Brussels sprouts are the kind vegetable that are loved by many and similarly loathed by plenty. According to this site, it is a "very good source of many essential vitamins, fiber, and folate" (a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food.)
Also found on the brussels sprouts site, these vegetables are especially high in Vitamin C, and have some very beneficial effects against certain types of cancer, as they contain many different ingredients that are believed to help prevent that. And H loves brussels sprouts, so it usually makes it's way to our dinner table, especially this time of year.
Catering to the special requests for this family can be a challenge sometimes. My dear Hubs requests that there be no carbs on his dinner plate tonight, and I was wondering what to make that would feed him and the family. So I came up with this healthy stir-fry with cubed white chicken breasts, bacon, brussels sprouts, pine nuts that is flavored with shallots, garlic and sesame oil. The kids and I had this with steamed rice.I microwaved the brussels sprouts to get it partially cooked before stir-fry to speed up the cooking time, and added crispy cooked bacon and toasted pine nuts in the end to elevate the texture of this dish. A quick easy weeknight all-in-one dish it also satisfy a special request from a special person.
1 lb brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed
2 med shallots, minced
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 tbs sesame oil
2 half chicken breasts, diced
5 slices of bacon, cooked til crispy for garnish
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted for garnish
Note: Hubs loved this dish and the kids ate most of the chicken and bacon. This is the 10th time I've exposed my kids to this robusty tasty little vegetable and they were eating some (2 bites). Experts (their pediatrician) says that you have to expose your kids to a food for 13 times before they will eat it. What can I say?