Real Food for Real Life

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I tried to trick the boy...

Deconstructed Brussels Sprouts

Of the five members of this family, all of us like Brussels sprouts, except for the Christopher, that is.  I had just purchased a bag and thought if I "deconstructed" them, as in taking them sown to their leaves, and if I cooked them with bacon, I could convince the boy of their deliciousness.  I spent an hour taking these dang things apart and entertained myself for the duration by watching the Food Network (go figure).  Ben found a Weight Watchers recipe that sounded great so I used that.  These were so tasty that I could easily eat them once a week, an assessment with which Ben agreed.  The boy's verdict?  Still not convinced.  What's a mom to do?

Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots

In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring frequently, until crisp, about 5 minutes; remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon to drain.  Remove and discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat from skillet; place skillet back over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring often, until almost tender, about 3 minutes.  Add Brussels sprouts, water, salt and pepper to skillet; increase heat to medium-high and cook, tossing frequently, until sprouts are crisp-tender and golden in spots, about 8 minutes. Stir in vinegar and bacon; remove from heat. Yields about 2/3 cup per serving.

WW PointsPlus Value: 6 servings at 4 points each


  1. Ha ha! I have a 17 year old and I try to introduce new foods without much luck. In the case of brussels sprouts I'm glad he doesn't like them. More for me! Your recipe looks fantastic.

  2. I really shouldn't complain as he does eat better than than most of his friends, and even has an interest in cooking.


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