Brussel Sprouts with Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seed and Dates
By Sarah Axtell, ND • June 4, 2014
Cruciferous vegetables are part of the bassica genus of plants. They include brusssel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, collard greens, and bok choy.
Cruciferous vegetables contain indole-3-carbonol, which has been found to inhibit the development of several cancers, such as bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach. Indole-3-carbonol in these super-veggies has the following effects on cancer:
- They help protect cells from DNA damage.
- They inactivate carcinogens.
- They have anti-inflammatory effects.
- They induce cell death in cancer cells.
- They inhibit tumor blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and tumor cell migration (metastasis).
These effects are powerful and are a testament to food is medicine! Aim to include at least one serving of a cruciferous vegetable in your diet daily.
I typically roast brussel sprouts, seasoning them with coconut oil, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Here is a new recipe that I tried out tonight. It was delicious- so delicious that I may be including it as part of Christmas dinner. Enjoy!
Brussels Sprout Salad with Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seeds and Dates
1 1/2 lb brussel sprouts
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
4 dates, diced small
1/2 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Cut ends off brussel sprouts. Process them in food processor to shred them.
2. Place 1/4 cup water in a large saucepan, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Add sprouts, cover and cook over high heat for 3-5 minutes.
3. For the dressing, melt butter in a pan over medium-high heat until its bubbling and brown; pour into a bowl. Add oil, vinegar, lemon juice, dates and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix well; dress sprouts. Sprinkle in nuts and seeds. Add pepper to taste.
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