One Minute Prep: Brussels Sprouts

Tao to Wellness, Berkeley Acupuncture

You’ve heard of “4 hour chef”, how about “one minute prep”!

I like things done fast and with no fuss, no muss.  I’m efficient and impatient, a constant teetering between positive attribute and annoying anxiety, for pete’s sake someone give her a Xanax!  Just kidding, I’ve never had a Xanax in my life.

When it comes to cooking, the prep time kills me, the chopping, the mincing, the slicing, the dicing, my most hated task is the chopping of onions (I cry enough in real life) and garlic because my fingers smell for hours or sometimes the whole day!  When it comes to the baking for an hour or the simmering for 2 hours, ironically I don’t mind it in the least, I can go do something else while I’m waiting and somehow that to me screams efficiency, one of my strong suits.

Here’s the quickest brussels sprouts you’ll ever make… Swear!

Prep: 1 minute

Bake: 30 min (or until they get crispy)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Buy organic already shaved Brussels Sprouts, open the bag, toss it in a bowl.  Boom!

Pop 6 garlics out of the tray, toss them into the bowl! Boom!Dorot-Garlic-tray-2322323

Coat the Brussels lightly with olive oil, learning to eyeball things is a good trait, go with your gut!

Add some maple syrup, maybe about a third of the amount of olive oil you used, the sugar helps them caramelize!

Add a sprinkle of truffle sea salt and ground pepper.  (I use Sabatino Truffle Salt)

Stir it up and throw it into a cast iron skillet

In 10 minutes, your garlic should be soft enough to blend into the brussels sprouts.  Bake for another 20 minutes and then enjoy!

Quick and easy and the clean up is a breeze since you’ve used one cast iron skillet, one bowl and one spoon!


Speedy Gonzalez

Tao to Wellness

Berkeley, California


Christina Martin is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for almost twenty years.  After having studied with the late great master, Dr. Richard Tan for her whole career, she is considered an expert in musculoskeletal issues, including sports medicine, and all aspects of internal medicine with an emphasis on gynecology and fertility.  She is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine and she is part of the Northern California Fertility Group.  In addition to her private practice, she teaches meditation and is repeat guest lecturer at Symposia Medicus (a continuing education organization for Western doctors and nurses), UC Berkeley and Laney College.