Cut and paste this into your browser if necessary: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/dining/281mrex.html?ref=dining
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did add a couple of tablespoons of pine nuts. And, check it out, I didn't have any dates. But I did have figs and everyone knows that figs and dates are functional equivalents. They are basically the same thing, really, so if you don't have dried figs, used dried dates. And I added some chopped red bell pepper for color.
Do it. Don't fear the brussel sprouts. Embrace them.
(Yes, I stole that picture from the internet.)