Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts and Carrots

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Steamed kale and carrots served with delicious maple syrup. This is the best vegetable side dish ever! You will love it!

We went out to dinner at a great little restaurant last weekend. They have the most delicious brussels sprouts in maple syrup, one bite and we knew what we were going to do with the bag of brussels sprouts we had in the fridge at home. Unlike restaurants, we don’t like smothering things with butter like they do, but it turned out pretty good. We steam the veggies first because it’s a full dinner that requires a lot of hands-on time, but you can do the whole thing in a skillet for extra caramelization. Saute until the vegetables are tender (approximately 20 minutes).

Steaming vegetables is a healthy way to cook vegetables. It requires no extra fat, and the steaming process helps the vegetables retain more of their nutrients and flavor. You can steam vegetables in a steamer, microwave, pan, or makeshift steamer!

  • Steamed Vegetable Options:

    steamboat

    You can buy an actual specialized kitchen appliance called a steamer. It has a base, a steamer basket and a lid. You simply fill the base with a few inches of water, place the vegetables in a basket that fits the base, put the lid on, heat the water to a boil, and steam away.

    makeshift steamer

    A makeshift steamer can be made using a pot, a colander, and a lid that fits at least somewhat. You’ll put an inch or two of water in the pot and put the colander over it. The colander should be able to rest on the pot without touching the water in the bottom. Then close the lid. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. As long as it traps most of the steam inside.

    pan

    The pan method isn’t perfect, but it works. Choose a pan large enough to hold all your vegetables. Put half an inch of water in the bottom and bring to a boil. Add your veggies, cover, reduce heat to low, and let it simmer. The water will generate enough steam to cook the vegetables, but the vegetables that actually touch the water may be a little soggy or overcooked.

    microwave

    To use a microwave safe bowl, just put a little water to cover the bottom of it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke holes in it to allow some steam to escape. Microwave until desired doneness is reached.

  • Can I use regular pancake syrup for the maple syrup Brussels sprouts and carrots?

    Unfortunately, no. This recipe calls for the use of real maple syrup. Standard pancake syrup comes in a plastic squeeze bottle and usually doesn’t contain any real maple syrup, mostly just high fructose corn syrup, water, and some molasses.

  • Storage and Reheating Instructions:

    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave in 30-second increments until heated through.

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raw material

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts ends trimmed then halved
  • 4 radish Peel and cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

instruct

  • Steam the Brussels sprouts and carrots in a steamer (not sure how? Check out my cooking lesson below) until tender (about 10-15 minutes).

  • In a large skillet, heat syrup over medium-high heat. Add the steamed Brussels sprouts and carrots. Season with salt and cook until vegetables begin to caramelize (about 5 minutes).