Friday, October 10, 2008
They are not gross!!! As a child, this was one of my favorite things to eat. My mother knew exactly how to prepare them to perfection!
Get a bag of brussel spouts at Trader Jose's or a stem of them at the Farmer's Market. Wash them. Then steam them for about 4 min. - 8 min. until they are slightly aldente. You still want them crunchy, never soft. They lose a lot of their nutritional value if steamed too much. Meanwhile, have a pan on the stove with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter... REAL BUTTER IS NOT BAD FOR YOU as long as you are eating right, it's not bad for you! Margarine, or soy butter is not good for you at all. If you're vegan, then use walnut oil or sunflower oil, but if you're not, then real butter is the way to go.
Once the butter has melted and the pan is really hot, throw in the brussel spouts for about 20 seconds and quickly stir around in the butter. Throw on some salt and pepper and the take them off the pan as fast as you can and enjoy. Raw foodist might disagree with this preparation, but wouldn't you rather enjoy a healthy food???? There is still enough nutrients for it to make an impact on your life.
For the salad I made in the previous entry, I cut off the ends of the sprouts and cut them in half. They make a delicious addition/ garnish to any salad, especially with the apple cider vinegar dressing!