Setting Your Intention - A New Twist on Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Fuel for Desired Results
Wanting is simply wishing you can have or do a particular thing. Intending means you’re committed to achieving something by making a plan for success – and sticking to it! 

The key to intention is action – try this to build your intention muscle:
  •  Get clear on what you want. Create a vision board by gathering images and words that pertain to your goal, and gluing them onto a large piece of construction paper. Hang the collage in a spot where you’ll see it often (or, you can use an online service like Pinterest to create a digital vision board).
  • Do something to make your desire happen. Let’s say you want to eat four servings of vegetables a day. Your first action may be to go to a farmers’ market and purchase a few veggies you can cook for dinner.
  • Celebrate your achievement! Don’t forget to congratulate yourself for meeting your goal.
How to Have a Great Day… Every Day!

Did you know that you can even set an intention to have a great day? Rather than diving into your morning and hoping you’ll achieve your day’s big goal, why not take a moment and set yourself up for success? 

Try this “Setting an Intention to Succeed” exercise used by professional athletes, speakers, politicians, and performers:
  • Upon waking, lie in bed and think about what you have planned for your day (or, find a quiet spot to sit and contemplate).
  • Think about your desired outcome. Take a deep breath and visualize yourself succeeding.
  • Replay your success several times in your mind.
  • Next, add other senses, including sounds, smells, and touch. For instance, as you replay your success, you now also hear the director offering you the gig, or you feel the physical sensation of your finger hitting the “send” button on your latest assignment.
  • Lastly, replay the scene again, adding emotions. Feel your elation at getting the part, or your pride at finally finishing your work.
You can perform "Setting an Intention to Succeed" throughout the day as desired.
My intention this week was to bring YOU a post on brussels sprouts AND to find a new recipe that elevated my roasted brussels sprouts.  My taste buds were in need of some excitement -- mission accomplished! (recipe below)

First -- here are few nutritional facts about brussels sprouts:
  • Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables and they contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are important phytonutrients for our health because they are the chemical starting points for a variety of cancer-protective substances.
  • They are rich in sulfur-containing nutrients and our body's detox system requires ample supplies of sulfur to work effectively.  (When you smell the sulfur aroma your brussels have more than likely been overcooked.) Note: steaming method is the best way to keep brussels sprouts nutrients in tact. 
  • Brussels sprouts contain anti-inflammatory nutrients like Vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids.  
  • Eating brussel sprouts as well as other cruciferous vegetables has been found to help lower cholesterol and support heart health.
WARM BRUSSELS SPROUTS with HONEY, CARAWAY, & LIME                    serves 4 - 6
I found this tasty recipe in  the Food & Wine Annual 2013 cookbook by chef Nicolaus Balla of San Francisco's Bar Tartine.  The sweet-tart and spicy dressing really brightens these roasted veggies and will make your taste buds sing.  It might take a little more preparation than your usual roasted brussels but I promise it's worth the extra effort.  

Ingredients:
2 pounds brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
1/4 tsp caraway seeds
One 1/4 inch piece of star anise
1/4 cup shredded carrot
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp honey
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 serrano chiles, seeded and thinly sliced

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 425.  In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts with the olive oil and season them with salt.  Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 20 - 30 minutes, stirring once or twice until tender and crisp on the edges.
2.  In a small skillet, toast the caraway seeds and star anise until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Transfer to a spice grinder; let cool completely, then grind to a fine powder.  
3.  In a small bowl, whisk the carrot, lime juice, honey, garlic and spice powder.  In the large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts with the dressing, scallions, mint, cilantro and chiles; season with salt.  Serve.

NOTE:  I did not cut my brussels sprout in halves because my sprouts were relatively small in size. 
Be careful not to over cook your brussels sprouts because they will get too mushy.

Toasting caraway & star anise

Sources: WHFoods.com, Food&Wine 2013 Annual Cookbook 

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