A lot can change in 13 years.

When Trinh and I reunited, there were a handful of things that I noticed that were different: we can no longer party like we did when we were 22, Trinh’s voice is deeper somehow, and dang, we look old! Other than that, everything was pretty much the same, particularly our love of good food.

Instead of going out for dinner and birthday drinks like we had originally planned, being the lowlifes we are, we decided to stay in and Trinh offered to create a meal for us from stuff we found in her refrigerator. She did not disappoint… That loser can cook!

One of the delicious things she made were roasted brussels sprouts. It was quick, easy to prepare, and a nice change from how I’m used to eating them. In fact, I’ll never eat them any other way.

Wash the brussel sprouts and cut them in half.  We used fresh sprouts, not frozen.


Let them dry.  Spread the brussels sprouts out on a pan, lightly coat them with olive oil, and sprinkle on salt and freshly ground pepper.  Use a spatula to space them out on the pan.

Roasted Brussels

Put the brussels sprouts in the broiler for 10 to 15 minutes, flipping them over about halfway through. When they’re done, they should look toasted on the outside. If you accidentally leave them in too long, don’t worry, they are even delicious slightly charred. The leaves get crispy like a chip.  That’s all there is to it!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is great as a side dish or even as a healthy snack.


Try different things out besides salt and pepper; maybe Parmesan cheese, seasoning salt, or chopped garlic. The sky’s the limit. The duo would love to hear about some of your takes on this simple dish. If you create something delicious, tell us in the comments below so we can try it!



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  • bighope

    These look way better than the ones I get from the cafeteria at work!

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