It is a well-known fact that eating your vegetables is good for you. The cruciferous veggies in particular, are loaded with cancer fighting little beasties that do us a lot of good. Sometimes, their pungent nature (think broccoli, etc) makes them less than yummy, particularly when overcooked. That is why it is so important to treat these items with delicacy and care when cooking them.
For instance, the humble brussels sprout. I grew these when I lived in England, and let me tell you, what an unusual plant it is! It is a tall, alien-looking stalk, punctuated by the little sprouts growing along it. It is one of my favorite treats, and I begin by toasting some nuts. I prefer pine nuts, but did not have any on this day, so I used dry-roasted peanuts. Almonds work well in this, too.