Neither my husband or I grew up eating Brussels sprouts, so we just assumed we did not like them much. This was true up until a few years ago, when I decided why not, let’s give these a try and see what they are all about. I am so glad I did too. Now we eat them quite frequently, in many different ways. Our newest way to eat them was marinated in balsamic vinegar and grilled. Yummy! A Quick, Impromptu Dinner with Friends
Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous or Crucifarae family, also known as the Brassicaceae family, which also includes cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables. They are very nutritious and there are many health benefits to having a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables. They are loaded with all kinds of vitamins, and are very high in vitamin C. One 1/2 cup serving of cooked Brussels sprouts can provide up to 81% of your daily intake of vitamin C. Not only are Brussels sprouts high in vitamin C, but they also contain a large amount of antioxidants and fiber. Antioxidants are known to reduce the stress in cells, which helps lower the risks of chronic diseases, and is also known to help fight against cancer. Because fiber moves through the body very slowly and undigested, having a diet rich in fibers helps to lower the amount of sugar absorbed in the bloodstream and regulates insulin production. It is also believed that Brussels sprouts contain anti-inflammatory properties as well.
These simple ingredients really made the Brussels sprouts come to life. I had a little extra balsamic vinaigrette leftover from before and added that too. But, mostly it was salt & pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
This is so easy to make. I cut the Brussels sprouts in half and tossed them with all the ingredients, then placed them in a vegetable basket for grilling small or delicate vegetables. We grilled them for about 20-25 minutes, flipping them over after about 10 minutes.
There was just a hint of sweetness to the flavor because of the balsamic vinegar. These are super easy to make and really delicious too, not to mention very healthy as well.