Friday, October 03, 2014

Brussels Sprouts Love - Facts and Recipes

I Love Brussels Sprouts. It is my favorite green vegetable. Find out more about this delicious little cabbage head. Interesting factoids, nutrition and recipes. In fact, you get 5 plus 2 Fabulous and Tasty Recipes. Looking for the very best, fabulous and tasty 5-star recipes for preparing brussels sprouts so that everyone will love them?

brussels sprouts in a basket long island seeds
Here are some of the most delicious recipes for fixing these little green cabbage heads! This green vegetable is great in a variety of side dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and really every day! Learn how to prepare brussels sprouts with these hand-selected recipes.

This is one of my favorite green vegetables along with broccoli, cabbage, and cucumbers! I think of all those veggies as some of my favorite comfort foods. Yes, veggies!

I know that you too will love these tasty recipes for preparing your own brussels sprouts side dishes.

Who knows, perhaps these little cabbage heads will become your favorite green vegetable of all time. Let's give this little green veggie a try shall we?

Yummy Photo Credit: Long Island Improved Seeds.

Love Them or Maybe Not Poll
Please answer our poll question! There's no neutral ground here ... love brussels sprouts?
  1. Love them ... yummy!
  2. Yech ... not my style!!

My Confession: I Love Them Any Way You Fix Them!
Yes, indeed these are cool little veggies!

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You'll find that brussels sprouts are great when cooked simply in a butter sauce or with balsamic vinegar or with a cheesy sauce or with herbs or extra garlic flavoring! Prepare them on the stovetop, in the microwave, or oven-roasted. There are so many delicious ways to prepare this green little cabbage head!

Don't let that signature smell turn you off. A specific isothiocyanate, namely allyl isothiocyanate, is credited for the smell. And, that is a good thing, as allyl isothiocyanate has shown to be unfriendly to precancerous cells in research studies.

They are super tasty and quite delicious in roasted recipes. Ah, to me, this mini cabbage head, green vegetable is the most delicious vegetable. Try one of these tasty recipes or experiment with some of your own favorite ingredients.

Pop them into a casserole and try oven-roasting. You can't go wrong! You'll find they can be quite yummy. Trust me!

I have been talking about this vegetable for a long time, before they became popular. Now, people worldwide are talking about them. Hey, there are more than five plus two ways to prepare these little cabbage heads - I too am constantly experimenting with them. There are a lot of things you can do with brussels sprouts ... try them alone or as part of a more complex recipe.

You know, you can find quite a few websites promoting recipes for this vegetable. Yes, learning how to prepare these tasty morsels should be on your list! Let's get started.

By the way, I must take time to thank my readers for being there over all these years. What a rewarding experience to be able to write about my fond food memories and to have such a fantastic readership base. Thank you! --The Brand Ambassador JaguarJulie!

P.S. I WAS the Official Squidoo Comfort Foods Contributor! Did you know that? Well, you probably guessed it. Yes, brussels sprouts are some of my favorite green comfort foods!

5 Plus 2 Little Green Factoids!
They are good for you.

brussels sprouts factoids by jaguarjulie
brussels sprouts factoids by jaguarjulie
  1. Brussels sprouts come from the very same vegetable family that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi.
  2. They contain Vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fiber.
  3. Because they contain sinigrin, it is thought that they help protect against colon cancer.
  4. Nearly all of these vegetables in the United States come from California.
  5. Approximately 2% actually are grown in Long Island, New York.
  6. "Brussels sprout" is a countable noun. In the plural, it is "Brussels sprouts."
  7. "Listen here, I've loved these little green cabbage heads long before they became socially-acceptable." --JaguarJulie

Nutrition Facts of Brussels Sprouts
Everything you ever wanted to know and more!

nutrition facts on brussels sprouts
These little green vegetables are good for you! Check out the nutritional facts of these little cabbage heads and learn more about them whether cooked, boiled or drained!

You will find a great reference for fresh foods is freshcutproduce.com where you can get pertinent nutritional data and delicious facts about your favorite fresh foods; green or otherwise.

Delicious Brussels Sprouts Recipes
Check out these hand-selected recipes.

#1 Three Point Brussels Sprout Casserole: Ingredients include beaten eggs, soft bread crumbs, cream of mushroom soup, onion, butter, and cheddar cheese. Everyone loves to make casseroles. This recipe will convert the biggest critic.

#2 Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts Recipe: This is a very easy dish to prepare. You will probably find the ingredients on your shelf - extra-virgin olive oil along with fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. You decide which grated cheese to add. Just a little does it.

#3 Pan-Browned Brussels Sprouts Recipe: I love using fresh garlic cloves which is a key ingredient for this recipe. You'll need some pine nuts, olive oil, butter, pepper and salt. This is another easy way to prepare this delicious green vegetable.

#4 Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar: The key ingredient in this preparation is balsamic vinegar. It's not just for salads. You'll also use olive oil, garlic, onion, butter, and salt and pepper. The vinegar nicely coats the veggies and enhances the flavor. You might make a convert with this dish.

#5 Buttered Simple Recipe
This is the traditional fast and easy recipe. They are great MASHED and served with Butter! - Use your fork to mash these little cabbage heads!

brussels sprouts mashed by jaguarjulie
brussels sprouts mashed by jaguarjulie

2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts, trimmed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Cook Brussels Sprouts in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Do not over boil please. Check at 10 minutes as they should be tender to a fork. Drain water and toss with butter and salt and pepper to taste.

Simply easy ... any chef should be able to handle this. I know, I do! Sometimes you don't want to mess with your food preparation, but want to enjoy the true taste of your food. This is the way to go! ~ Compliments of Jaguar Julie.

#6 Potato and Blue Cheese Soup Recipe
One of our readers, Phil, stopped by to share this recipe, "Here is a soup that I invented."

1/2 onion - finely chopped 1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed ginger
1 tbsp olive oil
2-1/2 cups milk - warmed
2 cups chopped cooked brussels sprouts
1-1/2 cups chopped cooked potatoes
1 tbsp dry sherry
100gm blue cheese
Nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion, garlic and ginger in olive oil for 10 minutes or until onion is soft. Add the chopped vegetables to the warmed milk and stir to combine. Add vegetables and milk to onion, garlic and ginger. Blend to puree.

Add crumbled blue cheese and dry sherry. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Reheat until cheese melts and soup is hot. Do not boil.

#7 Lima Beans and Garlic Puree Recipe
Submitted by one of our readers, Ali Hakala on November 1, 2009. "Very flavorful dip for crackers or vegetables! Freezes well."

1 lb. brussels sprouts
4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups cooked lima beans
1-1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. Italian parsley, fresh
1 Tbsp. oil or butter
salt and pepper to taste

1. Prepare and blanch brussels sprouts for 2 minutes, remove from water and toss into ice-cold water, drain.
2. Saute garlic and brussels sprouts in oil or butter on medium or medium low. Season with salt and pepper.
3. When brussels sprouts are cooked through, add lima beans, then milk or broth. Simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and cool somewhat.
5. Blend thoroughly. Can also add a splash of lemon.
6. Spoon into serving bowl and garnish with chopped parsley.

brussels sprouts favorite recipe poll results
What is Your Favorite Recipe?
Please answer our poll question. Which of these is your favorite?
  1. Cheesy Casserole
  2. Golden-Crusted
  3. Pan-Browned
  4. Balsamic Vinegar
  5. Buttered Simple
  6. Potato and Blue Cheese Soup
  7. Lima Beans and Garlic Puree

The Pickled Poll
brussels sprouts pickled poll results
First came the pickle! What is your experience with these pickled vegies?
  1. I love them pickled ... hot or medium or mild!
  2. I love dill pickles and dill you-know-whats!
  3. Not yet tried them pickled.
  4. I'm just learning to love them regular style.
  5. Not a lover.

Please Give Brussels Sprouts a Try!

Perhaps you have not liked the taste of this green vegetable since you were a kid? I've found that I need to give all foods a chance, especially if I didn't like them when I was young.

Our taste buds change as we get older. Something old can taste new again. Why not give these little green vegies a second chance?

You know, they are great whole, sliced or diced, or even mashed! There is a lot that you can do with those little cabbage heads.

Already love them? Drop me a note in the guestbook and tell me how much.

Got a favorite recipe that you would like to share? Please tell me about it especially if you would like me to feature it here on my fan page.

Ready to Grow Some Brussels Sprouts?


I've had a lot of luck using Burpee Seeds! May I recommend you try Burpee 50171 Brussels Sprouts Brawny Seed Packet.

I recently planted a sunflower garden with 4 different packets of their seeds.

After the great success with that flower garden, I would want to next try some of these.

Have you grown any little green cabbage heads yet? Why not try it.

Take a Closer Look : This Food Can be Whimsical Art


It's a singular vegetable! What a cute little gift idea for the cabbage head lover in your life.

I love a little whimsy in my figurines. This will put a smile on your food lovers face.

Consider more than one; like a school of fish or little cabbage heads.

This is the Home Grown from Enesco Brussel Sprout Fish Figurine. It measures 3 inches.

You might also like the Home Grown Brussel Sprout Fish Hanging Ornament or the Home Grown Mini Brussel Sprout Beetle.

Thanks for dropping by today.

We truly love to hear from our readers. Won't you take a moment to let us know you were here? And, definitely let us know what you favorite recipe is for preparing this delightful little green vegetable comfort food.

History: I Love Brussels Sprouts was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on January 12, 2008. On February 8, 2010 this lens earned the Purple Star Award for quality content. It was honored with the Squidoo lens of the day LOTD on August 29, 2014.

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