Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

My family and I came to be big fans of Brussels sprouts when we tried them roasted and caramelized. ūüôā We had no idea this miniature cabbage could have such a delicious flavor and at the same time, be a nutritional gem. Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are irresistible as a side dish or main entr√©e. Even better, is the fact that they pack a number of health benefits, including their ability to lower cholesterol, help you to reach a healthy weight, give you more energy, decrease your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders ‚ÄĒ, among others.

It is ok to be reluctant before all their attributes. If you consider yourself a “picky eater” or a “non-vegetable-lover”, this cruciferous vegetable could potentially become your new healthy addiction. Just give them a chance! At home, we end up eating these Honey Balsamic Brussels sprouts like popcorn!

Fresh Brussels sprouts 

Trying something new……Why not?

Trying new healthy options does not necessarily have to be an awful experience. You can always have fun stepping out from your comfort zone if you are open to embrace changes.

In our case, we had to rewire the way we perceive food and our approach to healthy meals. The transition in our diet started on our minds.

In the process, we tried this Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe and since then, we got attached to them. Brussels sprouts are special because of its high-nutrient-per-low-calorie ratio. Just one-cup serving will meet your daily requirement for vitamin C and vitamin K for the day; while also providing plenty of folates, potassium, B vitamins, manganese and loads of other nutrients.

If you ever tried to increase your vitamin C intake consuming citrus fruits, why don¬īt you start adding Brussels sprouts to your groceries shopping list? Check out these nutrition facts and stay away from the flu during the upcoming winter season:

Infographic: Benefits of consuming Brussels sprouts on regular basis.
Infographic: Benefits of consuming Brussels sprouts on regular basis. 

You can also try these options of healthy sides:  EASY HOMEMADE SLOW COOKER APPLESAUCE (NO SUGAR ADDED), and A PERFECT RICE SUBSTITUTE: A DELICIOUS QUINOA BLEND


BOTTOM LINE:  Brussels sprouts rank high in antioxidants, just after kale and spinach. Many other vitamins and minerals are found in Brussels sprouts, including vitamin A, potassium, and folate. Regularly eating Brussels sprouts and similar vegetables may help to prevent many common cancers, although this is not proven.


Tips For Roasting The Perfect Brussels sprouts

These are some important considerations for you to get the best results when making this recipe:

  • TIMING: Do not overcook. The flavor can become quite sour.¬†Many people have unpleasant childhood memories of a nasty, sulfurous odor emanating from the oven when Brussels sprouts become too soft.¬† That smell is¬†glucosinolate sinigrin, an organic compound containing sulfur that is released.¬† For this reason, roast the Brussels sprouts for only 20-25 min at 425¬ļF.
  • TRIMMING: Trim Brussels sprouts so they cook evenly,¬†¬†whether you‚Äôre cooking them whole or cutting them into halves or quarters.¬† Check out this video.¬†
  • TOSSING: Drizzle and season Brussel sprouts¬†before roasting and toss them after roasting for an incredible dimension in flavor.
Infographic describing how to roast the perfect Brussels sprouts

BOTTOM LINE:  Before you cook Brussels sprouts, make sure to wash and clean them. Cut off the tough bottom and remove any outer, wilted leaves. Cut an X-shape in the bottom after you trim the tough bottom if you are eating them whole. This will help them cook more evenly and get crunchy.


Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Prep time: 5 mins   Cook time: 25 min.      Yield: 3 -4 portions

Ingredients:*

  • 1¬†lb.¬†Brussels sprouts

 


** THE BALSAMIC VINEGAR OF MODERNA IS THE KEY FOR THE AMAZING FLAVOR IN THIS RECIPE. DO NOT USE JUST “ANY” VINEGAR. PLEASE TAKE A LOOK OF WHAT I RECOMMEND HERE:

Antigua l’Acetaia di Modena Organic Balsamic Vinegar, 16.9 Ounce

Equipment:*

Instructions:

1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  

2. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425¬į F.

3. Trim off the sprouts cutting the bottom of the core. Remove loose yellow or brown outer leaves. Slice sprouts in halves into uniform pieces (lengthwise). Some leaves will fall off. If they’re discolored, throw them out. If they’re nice, add them in. Check out this video. 

NOTE: Save the inner core of leaves for soup or stew.

4. In a large bowl, drizzle the Brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil,  salt, and ground black pepper to coat thoroughly.  

5. Transfer them to the baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender for 20 Р25  minutes approximately. Do not overcook, as the flavor can become quite sour or unpleasant.

6. Mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and raw honey (or pure maple syrup) in a small container.

7. Take the Brussels sprouts out of the oven and place them back in the large bowl.  Toss with the mix to coat evenly.

8. Serve and enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce
 

I can¬īt believe fall is almost here!¬† This is my favorite season of the year and that makes me excited. I love the sunny days with clear skies, taking evening walks on the perfect weather, enjoying the traditional hot drinks and dishes full of spices, making preparations for Thanksgiving celebration, and wearing fall clothes. The perfect way for me to welcome it is making this easy homemade slow cooker applesauce (no sugar added) recipe.¬† Ahhhh……. it is amazing, and yes ūüôā …..it¬īs healthy!¬† You can have it as a snack, as a dessert or as a side dish of your entr√©e of chicken or pork (we try to avoid pork as much as we can though!).

In this post, I am going to give you all the details to recreate this delicious applesauce. Small steps always matter so I encourage you to take a look of the information and infographics provided in this article before you start putting hands on the recipe.

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Advantages of Using a Slow Cooker 

29801257 - programmable electric pan for cooking. Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

Have you ever tried making homemade applesauce in the slow cooker – or crockpot -? This kitchen appliance makes this recipe (and so many more) extremely easy.¬† Just stick all the ingredients in the pot and a few hours later, you¬īll get the most delicious applesauce you could ever imagine. So much better than store bought!¬† Let me share with you the advantages I find using the slow cooker instead of the stove:

Benefits of using a crockpot

 


BOTTOM LINE:  Cooking at high temperatures causes the food to lose a majority of its nutrients and makes digestion more difficult. You can preserve most of the apple nutrients by cooking them in a slow cooker.  This appliance can save you time, effort and money.  The crockpot is really an asset you can not miss.


 
 

What kind of apples should I use for this recipe?

There is a large variety of apples. The secret to making the perfect applesauce relies on picking the right kind to get the level of sweetness and/or tartness you are expecting.


NOTE: The idea is trying to avoid adding sugar to the recipe at all costs.


You also might want to check the apples on sale at the supermarket to go from there.  In my case, I prefer using organic Fuji apples. I find them sweet enough to my taste and usually are very affordable in this area.

Take a look at the apple flavors guide below to make your own selection:

Apple Varieties - Pinterest

 


BOTTOM LINE:  Pick the sweetness level you want to get in your applesauce and select the apples accordingly. You can make your own special combination.



 
 

Is applesauce really healthy? How good is it for dieting? 

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Apples are packed with numerous¬†health benefits¬†and while you don’t have to eat an apple a day to be healthy, eating an apple or a serving of applesauce several times a week is a good idea for your health and weight¬†maintenance plan. On the following table chart, you will see the nutritional information contrast between a cup of raw apple slices and a cup of applesauce. This comparison can be helpful for you to decide how much is too much!

Raw apples vs applesauce

Weight Management Considerations:

  • Pectin in apples suppresses your appetite, making apples or applesauce helpful in a weight loss program.
  • Raw apples are better, but somewhat limited since most people find it difficult to eat more than one apple a day. They simply get tired of apples.

 


BOTTOM LINE: By eating applesauce a few times a week, you will benefit from its natural fiber, nutrients, and healing properties. Not only will you experience greater health, but you can also use applesauce as an appetite suppresser while enjoying its sweet and delicious taste.


 
 

Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce Recipe

(No Sugar Added)

Prep time: Cook time: 6Yield: 8 portions

Ingredients:

  • 10 medium size apples (cored) – I like using organic Fuji apples.
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon¬† (I use organic ground Ceylon)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract (I use pure vanilla extract)
  • 1/2¬† tsp. of Apple Pie Spice¬† (A combination of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, & ginger) ***
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice

*** You can make Apple Pie Spice yourself at home following Betty Crocker’s recipe.¬†
 

Equipment:

 

Instructions:

NOTE: Wash your apples before you start even if they’re organic. Dirt and germs on the skins will be transferred into the flesh when you slice them.

  1. Roughly chop apples into 1- to 2-inch pieces, depending on how chunky you prefer your applesauce.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker, and close the lid.
  3. Cook the applesauce: Cook on LOW temperature for 6 hours, stirring two or three times during cooking until apples are very softened.
  4. Puree the applesauce: Using a potato masher puree the applesauce until it reaches the consistency you like. You can use an immersion blender if you prefer.
  5. Serve it warm and enjoy!
  6. Cool the rest of the applesauce and divide between several containers. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

 

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Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

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A perfect rice substitute: A delicious quinoa blend

 

 

 

 

One of the common questions I am asked by family and friends when they know we eat quinoa as a substitute for white rice in our meals is: “How do you cook it?”¬† The cooking directions on the package label usually recommend adding the quinoa to boiling water and simmer it until water is absorbed.¬† During the last three years, I¬īve been doing a lot of experiments in the kitchen with this seed coming up with my own version of this recipe.¬† It is really simple, but the flavor is outstanding!

Check out the small details in the process described because they make a huge difference in the result:

DELICIOUS QUINOA BLEND RECIPE

(GLUTEN-FREE)

INGREDIENTS:*

 

 

** If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, choose a chicken stock that is certified as gluten-free

Gluten-free Chicken Stock


Before you start:

1. There are more than a hundred types of quinoa. The final result will be based on the kind of quinoa you decide to use on the recipe.

2. Giving a light stir-fry to the quinoa is a simple step that contributes to that special flavor we want to get to the dish.

3. Using chicken broth (or vegetable broth) instead of only water provides quinoa with a richer taste. You can use homemade broth or the brand I recommend here.

4. Adding lots of cilantro is the key seasoning to get an outstanding result.

5. Topping the quinoa with butter brings all the flavors of the dish to work in harmony.

 


PREPARATION:

 

STEP 1.  In a medium saucepan, stir-fry the chopped onions in the avocado oil during 3 minutes or until the color changes.

STEP 2.  Add the uncooked quinoa and keep it moving for 5 more minutes.

STEP 3.¬† Mix 1 Tbsp. of chicken broth paste in 2 cups of hot water. ¬®Better Than Bouillon‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Reduced Sodium is the brand I recommend.

STEP 4.   Pour the chicken broth just prepared plus two more cups of water to the saucepan.  (4 cups of liquid in total)

STEP 5.¬† Add the cilantro to the quinoa. (You can use cilantro leaves powder if you don¬īt have fresh cilantro on hand).

STEP 6.   Cover and bring to a boil in low heat. Simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and you can see the little quinoa curlicues.

STEP 7. Turn off the heat and top quinoa with the butter.

STEP 8. Let it cool down.

STEP 9. Serve and enjoy.

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