Bravo for Brussels Sprouts!

Enjoy this tasty vegetable all year long!  Brussels sprouts taste a lot like cabbage and are available in the grocery store produce aisle, sometimes loose in a bin, and sometimes on a stalk.  Check out the picture below.  Children will be amazed at the way these veggies grow!

Brussels sprouts grow in spring and fall in Maryland.  Buy fresh produce in season, it costs less and tastes best!  When Brussels sprouts are not in season, buy them frozen.  Just make sure to buy plain Brussels sprouts without added butter, cheese, or creamy sauce.  Make the healthiest choice when buying vegetables.  Choose products without added fat, calories, and salt.

Try this healthy and delicious recipe at home using fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts!  Thaw frozen sprouts in the refrigerator overnight before preparing the recipe.  Oven roasting Brussels sprouts gives them a sweet taste, and the fresh lemon and thyme add flavor without adding calories. 


Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (or quartered if large)
1 small lemon, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon Thyme, dried
1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash and cut Brussels sprouts in half.
  3. Toss Brussels sprouts, lemon, garlic, oil, and thyme in a large bowl.  Stir until well mixed.
  4. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet.
  5. Roast without stirring for about 20 minutes until Brussels sprouts are tender.
  6. Remove from oven and place into a serving dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 

Gather all of your ingredients
If fresh Brussels sprouts, wash thoroughly before cutting.  If using frozen,
thaw in the refrigerator overnight before preparing them.
Cut bottoms of Brussels sprouts off.  Cut in half.

Slice lemon and cut up garlic cloves.
Add lemon and garlic to Brussels sprouts. Sprinkle in thyme.
Pour vegetable oil over mixture.


Stir ingredients together until well coated.
Place on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Spread evenly over the baking sheet.
Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are tender.

Remove from oven after they are done baking.

Place in a serving dish.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


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