Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Veggie Wedgie Wednesday

Little BaBy Cabbage- how cute they are.

Brussels Sprouts are good because they help protect against cancer:
Plant phytonutrients found in Brussels sprouts enhance the activity of the body's natural defense systems to protect against disease, including cancer. Scientists have found that sulforaphane, one of the powerful glucosinolate phytonutrients found in Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables, boosts the body's detoxification enzymes, potentially by altering gene expression, thus helping to clear potentially carcinogenic substances more quickly.

Brussels Sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable (related to cabbage and broccoli)

Consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, is known to reduce the risk of a number of cancers, especially lung, colon, breast, ovarian and bladder cancer. Now, research reveals that crucifers provide significant cardiovascular benefits as well.

They are also great for fiber which helps with the health of our colon- one of my favorite things!

And Brussels Sprouts:
Have Cardiovascular Benefits
Are a Birth Defect Fighter
Protect against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Have a lot of Vitamin C

California harvests their B.Sprouts in December, but like everything else you can get them year round.

You want to pick tight, vibrant green sprouts and store them in your frig up to 10days.

OK onto the BEST RECIPE EVER:for Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts-fresh (if i use frozen i thaw them 1st)
Wegman's Basting Oil
McCormick's Montreal Seasoning

Heat oven to 400 to 450
Place Brussels Spouts on a sheet and pour the Basting Oil on top
Then sprinkle with Montreal Seasoning- don't over do it with the M.S.

You may cook them 20 to 45 minutes or more- it all depends on the size of your sprouts and the temp.
Make sure to shake the sheet every so often so that they cook on all sides.

How you will know when they are done- they will look roasted- golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender in the middle.

I can' t say enough how much I love Wegman's Basting Oil:

and McCormick's Montreal Seasoning
There is a lot more to read about Brussels Sprouts at! Make sure to check out the information concerning your thyroid because if you have a thyroid issue Brussels Sprouts might better be avoided.

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