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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley

Brussels sprouts roasted alone are terrific, so it shouldn’t surprise you to know you can add just about anything to make the dish <em>even. more. terrific</em>.</br></br>Okay, so maybe you can’t add literally anything, but as an experiment in good judgment the Lazy Chef decided to combine some random things just lying around the kitchen and the result was worth sharing. Here’s the recipe:</br></br><strong>The Ingredients</strong></br></br>- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved</br>- 1 medium onion, sliced</br>- 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced</br>- 1 jalapeno, sliced</br>- 2 cups snow peas</br>- 4 cloves garlic, chopped</br>- 6 tbsp. olive oil, divided</br>- 2 tbsp. dried thyme, divided</br>- 2 tbsp. dried rosemary, divided</br>- 2 tbsp. dried basil, divided</br>- Salt &amp; pepper</br></br><strong>The Method</strong></br></br>Preheat your oven to 375ºF.</br></br>Place the halved Brussels sprouts in a <a title="Casseroles" href="http://www.atgstores.com/cooking/cooking-dining/cookware/casseroles/" target="_blank">casserole dish</a>. Toss with all the garlic and half the oil and herbs, then place in the oven for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.</br></br>Once the sprouts are well-roasted, add the rest of the vegetables, oil and herbs. Stir again, and roast for another 20 minutes or until the added veggies are cooked yet still a bit crisp.</br></br>That’s it. Serve it up with some chili sauce for a little extra kick, or eat it as is. Either way, it goes great with just about anything and would get close to a meal in itself if you happened to cook and then crumble some bacon into it.</br></br><strong>A Note on Brussels Sprouts</strong></br></br>What’s the deal with that name, anyway? Many believe it’s due to the notion that they were first cultivated in Belgium, but that can’t be verified as a fact. Indeed, it’s true that they were first referenced in texts originating from the region, but veggie experts (oh yeah, those exist) believe they are a product of ancient Rome.</br></br>The sprout we know and love today, however, did come from Belgium – or what eventually became Belgium. But, about that “know and love” part – apparently lovers are in the minority. According to <a title="Slate" href="http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2011/01/you_will_love_brussels_sprouts.html" target="_blank">one study in 2008</a>, Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in America and in the Top 5 most hated veggies <em>in the world</em>.</br></br>But, they’re really good for you, so you should eat them, anyway. Enjoy!
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