Healthy and Homemade: Brussels Sprouts

Recently I've been on this "must eat healthy kick." I've constantly been tired and just haven't felt like my normal self. To combat this problem, I decided to make some lifestyle changes. Up first (well, because working out for me is going to take A LOT of motivation) is changing my eating habits. In the past I have tended to rely on things that are quick… frozen meals, fast food, whatever would get in my belly the quickest. While these eating habits worked for me while I was a competitive swimmer and even in college, they aren't going to get me far as I get older. 

When it comes to eating healthier, the one thing I won't compromise on is taste. There is no way in heck that I am eating rice cakes or those crappy weight loss meals that taste like card board. For me, my main goal is eating healthier so I have more energy, not to lose weight. So I challenged myself to make healthy meals with no compromise on taste.

First up, I decided to start adding in more veggies to my meals. One veggie that I have recently discovered I like is brussels sprouts. Now growing up I would have NEVER touched these if my life depended on it, BUT as I get older my taste buds have seemed to shift. So here is a recipe I created to help get my daily doss of green veggies, but there is definitely no compromise on taste. I absolutely love pairing these things with some chicken or another meat. 

Let me know what you think!

What You Need:
1 pkg of store bought brussels sprouts
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar 
Minced Garlic 
Salt and Pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese

Now Follow Me: 
Rinse your sprouts and cut them in half, or in sections if they're on the larger side
Throw them into a bowl
Toss with EVOO, Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbs. of minced garlic and salt/pepper (amounts to your liking)
Let marinate in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes
Heat some more olive oil in a small skillet on high
Dump sprouts into skillet and cover
Let simmer for 10 - 15 minutes on medium heat, tossing occasionally
Once they're starting to crisp, and you notice some charring, they're done! 
Shred some parm on top and enjoy!

**If you have a cast iron skillet, that is preferable. The extra grit and grease will bring out more flavor and crispiness in the sprouts.

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Unknown said...

LOVE this post!!! Good for you! I totally agree with the way you are going about this.

Primp & Proper said...

Thanks Carlene!! Appreciate the support.