The Beloved Brussels Sprout

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Since the end of April, I have been on a no carb diet. And while to many that may sound like a drastic way to lose weight, it has become a lifestyle change for both myself and my husband. The trick to going no carb is being good throughout the week and allowing yourself one “cheat meal” of choice on the weekends. For me, that’s usually a yummy Tex-Mex meal, including a margarita. By the way, when I say “no carb,” I am referring to refined carbs… So yes, we eat our fresh fruits and yogurt and just stay away from bread products, tortillas, pastas and cereals.

Overall, this lifestyle change has not only allowed us to lose weight but we feel better, make healthier choices, have more energy, and are creative with our meals, coming up with delicious and figure-friendly dishes. Some of my favorite meals are full of veggies–and I usually do not discriminate. From asparagus and spinach to artichokes and squash, I love me a good veg. As a child, I was never really introduced to Brussels sprouts but there was always an “ewwww” factor simply because I didn’t know much about them. And now I make them ALL. THE. TIME. Here’s one of my go-to recipes for these pretty little green babies.

Ingredients:

  1. Fresh bundle of Brussels sprouts
  2. Two cloves of garlic
  3. EVOO
  4. Garlic powder
  5. Salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 375. First, give the Brussels sprouts a good rinse with cold water. Cut the bulbs off of the bundle and tear off any loose pieces. Line a baking sheet with foil, spread the sprouts on the sheet then sprinkle some EVOO and your freshly chopped garlic on top. Be generous with your garlic powder, salt and pepper then use a fork or spoon to mix everything around on the pan.

Once they are ready to go, bake them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Turn the oven up to a low broil, move the pan to the top rack and let them sizzle for about 3-5 minutes or until they start to get a slight char on the outside.

The finished product? A super simple and delish side dish. Having a dinner party? Toss in some thinly sliced almonds for extra crunch and a pretty garnish. See, eating healthy can be so tasty you don’t even know you’re being good!