I have several friends who are vegetarians and every now and then I think that could be a really great life style to try. I generally go a few days and then realize I’m not quite as dedicated as I would need to be–and sadly, I really love meat.
However, every time I talk to these friends, it inspires me to continue to add more vegetables into my families diets. I’m pretty good about cooking with vegetables in every meal, but every now and then I’m looking for a new recipe to spruce up our side dishes. These two dishes have been my favorites this past week. I pretty much ate these two recipes for 3-4 days straight and loved it EVERY time.
This is my favorite way to enjoy brussel sprouts. You know it’s delicious when even my kids will eat them!
1 lb. brussel sprouts
2–3 Tbs. olive oil
2–3 Tbs. real maple syrup
1/2 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
Lightly rinse off the brussel sprouts in the sink under a colander. On a cutting board, cut off the stem pieces of the sprouts, keeping the majority of the sprouts in tact. If some leaves fall off, that’s okay.
Heat a large skillet pan to high heat. Drizzle with the olive oil and place the trimmed sprouts into the pan. Don’t toss for a few minutes and let the sprouts start to sizzle and get brown.
After a few minutes, toss them around in the pan and drizzle the top with the maple syrup. Let them continue to cook for several minutes as the syrup becomes caramelized and brown. Turn down the heat once they are nice and browned and let them cook until tender. Season and then serve warm.
You can switch up the maple syrup with balsamic glaze, agave, honey or whatever sweet flavoring you’d like. It’s the sweet mixture that gives the caramelized flavor that’s so amazing!
Keywords: Brussel Sprouts, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
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They both were so flavorful and simple it made it easy to make a few times this past week. If you’re looking for a simple vegetable side dish, give these a try. And, login to Deals to Meals to find the vegetables on sale in your area to make healthy recipes on a budget 😉
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