I am always looking for creative ways to get my family to eat healthier foods, especially veggies. One veggie in particular that I love, but had a hard time getting my wife and kids to eat, was brussels sprouts. Brussels Sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin K & C and a very good source of manganese. Brussels sprouts also contain a wide variety of antioxidant phytonutrients, including many antioxidant flavonoids. They are a great food for detoxification, fighting inflammation and there is even evidence that the DNA in our cells are protected by naturally occurring substances in brussels sprouts.
Personally, I love to just steam brussels sprouts and add some sea salt. They make a great side dish. Although, I have been known to just eat a big bowl of them for a meal, but that can get boring sometimes. Plus, my wife and kids do not share my passion for sprouts. So, how do you get your family to eat these highly nutritionally dense food? Create a special sauce and add some…bacon!
Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- 1 lb of brussels sprouts (pre-cut into quarter wedges)
- 3 TBS of organic extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp of 100% lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic (1 clove = 1 tsp of minced garlic)
- 1/4 tsp of Himalayan sea salt (the pink stuff; it has less sodium)
- 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper
- 1 TBS of organic dijon mustard (you can find organic at Meijer or Kroger)
- 1 TBS of minced parsley (fresh of dried)
- 4-5 pieces of bacon (I recommend only eating bacon from a butcher to farmer you trust, not the supermarket)
Cook you bacon and set aside and let them cool. Then, fill bottom of your steamer (I use a sauce pan with a metal steamer insert; you can buy one for about $5) with a few inches water. Bring to a boil. While waiting for water to heat, cut your brussels sprouts into quarter wedges (this is an important step). Then steam for 5 minutes. DO NOT OVER COOK YOUR SPROUTS You loose at lot of the nutrients when over cooking veggies, unless you want to drink the water…which is okay of you are making a soup or broth.
Cut your bacon into little bacon bits. Once your sprouts are done, add them to a large mixing bowl and make your special sauce with the remaining ingredients and toss. Top it off with your bacon bits. Voila!