Fried Hearts of Romaine and Broiled Brussels Sprouts

What do you know. Apparently posting three times in one week and having three tests in two leaves me with no time to cook and make new posts for you lovely people. I finally had time the other day to make a quick dinner of Hearts of Romaine fried in an olive oil mixture.  It was super simple and super delicious and, for those who need to eat on a budget, it comes in at around $0.70 a head (no pun intended).

You need:
One Romain Heart per person (Half if this is part of a larger meal)
Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Onion Powder and Red Pepper Flakes to taste.

Slice the hearts in half hotdog style, so that you have two pieces, each with the heart at the bottom intact. Combine the oil (enough to coat all of the romaine) and seasonings in a bowl and mix thoroughly and brush the mixture evenly over all sides of the romaine and place face down in a medium sauce pan over medium to medium high heat, turning regularly, until leaves have wilted. Serve with bread to soak up the extra oil.
I wasn’t able to get a photo before my boyfriend decided he needed to try it…

I was also able to try a recipe that a friend of mine gave me ages ago for broiled Brussels Sprouts. To all of you nay-sayers out there, here me out.  Brussels sprouts can be delicious, you just need to cook them long enough that they stop tasting like sprouts.

To make Brussels Sprouts that don’t taste awful:
Pre-heat the oven to 450F. Slice the sprouts in half so that the stem is split. Lay them one layer thick in a cooking sheet, flat side up and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Put them in the oven for two hours or until they are tender and the hearts are easily pierced with a fork. Eat them hot and enjoy the crunchy goodness.
What is your favorite, slightly different way to cook a green thing? Leave me a comment!
Coming later this week: Itailan Style Gravy (Like Grandma Used to Make!)


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