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Low Histamine Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

I’ve been perfecting my low histamine brussels sprouts recipe for over a year now, partly because both brussels sprouts and garlic are potent antihistamines. This preparation is in homage to how I used to prepare brussels sprouts, heretofore banished to the dungeons of my past. I can guarantee that these will be the best crunchy brussels sprouts you’ve ever had, low histamine or not.

About this recipe

Easy Low Histamine Side. One thing I constantly look for is new low histamine side dishes to add to my favorites list. These low histamine brussels are crunchy, savory, salty, and satisfying.

Dependable Cool Weather Recipe: As the cold weather ends and spring fulling springs, for some reason brussels sprouts are one of the few organic low histamine vegetables I can find pretty consistently. They also stay good in the fridge for at least a week, which is great when you need to eat or freeze your food right after it’s cooked.

Ingredients

Brussels Sprouts: these ‘spherical kale,’ as my local Asian grocery calls it, is a member of the cancer-fighting brassica family of vegetables. Its ill-gotten reputation for being stinky comes from those very same sulfurous anti-cancer properties.

Fresh Garlic: using fresh raw garlic adds an umami element to the brussels that really complements meats and root vegetables as well as brassica (like brussels sprouts).

Lemon Juice: while some people have issues with lemon juice, most people tolerate it, especially in such small quantities, and it’s a great source of vitamin C. Here it helps balance out the overall flavor of the brussels and cut through the fried outside, though if you can’t tolerate lemon juice, make sure you use sumac.

Black Pepper (or Sumac): most people are familiar with black pepper, but if you’ve never heard of it, sumac is a red-hued spice that’s actually a ground-up dried berry with strongly antihistamine and acidic properties. Either black pepper or sumac are optional but recommended ingredients to balance out the flavors in this side dish.

How to make low histamine brussels sprouts: step-by-step instructions

Step 1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 425°F (220°C), then wash the brussels sprouts thoroughly. Chop off the bottoms just enough to peel off individual leaves, then take off several leaves from each sprout, just enough that the leaves no longer easily peel off.

Step 2. Chop the remaining sprouts in half, then put them with all the leaves into a mixing bowl. [If your brussels sprouts still have a fair amount of water clinging to them, you can toss them onto the baking tray in the preheating oven for 2-3 minutes. They’ll be slightly wilted and greener, but dry enough to fry rather than steam.]

Step 3. Wash and mince your cloves of garlic, then add them to the mixing bowl along with the oil, salt, and pepper or sumac.

Step 4. Toss together all the ingredients (except the lemon juice) until evenly coated, then pour them onto the baking tray and put them in the oven. Do NOT clean the mixing bowl, yet.

Step 5. Bake for 5 minutes, then move them around and turn the tray to ensure even baking. Cook for 4-6 more minutes, until crispy and somewhat browned, but not burnt. If these were stir-fried, they’d be called “blistered” brussels sprouts.

Step 6. Once you’ve removed the tray from the oven, immediately transfer the sprouts back into your mixing bowl and toss with lemon juice. Try one bite and add extra salt & pepper (or sumac) as needed.
Serve and enjoy!

Recipe notes & tips

Don’t Burn! Make sure to keep an eye on your brussels during the last couple minutes of cooking, because that’s when they’re crisping up the most (or possibly eventually burning).

Swapping Lemon Juice: If you choose to use pomegranate or even cherry or cranberry juice instead of lemon juice, first try the same amount of juice and then double if needed. Alternatively, try a quarter teaspoon of camu camu powder as the acid.

What to serve with brussels sprouts

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As always, if you like the recipe, I really appreciate a review or comment!

Crispy Low Histamine Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Crispy Low Histamine Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Crunchy, nearly-caramelized brussels sprouts flavored with garlic and a squeeze of tangy lemon juice.

Ingredients

  • 8oz. organic brussels sprouts
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon organic olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (pomegranate is okay, too), [if tolerated; then squeeze the rest of the lemon juice into an ice tray for immediate freezing]
  • sprinkle sea salt
  • dash black pepper or sumac [if tolerated]

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Wash the brussels sprouts thoroughly, and then chop off the bottoms just enough to peel off individual leaves. Peel off several leaves from each sprout, or enough that the leaves no longer easily peel off.
  3. Chop the remaining sprouts in half, then put them with all the leaves into a mixing bowl. [If your brussels sprouts still have a fair amount of water clinging to them, you can toss them onto the baking tray in the preheating oven for 2-3 minutes. They'll be slightly wilted and greener, but dry enough to fry rather than steam.]
  4. Wash and mince your cloves of garlic, then add them to the mixing bowl along with the oil, salt, and pepper or sumac.
  5. Toss together all the ingredients (except the lemon juice) until evenly coated, then pour them onto the baking tray and put them in the oven. Do NOT clean the mixing bowl, yet.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, then move them around and turn the tray to ensure even baking. Cook for 4-6 more minutes, until crispy and somewhat browned, but not burnt. If these were stir-fried, they'd be called "blistered" brussels sprouts.
  7. Once you've removed the tray from the oven, immediately transfer the sprouts back into your mixing bowl and toss with lemon juice. Try one bite and add extra salt & pepper (or sumac) as needed. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

If you choose to use pomegranate or even cherry or cranberry juice instead of lemon juice, first try the same amount of juice and then double if needed. Alternatively, try a quarter teaspoon of camu camu powder as the acid.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113.93kcalTotal Fat: 7.47ggSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 365.34mgmgCarbohydrates: 10.71ggFiber: 4gSugar: 2.41ggProtein: 3.81gg

Nutrition data is primarily accumulated from online calculators for convenience and courtesy only, and can vary depending on factors such as measurements, brands, and so on. We encourage you to double-check and make your own calculations.

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