Item Of The Day: Brussels Sprouts

Okay. I know what you’re thinking. “Really, Andrea? Brussels sprouts?” But hear me out.

I did not hate Brussels sprouts as a kid. This is because I never had to eat them; my mom hated them so much she wouldn’t even serve them. (Also, fun fact, until very recently I definitely thought they were called Brussel sprouts, I had no idea about the extra ‘s’.)

Anyway. Brussels sprouts are totally having a moment right now, and you should be a part of it. They’re popping up on restaurant menus everywhere, and with good reason – if you saute them in enough things, they are delicious, but you feel sort of healthy about it because on some level you’re still kind of eating cabbage.

If you’d like to give them a whirl, here are a few recipes I’ve been loving. I made this Brussels sprouts hash for a potluck brunch a few weeks ago, and it was a huge hit. I served up these balsamic braised Brussels on Christmas Eve, and converted even my sprout-hating mother. And if you’re still trying to recover from holiday overload, this Brussels sprouts detox salad should do the trick.

Head to your grocery store and pick up a bag (or one of those weird looking branch things they come on sometimes). If you don’t like chopping things, Trader Joe’s sells pre-shredded Brussels, too!