Well, anyway, this month’s installment of the Secret Recipe Club features none other than Rhonda, the Kitchen Witch. Her about page is fascinating, and I’m totally jealous of all her travels. And, I love that she is unapologetic about being exactly who she is.
The world needs more people like that.
Since I happen to be on a bit of a veggie kick, I headed straight to her vegetable recipes. She has loads of other categories for all you meats and sweets people. But, she gives a nice nod to us veggie lovers, too.
So, what caught my eye? This did.
That’s her brown sugar and smoked sea salt brussels sprouts, modified Mommy Bowl style – which means that I made them dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
Brussels sprouts are a favorite veggie of mine, but the kiddo is less enthused. I’ve convinced him that they’re
very good tolerable when shredded and flavored with lots of sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. But, I was hoping that the sweet + salty combo would have him begging for more of these.
Apparently, though, I’ve taught him too well.
You know what he said?
“Why would anyone put sugar on a vegetable?!?”
He choked down two bites. The boy has no taste. (Unless he’s tasting anything mixed with peanut butter. Hm…. brussels sprouts and peanut butter…. There are possibilities….)
I ate the rest. Myself. All at once. Yum.
Smoky Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
1/2 pound brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and cut in half (or quarters if they’re big)
1 T. coconut oil
1 T. palm sugar
pinch of smoked sea salt (I used Maldon flakes, which are big, so a pinch is really all I needed.)
Place brussels sprouts in a microwave-safe dish and add 1 T. water. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Melt coconut oil in a frying pan. Add microwaved sprouts and cook for 4 minutes on medium high heat. They will begin to brown. Be careful not to burn them. Sprinkle on sugar and salt and toss to melt sugar and caramelize it. (This happens quickly with palm sugar – maybe 30 seconds.) Serve. Top with some pecans for a protein kick if eating as a main dish.
Looking for more gluten-free recipes? Check out Gluten-Free Fridays.