Sweet and Spicy Shaved Brussels Sprouts

sweet and spicy brussels sprouts

In my quick dash in and out of Trader Joe’s over the weekend, I picked up a 10 ounce bag of Shaved Brussels Sprouts. I’m a big fan of veggies that are already chopped and washed for me. I’ll admit I often wash them AGAIN but when in a hurry I just keep it moving.  I usually prepare whole Brussels Sprouts but use shaved in my salad mix. I thought I would sauté the shaved sprouts some way but wasn’t sure how.

When I arrived home I saw the simple recipe on the back of the package and the main ingredient for flavor was balsamic vinegar which I always use. I really didn’t have anything crazy imaginative in mind beyond what they described, I needed simple and fast.  Truth be told, I needed my dinner done before the US Open Men’s Final started at 4 pm.  Little did I know there would be a 3 hour rain delay!

sweet and spicy brussels sprouts 2.jpgI ended up using a dash of salt, onion powder, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar and the addition of Trader Joe’s sweet chili sauce. It’s a great condiment, and I use it on veggie hotdogs, hamburgers, vegetables and have also used it as a substitute for duck sauce.

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish that is also low in calories, and very high in Vitamins C and K, give this a try.  This recipe also works well with green beans. Stop in your local  Trader Joe’s if you want no chopping and washing, pick up the few ingredients needed and this will be done in less than 15 minutes!

Sweet and Spicy Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg of 10 oz shaved Brussels Sprouts (I use the Trader Joe's brand and they always have it)
  • 2 tbl extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbl garlic powder
  • 1 tbl onion powder
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup sweet chili sauce

Instructions

  1. Sautee the Brussels sprouts in olive oil on a medium heat for 2 minutes until it starts to wilt.
  2. Add garlic powder, onion powder and balsamic vinegar and stir for another 3 minutes.
  3. Turn to low heat for 5 minutes then add the sweet chili sauce.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
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Herbed Winter Vegetables

Herbed Winter Vegetables

The snow has melted, the sun is shining, we have temperatures above 50 degrees, and Spring arrives tomorrow!  Restaurant menus will change and provider lighter, vibrant, seasonal fare.  This is my last featured winter dish that provides warmth, comfort, and is savory on the taste buds.

A few weeks ago I went to a restaurant that featured Kohlrabi in an appetizer as I mentioned in my post about Kohlrabi being in season.  I wasn’t enthralled with the kohlrabi in the dish that I had – it didn’t have a distinct flavor of it’s own.  Nonetheless, I was intrigued by this purple creature so I rolled my sleeves up and got to work.

Let me be clear, the Kohlrabi is not the star of this dish.  I paired Kohlrabi with its sibling from the Brassica family, Brussels Sprouts, and it is the standout.  Both very dense vegetables, I started out sautéing the kohlrabi first because I was unfamiliar with its cooking preparation and wanted to make sure they were tender by the time I completed the dish.

 Kohlrabi sauteeing

I kept the seasoning flavors very light with using mild onions and mild herbs to contrast with my wet ingredient, balsamic vinegar.

Kohlrabi soaked up the flavors very well and it turned out as  a lovely side dish with wonderful flavors but in my opinion, the kohlrabi could never stand alone.  The Brassica family of vegetables is just great all around and I reminded myself that this combination was giving me lots of Vitamin C, phytochemicals that help protect you from cancer, and many other vitamins and minerals.

I bid farewell to the winter vegetables and look forward to spring fare!

Feed the wellness in you!

 

Winter Vegetables With Shallots

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1-12 oz bag Brussels sprouts
  • 2 Kohlrabi
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1/8 c red pepper
  • 1/8 c parsley
  • 1/8 c scallion
  • 1/8 c celery
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbl dill weed
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Peel, wash and cut up your kohlrabi into small chunks.
  2. In a pan saute your shallots, celery and red peppers for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the kohlrabi and saute for 5 minutes on medium heat then turn to low and cover for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash and chop your Brussels sprouts in halves.
  5. Add to the pan with Kohlrabi.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 20 minutes on a medium heat. Do not cover.
  7. Stir periodically so it does not stick to the pan and all the ingredients are blended well.
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Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

This can be made quickly and is so flavorful.  It’s a big hit whenever served!

Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Sliced and Halved Brussel Sprouts
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/8 cup Soy Ginger Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Peanut Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/8 cup Chopped Peanuts

Instructions

  1. Wash the brussels sprouts thoroughly and drain well.
  2. In a 10 inch frying pan sauté the brussels sprouts in olive oil for 5 minutes then add the minced ginger.
  3. Toss the brussels sprouts with the ginger and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, soy ginger sauce, sweet chili sauce and peanut sauce.
  5. Stir well and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
  6. The brussels sprouts should be firm but easy to stick a fork in.
  7. After 15 minutes, put the whole pan in the oven and broil until the top of the brussels sprouts are slightly charred.
  8. Remove and top with chopped peanuts.
  9. Serve immediately.
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