Sunday, 27 March 2011

How to love sprouts!

Nearly all of us have pulled a face as a child when we were forced to eat Brussels sprouts, and I was no different. I really didn't like them. But for some reason, that all changed a couple of years ago and now I love them!! I can eat my way through a bag of them a day. And no, there are no "side effects"!
Even as an adult, you might go out of your way to avoid eating them, but you really shouldn't. They have so many health benefits. Firstly, it is really important not to over cook them as they will lose all their nutritional value and they will emit a sulfur smell that makes most of us hate sprouts in the first place. These little mini cabbages are a brilliant source of vitamins C and K and they are also a good way of getting lots of other good stuff into your body like vitamin A, folate, magnesium, riboflavin and potassium. Who knew all of that could be in Britain's most hated vegetable? (There was a poll in 2002). Brussels sprouts are also said to be one of those cancer preventing foods, and more research is being done into it.
If you steam Brussels sprouts, then they can have the benefit of lowering cholesterol. They also provide cardiovascular and digestive support. What is not to love about all that?

But, you still don't like the taste of Brussels sprouts?? Well, I have come up with a recipe that makes them super tasty. Also, when cooked like this, they are a great snack. You can pick on them whilst watching a film or the TV and they are a much healthier alternative to crisps or chocolate.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 250g Brussels Sprouts, ends trimmer and outer yellowing leaves removed.
- Fry light
- Sea salt, pepper, paprika and coriander

1. Place the sprouts in a baking dish and spray with fry light and sprinkle over a little salt and some pepper, paprika and coriander. Cut the larger sprouts in half if needed.

2. Cook at 200C for 30 minutes and then serve

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