Brussels Sprouts with Angel Hair Pasta

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.  ~Elsa Schiaparelli



Brussels sprouts belong to the Brassicaceae family, which also includes broccoli, kale, and cabbage. They have a far higher protein content than most vegetables and when you add together all the vitamins and minerals they contain, you get some very good reasons to include them in your diet. They are very good at lowering the cholesterol in the body because of the fiber they contain. They naturally detoxify your body and assist the body in purging unwanted, cancer causing substances. For all these reasons and more, the Brassicaceae vegetable family should be incorporated into our diets on a daily basis. If you have great recipes, I would be happy to feature them in my recipe of the week!

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 slices of Applegate Farms bacon (there are only 8 slices so you are not eating a lot. I freeze the rest for another meal.
  • 1 package organic Brussels sprouts, or if you buy them individually and depending on the size 15 would work, rinse and slice
  • 1 red onion sliced thinly
  • 1 package angel hair pasta, brown rice pasta or bean pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
     

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions (recycle box or bag) Set aside
  2. Cook bacon in large skillet until just beginning to brown, remove and drain on paper towel

  3. Drain excess fat from skillet and keep about 2 tablespoons

  4. Sauté onions until starting to brown

  5. Add in the Brussels sprouts and red pepper flakes, cook until soft and golden

  6.  Add bacon back to pan and cook everything together for about 5 minutes

  7. Add in cooked pasta and toss completely

This meal is so satisfying and delicious; your family will totally love it! I always add a lot more vegetables so that the bacon is really just a flavoring and you won't feel guilty about eating the bacon!

Brussels Sprouts with Angel Hair Pasta 
by Donna Bradbury

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