Yummy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Did you know that Brussels sprouts are of the most nutrient rich foods you can eat? They are full of anti-oxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K as well as fiber, manganese, potassium, choline, and B vitamins. Why aren’t we all eating this incredibly good for you food? Well, some surveys show that Americans simply don’t like the smell of the Brussels sprouts. My answer to that dilemma is always simply finding the right recipe. If you can cook something to make it taste good, people will eat it (and probably not care about how it smelled while it was cooking).

So, I’ve got an easy recipe for a great for you, a yummy side dish! The recipe is based on a recipe from a restaurant called Tin Roof Bistro in California. Here’s my version of that recipe (because I only used what I had and I didn’t have everything listed on their recipe).


1 lb. Brussels sprouts
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat over to 350º
2. Remove the ends and any rough outer leaves from Brussels sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise.

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3. Put them in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

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4. Toss Brussels sprouts in oil and then lay out on sheet pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes until caramelized.

5. When Brussels sprouts are roasted and caramelized, heat up small saute’ pan. Melt butter and add garlic. Cook for several minutes until garlic turns golden. Add lemon juice, parsley, and salt and pepper. Toss sprouts in sauce until they are thoroughly coated.

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6. Then, the most important part: eat and enjoy… because, you know, it is possible to enjoy food that is good for you!

How do you like to eat your Brussels Sprouts?


The One Vegetable You Should Have In Your Garden

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

We just had an ice storm hit our area. This is very unusual for us. As a matter of fact, you who live where it’s really cold and it actually snows for four months out of the year, would laugh at the way our city is responding to this freezing rain/ice. It’s as though the roads are covered with snow…except they aren’t. It’s really not that bad. But, I digress 😉

What’s most exciting for us today is that post-ice, one of my favorite vegetable plants is unaffected. It has survived several freezes (without us covering it) and now continues to produce as though all that hit it overnight were a few sprinkles.

This plant is full of antioxidants, boosts the immune system, lowers the incidence of cataracts, supports cardiovascular health and helps build bones. Oh, and one more thing, it tastes GREAT!

This superfood plant is broccoli. We planted it in the fall and, as I mentioned above, it’s still going strong in the middle of winter. We have had broccoli almost every night for dinner; I also steam it and throw it into the children’s smoothie popsicles (yes, we do popsicles in the middle of winter around here too!).

If you have a garden or are thinking about starting a garden, grow broccoli! It has saved us so much money, tasted great and helped us feel good about what our family is eating.

What do you grow in your garden?


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