There are some things you’re confronted with as a child that, despite your small stature, are non-negotiable. You will gladly sit at the table all night long, relinquish dessert rights, resign yourself to missing your favorite cartoon, get sent to bed early – all in the name of avoiding eating a vegetable (usually green, usually slightly slimy and usually exuding a questionable odor).
Did I ever think I would like – and look forward to – eating Brussels Sprouts? No way. Did my parents? That’s an even bigger “no way.”
I was always “a picky eater” (my mother’s words) – particular about my meals and mostly partial to sugar-laden foods and non-green stuff. But I was a kid. And I grew out of it – thank goodness too because honestly, green stuff is amazing.
Brussels Sprouts are like tiny cabbages (but sweeter) that become packed full of the flavors they’re cooked with, and they develop a delicious crispiness when pan-fried that makes them almost more like (yes I’m going there) a snack.
It’s not surprising that kids don’t like these, but it’s probably based on appearance and, also, keeping up appearances, because you can’t just GIVE IN and admit to your parents that you like something right? I hope to raise a child who does, but it’s not likely considering how many times my mother wished that I would have a kid someday just as picky as myself.
I wish I could go back in time and see what my 9-year-old self would think of these bad boys, but definitely let me know how this recipe goes over! My 31-year-old self couldn’t get enough of them, and they’re a great addition to any Thanksgiving spread.
What You Need:
- 1 cup red quinoa, cooked according to package directions
- 2 cups Brussels Sprouts with the hard stems sliced off and any bad outer leaves pulled off
- 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 2 tbsp honey, warmed so it’s loose and will mix easily
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup white wine
What You Do:
In a large bowl that has lots of extra room to stir the Brussels Sprouts without losing any over the side, mix the Brussels Sprouts with 1 tbsp olive oil, the honey, salt and pepper, until the Brussels are covered well.
Warm the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
Pour Brussels Sprouts into the skillet – they should sizzle in the heated oil.
Stir around, gently cooking all sides of the Brussels.
Once Brussels are warm and well-mixed in the pan, add the wine, and stir continuously until the liquid burns off.
Now they’re ready to serve! Pile over a bed of the quinoa and enjoy!
Pro Tip: For a fuller meal, add cooked sweet potato, squash or diced cooked chicken to the quinoa with some cooked onions and/or peppers.
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