Brussels Sprouts Get a Bad Rap

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Am I right? Brussels sprouts get such a bad rap!

From the time that we are little kids, I think we are programmed to think brussels sprouts are “gross.” I know I didn’t want to eat them! I’m sure my response was something like: “Brussels spouts?! Ewww, gross!” But, I’ve come along way since then. Brussels sprouts, especially roasted, are one of my favorite veggies ever.


Turnips also get a bad rap, don’t they? I never liked them as a kid.


Tonight, I did something really crazy and combined the two “hated” veggies into one dish. I’m sure there are a few kids out there who are totally grossed-out right now! πŸ˜‰


Thanks to some Roasted Garlic Mustard and leftover pesto, my brussels sprouts + turnip experiment turned out really well.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Turnip


  • 10 ounces brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium turnip
  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic mustard (or other variety)
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • S + P


  • Preheat oven to 375* F
  • Slice brussels sprouts in half and cut turnip into bite-size pieces


  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl




  • Spread brussels sprouts and turnip on a baking sheet


  • Bake for 35-40 minutes
  • Allow to cool before serving



Mmm! Roasted veggies are the best– even brussels sprouts and turnips! πŸ˜‰


With the roasted veggies, I also had a piece of toasted whole wheat bread with Pulled BBQ Shreds on top. It was a good dinner tonight!


For “dessert,” I ate a million gum drops. I forgot how much I like these things!



After dinner, Mal and I headed to Body Pump with our friends Dave and Marie. It’s so nice having friends to workout with. Of course, it’s great motivation, but it’s also fun to catch up before and after class.

Body Pump was sooooo tough tonight! We did BP 72 in its entirety and the lunge track totally kicked my butt! I actually felt lightheaded halfway through the track, which has never happened to me. Maybe my mini Body Pump hiatus last week is now affecting me?

In the end, I made it through class just fine. My legs are totally exhausted now, but in a I-worked-really-hard way. Let’s just say that I am going to sleep like a baby tonight!


Mal and I just turned on American Idol and we’re sipping some chocolate protein shakes. I made mine with non-fat milk and a bunch of ice cubes. It’s exactly what I need after this evening’s butt-kicking workout.


Good night! See ya in the morning!



  1. I don’t think I’ve ever had brussel sprouts…my mom never served them when we were little and I’ve never made them for myself. I’ll have to try though because yours look delicious!

  2. I hated all kinds of veggies, really up until the last year, but now I love veggies like zucchini and Brussels sprouts. I still don’t like greens though. I guess I am not grown up enough for those yet.

  3. Brussel sprouts, turnip, mustard – sounds like a winner to me!!! Love them all! I started loving brussels when I was around 10, I had never had them before that because I thought they were gross!

  4. I love roasting brussels sprouts! I’ve made my family and some of my friends converts. One of them even told me the other day that she’s helping to spread the good repute of roasted brussels sprouts among her friends at school! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a turnip in my life (my parents probably didn’t even try to introduce it) but if you say it’s good, I’ll give it a go!

  5. my husband HATES sprouts, but i’ve always loved them! and they’re even better roasted πŸ™‚ i’m a little scared about turnips though…i’m still working on beets at the moment. i can imagine anything would taste great with that pesto though!

  6. We just had brussels sprouts last night, as I was craving them! LOL! πŸ™‚ (so the kid in you now likes turnips AND gumdrops! Best of both worlds! πŸ˜‰ )

  7. Turnips always intimidate me because I never know what to do with them. Thank you for this awesome recipe tip. I will most definitely give it a whirl soon. Also, your post got me to thinking about this book I read in the 1st Grade called, “The Giant Turnip,” or something like that. After we read it, our teacher gave our entire class samples of turnip. I don’t remember if I liked it back then, but kudos to my old teacher for trying to combine healthy eating with learning. I think this post would make please Mrs.Gilky. πŸ™‚

  8. I think part of the reasons brussels sprouts are so hated is because everyone says their hated. I always thought I hated them even though I never tried them. Just because, well, that’s what kids do. When I’m a mom, I’m going to tell my kids everyone else loves them.

  9. Tina- I am in LOVE with brussels sprouts! So glad you gave them a shout out! I roast mine halved, flat side down, in toasted seseme oil for like 15 min…then add tamari sauce and tad of water over the top for another 5 min or so…yummo- like candy! πŸ™‚

  10. I *LOVE* brussel sprouts. I didn’t start eating them until about a year ago. My family never ate fresh veggies growing up, so it wasn’t really an option. But I love boiling them for a few minutes and then roasting them with just some salt and pepper.
    My only problem is what happened after eating them ;(

  11. I love brussel sprouts. Eat them all the time. I trim them, cut in half, toss in olive oil and salt and roast them at 450 degrees. Quick and easy…yum! πŸ™‚

  12. They totally get a bad rap. In fact I hadn’t had them until about a year ago even though my BF loves them. I wonder how I went more than five years without making them for him since I’m always trying to get him to eat more veggies. Anyways, the point is – I do not like them. Not even a bit, and I love anything roasted. Blehhhhhhhhhh!

  13. i recently discovered my love of roasted brussels sprouts. next time try mustard and balsamic vinegar. a favorite combination of mine. i even save a little bit and add it after they’re roasted for some extra goodness.

  14. Those veggies are soooooo bitter, which is why I hated them growing up. The only way I will eat turnips is if they are mashed and loaded up with butter and sugar. Yes I am serious and Yes it is delicious! Seems to only show up on the plate at Christmas though, hmm. πŸ™‚

  15. Brussels sprouts are one of my favourite vegetables, but I really can’t eat them anymore, since they severely aggravate my stomach. As does my all-time favourite vegetable, kumara (New Zealand white-fleshed, red-skinned sweet potato). It’s *so* annoying.

    And it’s a bit embarrassing that I’m sitting here reading healthy living blogs and can’t stop staring lustfully at the dish of gum drops, hee. I think some jelly beans and dark chocolate might be in my dessert future!

  16. My mother sold us brussel sprouts as “princess sprouts” when we were little “Because they are so small and tender, they were originally only for princesses”

    we always ate them πŸ™‚

  17. I loooooooooooove brussels sprouts, especially in roasted form! I wasn’t a picky eater as a kid, I ate all of my veggies and even loved squid. πŸ˜€

    I love gardein pulled BBQ shreds, it’s SO yummy and tastes just like the real deal.


  18. I LOVE sprouts too! I used to hate them til I tried them roasted, now I can’t believe what I missed out on all these years πŸ˜› my step-dad won’t even try them roasted though, he’s that much of a hater πŸ™

  19. Roasted veggies are THE way to go. Thanks to a high oven temperature, I now enjoy vegetables I hated as a kid. Brussels, kale, cauliflower, broccoli… yum!

  20. I love both of those veggies, but never had them together. Roasting is definitely the best way to eat ’em and I’ll be giving this recipe a try. Thanks!

  21. I love brussels sprouts. And gum drops. And Body Pump.
    Roasted brussels sprouts are the best, as is roasted rutabega. I may have to try turnips, next.
    We’ve been doing the lunge track from 69 or 70..the one with the three quarter squats thrown in. It’s a killer, too. Somedays are just tougher than others.

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