When I was little, my mom had told us (me, my brother, and sister) that we were trying something new for dinner, and... if we ate it, we could have some special CANDY she got for us. Oh, how my little ears perked up with the sound of candy and bribery! As she started cooking this mystery food though, all I can remember is this horrific smell oozing from the kitchen! We had to eat whatever was making that smell??! Forget it!
I remember having to stay at the table FOREVER (along with my siblings) until we finished every last bite of our brussels sprouts... Yikes. What a nightmare. I had never worked so hard for candy in all my life!
Luckily, I've found other ways to eat these little healthy veggies (rather than boiling them.) Ironically, this next recipe was created by my mom. Turns out she's found a better way to enjoy them as well.
So my challenge to you...give brussels a chance! If I can overcome my traumatic experience and learn to LOVE them, you can give them a try! They're super healthy, high in vitamin c, have some protein, low on the glycemic index chart, and can actually help you FEEL full.
Bacon & Shredded Brussels Sprouts
Created by alene (jalene's mom)
Yields: 2 cups
- 1/2 lb brussels sprouts
- 3 slices of nitrate-free bacon (we use Hormel)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- sea salt, to taste
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Wash the brussels sprouts thoroughly and cut off the tough end. Using a large grader, shred all of the sprouts. (I use my food processor to speed things up.) Set aside.
- Cook the bacon according to package directions. When cooked, remove from pan and allow to cool on a paper towel. Discard all of the bacon grease EXCEPT for 1 Tbsp. Place the pan back on the stove over medium heat and add the 1 Tbsp of bacon grease and 1 Tbsp coconut oil.
- Add the shredded brussels sprouts to the pan and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste while cooking. Remove from heat, crumble your bacon, and add to the pan. Stir well and serve warm.
This recipe can be adapted to use during Dr. Nielsen's Candida Cleanse. Simply omit the bacon and add an extra tablespoon of coconut oil to cook the brussels in.