How to Love Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are probably one of the most-commonly disliked vegetables; as kids, many of us would do just about anything to get out of eating those little green globes. In all fairness, when Brussels sprouts are steamed or boiled without being properly seasoned, their flavor can be slightly bitter and off-putting. Still, we think it’s definitely time to give Brussels sprouts another chance. From their nutritional value to their versatility, Brussels sprouts just might become your new favorite vegetable.
If you’re health-conscious, you need to reevaluate your distaste for Brussels sprouts. These greens are incredibly nutritious; they’re low in calories but contain a good amount of fiber and protein to keep you energized during the day. On top of that, Brussels sprouts contain potassium, iron, and magnesium, not to mention Vitamins A, C, and B6. With all these nutrients, Brussels sprouts should be a part of your healthy diet and definitely deserve a better reputation than they currently have.
Of course, none of these health facts will help if you can’t stand the taste of Brussels sprouts. Their bitter flavor comes from sulfurous compounds that are intensified if they are overcooked or boiled but, when cooked correctly, those flavors are neutralized. Well-prepared Brussels sprouts are slightly sweet, nutty, and complex. Surprisingly, raw Brussels sprouts can spice up salads if you slice their leaves into thin strips. But to get the most out of this veggie, try roasting them in a balsamic glaze or after being tossed in olive oil with garlic and black pepper. Roasted or sautéed, Brussels sprouts are tender and not at all bitter.