad ur kids liked them.

  4. You should link to the recipe! Did you steam them or saute them? Or were they roasted? I want to try them. Also, were the whole or cut in half? You can't just leave us hanging like this!

    The only way I have cooked them are in soup. An awesome chicken soup with parsnips, carrots, halved brussels sprouts and... not sure what else. But you get the idea. It's kind of neat to cut the sprouts in half because some of the leaves will fall off and it adds greenery to the soup which looks nice.

  5. Wendy, how do I link? lol. They were SOOOOO yummy.

  6. Here is a page that explains it. I hope that will help! Blogger University comment link how-to

    Also, tomorrow I will be posting a story about brussels sprouts in your honor. :-)


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