Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fresh Pick of the Week: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are available year-round, though at their peak season September-February. Like itty-bitty cabbages (and from the same family), this vegetable is packed full of fiber to make you feel full and keep your digestive tract healthy as well as vitamin C, especially important to help with immunity in cold and flu season. More importantly, Brussels sprouts are delicious! They may have gotten a bad rap during years of icky overcooking, which releases their sulfur-taste (and makes your house stink). Cooked properly, they taste slightly sweet and make a perfect, low-calorie, nutrient-dense side dish. Try them sliced in half, tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 425 degrees, or give the recipe below a try.

Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Sauce
Brussels sprouts- as many as you can eat :)
~2 Tbs Olive oil
~1/4 cup Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash Brussels and slice off stem ends. Steam in pot of boiling water- leave lid off for first 2 minutes of cooking to release the enzymes that will otherwise cause them to become an UGLY green color.
2. Remove Brussels from pot and add oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Add back in Brussels sprouts and toss together.
Enjoy this dish warm!

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