Dr. Abby Campbell is a Naturopathic Doctor & President of 911 Body ResQ, an online store providing organic and non-GMO supplements.
A Delicious Fat-Burning Food
Did you say "Ick" when you read "Brussels sprouts?" You will be shocked at the taste of these little guys once you've tried this recipe. It wouldn't be a surprise if you come begging for more! Being infused with garlic, sea salt, and black pepper and then caramelized with butter just makes these bad boys good once and for all.
Though Brussels sprouts are known to be a "winter" food and served at holiday dinners, they are actually great anytime of the year. That is, if you can find them in your local grocery store or farmer's market.
Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
This Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe is not only ready to please, but it will also fuel your body with high octane energy. Brussels sprouts naturally contain mega antioxidants that will act at your defense against any free radicals. In combination with sweet garlic and extra-virgin olive oil, your protective levels are only multiplied. An army of dangers couldn't penetrate the protective guard of Brussels sprouts.
This recipe doesn't just taste delicious. If you're looking to boost metabolism and shed a few unwanted pounds of body fat, then Brussels sprouts help give you that advantage. So eat up!
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Serves 6 people at 3/4 cup each.
- 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, fresh
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
- 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Wash Brussels sprouts thoroughly. You may use Fit Fruit and Vegetable Wash to be certain to remove any fertilizers, dirt, or other residues. Pat dry with paper towels.
- Remove any outer yellow leaves of the Brussels sprouts and throw away. With a sharp knife, cut off and throw away the ends of the sprouts. Then cut sprouts in half lengthwise. Put in large bowl and set aside.
- Gather all other ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and butter. You may want to gather some kitchen utensils as well: measuring cup, garlic press, and small whisk. If you don't have sea salt, you may use kosher salt or even table salt; however, it may not have the same tasty effect.
- In a measuring cup, measure out extra-virgin olive oil. Add pressed garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. Stir well. Pour mixture into the mixing bowl with Brussels sprouts. Stir until all sprouts are coated.
- Cover Brussels sprouts and refrigerate until ready to cook. If you are in a hurry, set sprouts aside and prepare your meats and other dishes. Cooking the sprouts only take approximately 8 minutes, so you can cook these quickly and easily when ready. Refrigeration seems to infuse the tastes better, but there is nothing wrong with cooking them right after preparation.
- Heat stove top or electric skillet on medium-high heat and allow to get hot for three to four minutes. As a note, the electric skillet allows the Brussels sprouts to cook easier without sticking, thus leaving the shape of the sprouts in tact. It also allows plenty of room for stirring.
- Add butter to skillet and allow to melt and heat for approximately one minute. Though the Brussels sprouts are already coated in extra virgin olive oil, the butter gives the sprouts a nice caramelized flavor.
- Add Brussels sprouts to skillet and cover. Stir occasionally to allow all sides to brown. Pan roast for 8 minutes or until tender (your liking). The sprouts will be golden brown.
- Remove from skillet and serve with protein such as lean beef, chicken, turkey, pork tenderloin, or fish. You may even add a small serving of starchy carbs like brown or wild rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, or quinoa.
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Vitamin C Benefits
Did you know that one cup of Brussels sprouts gives you 125 percent of your daily value for vitamin C (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)? Not only does it help you to overcome the common cold quickly. Vitamin C benefits include the protection against:
- cardio vascular disease,
- immune system deficiencies,
- prenatal health problems,
- mood instability,
- eye disease, and even
- skin wrinkling.
Why not take this benefit today? Cook yourself some Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts!
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