Brusssels sprouts with prosciutto & almonds

    25 minutes

    Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C and is also rich in indoles. Preliminary studies suggest that these phytochemicals may help prevent breast cancer. And in a test of some common fruits and vegetables for their overall antioxidant power, Brussels sprouts ranked number five.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 300g Brussels sprouts, trimmed
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6 slices prosciutto (100g)
    • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cook the Brussels sprouts in boiling water in a small saucepan for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain well, cut in half and put aside.
    2. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small frying pan over high heat. Fry the prosciutto until crisp. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
    3. Toast the almonds on a baking tray in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes until golden.
    4. Pour the remaining oil and the lemon juice over the sprouts and toss well. Sprinkle with the prosciutto and almonds.

    Did you know?

    • You can avoid the lingering, sulphurous odour of boiled cabbage and Brussels sprouts by cooking them quickly in lots of water, in an uncovered pot.
    • The slightly bitter undertone you can sometimes taste in Brussels sprouts comes from sinigrin, a natural compound in the plant that helps keep away insects. The substance is not toxic to humans – in fact, it shows promise in combating the early stages of colon cancer.

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