Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Balsamic Broiled Brussels Sprouts

I thought it was time for a veggie recipe! Although I absolutely love cooking desserts, all of the food groups must not be forgotten!

If my mom is reading this blog post right now she is probably reading in shock. Growing up I was an extremely picky eater and hardly ate any veggies, especially brussels sprouts.  So many parents struggle like my mother did to get their little ones to eat veggies.  FLAVOR is a huge trick to entice even the pickiest of eaters.  You might be surprised how much a little added balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, sesame oil, etc can add to your veggies.  The key is to add flavor without adding a terrible amount of fat.  For this recipe I went with balsamic vinegar (not to be confused with vinaigrette).

The smell that comes from the oven while these bad boys are cooking is delectable.  Something about the smell reminded me of grilling out.  Once the sprouts are broiled you will not want to stop eating them.  I know my family could not get enough.

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith
Balsamic Broiled Brussel Sprouts
by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Keywords: appetizer side vegetarian veggies
Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen Brussel sprouts
  • 2 - 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgen olive oil
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat broiler to high; place aluminum foil on broiling pan or cookie sheet; spray with non-stick cooking spray
2. Bring about 6 cups of water to boil; add Brussel sprouts and cook for about 6-10 minutes or until soft; remove Brussel sprouts from water
3. Slice each Brussel sprout in half and place on pan with the middle facing upwards
4. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over Brussel sprouts; sprinkle with salt and pepper
5. Broil for about 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned
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