“Crystal, what is your favourite food to cook?” This is a particularly hard question for me to answer as I love almost ALL FOOD and enjoy so much variety in my diet. That being said, one of my current favourites are ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
I know that this is a terribly cliché-dietitian answer, but brussels are back! If you look at any of the foodie-spots in Vancouver, most will have these little nutritional-powerhouses on the menu.
- 1 lb brussel sprouts
- ¼ cup nutritional food yeast
- 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Wash and chop brussels into halves or quarters. Place on a plate or microwavable steamer and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until slightly soft.
- Place parchment paper or a baking mat on a baking tray
- Massage and coat the cooked brussels with the sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- Sprinkle the nutritional yeast, salt and pepper over the brussels
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the brussels are golden brown. **hide the tomatoes underneath the brussels as these are more sensitive to browning and burning!
Restaurant veggie-sides are typically quite delicious, but can also be loaded with fat and salt. I promise that this recipe delivers all the deliciousness with a fraction of the fat and calories.
The secret ingredient is……
NUTRITIONAL FOOD YEAST!
For anyone that has not had the pleasure of working with this amazing ingredient, it is widely available in most mainstream grocery stores and very easy to use.
You may be thinking, why would I want to add yeast to my food? This type of yeast is not the active yeast you’ll see in beer, or bread. It is grown as a food with loads of vitamin B12, protein and best of all has an appealing cheese-like flavour.
For anyone that likes the flavour or cheese, but wants a dairy-free and lower calorie alternative, this is a must-have in your pantry!