Isaac’s magic brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts, carrots, cashews

Brussels sprouts, carrots, cashews

Today’s Sunday playlist is on the subject of love. Not romantic love, but the deep, compassionate love of one person for all the people and the animals of the earth. The love that binds us in communities, and makes us part of one community the size of the whole world. The love that makes peace inevitable and war impossible. The love that makes us glow, together, so that we can keep out the darkness of ignorance, want, and cruelty. Love that makes us powerful as people, and as a people. It’s harder than it sounds, and I need your help!! I’ve made the playlist collaborative, so if you can think of a song, you can add it.

Speaking of love, Isaac loved these brussels sprouts. Yes, the boy who won’t eat anything ate three helpings of this. Never in the history of the world has a mother had to say to her son, “go easy on the sprouts, lad,” and yet I did, the night we ate these. I was worried he’d get a tummy ache, eating all of those tinsy cabbages! It’s quite a simple and quick preparation, and it would work for carrots alone, or for broccoli, or cauliflower, or spinach, or probably any other vegetable you can think of, if you have an intransigent sprout-hater. I used black sesame seeds and black mustard seeds, but you could easily use the paler kind, or leave them out altogether. Similarly, skip the red pepper flakes if you think your child will be put off by them. The important things are the tamari, honey, lime, and cashews. You could serve this with rice or pasta, and you have yourself a quick and tasty meal!! If you serve it over a bed of greens, you have a nice side dish or salad.

Here’s the LOVE playlist, as it now stands. It’s a work-in-progress.


1 small bunch brussels sprouts (maybe 2 cups)
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into batons about 1 inch by 1/3 inch
2 T olive oil
1 t dried basil
1/2 t black sesame seeds (optional)
1/2 t black mustard seeds (optional)
1/2 t red pepper flakes (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T tamari
1 T honey
juice of one lime
1 T butter
salt and plenty of black pepper
1/3 cup cashews, toasted and roughly chopped

Cut the stem from the brussels sprouts, remove any loose or wilted leaves, and cut each sprout in half, top to bottom. Warm the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the oil, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, pepper flakes, basil and garlic. Stir and fry for under a minute, until the garlic starts to brown. Add the sprouts, stir to coat, and fry until they start to turn bright green and start to brown on their edges. Add the carrots, stir and fry for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add the honey and tamari and a few tablespoonfuls of water. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp, or just to your taste. Add the butter and lime juice, and season with salt and plenty of black pepper. (Remember that tamari is salty!) Sprinkle the cashews over, and serve. (You can serve it over a bed of greens and make a salad, or over rice or pasta to make more of a meal)

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4 thoughts on “Isaac’s magic brussels sprouts

  1. My first thought was something I memorized in Sunday School back in the 60s, then later used the quote to try my hand at Old English text calligraphy. It was from Corinthians. Everyone knows it. But it is not on a playlist.

    Then tonight CT, without reading your blog, played this:

    Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World”.

    My heart surged.

    And then, as if reading my heart, CT played this love song to a tree:
    Stephanie Blythe singing “Ombra Mai Fu” from Xerses by Handel.

    “go easy on the sprouts lad”. Love that. Will try this recipe on my nephews and granddaughter.

    Love.

    • What a Wonderful World, of course!! And the Handel is perfect, too. I was hoping we’d have some classical suggestions. I’ll add them to the list. Thank you, Diane!

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