Friday, October 26, 2007

Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Breasts, Bacon and Pine Nuts Stir Fry

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?


Cynthia said...

I love everything on this platter.

Anonymous said...

Love brussel sprouts! What a clever way to do a stir fry out of them :)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Cynthia,
Thanks! It's yummy!

Hi Tigerfish,
Yay! Another brussels sprouts lover!

Big Boys Oven said...

L love brussel sprouts... I always have them with oyster sauce..... typical me!

Nora B. said...

Such an interesting combination of flavours! It's good that you were able to cater to everyone's requests.

Anonymous said...

13 times eh? Will keep that in mind! :)

SIG said...

Your kids eat brussels sprouts?? Wow, wow. I can't even swallow them! Hehe. Mil cooks them. Doubt we can really find them here.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Big Boys Oven,
Oooo! Sounds great with oyster sauce too! :)

Hi Nora B,
LOL! Thanks, and I hope they appreciate it. :)

Hi Blurmommy,
LOL! I think they use 13 as the number so that I have to keep presenting the same food to them. LOL! :)

Hi Singairishgirl,
Hehe! Only 2 bites each, so I've my work cut out for me. :O

Little Corner of Mine said...

Lovely one meal dish! I love stir-fry brussels sprouts too!

eastcoastlife said...

I love brussel sprouts too but I don't get to buy them often and only in Cold Storage Supermarkets downtown. Not many Singaporeans eat this vegie.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hey C,
Yay! Another brussels sprouts fan!

Yeah, I know. But you have so many wonderful greens over there!

Padma said...

Love brussels sprouts. I have something similar, but purely vegan :) love the colors on that platteer

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Padma,
I must look at your archive one of these days.:)