Tuesdays Are Getting Better

Boy, it seems that lately, Tuesdays are odd, disjointed days.  Yesterday seemed that way too.  To start, we got sad news about the death of one of Ralph’s friends from his Army years.  He was understandably upset and that sort of started the day off with a haze over it.

After posting and showering, I started on laundry and then Ralph suggested lunch to cheer us up.  Seems his new favorite is In A Pickle.  We both had our usual, Ralph his sweet sausage with onions and peppers, me the Caprese salad.  Very good as always! 🙂

I got a few other projects done around the house and then it was time for dinner.  I suddenly remembered yesterday afternoon that when I had gotten produce last week, I had bought Brussel sprouts.  I see so many blogs talking about them roasted, shredded, etc. that I wanted to give them a try.  I always sort of liked them even when Gram used to boil them to death when I was growing up.  I decided to get on the sprout bandwagon and give them a try.

I basically used a recipe I found in Weight Watchers Magazine, but now that I think about it, I really only used it for temperature and cooking time.

I cut off the tips of the sprouts and then cut them in half, removing some of the limp outer leaves and put them in my baking dish.

  The recipe said to coat with 2 Tbsps of olive oil so that’s what I did.  I also sprinkled them with salt and pepper, a few grinds each (you can season to taste.)  I thought that maybe they’d need a little more flavor so I sprinkled lightly with garlic powder.

It’s hard to see the difference, but yes, the oil and spices are on there!

I had pre heated the oven to 425 degrees.  The recipe said 15 minutes.  I think I did it for about 18 minutes but I think it would depend on how many sprouts you had.  Just watch them because they are delicate little things! 😉

This was my result…

They were tender and delicious.  I wasn’t sure how Ralph would react to them. He was eating in the living room while I went about doing my stir fry.  When I came into to the room, he was eating them and I was hesitant to ask what he thought.  Unsolicited he said, “these are good.”  As it turns out, he ate all of the Brussel sprouts and didn’t finish his meat and potatoes!  He even said, “you can make these, again!”

They really were tasty.  The little outer leaves that fell off after I cut them in half got very brown and crispy.  They were the best part!  I’m thinking I may make these again and use them over rice or pasta. 

This was my first attempt at roasting vegetables.  I think I may be doing this again…gee, my oven is getting quite a work out after spending so many years as a place to store pots and pans!  I’ll have to find a new place to store things, because right now, my oven is my best friend! 🙂

3 responses to “Tuesdays Are Getting Better

  1. I love brussel sprouts! Mary used to love brussel sprouts, too. She would wrestle you for the last “little head” in the bowl!

    This recipe is so very good! Parboil them so that they are tender but still crunchy. Pour Italian dressing on them and put in the frig. Totally awesome cold veggies for the summer or winter. Also, if you put a little shake of baking soda in the water when you cook them then they won’t have that “awkward” after effect!

  2. Yum!!! They look delicious! Mmmm, brussels sprouts. They really are my favorite. But I have fresh asparagus to get through first. :-p

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