Many of you will agree with me on this – Brussel Sprout is NOT appealing – in taste or smell!! But did you know that it is one of the healthiest veggies around? Here are a few of the reasons it is a Hero!
1. It is very high in sulfur-containing substances called Glucosinolates (also found in kale, cauliflower, and broccoli ) that impart the pungent smell and taste. Along with a high concentration of vitamin K – these protect the body from a state of inflammation. And as you should know that long-standing inflammation in the body serves as the basis for diseases like cancer.
2. It is rich in Antioxidants like Vitamin C and Manganese which fight the bad guys – free radicals and protect the body from cancer.
3. It is also rich in Fiber which not only supports digestive health but also lowers cholesterol.
4. Believe it or not, it also provides Omega 3 fatty acids. So good for the brain and heart!
Here’s a very simple and healthy recipe that I would like to share with you.
Stir Fried Brussel Sprouts
1 12-16 oz frozen package Brussel Sprouts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (if you like it hot)
Salt n Pepper to taste
Microwave the Brussel Sprouts as directed. Empty and drain the sprouts. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Just as the oil begins to heat, add the cumin seeds and as they start crackling, add the sprouts to the pan. Turn up the heat to medium-high. Remember, they are already cooked in the microwave! So all they need is a good coat of olive oil and that charred roasted look. Shake the pan a couple of times. Turn off the heat and serve them hot and sizzling with a dash of salt and a sprinkle of black pepper.