People, and dogs, get into routines.
Lily has this new routine of coming upstairs at night and falling asleep in our closet (while getting a nice, thick coat of dog hair all over my clothes). I find this routine absolutely adorable…until she decides an hour later to get up, shake (making a loud noise from her collar tags), and then sauntering across our bathroom floor, dragging her toenails the whole way.
Then, she gets to the top of the stairs, right outside our bedroom, and lets out a big sigh. She then proceeds to hustle down the stairs, one step at a time, letting out a lazy, bulldog grunt with each step.
This is her routine as of late. It’s a lot cute, and a little annoying. I now take off her collar before she even gets upstairs…limits the loud noises when trying to sleep, at least.
Brussels sprouts and I, we’re in a routine, too. It involves olive oil, salt, and pepper. So good, but so, so boring. When I saw this recipe, I was half intrigued, half skeptical. There was no denying my doubts. Coconut and brussels sprouts? Believe it…it works.
Just be sure to use unsweetened coconut. The buttery nuttiness from coconut is the flavor you’re bringing out, not a sweetness. But these flavors absolutely, positively work. Two of my favorite foods together? I have a new b’sprout routine!
Will you have a new sprout routine, too?
Toasted Coconut Brussels adapted from How Sweet It Is
1 lb brussels sprouts, quartered
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
pinch of nutmeg
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut, shredded
Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
Add quartered brussels sprouts to a bowl and drizzle with coconut oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and nutmeg; toss. Sprinkle with coconut flakes.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until tender and beginning to brown. Serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings (about 2/3 cup each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 108 calories; 7 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 144 mg. sodium; 9.8 g. carbohydrate; 3.5 g. fiber; 3 g. protein
Result: Nutty and buttery with a touch of coconut flavor. These are a fun twist on your average roasted brussels sprout recipe. Simple to make, healthy, and sure to please any brussels sprout and coconut-lover! Enjoy!
TGIF. It’s been a long week with a lot of computer issues. I lost EVERYTHING on my computer (stop reading now, back up your ‘puter!) two weeks before finals and then showed up to class last night to a computer-less classroom and had to improvise. My “lecture” was rather fun and my students even decided we would go out for hibachi as a class after the final. What a great group – love’em
Happy almost weekend!