What are brussels sprouts?
Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and are in the same family as cabbage and kale. They actually look and taste like a mini cabbage! Brussels sprouts grow on a long stem measuring 2-3 feet high (pictured below), but are commonly found in grocery stores removed from the stem in bulk or in a package.
Health benefits of brussels sprouts
- As a dark leafy green, brussels sprouts are packed with fiber and nutrients, including vitamin K and C.
- Cruciferous vegetables, including brussels sprouts, contain antioxidants which help to boost immunity, detoxify, and may reduce inflammation by protecting cells against oxidation or damage.
When to buy brussels sprouts
Anytime is a good time to buy these nutritious little cruciferous vegetables! If you are thinking about the seasonality of foods, brussels sprouts are in season and best to buy in the late fall and winter. But, brussels sprouts can be found in the produce section of the grocery store year round.
How to use brussels sprouts
Think of brussels sprouts as small cabbages. If you’re ready to use brussels sprouts in your cooking, start by using brussels sprouts in place of cabbage in meals that your family already loves. From salads to stir frys to stews, brussels sprouts can add a nutritious and delicious element to your next meal.
Brussels sprouts can be enjoyed cooked or raw! To avoid excess gas symptoms, ease into eating brussels sprouts by preparing smaller quantities or mixing them into a balanced meal.
Roasted– halved or quartered brussels sprouts, coated in seasonings and 2-4 tablespoons of oil, spread on a baking sheet and baked at 400°F for 20-30 minutes or until slightly golden and tender.
Steamed– steam halved or whole brussels sprouts, then toss with seasonings.
Boiled– boil whole brussels sprouts like you would a potato, until tender and careful not to over cook, then toss with seasonings.
Sautéed– add halved, quartered, or thinly sliced brussels sprouts to a skillet over medium high heat with 2-4 tablespoons of oil, add seasonings of your choice and sauté until tender.
Raw– thinly sliced or shredded brussels sprouts add a perfect crunchy texture to any salad or sandwich.
Did you know? Brussels sprouts are a popular and trendy dish that are served at 5 star restaurants! Try your hand at making your family a nutritious and trendy dish this week with this Simple Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe.
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