Sunday, 2 November 2014

Stove top brussel sprouts 'casserole'

I kind of have Thanksgiving on my mind, especially all of that delicious food and Thanksgiving recipes that accompany it. Being an expat tends to be pretty difficult around this time of year (maybe that explains why I love to keep so busy). I miss my extended family, my friends, and those experiences that are so authentic and special to just the United States {and Canada as far as I know}. You know, like that crazy obsession with all things pumpkin!

Instead of sulking, and Dutch weather really does lend itself to sulking and self pity parties (so gray!), last year, I decided that I would host Thanksgiving here. A Russian girl throwing a Thanksgiving party in the Netherlands? Yep. It happened. We ate too much. And it was wonderful.

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes:  Stove top brussel sprouts 'casserole' {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #healthythanksgivingrecipes

This year is too crazy for a big ole Thanksgiving bash, so instead, I've already started cooking Thanksgiving-y recipes. It's November so it's not that early, right? Let's just ignore the fact that I started doing this in September, shall we? 

Besides, it's never too early for a fantastic sweet potato pie. Or brussel sprouts. Like I said yesterday in my meal plan, I am really loving on my brussel sprouts at the moment. That means, today's recipe is an easy peasy brussel sprouts dish!  

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes:  Stove top brussel sprouts 'casserole' {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #healthythanksgivingrecipes

Want to know something wonderful about this dish? My toddler loved it. He gobbled up his entire portion almost as quickly as I had. A two year old that loves brussel sprouts? Mhm- it's true! 

And then! My neighbour's children came over. They're always intrigued by whatever it is that I have cooked (even though those four girls are very picky and usually don't take to whatever it is Mr. Toddler and I had been munching on). 

This time, I listened to: 'Ewww. He likes brussel sprouts??? Ick.' I invited them to try the dish, and the actually girls did! In between mouthfuls of brussel sprouts being devoured by these picky converts, I heard: 'wow! This is so good! I can't stop eating it!' And they finished off all of the leftovers. It was official, recipe = success! 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes: 

Stove top brussel sprouts 'casserole'


30 minutes


2 adult portions as a side dish


  • 1 pound [half kilo] brussel sprouts 
  • Sprinkle of sea salt 
  • 7 oz [200 grams] bacon 
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2-3 russet potatoes cut as match sticks, totaling about 2 cups. Or use whatever potatoes you prefer. 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder 
  • Pepper to taste (no need for salt due to bacon) 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes:  Stove top brussel sprouts 'casserole' {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #healthythanksgivingrecipes


  • Before you get going, cut the tips off of the brussel sprouts, take off the outer later, and wash them. 
  • Bring a pan of water to a boil, and toss the sprouts in there. Add a sprinkle of sea salt. 
  • Turn the heat down, and let them cook for 7-10 minutes until they are getting soft. You don't want to overcook. After they are done, remove from heat, drain, and set aside. 
  • While the sprouts are cooking away, get out a wok or pan with high sides. We use a wok for almost everything! Fry your bacon No extra oil is necessary due to the fat being released from the bacon. 
  • Once the bacon is fried, add your onion.
  • In the meanwhile, slice your potatoes into match stick sized pieces. They cook faster this way!
  • After the onion is translucent, add potatoes, garlic, and pepper
  • Pan fry on high heat for 5 minutes, making sure to stir frequently 
  • Add the brussel sprouts and cook for additional 3 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft enough for you. The cooking time depends on how thin you slice your potatoes. 
  • Remove from heat and dig in!

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes:  Stove top brussel sprouts 'casserole' {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #healthythanksgivingrecipes

The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is so simple! It's each to prepare, and I kept the spices and flavour pairings minimal so I could keep the attention on the brussel sprouts. And it was delicious! 

Don't miss out!