Steamed Brussels’s Sprouts and Broccoli with Cheezy Coconut Sauce
Every once in awhile I eat something other than desserts and sweets.
Shocking but true.
I love chocolate and cookies as much as the next person, or in my case, probably more than the next person, but I have to have green vegetables every day.
Without them I feel weird. off, out of balance, and although I crave brownies, I also crave broccoli and Brussels’s sprouts.
Yes, really. I love cruciferous vegetables of all kinds, but broccoli and Brussels’s are two of my favorites. Never met a brassica I didn’t like and that didn’t stink up my house.
When I feel the need to crunch on some cellulose and don’t have time for anything too fussy, complicated, or time-consuming, I steam veggies in the microwave, and make a quickie cheezy sauce by warming coconut oil and mixing it with nutritional yeast, and adding a few spices based on my mood.
Drizzle sauce all over veggies.
And if I want some sinus clearing to go with my cheezy-coconutty vegetables, super simple homemade Spicy Honey Mustard comes in handy.
But there must have sauce because everything is better with
lots of frosting lots of sauce.
Steamed Brussels’s Sprouts and Broccoli with Cheezy Coconut Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Refined-Sugar-Free)
1 cup whole Brussels’s sprouts and broccoli florets (or more, or other vegetables you enjoy)
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (use olive, hemp, grapeseed or another oil if you don’t like or have coconut oil)
pinch of salt, pepper, stevia; all to taste & optional (also consider a pinch of chili powder, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, curry, turmeric, cinnamon, or nutmeg based on taste preferences)
Place vegetables in a microwave-safe dish, fill dish halfway with water, cover with plasticwrap, heat on high power for 1-2 minutes, or until vegetables are as tender as desired. After steaming, place vegetables under cold running water for a few seconds to stop the cooking process. Slice cooked sprouts in half, if desired.
Make the sauce by mixing all remaining ingredients in a small bowl, whisking or stirring to combine, and pour over vegetables.
Note: Steam the vegetables any way you wish; that is how I do it because I am done in under two minutes. I like my vegetables very crunchy and more toward the raw side; steam (or oven-roast) to taste.
If you’re not familiar with nutritional yeast (nooch), I previously written about it included over a dozen recipes using nutritional yeast.
It’s not the same as brewer’s yeast, it’s vegan, gluten, soy-free and nut-free; it adds a cheesy and nutty quality to food, and it’s packed with protein and B vitamins.
Nutritional yeast is not typically sold in grocery stores or at Trader Joe’s, and although it is sold at Whole Foods, I buy it from iHerb because it’s about 40% cheaper. Use code AVE630 at checkout to save another $5 off your iHerb order. Stock up on stevia, bulk spices, honey, body wash, and supplements while you’re ordering. May as well stock up, right.
One favorite nutritional yeast-based sauce recipe is Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip (vegan, GF, soyfree)
If you’d rather skip the nutritional yeast but still enjoy some cruciferous veggies with coconut oil, try Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips
Do you like Brussels’s sprouts, broccoli, or crave vegetables?
I really can’t imagine a day without vegetables. Or dessert. Balance, moderation, a little bit of this, a little bit of that.
Do you like nutritional yeast?
If you’ve made anything with it that you enjoy, feel free to link it up.
If you’ve never had nutritional yeast, I won’t say it tastes just like cheese. Instead, I find it to have a cheesy and nutty quality, which is why many vegans use it as a cheese alternative. It’s also packed with B vitamins and protein.
It may be a bit of an acquired taste but clearly, I’ve acquired it. Daily.
Cheezy chocolate coconut oil popcorn is a staple, too.
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!