This year, I have made a commitment to living healthier. There are simply too many negative effects and risks associated with being overweight to do anything else. And being that I am surrounded by folks who have made similar commitments with double-digit results, it’s hard not to follow suit … I just wish more people would.
Of course, the commitment has changed things a bit in my kitchen. While I seemed to cook with a “better with bacon” philosophy last year (and still have some bacon grease in the freezer to prove it), this year, I am turning to healthier oils and fats. As a result, I am rediscovering the joys (and health benefits) of trading oils for spray oils. You use less. (TIP: buy an oil mister and put canola oil in it for a cost-cutting spray. Be sure to label it if you use one for olive oil as well.)
Unfortunately, some of my very favorite recipes are not waist friendly (like my mouthwatering Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots. Mmmmm). However, Brussels sprouts are still very good for you, and I do love them, so I couldn’t possibly give them up entirely. The solution: a healthier, flavor-packed recipe that uses a quick-cooking method and delivers excellent results. This is it for Brussels sprouts.
When I served these at a recent dinner, they were polished off in no time (in fact, a few adults, ahem, made sure that no scraps from the kids went to waste either. They are that good).
- cooking spray
- 1 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced into 1/2 inch disks
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and add Brussels sprouts. Salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until the sprouts are softened and most are browned. Remove from heat, pour sprouts into a large bowl and set aside.
- Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil and add minced garlic. Cook, stirring and tossing for about 1-2 minutes, until fragrant and softened -- don't let it brown, or the garlic will become bitter. Immediately remove from heat and spoon garlic into a small bowl. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Whisk together until emulsified.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the Brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Taste and add more salt and pepper as necessary to achieve desired seasoning.
- Serve hot, warm or cold ... they're delicious no matter what the temperature is.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.