Chances are that at some point in your life, probably when you were a child, you were ‘threatened’ with brussels sprouts. To me, this is sad for two reasons: 1) food shouldn’t be a threat, and 2) brussels sprouts aren’t really that bad. In fact, they have become one of my favorite vegetables as of late! Yes, I am no longer a kid anymore and my tastes have changed. But, like all other foods, if you prepare and season them properly, you too can enjoy brussels sprouts. They also pack a very healthy punch, so you get the benefit of a nutritional dish. The first step that I take to making tasty brussels sprouts is cooking them in a bit of lightly salted water. It is said that a full boil reduces the nutritional value of the sprouts, so just a quarter cup of water in a pan does the trick. The addition of a little salt helps flavor the sprouts while cooking. Next, you mix equal parts balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey for a quick glaze. Adding this to the sprouts at the last stage of cooking makes for a delicious and flavorful coating. Toss them with a dash of onion powder, and you are good to go!
HONEY BALSAMIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS
1 12oz package brussels sprouts, tips removed, then sliced in half
1/4 cup water, lightly salted
1 tbspn balsamic vinegar
1 tbspn olive oil
1 tbspn honey
dash of onion powder
In a large pan, add the salted water and brussels sprouts. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes. Mix the balsamic, olive oil and honey and set aside. Remove lid and let cook for another 4 minutes, or until the water has completely dissolved. When the water has completely dissolved, add the honey balsamic oil mixture, toss to evenly coat the sprouts, lower the heat and simmer uncovered for another 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, plate and lightly sprinkle with onion powder.