Four Ways to Prepare Tasty Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. People often dismiss the adorable mini-cabbages, thinking of them as a stinky vegetable that they were forced to eat as kids. Well, we’re going to completely change the unfavorable opinion of Brussels sprouts. We found four different, and equally delicious, ways to prepare these tasty veggies that you can easily do at home! So grab your apron and get ready to make this tasty vegetable your new favorite food.

Roasted

Roasting takes away the bitter taste the veggie is known for while also adding a sweet caramelized flavor – it’s a win-win. We recommend roasting them until there’s a small amount of char on the outer leaves. The char adds a smoky element that makes the sprouts even tastier!

A flavor that often pairs well with Brussels sprouts is balsamic vinegar. We found this recipe for honey balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts on Kevin is Cooking and it sounds absolutely mouthwatering.

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Ingredients for this recipe:

  • 1 ½ lbs of Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey

For the full recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooked

Slow-cooker recipes seem to be popping up left and right lately. Good thing too, because slow-cooking Brussels sprouts is a great way to create a delectable dish without having to constantly keep an eye on it. The long cook time also helps remove the astringent taste from the sprouts.

This recipe, from Damn Delicious, also utilizes balsamic vinegar and sugar. However, a third ingredient is introduced that also pairs well with this veggie: parmesan cheese. At under 200 calories per serving, this slow cooker balsamic Brussels sprouts recipe is a guaranteed winner.

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Ingredients for this recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • For the full recipe, click here.

Pan-Seared

In a rush? Can’t roast or slow-cook? Easy: pan-sear. Pan-searing is a quick way to get the desired layer of caramelization on Brussels sprouts. Toss them into a frying pan first. Then, add whatever ingredients you like to create an instant delicious side dish that’s also packed with nutrients.

Rachel Schultz, a blogger and author, created a side dish that looks beyond tasty. Her Brussels sprouts with cranberries and pecans will pair perfectly with any season and it’s easy to whip up. With its sweet and savory flavor combinations, this recipe will be a hit in any household.

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Ingredients for this recipe:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • ½ cup barley
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

For the full recipe, click here.

Raw

Last but not least, you can eat Brussels sprouts raw. Yup, you read that correctly…raw. Some may think the earthy taste could be overpowering, but with the right preparation, they are actually delicious and even more nutritious than cooking the vegetable!

This raw Brussels sprouts recipe, from Wholefully, looks fresh and light – perfect as a summer salad or even as a winter side. The trick to this recipe is that the Brussels sprouts are shaved, making them paper thin and easy to chew. This shaved Brussels sprout salad with apples and walnuts is healthy and there’s no cooking required!

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 medium tart apple (like Granny Smith)
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 medium red onion
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • A clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

For the full recipe, click here.

Don’t let Brussels sprouts’ bad reputation keep you from enjoying a delicious dish. Whether you roast, slow-cook, pan-sear, or eat them raw, these veggies can be tasty and are always nutritious. Packed with protein, iron and potassium, Brussels sprouts are an easy way to add vitamins to your meals. So dig in!


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