Don't like Brussels Sprouts? Try this and help those in need too.

I had a friend in from Florida just before Thanksgiving. Since being a vegetarian, Turkey day does not excite me, I decided to include him in my holiday meal.  In that I bought Brussels sprouts on the vine and used some to roast. We didn't use them all so I was stuck with figuring out what to do next.

A group I am in posted a  note that they would like the members to contribute food for a local women and children's shelter for their Thanksgiving meal.  This particular shelter supports those immigrants that have been victims of human trafficking.  All I could think of is how lucky most of us are and how important it is to help these women and children.

Brussels sprouts are not a favorite for many so I thought I would try something different. Searching the blogsphere I found a recipe that fit the bill,  Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios, Cranberries & Parmesan http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/11/shredded-brussels-sprouts-recipe-pistachios-cranberries-parmesan/

I had all the ingredients so I thought I would try it.  I didn't want to use the pistachios so I looked up an alternative. Honeyed Walnuts with Rosemary.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/brussels-sprouts-with-candied-walnuts-and-green-apple-recipe/index.html

The combination worked perfectly and I liked it so much I had some for breakfast. The good thing about this salad is that it tasted more like cabbage and less like sprouts. I think even non brussels sprouts lovers may still like it.  The best thing about it though is that it went to the local women's shelter and made their holiday a little less lonesome, knowing that people care.

I hope you will try the recipe, whether you use the pistachios or the honeyed walnuts it will be good. Please also support your local women's shelters. These women and children need to know we care for and support them in keeping them safe.

Safe and happy holidays!