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Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecan

Think kale is the only super food you need to include in your diet to optimize your health? Think again! Green Giant® Fresh Brussels Sprouts have more phyto-nutrients and anti-inflammatory agents than nearly any other vegetable readily available to you and can kick your diet and health into high-gear just in time for warmer weather.

In their recently published article 11 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts, HealthDaries.com says Brussels sprouts contain a host of antioxidants, including Vitamins C, C and E, along with folate, iron and other compounds to assist with digestion and lowering your cholesterol.

One of our favorite recipes for these fiber-rich cousins of broccoli and kale is the simple to make and surprisingly low calorie Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Pecan:

Ingredients

  • 4 lb. Green Giant® Fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 teaspoons Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preparation Directions

  1. Wash and trim Brussels sprouts. With tip of knife, cut an X in the base of each. Place Brussels sprouts in 2 Dutch ovens or large saucepans; add just enough water to cover. Add salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp in large skillet. Remove bacon from skillet. Reserve 3 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet; cool. Add flour to cooled drippings; cook and stir over medium-low heat until bubbly. Remove from heat.
  3. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, water, vinegar and mustard; mix well. Gradually stir into bacon drippings mixture.
  4. Drain Brussels sprouts; place in 2 serving bowls. Add about 1/4 cup hot bacon dressing mixture to each bowl; toss gently. Crumble 1/2 of bacon over each bowl of Brussels sprouts. Sprinkle each with pecans. If desired, add salt to taste.

With only 80 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving, you’ve got a crowd-pleasing side dish that even kids will love. Aside from adding a slew of additional health benefits, the mustard and vinegar cut down on the traditionally bitter bite that can turn kids off to Brussels sprouts at first.  Obviously, you can cut down the quantities to suit your needs; or freeze the freshly prepped side for another time.

Our quick search recipe finder has hoards of additional recipe options arranged by season and vegetable to make adding Brussels sprouts to your diet even easier.

Just think – one half cup of Brussels sprouts contains over 80 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C, 511IU of Vitamin A and 335 IU of beta carotene, along with the compound sinigrin, which may prevent some forms of colon cancer according to Norwich Research Park in England.

So, protect, prevent and promote vitality in your home. Choose Green Giant Fresh Brussels Sprouts today to eliminate free radicals and other harmful agents while building up your life force, reducing your appetite and improving your stamina. What could be better than that?

 

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