One of my favorite facebook pages shared this recipe for Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes last week and I got inspired. I knew we had Brussels sprouts ready in the garden and as soon as it warmed up enough to take the kids outside to get them, I was going to make something like this for them. Tuesday was the only day this week that it got above 40 and we were scheduled to give a tour of our garden to a couple of special visitors, so while we were out there, we hacked off a few stalks and brought them inside to harvest. We still have a few sweet potatoes left from our harvest in the fall, we were good to go on this tasty combination.
It’s been a while since the kids and I had anything to harvest, so they were pretty excited and took turns pushing the wheelbarrow and carrying the stalks. It was still pretty chilly and windy outside, so we pulled the sprouts off the stalks at the kitchen table. (Never mind what Mr. Kent had to say when he came home and saw the mess, we don’t need to talk about that, but usually we do pull them off outside when it’s not so cold)
The original recipe instructed me to grate the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, but I just sliced the sprouts and diced up the sweet potatoes into small cubes. We had a lot of Brussels sprouts so I doubled the recipe below and I halved the onions since kids don’t always like a lot of onion in their food. I had a couple of kids begging for even thirds of this tasty treat. All of the kids tried it and most of them liked it. I do have a child or two that only like a few select foods, but they still tried it and that’s a success in my book.
When you are trying to encourage kids to try healthy foods, be patient, it usually takes a few tries before they will eat it well. Just don’t pressure them and they will usually work it out on their own. And remember, not everyone is going to like much of anything unless it’s candy or something.
First, I chopped up a few pieces of bacon and cooked it until done.
Then I took it out of the pan and drained it on a paper towel. In the bacon fat, I sauted the onion until it was translucent. And then added the sweet potatoes. I added a half a cup or so of water and placed a lid on the skillet so the potatoes could steam and get tender all the way through.
Here are the Brussels sprouts freshly harvested by the kids and sitting in my rinsing bowl. After I rinsed them well, I sliced them and tossed them into the skillet with the sweet potatoes.
I cooked them for a minute or two and then added the bacon back on top and sprinkled on some salt and pepper. This was by far THE BEST Brussels sprout recipe I have ever tried. Delish!
- 2 slices of bacon, cut in small pieces
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 large sweet potato, diced
- 4 cups of Brussels sprouts, sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook bacon until crisp
- Pull bacon out of fat and drain on a paper towel, reserve
- Saute onion until translucent
- Add sweet potato to skillet with 1/2 cup water and cover
- Cook until sweet potato is tender
- Add Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper and saute 1-2 minutes
- Return bacon to pan
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