As it is when the holiday’s end, we are seriously looking to reduce the extra pounds we may have added.  We then go looking for something delicious and healthy in place of the sugary delicacies we have over indulged.  This Easy Healthy Verdure is one of my favorite “go to” recipes when I need a healthy lift. It is seriously easy and everyone in our home loves it, regardless of the time of year.

Easy Healthy Verdure With Homemade Marinara Sauce

Easy Healthy Verdure,

Ingredients: (4 servings)

    • 16oz. Brussels Sprouts
    • 12oz. Broccoli
    • 10oz. Mushrooms
    • 3 cups Marinara Pasta Sauce (Jarred variety of choice or homemade)
    • Shaved Parmesan cheese 


Easy Healthy Verdure, findingourwaynow.comIf you’re making the homemade sauce below, prepare the marinara pasta sauce first and set aside.  Cut the Brussels spouts in half, cut broccoli into bit size pieces and cut the mushrooms into thick slices.   Microwave or steam the Brussels sprouts, broccoli and mushrooms until the vegetables are al dente.  Then combine the marinara sauce and vegetables in a 3.5 quart pot and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender .  Place in serving bowls and sprinkle with shave Parmesan cheese and serve.

Notes: Be careful not to over cook the vegetables or they may become a little to mushy. You can vary the type of vegetables in the recipe, but these are a particularly good Easy Healthy Verdure, findingourwaynow.comflavor combination.  You may use your favorite jarred marinara sauce if you don’t have time to make the homemade version I’ve provided below.  My favorite jarred marinara sauce for this recipe is Classico Tomato & Basil Marinara Sauce.

Homemade Marinara Sauce


    • 2 – 28oz. Canned whole peeled plum tomatoes.
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • Easy Healthy Verdure, findingourwaynow.com4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 3 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


Pulse the canned tomatoes with juice in a blender until coarsely pureed. Put the tomatoes, garlic, and oil in a 3.5 quart sauce pan and bring to a boil. Season with salt, cheese and pepper and stir. Reduce to a simmer and cook on medium heat until thickened, about 12 to 15 minutes (or until you reached your desired thickness). Remove from heat.

Notes: You may cool and store this for later use.  It’s a great make ahead marinara sauce that will keep for up to a week.

I love both of these recipes because they have such great flavors.  You can’t beat the fact that they are both very low in calories without sacrificing a great taste. Enjoy.

Happy cooking…

PS: If you enjoyed this recipe check out my Simple Three Cheese Lasagna, Homemade Yogurt and Rustic Apple Tart. Enjoy.

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  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Awesome! My husband I just tried brussel sprouts for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Of course we liked them, but we’ve been wondering of different ways to cook them, so thanks!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, I love this recipe. I actually made it last night and it is always so tasty AND low in calories. Enjoy. :-)

  • Julie

    Num, num, num… I’m going o make this today.

    • Susan Cooper

      You will love it Julie. Enjoy. :-)

  • Leora Wenger

    A wonderful combination of veggies! I made some marinara sauce in September with some homegrown tomatoes, put it in the freezer, and we enjoyed it on Monday night. Seemed like a good January custom.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Leora, It really is quite good. Your homemade sauce would be amazing with this. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    I grew up disliking brussels sprouts immensly. But as I have aged I find the bitterness to be very appealing. I found a few years ago I can drink unsweetened grapefruit juice without even flinching (I think its all the hops in my life).
    This looks like it is a great pasta-less dish. Mind you, I would probably saute all the veggies with pancetta or bacon before making the sauce, but thats just me.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jon, I brussels sprouts are a vegetables that grows on you with time. I have done just that, but I wanted this to be a dish my vegan friend would enjoy as well. :-)

  • IDea Interiors Montreal Blog

    You know I like the look of brussel sprouts – they look like perfect little cabbages! But never know what to do with them! Finally a way to get the cute vegetable onto my dinner table! THANKS!!!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi there, I love brussels sprouts in the recipe and so have fun with it. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Interesting combination of veggies there. You forgot the chocolate. Oh right… healthy is the word of the day. LOL :)

    • Susan Cooper

      HA,HA Cheryl, you are too funny. Aside from the fact that there is no chocolate… :-), this is a really tasty dish, just saying. :-)))

  • Catarina Alexon

    Sounds delicious Susan. Will have to try it. Not now though since I have just eaten:-)

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Catarina, I know this recipe has your name written all over it. LOL… enjoy this when you’re hungry again. :-)

  • Johnny Crosskey

    Wow!! That’s sounds awesome. Must try now!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Johnny, It really is. Let me know what you think when you do. :-)

  • Jenna

    I’m Italian, so it’s only natural I would put white beans in this. Wow, looks amazing! I love that it’s vegetarian; now I know what tonight’s dinner is!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jenna, That would be a great idea. Have fun with this recipe and enjoy. :-)

  • Susan Oakes

    Except for the Brussels sprouts it looks like a delicious recipe Susan.

    • Susan Cooper

      Ha, ha, Susan, So you don’t like brussels sprout? You can use other veggies and it will taste just as great. enjoy. :-)

  • Sherryl Perry

    This sounds delicious Susan and even your sauce recipe sounds simple to make. I think I’ll give it a try. I’m not too sure about the Brussels sprouts either. I haven’t had them in years and I don’t remember why I stopped eating them.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Sherryl, I think you’d really like this, even with the brussels sprouts. :-) Enjoy.