Hy-Vee at Midday: Love America's Most-Hated Vegetable

By Christy Frese, Hy-Vee Dietitian

According to a 2008 research study by Heinz, Brussels sprouts are the most-hated vegetable in America. Your Hy-Vee dietitians would tend to disagree! Not only are Brussels sprouts one of the most powerful foods in fighting disease and providing nutrients, but they are one of the tastiest vegetables available. Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Christy Frese, will share cooking tips and show your audience a delicious recipe to learn to love Brussels sprouts.

Bring On the Brussels
Brussels sprouts are making a comeback as one of the Top 10 Food Trends for 2014 and for good reason. They are packed with disease-fighting nutrients, including a natural detoxification compound. Learn what unique nutrients Brussels sprouts offer.

Cut and Roast 'Em
Roasting is a terrific way to prepare vegetables; it's easy, quick and improves the flavor of even the most bitter-tasting vegetables, like Brussels sprouts. Discover why oven-roasting and slicing in half help improve the flavor.

Dietitian's Challenge
Become a Brussels sprouts lover! Take the challenge. Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Christy Frese, will show an easy Caramelized Brussels Sprouts recipe that will turn any Brussels sprouts hater into a lover.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
All you need:
12-14 large Brussels sprouts
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch sea salt
2 tsp brown sugar
1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
Optional: fresh orange juice, minced fresh ginger

All you do:
1. Slice each Brussels sprout very thinly until you have a mound of feathery Brussels sprout ribbons.
2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high in a large skillet and sauté the garlic for 30 seconds.
3. Add the Brussels sprouts and continue sautéing for another 4-5 minutes, until bright green and tender.
4. Add sea salt and brown sugar and toss together. Finish by adding toasted nuts. Optional: squeeze a few tablespoons of fresh orange juice over dish or add some minced fresh ginger for some extra heat.
5. Serve and enjoy!
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