so how can I make brussels sprouts and beets taste great?
GIRL, both these things can be so tasty lemme at you
Don’t overcook—put em in cold water & then take it off the heat when it STARTS to boil (I’ve been told this is called blanching and it’s how I cook all my veggies except the hardest ones). Toss w/ seasalt/pepper/lemon/olive oil. Also good if you stirfry them briefly in these things to brown them up a little! easier if they’re cut in half rather than whole.
BEETS OMG BEETS:
Make sure you buy little ones and not huge fuckin giant beets, they don’t taste as good. Boil until they’re like, half-cooked and then stick em in the oven (at like 400 maybe? similar to cooking squash) with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and baste with a mixture of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar (or agave or maple syrup). Beets take a pretty long time to cook, which is why I suggest boiling them partway before roasting (which will be tastiest), and also cut them down into small chunks before roasting. Cuts the time waaaay down.
I also like to roast beets alongside winter squash cubes because they’re tasty together. Kale tossed in a skillet for like 30 seconds (just enough to wilt it a little bit, but still have a crunch) with olive oil, lemon, and soy sauce is a good side/addition to this!
Raw beets are also really good diced and put in salads :) they’re sweet if you have good ones!
Really sounds like you know your beets. Like, yum.