Veggie Candy

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Growing up, I ate anything.

Ask my mom!

Raw baby octopus? Sure.

Escargot? Why not.

Lobster dipped in butter? Heck yeah… When I discovered this deliciousness for the first time, the night didn’t end up so well. My stomach hated me.

Brussels sprouts? GIMME MORE.

I still remember when my mom made these for the first time. She coated them in olive oil, salt, pepper and roasted them until they were super duper crispy and crunchy. I remember saying, “Mom, why doesn’t anyone else eat these?”

She raised me well. :)

Not much has changed. I still eat just about everything and anything put in front of me.

The other day, I realized I love¬†fruit so much more than vegetables…I’m sure I’m not alone here. So how do you get vegetables to taste better? Make ‘em sweet.

I bet you anything kids would eat this. Veggies drenched in maple syrup? Almost as good as pancakes…almost.

I’d call it veggie candy!

Seriously though, make this. The maple syrup + pepper is the best savory/sweet combo and if you’re (weird?) like me, you’ll think the slightly burnt leaves covered in sizzling syrup is the best part.

Maple Syrup-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 lg bag fresh brussels sprouts (I’d say there was about over two cups in the bag)
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 T grade A maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 t ground black pepper
  • 1 t salt
Preheat oven to 375F. Wash and trim ends of sprouts and split in half. Whisk together olive oil, syrup, salt and pepper. Pour over sprouts and mix together with hands. Spread out evenly on lined cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Did you have a food you hated/loved when you were growing up?

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18 Responses to Veggie Candy

  1. Leana says:

    lol! YAY! another fellow Brusselly Sproutain! ;-) I will have to try this flavor. My personal recipe utilizing these unsung heros has been with cinnamon, pinch of cloves, dash of salt.. brushed with olive oil and a sweetener of choice! Pretty fantastic.

  2. lindsay says:

    i love veggies with maple syrup! I thought I was the only crazy one! haha! I haven’t tried it on too many things but it’s a wonderful glaze for carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips and so much more. You certainly got creative with brussels sprouts but it still sounds yummy :)

  3. Can you believe I’ve never had brussel sprouts?! Never! But I’ve been seeing different recipes for them on all kinds of different blogs this past week so I’m thinking it’s a sign and I should just get it over with and try them. I’ve got a major sweet tooth so maybe I’ll try this recipe first. You know, to just ease into them. :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. mariel says:

    i was so picky eating in was little! I hated veggies. now i love asparagus- then I HATED IT!! i think taste buds change a lot :-)
    I LOVE brussel sprouts! and with maple syrup? even better. (and your not weird i think the burnt part with the maplesyrup is everyones favorite part!!)

  5. That sounds like such a yummy recipie! I love roasted brussel sprouts but I’ve never tried them prepared in a sweet way. Will have to give it a try!

  6. You know what? This sounds really really good! I already love brussel sprouts, but I know this is a great combo~haha! I really like the fact that you were just like me, eating-wise! I was never picky and ate everything put in front of me. You go girl!!!!

  7. This sounds good! I use agave nectar on things like salads and veggies, so maybe I’ll give this a try. I’ve only ever cooked Brussels sprouts with olive oil and s&p. I HATED them as a kid, but love them now. Same goes with onions!

  8. I love brussel sprouts are one of my favorite foods, but I think you kicked it up a notch with the maple syrup! I need to try this soon!

  9. My dad is constantly telling me how I used to sit on his lap and eat liver and lobster. Now, I don’t eat any fish or meat! I tell him I didn’t know better then, I was just a baby hehe

  10. Yum this recipe sounds great!! I used to eat anything too… ahh those were the good days :)

  11. I <3 Brussels! I used to really hate mashed potatoes, and I kind of disliked beets and broccoli. I eat most everything now. It sure makes life easier to not be a picky eater!

  12. Sarah says:

    I was the exact same – I’d eat almost anything! I’d eat olives like sweets, loved salmon and artichokes, and veggies were my favourite snacks :) I was one strange child!

  13. Kalie says:

    I am with molly! never touched a brussel sprout!

  14. so I’ve never had brussel sprouts, but I’ve been wanting to try them… and this recipe looks like a winner :) I used to eat anything when I was little too! But my parents never made brussel sprouts.. oh well! better to try them late than never

  15. Kate says:

    I need to try your recipe for brussel sprouts every time I make them they tast weird.

  16. Oh wow yum! Perfect for fall too- great idea!

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