Clementine Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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The holidays are officially over and I am officially cleansing. This is not a ‘lose-weight’ cleanse. I actually don’t know how much I weigh and I don’t care as long as my clothes fit :). I’m cleansing because I indulged a weeeeeeee bit too much in December–more holiday parties than I can count, along with decadent comfort foods and boozy libations left me tired and feeling figuratively heavy. So, I came up with the following January cleanse plan: 1) vegan diet, 2) no booze, 3) limit sugar, 4) increase raw foods, and 5) a 3-day juice fast during the third week of the month–after I get my new juicer from my sister (thanks Sis!!!!). Wish me luck!!!! And if you too are cleansing, good luck!

And if you think that you’d like to cleanse, but you do not want to go as drastic as my cleanse, I encourage you to try a more moderate detox. Every little bit helps. Try to eat raw vegetables each day. Or challenge yourself to eat from the rainbow–eat a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food each week. Or eliminate fried foods for the month or only eat meat for one meal per day. The point is not to deprive yourself until your miserable. Instead, I think the point is to challenge yourself, to push yourself, and then to relish in your triumphs–because you are strong and dedicated and have will power! At least that what I tell myself! 😀

Oh, and two more things… 1. I have two new pages on Como Water: a BOOST page and a FAQ page–both, in progress. AND 2. As I mentioned in my last post, I have decided to organize Como Water by monthly themes this year.

Here are my 2012 themes!!!

  • January: Vegetables
  • February: Juices, Smoothies, and Superfoods
  • March: The Farm Bill–What is It? Why You Should Care. And What You Can Do.
  • April: Spring Cleaning–Cleansing and Fasting 101
  • May: Beyond Rice and Pasta–Diversifying Your Grains
  • June: Hellllllloooooo Summer–Ice Cream, Sorbet, and Frozen Treats
  • July: Spices
  • August: Readers’ Choice–You Decide the Theme this Month!
  • September: Antibiotics and Your Food
  • October: My Favorite Meat Alternatives
  • November: What’s on the Outside Counts Too! Food-based Toiletries
  • December: Waste Not, Want Not–Getting the Most Out of ALL of Your Food

I’m super excited about these themes!  I think 2012 is going to be an awesome year for Como Water!!!

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for–today’s recipe–which really can be summed up in one word–EASY! You know I HEART roasted veggies and Brussels sprouts are no exception. BUT, what makes these Brussels sprouts so delicious is the shaving. Don’t skip this step. It really makes ALL the difference! The shaving increases the surface area of the veggies and allows the roasted goodness to permeate completely through each sprout. What this means in plain English is sabor, lots and lots of flavor! And the citrus (I used clementines because that’s what I had, you should feel free to use whatever citrus you have on hand) brightens these Brussels sprouts up so much you’ll forget it’s winter! Enjoy! and HAPPY Tuesday!

Clementine Roasted Brussels Sprouts

(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

2 cups baby Brussels sprouts–shaved

juice from 1/2 clementine

zest from 1/2 clementine

olive oil

salt

pepper

Method:

*Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash Brussels sprouts. Thinly slice Brussels sprouts and add them to a large baking pan with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Roast for ~15 to 20 minutes, turning twice during roasting.

*Once roasted, squeeze clementine juice onto Brussels sprouts (in the pan) and add zest. Stir, adjust seasoning, and serve warm or room temperature. Viola!

 

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. I am sure 2012 would be a wonderful year for you with monthly themes.
    The roasted Brussel sprouts with clementine juice is a great dish to start the year with after the party season.

  2. Wow you are so organized in 2012 :) I’m not really one for a cleanse but I do find myself hovering towards the veggies after the holidays. Not sure I could give up the booze and sweets but I can definitely increase the fruits and vegetables and these brussels sprouts sound fantastic!

  3. You are so organized! I can’t wait til July – spices are my favorite. :)

    These brussels look awesome. I am in a rut in the way I prepare them, so this is perfectly timed!

  4. Wow organizing your posts 1 year in advance, that beats my what’s in the fridge that doesn’t have mold on it approach to cooking. Next thing you know I’ll be reading your name on the Foodbuzz Top 9.

  5. I absolutely adore roasted Brussels sprouts. I will definitely be trying this version!

  6. Tiffany, I love this! Brussels sprouts are one of my favorites, but I never would have thought to serve them with the essence of clementines! Yum! Hope your New Years was wonderful!

  7. Never thought of brussels with citrus before…can’t wait to try this one!

  8. Fun , fun, fun!!!! Love your new plan and looking forward to your new posts!
    Recipe for Clementine Roasted Brussels Sprouts is so new to me…and I will have to try it soon! ohh and good luck on your cleanse!!

  9. This looks fantastic! Buzzed.

  10. Wow, I would never have put these flavors together, but it sounds intriguing, memorable and looks gorgeous :) Great kick off post!

  11. Great healthy start, Tiffany! I HEART brussel sprouts too! … in any form, well … except maybe, raw. Definitely not in my raw food list (not that I have one anyway) 😀
    This sounds super! I’ve never tried cooking it with clementines before. This is a must try!

  12. Love this recipe Tiffany because I really love brussel sprouts. But as tasty as they are all sauteed up in bacon, etc…..roasted with clementine juice sounds so much better, fresher, and healthier! I have a weekly plan to limit carbs and sugar. So more protein, fruits and veggies for me. Everything in moderation! : )

  13. The brussels sprouts look amazing and it’s going to be a GREAT year at ComoWater! As for what to focus for August….I dunno yet, but I’m thinking Farm Stands!

  14. Really love this dish, easy yet so tasty with all the natural ingredients. Thanks for sharing dear…

  15. For me, everything is about moderation and I don’t really go overboard in trying to be very healthy because at times, its really difficult to resist food especially over here we are very generous with food, whatever we do, there’s plenty to eat and drink.

    So, I have to agree with you that we don’t need to drastic actions yes, a bowl of vege goes and I normally do that for dinner as a way of balancing whatever heavy food I had for lunch.

    Brussels are simply delicious and preparing it as you have shared can taste delicious, giving that crunchy bite and baking is another healthy way of cooking.

  16. Happy New Year Tiffany! Oh this sounds way too easy and I love Brussel sprouts and have half bag in my fridge! I’ll be making this tomorrow for sure. I can’t wait to try it – nice zesty flavor and I can’t wait to eat this. Hope you had a nice holiday. My mom is still here so I’m still on break, but from next week my dieting and everything will begin… sigh. Hope you have a fabulous year ahead!

  17. Fantastic to be back reading everyone’s posts, yours included, Tiffany :-) There are very few preparations of brussels sprouts that I actually enjoy. I don’t know… it’s that flavor! But, I’ve found that roasting always helps, even though it is actually concentrating the flavor, haha. Go figure, right? Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and ooh, a three-day juice cleanse sounds good.

  18. I’m reading through your list of monthy themes and saying to myself, “oh, I can’t wait to see what she does for January, ohhh no I really can’t wait for Feburary, no wait, March sounds great…” All the way down the list :) Anyway, as a new fan of Brussels Sprouts, I think these look wonderful!

  19. LOVE the themes! (very clever way to organize your blogging life –must consider that myself!). I adore brussels sprouts and this recipe looks fresh and delicious! I’m going to pin it! :)

  20. Tiffany, good luck on the cleansing project and well done on your themes by month. Great idea! Also super idea with the clementines with sprouts and even with them just cut up like that is wonderful. Happy, Healthy New Year to you!

  21. Hi Tiffany! I didn’t get any e-mail yesterday. Sorry I am contacting you on here but I didn’t have your address saved :p. Hope you are having a great Wednesday :)!

  22. You are such an organized blogger, you have already set up themes to cover the whole year of 2012! I almost reached for the clementines at the grocers, now I wish I had! The fruit with the brussels sprouts is something I want to taste/try. Great post!

  23. I’ve never sliced a brussel sprout before and the citrus, YUMOLA! Love the themes and I appreciate all the thought and dedication you’re putting into Como Water. Looking forward to them all.

  24. I LOVE Brussels sprouts…and your recipe looks divine!!! Yum!

  25. Hellz yeah! Brussels sprouts are my favorite veggie. Thanks for giving me a new idea!

  26. Perfect way to make the sprouts I love it. Love your monthy themes as well, wonderful topics. Happy New Year.

  27. this looks wonderful lovely flavour

  28. Awesome themes! Such a perfect idea. Cannot wait (especially for June). These brussels sprouts look so good. I love brussels sprouts but my husband cannot stand them!!!

  29. Sounds fabulous! Happy New Year…hope it’s a great one so far! x

  30. I love roasted veggies too, and I must say that this Clementine Roasted Brussels Sprouts looks absolutely delicious!
    Love your idea of getting organized for 2012, Tiff! Can’t wait to see all the recipes you’ll come up with for your monthly themes!

  31. I love Brussels and I love clementines, so this would be right up my alley. And I think 2012 WILL be a fantastic year for your blog…which you know I love!

  32. My husband loves Brussels sprouts. I am sure he will be very pleased with this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Good for you! I hope it goes well for you! I did a detox last year after the holidays and it made me feel a million times better.

    These brussels sprouts look so good! I could just reach in the scream and grab them!

  34. Like you, I don’t weigh myself–it’s all about how the clothes fit. We eat roasted brussel sprouts a lot in our household and I like this variation on them!

  35. Ummm, Yes Please! DO you deliver? Because I’ll take a huge giant order

  36. This all sounds so great! I can’t wait for the Farm Bill conversations!

  37. What an interesting recipe! I’m really eager to try brussel sprouts with clementines. Sounds unique and delicious!

  38. Love the clementines with the sprouts here Tiffany – and how fun that you’ve broken down your year into themes. What a great idea!

  39. You December sounds a lot like mine and a detox is in order. What a great simple way to throw together a veggie side dish. I found Brussel sprouts about this time last year and absolutely loved them. I am going to be trying this out very soon.

  40. Tiffany! I love your attitude and especially 2012 themes! Your Brussels sprout recipe is wonderful… Absolutely love the touch of citrus in the recipe.

  41. Thanks for the comments everyone! Happy Thursday!

  42. Seriously clementine and brussel sprouts together sound like a perfect combination! This looks wonderful:-) Hugs, Terra

  43. I LOVE the idea of your monthly themes! So cool and I think they are all really important and exciting topics. I am staying tuned for sure. Good luck with your cleanse…I would love to do that, but am too lethargic from all the sugar and booze from the holidays! 😉 hehe, for real though, I am cutting out refined sugars right now, so that’s a start right?
    Gorgeous sprouts too. This’ll be on my list!

  44. Love the idea of pairing brussel sprouts and citrus! It must taste great!

  45. Oh, I needed this recipe. Clementines and oranges are still coming in at an alarming rate.