With social distancing and modified summer activities in effect this summer, there has never been a better time to test out new recipes to try at home. Emanuel and I have been transforming some of our favorite vegetables and working on bringing new flavors to our table. Today’s vegetable of choice is the brussel sprout. So how did we transform this vegetable you ask? Well, we added a bit of sweet and savory spicy agave glaze to take an otherwise less enjoyable vegetable and turn it into one that will be a hit at future gatherings. Keep reading to learn more about why we chose this vegetable and why its a great addition to your table.
You are probably thinking, why Brussel sprouts? Brussel sprouts, despite their unpopularity, are packed with nutrients and more than just a tiny cabbage, based on my research. They are high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins Brussel sprouts are basically a powerhouse of nutrition. Filled with nutrients like vitamin K, which is great for healthy blood flow and vitamin C which is full of antioxidants which are great for tissue repair. As I mentioned, Brussel sprouts are also high in fiber making them a great choice to help support your gut health. They are also one of Emanuel's favorite vegetables. After learning all these amazing facts about Brussel sprouts, it’s no wonder why my parents wanted me to eat such a nutritious vegetable!
For this recipe, I recommend cutting your Brussel sprouts into halves. Typically I cut off the stem at the bottom of the brussel sprout so it is easier to chew but you do not have to if you prefer not to. Since I am roasting these Brussel sprouts in the oven I am using a dark pan lined with aluminum foil, this helps make clean up easier for me. If you plan to take this side out on an evening picnic I suggest putting these Brussel sprouts in a to-go container, (I am using this pyrex set) and place the aluminum foil over top to keep your Brussel sprouts warm for your walk or drive to your outdoor eating location.
What I love about this recipe and so many others is how easy and quick it is to make it. I love being in the kitchen but some nights I want to spend time with Emanuel and my cats and to just simply enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and share about our days. This recipe does just that for me. From the prep to plate in just 30 mins, this dish will be a great addition to your table and to share with others once things are healthier in our world. This side is great to pair with a Black Bean Burger or a Mushroom Cap Sandwich. If you want an extra side I would suggest pairing my Not My Nanny’s Mac and Cheese.
Spicy Agave Glazed Brussel Sprouts
Prep time 10 mins l Cook Time 25 mins l Total Time 35 mins
2 Cup Halved Brussel Sprouts
¼ Cup Agave
¼ Tsp paprika
¼ Tsp Garlic powder
¼ tsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Oil
Preheat your oven to 375 F
Wash and cut your Brussel sprouts.
Using a pan lined with foil, place Brussel sprouts in the pan and cover the Brussel sprouts with oil
Cook for 15 mins
In a separate bowl mix together agave, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder
Once your timer goes off, remove your Brussel sprouts and pour the agave spice mixture over top.
Place Brussel sprouts back in the oven for 10 mins or until lightly browned.
Let cool and enjoy