Growing up my mother served this vegetable at least once a week. Brussels Sprouts was a very good idea to give to children to help them get their veggies. However, my stepdad tainted them for me by calling them “Monkey Balls”. I didn’t mind the taste of them but the more I thought about the image of monkey testicles in my head the less appealing they were for me. I would eat them because I had to, I didn’t want to upset mother but at the same time the image in my head was unappealing to me so they became disgusting.
Since I was thrown out onto the streets at the age of 17 I have vowed to never eat them or even think about them again. Well, it’s been 23 years and I think that I’ve grown enough to get over it.
I didn’t know when they were in season and Albertson’s has had them for a little over a week now so I assume July is their season(?). I’ve been waiting for them to carry them in the produce (not frozen) section so that I could steam them and last night I finally got that chance.
I posted on my Facebook wall “Cooking a healthy dinner. 4oz boneless skinless chicken breast with 1/2 cup white rice and 3 large Brussels Sprouts. Yum yum.” and got quite a lot of responses. Nobody ever responds to my wall posts but I guess that one struck a chord. Apparently people love these balls. The conversation ended with 20 responses with 2 people “liking” that post.
I discovered in this conversation that it is ok to steam them as long as I keep an eye on them. I steamed them in the rice cooker with white rice cooking below and the timing was perfect. When the rice was finished and the steamer button popped to “warming”, the sprouts were finished. When I cook brown rice and steam veggies, the brown rice takes longer and over steams the veggies so it’s good to know that white rice cooking time is precise.
We only bought 10 sprouts at the store and we each had 3 last night (they were huge) and Darrin loved them so much he ate the rest this morning so we will need to get more. Although, I don’t want to make this an everyday vegetable, I don’t want to get sick of them too fast.
I have gotten over the name “Monkey Balls” and it’s a good thing because they are only 7 calories per sprout. Hello! 7 Calories! That’s awesome.