Thursday, December 26, 2013

Brussel Sprouts & Hams #15MinutesSuppers

Big guy and I had always like brussel sprouts, it's crunchy, sweet, packed with nutrition and is low on calories (which makes it an ideal diet food!); on the other hand, the kiddos are attracted to its cute outlook which is like a mini cabbage. So it's one of a favorite dish on our dining table. Instead of cooking it plain as usual, I decided to spice up a bit by adding some hams and melon seed this time.

And it turned out pretty good...

If you are having a party, serve this as warm salad dish instead. ;)

Best of all, it takes no more than 15 minutes to get it ready on the dinning table!

Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 8 min
Serving for: 2-3 pax

• 20 brussel sprouts, wash, remove ends and cut in half
• 60g hams, thinly sliced (add more if you like)
• 1 tablespoon of melon seed / pumpkin seed
• few drops of sesame oil
• a dash of worchester sauce
• salt & pepper

The Making:

1. Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan, toss in the hams and stir fry for about 2 minutes till they turn brown.

2. Scoop the hams aside, then place the brussel sprouts in the pan, make sure the flat side touches the pan (add some olive oil if the pan is too dry). Let the sprouts  cook on high heat for about 2 minutes. 

3. Add 2 table spoons of boiled water (cooled to room temperature) into the hot pan. while the water shimmers, add the seasoning, mix well, and toss in the cooked hams and melon seeds, roughly mix.

4. Let it cook for another 2 minutes with the lid on until all water evaporated, then turn off the heat.

That's it, your meal is ready! Serve it with with warm rice and it's one healthy meal, or you may just eat it as-is like a warm salad.

I love cooking the sprouts this way as they retain the lovely green and crunchiness. Addition of hams and melon seeds give a more interesting twist to the taste and texture. If you like your sprouts softer, just extend the cooking time to another 5 minutes or more.

What's your favorite way of cooking the brussel sprouts? :)

15 Minute Suppers
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  1. I love Brussels Sprouts. This is a great way to use up the leftover ham.

    1. Thanks Ellen! Love your Paleo Banana Pancake too but was having difficulty to post my comment. Would try it out one of these days!

  2. I usually cut Brussels sprouts lengthwise and roast them with a little olive oil and salt. I like when the leaves get a crunchy. This recipe sounds great- maybe it will help me expand my Brussels sprout repertoire!

    1. Thanks Wendy! Hams and seeds made the dish more appealing to my kiddos :))

  3. I am always looking for new ways to serve brussel sprouts. Thanks!

    1. You are most welcome Michele. This is more oriental style cooking :)