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Q: What are some new ways to prepare Brussels sprouts?

Posted March 26, 2014 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: Not only are Brussels sprouts one of the most powerful foods in fighting disease and providing nutrients, but they are one of the tastiest vegetables available. They are packed with nearly all your daily needs for vitamin K, which is essential for blood clothing and bone health.

Chefs and culinary experts will agree that Brussels sprouts are a fun vegetable to experiment with in the kitchen because they are extremely versatile. Try them oven-roasted, steamed, sautéed, candied, boiled, grilled or raw. Even the frozen varieties are delicious.

If you’re looking to try Brussels sprouts and want a quick preparation method, we suggest roasting them. Roasting is a terrific way to prepare vegetables. It’s easy, quick and improves flavor. All vegetables have a small amount of naturally occurring sugar; roasting at high temperature caramelizes those sugars and causes chemical reactions that reduce bitter flavors. If you over-cook some vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, the sulfur compounds (which taste bitter) go through another chemical reaction which causes even more bitter compounds and stinky flavors. Try our Caramelized Brussels Sprouts or Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipes.

Information provided by Molly Muchow, Hy-Vee Dietician, 4815 Maple Drive, Pleasant Hill,  515-262-7944.





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