Mardi Gras 2013 – Festive Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Purple Cauliflower!


Looking for a nutritious Mardi Gras side dish this year?  Check out this recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with purple cauliflower. It is not only delicious, but it is a gorgeous dish!

DSCN2147I was looking for regular white cauliflower at the grocery store the other day, and I found purple cauliflower sitting next to it.  Needless to say, I had to buy the fun purple cauliflower!



I was so excited to use the purple cauliflower!  I initially bought the cauliflower and brussels sprouts to add to a vegetable soup that I was making.  The soup turned out delicious (recipe coming soon)!  However, the beautiful purple color disappeared as it simmered in the soup.  The purple color comes from it being rich in anthocyanin, which is a type of antioxidant.  Antioxidants help protect our body’s cells against destructive free radicals.  Free radicals damage the body’s cells and are caused from either environmental sources, such as by inhaling smoke, or naturally, like when the body breaks down food…  The free radicals can cause oxidative stress on your body, which may contribute to such diseases as cardiovascular, diabetes, macular degeneration, cancer, and more.  Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help to destroy these free radicals before they can do harm.  The deep purple in the cauliflower and the rich green in the brussels sprouts indicate a high antioxidant content in this dish!



Makes 2 servings

12-15 Brussels sprouts

1 cup purple cauliflower

2 tsp olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 garlic clove, pressed

pepper to taste

Set oven to broil.  Wash brussels sprouts and cauliflower and place in roasting pan or aluminum foil/pan.  Drizzle olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper on top of brussels sprouts and cauliflower.  Mix well.  Broil on lower shelf for about 20 minutes making sure to flip veggies.  Broil until veggies are tender and the deep purple and green color have come out.



DSCN2163Look at that deep purple-pink color!!



Sooo tasty 🙂  It is also a good source of fiber and vitamin C!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 182 g (App. 1 cup cooked)
Amount Per Serving
Calories                               105

Calories from Fat                48
% Daily Value*   
Total Fat   5.3g                                                                                                       8%
Saturated Fat                     0.8g                                                                            4%
Cholesterol                           0mg                                                                          0%
Sodium                                38mg                                                                          2%
Total Carbohydrates         13.1g                                                                           4%
Dietary Fiber                       5.9g                                                                          24%
Sugars                                   3.8g
Protein                                 5.0g
Vitamin A 17% Vitamin C 207%
Calcium 6% Iron 11%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet



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