Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Monday!!

I know what you're thinking. . . BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!  Yuck!!  Trust me, these are tastey and you can use your imagination and really make this recipe yours. Give them a try, you won't regret  it and the health benefits are unbelievable.

In fact, here is just one of the many benefits:  Brussels sprouts contain more glucosinolates than any other vegetable except brocolli. Glucosinolates are important phytonutrients for our health because they are the chemical starting points for a variety of cancer-protective substances. All cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates and have great health benefits for this reason. But it's recent research that's made us realize how especially valuable Brussels sprouts are in this regard.

The cancer protection we get from Brussels sprouts is largely related to four specific glucosinolates found in this cruciferous vegetable: glucoraphanin, glucobrassicin, sinigrin, and gluconasturtiian. Research has shown that Brussels sprouts offer these cancer-preventive components in special combination.


Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes

Servings: 4
Size: about 1/2 cup
Calories: 82 Old Points: 1 pt Points Plus: 2 pts
Calories: 86.2 • Fat: 3.7 g • Carbs: 11.9 • Fiber: 4.3 • Protein: 4.1 g

• 1 lb Brussels sprouts (outer leaves removed and washed)
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 shallot, minced
• kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Finely shred the Brussels sprouts after thoroughly washing. In a sauté pan, heat olive oil. Add shallots and sauté about 2 minutes; add garlic and sauté until golden. Add Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper and sauté on medium-low for about 4-5 minutes.

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