Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples

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I love Brussels sprouts.  They can be eaten a various ways making them a great mix in salads and other dishes like rosemary roasted Brussels sprouts and apples.  The added nutrients of hemp seeds create a protein bonus–great for vegetarians and vegans.  While hemp seeds and Brussels sprouts have a bad reputation, the mix created here can help change those horrible statuses.  They provide a satisfying delight that will leave you full of green love.

Brussels sprouts are a great vegetable to add to your diet.  Like all green vegetables, you can eat as many as you’d like.  The Brussels sprout is a cruciferous vegetable related to the cabbage.  Removing the outer leaves reveals a compact, leafy vegetable that provides beneficial nutrients in each sweet and nutty layer.  Sauté Brussels sprouts to caramelize and enhance the sweet side or steam for a more direct approach.  Veggies may not top your list of protein foods, but a 3.5-oz. serving of Brussels sprouts provides 3.4 g of protein or 7 percent of the Institute of Medicine’s minimum daily recommendation for women.  Protein is important for rebuilding damaged skin tissue and producing enzymes that transform food to energy.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. The recipe makes about 8-10 servings; ergo, I suggest halving the recipe.
  2. Fugi apples should be used because they are tart and sweet.
  3. I used twice the amount of olive oil.  Make sure to coat the apples and Brussels sprouts; the olive oil helps them brown and cook.
  4. Hemp seeds are a great crunch to the dish.
  5. It took about 35-40 minutes to brown the Brussels sprouts.  I suggest browning them 25 minutes before adding the hemp seeds to prevent burning.
  6. Be sure to flip the sprouts and apples halfway through.
  7. I like to cook my Brussels sprouts a little longer to rid them of their natural
    cabbage flavor.
  8. If you are conscious of the amount of oil you use, like myself, I suggest spraying the Brussels sprouts with pam in place of olive oil.

rosemaryroastedbrussles&applesHemp seeds come from a plant that is similar to the marijuana plant, but has lower levels of psychoactive cannabinoid compounds.  Hemp seed extract has an unidentified compound in it that may help to promote learning, memory and immune function.  It may stimulate the brain enzyme known as calcineurin, according to the University of Michigan.  Calcineurin plays an essential role in some brain synapse activities.  Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids.  The oil in the seeds is a source of the omega-3 fatty acid.  Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in your body.  They also may lower risk for cancer, heart disease and arthritis.  Hemp seeds can help you if you are constipated because they act as a
bulk-forming laxative.

I love the crunch that the hemp seeds provide; I love the sweet tartness of the Fugi apples; I love the depth of flavor all the herbs create.  All in all this recipe will convert anyone into becoming a Brussels sprout lover.  This dish works well as an introductory dish to young children and adults alike to expand their palates with nutritious vegetables.

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