I know that brussels sprouts get a bad rap, and I think that’s why I avoided them like the plague for most of my adult life. What I didn’t realize is that they could be DELICIOUS and super-duper easy to make. I’m going to give you two versions: one low-calorie and much healthier, and another with, you know, BACON. :)
- 8-10 large/robust fresh brussels sprouts
- 3 tablespoons of good olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of Splenda or other sugar substitute
- 1/2 teaspoon each of kosher salt and pepper
- Take the brussels sprouts and cut them in half, width-wise
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, salt and pepper
- Toss the brussel sprouts until they are well-moistened
- Grill the brussel sprouts for about 10 minutes, turning frequently to get even carmelization
- Enjoy the hell outta these!
- Follow the recipe from above, then set aside grilled brussels sprouts when done
- In a pan, crisp up one half package of small diced/cubed pancetta. You can usually find this pre-packaged in the salami and deli meat section. Fresh pancetta is best, but in a pinch you can use the packaged. It will be about 1/4 cup of pancetta total.
- Take the pancetta out of the pan to blot from the oil. Toss pancetta into a bowl, and then toss in the sprouts and mix well. Enjoy the hell outta this even more! The salty and sweet are a really killer combo!
If you make this, please let me know what you think! :)
BRUSSELS SPROUTS NUTRITIONAL INFO (FROM WIKIPEDIA):
Brussels sprouts are a cultivar of the same species that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi; they arecruciferous (they belong to the Brassicaceae family; old name Cruciferae). They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber. Moreover, they are believed to protect against colon cancer, because they contain sinigrin. Although they contain compounds such as goitrin that can act as goitrogens and interfere with thyroid hormone production, realistic amounts in the diet do not seem to have any effect on the function of the thyroid gland in humans. Brussels sprouts also contain high levels of erucic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.