The weather outside certainly has been frightful! This week the dreary snowy weather has made us crave warm and comforting foods. We found ourselves reaching for breads and pastas more as the snow fell, and neglecting our veggies. So we decided to buy a pound of Brussels sprouts and see what would happen. Warm maple syrup, toasty pecans, bright apple cider vinegar, and flavourful cranberries quickly made their way into our dish. And to satisfy our cravings for comfort foods, some creamy goat cheese topped it all off. Not only was this hearty and delicious, it was seriously filling!
1/3 cup quinoa
2/3 cup water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound Brussels sprouts (rinsed and halved, with stems removed)
1/2 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2/3 cup toasted pecans
Goat cheese (to taste)
Boil water in small saucepan. Stir in quinoa, cover, and reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add Brussels sprouts and cranberries. Cook for 8-10 minutes and add apple cider vinegar partway through. Once finished, mix maple syrup into sprout mixture in saucepan. In a large bowl, toss the sprouts, cranberries, quinoa and pecans together. Sprinkle with goat cheese and serve. Enjoy!
I confess the last time I tried Brussels sprouts, I was very very young and didn’t like them at all. I’ve avoided them ever since. But if there’s one thing we have learned about eating healthy, it is that your tastes most definitely change! For a while I was eating a strictly raw diet that completely reset my palate. By day 5 I swear, plain carrots tasted like candy to me they were so incredibly sweet. So, if you’re on a healthy eating journey and try something you don’t like, circle back and try it again a few months later. You might be surprised. Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables are definitely worth the effort. Their high fiber, vitamins, minerals, and disease fighting phytochemicals can have an awesome effect on your health and lower your risk for cancer!