Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I ate Brussel Sprouts

According to Women's Health magazine Brussel Sprouts are the healthiest vegetable (they listed no scientific evidence...thats just what they said.) I figured since I eat so few veggies I might as well get the most bang for my buck. I googled "what do brussel sprouts taste like" and found this recipe. I love Indian food and happen to have "masala" seasoning from a previous, unsuccessful attempt to make it at home so I thought I'd try it. However I don't have all the spices it asked for so I had to modify, as usual, and for once I wrote down how I changed it. And yes, this was a successful attempt at Indian food.

Totally Americanized Brussels Sprouts Curry

15 fresh Brussels sprouts (outer leaves removed and hard bottom chopped off) - finely chopped legnthwise.
2 medium sweet potatoes - peeled, cubed and boiled.
1 large can of garbanzo beans
1/2 red onion finely sliced lengthwise
1 teaspoon meat masala (in the spice aisle maybe?)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1+ teaspoon fresh ginger (mmmmm.mmmm.mmm) or powder will do
1+ teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
1/2 teaspoons curry powder

In a big skillet heat 1 teaspoon canola (or peanut) oil. Add and toast cumin, mustard and curry. One by one add onions, garbanzo beans, brussels sprouts. Continue to add masala, coconut milk, ginger and salt. Cover and cook for a few minutes until sprouts start to wilt. Add sweet potatoes. If it is too spicy add more brussels sprouts and/or potatoes and coconut milk. Also add more coconut milk if it seems too dry. Cover and cook for 10-15 more minutes, until sprouts are just tender.

Serve over rice.

Edited to add: By the way - while I bragging about eating a vegetable Christin has a post on her blog about cooking a whole fish (yes, head included, and yes, pictures included). I am in awe, but I really don't see me doing that any time soon/ever.


M said...

Haha, I love how the label says "bragging". So... how did it taste? Especially the brussel sprouts? I will often roast them in the oven with oil and salt and pepper, and remove that thick white part at the bottom. Thanks for the recipe.

indeazgirl said...

First off, it's fun to know that we both get Women's Health. It's my newest subscription, and I love it. Secondly, I'll put up my scallops/brussel sprouts recipe if you want, and I 'm looking forward to trying this one!!

Laura said...

Sounds interesting...I ate brussels sprouts with just butter and s&p. Gross. Love to hear that Tessa is crawling!!! And...Alicia has a blog now!! live4todayeveryday.blogspot.com Look what you started! She has no posts yet but it's still really exciting...she texted me and told me she sent me and email, then I read the email last night at about 9:30 pm, just when it was bedtime. I went to bed before looking at it, but then I got restless and just HAD to see it!!! I'm so wierd!

handsomebrad said...

I'm with "m", did it taste good? I mean, I don't think that you would have posted this on here if it was terrible, but I would kinda like a scale or something. Gold star, red star . . . Details! We need details!

Sweet Em said...

Yes - it was delicious! In fact it tasted enough like the food from my favorite restaurant ever that I may be able to save some money but not having to go there as often.