Light, healthy, delicious, easy, and fast Brussel sprout, apple, & cannellini bean salad. The best way to kick-start your week!
If ever there was a Monday to eat light and healthy, this would be the one. Thanksgiving is over, and if you’re feeling like me, you’re still stuffed from the long, never ending food weekend. I need a break.
This recipe is actually something that I made on Sunday, because I couldn’t face one more fork full of stuffing, potatoes with gravy, nut loaf, pumpkin pie, or even my beloved cranberries with clementine sauce. A girl needs to know when to say no.
No. More. Thanksgiving. Food. For. Another. Year! Or, at least until Christmas.
I over bought Brussels sprouts last week, and I didn’t want to find them in my rotter (that’s what my husband calls our fridge’s vegetable drawer} next week, but I also didn’t feel like just roasting them, so I got creative. And this is what I came up with.
This is the kind of meal that nourishes your body and your soul after a long winter workday. It only takes about thirty minutes to whip up, and like I said, you can put it all in one bowl. It’s the kind of dinner that you can cozy up with on the couch, while wrapped up in a blanket, catching up on a Real Housewives episode. Well, that’s what I did on Sunday while the hubby was out buying more Christmas lights. He won’t watch THOSE shows with me. He says they will rot (there’s that word again) his brain. Like watching this, doesn’t “rot your brain.” I’m just saying…..
Read this and you’ll understand why a Real Housewives episode can make you feel soooo good about yourself and your girlfriends. These shows are actually a great tutorial on what NOT to do if you want to win and keep friends and be a role model to children.
Back to the food.
You know what it’s like when you take a bite of something you’ve never tried before; you’re a little hesitant because it could be really good, or it could suck? That’s how I felt when I took my first bite of this. But the hesitation was for nothing, because this stuff was good!
The combination of flavors and textures ticked all of the boxes of what a balanced dish should be. Savory onions and Brussels sprouts, with crisp, sweet apple, and dried Italian herbs are a pretty awesome combination. You get your bitter in the sprouts and a little sugar from the apples. The balsamic adds a tangy acidic element to the mix, and the Cannellini beans and pine nuts bring soft and chewy and crunchy textures, as well as protein. The couscous turns it into a one bowl meal.
It’s Monday, time to get back on track and get your healthy on! Grab your chef’s knife and skillet and get cooking. It’s easy! Wash the Brussels sprouts, cut off the ends, and then coarsely chop them.
Next steps; chop an onion, and an apple (leave the skin on for extra nutrition), then toast the pine nuts, make the couscous, and reduce the balsamic vinegar. I know, it seems like a lot of steps on paper, but it really is quick and easy. The couscous is ridiculously simple to make, toasting pine nuts is a breeze, and reducing the vinegar takes minutes. You might have a few pans to wash, but it’s worth it.
Now, sit down, relax, and enjoy a healthy and delicious dinner. You deserve it!