Brussels Sprouts (with Math and Science Enrichment)

Last Christmas my boyfriend and I cooked Brussels sprouts with a niece. She is a great protester of all things green on her plate. After standing on a chair to help us stir and seeing what it was like to cut the sprouts in half and season and salt them, she tried a few of these dreaded veggies. She ate three, which is a decent portion for a 7-year-old, I believe. (Me, I wouldn’t touch them as a kid). Good for her!


Brussels sprouts
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Chicken stock


  1. Cut the sprouts in half. Discuss fractions and pizza pie while doing this. All kids know what 1/2 a pizza is!
  2. Warm oil in a frying pan.
  3. Lay your sprouts in the pan, flat side down, and get a good sear on them. Discuss what this means and ask your young chef to judge the ideal color brown with you.
  4. When the sear is at a good color brown (take votes among the cooks to decide), add a clove of minced garlic and stir for a minute.
  5. Add 1/4 inch of chicken stock. This steams the sprouts and makes them softer. Our niece is in second grade and learning about precipitation and condensation, so we discussed the steam accordingly.
  6. Add three short shakes of salt, then test to see if there is enough. Add more if needed.

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