Roasted Brussels Sprouts are so good my friends! I grew up with these gems, but they were boiled and I didn’t like them at the time. Being honest here. I think for some of us, Brussels sprouts are an “acquired taste” that comes over time.
Then my daughter told me that roasting vegetables is the new thing. Well, this has been a game-changer for me and my family. These roasted Brussels sprouts are sweet (they must be fresh for that flavor) and tender. In case you missed this post, 8 Brussels Sprouts Recipes
The nice thing about these is they are fairly inexpensive and very filling. Of course, they have great health benefits as well.
Brussels Sprouts Nutrition
We’re all being told frequently to be sure and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. For some reason, our youngsters don’t seem to want many veggies, I was the same at that age. The great thing about vegetables is that they are full of nutrients we all need to stay healthy. They also tend to be pretty filling, and although some have an acquired taste, most taste delicious.
Here are some stats for this great veggie choice:
- 38 calories per cup
- Cholesterol 0
- Saturated Fat 0.1 g
- Monounsaturated Fat 0
- Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
- Potassium 342 mg
- Sodium 22 mg
- Protein 3g
- Total Carbs 8g
- Dietary Fiber 3.3g
- Sugar 1.9 g
- Vitamin A 13%
- Vitamin C 124%
Kitchen Items You May Need:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Preheat your oven to (425°F) = (218°C). Grab a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper or a silicone mat. This makes for easy clean-up. These are the only ingredients you need, I love this! I appreciate easy meals, don’t you?
Rinse the Brussels sprouts, check for any bad spots, cut off, and discard the ends, if desired.
Cut each Brussels sprout in half from the top to the bottom base. Lay the Brussels sprouts cut side down evenly in one layer on the cookie sheet.
Drizzle with some olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can use just about any spice you like, I prefer simple.
Roast the sprouts in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until you can see the edges a little dark, as in roasted.
Serve warm and enjoy. These are so good!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe
- 1-1/2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat your oven to (425°F) = (218°C). Grab a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper or a silicone mat. This makes for easy clean-up. Rinse the Brussels sprouts, check for any bad spots, cut off the ends, and discard, if desired. Cut each Brussels sprout in half from the top to the bottom base. Lay the Brussels sprouts evenly in one layer on the cookie sheet, cut side down. Drizzle with some olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can use just about any spice you like, I prefer simple. Roast the sprouts for 20-30 minutes, or until you can see the edges a little dark, as in roasted. Serve warm and enjoy.
What are Brussels Sprouts?
They are actually a vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family. They have many layers, with the outside layer acting like a “shell.” That layer can appear to have a green (most common) color or purple color. They can be cooked and served in a variety of ways, but if cooked fresh, will have both a sweet and nutty taste, making them somewhat unique.
I think the main reason they have become so popular is that they go so well with so many entrees. Some might call them a side dish, but I think they are a very critical part of any meal combination.
Can they be served with other toppings besides olive oil?
It is fun to try a number of different toppings with Brussels sprouts. Besides olive oil, I have also used various cheeses, lemon juice, and even a wide variety of balsamic vinegar flavors, including honey. For a more sweet approach to the topping, I’ve heard some cooks will use maple syrup.
For a special flavor combination try putting some bacon bits on top of the Brussels sprouts either before or after the roasting process. When it comes to spices or herbs, try some fried or sauteed onions or garlic powder.
Are there more health benefits to eating Brussels sprouts?
Like most veggies, Brussels sprouts have very few calories and lots of fiber. Of course, the type and amount of toppings can affect the calorie count. We all need vitamin C since it helps strengthen our immune system. Foods like this also contain antioxidants that help prevent a number of health issues, like diabetes, some cancers, and heart disease.
Brussels sprouts can also influence good blood health due to the content of vitamin K they provide.
Are there meat dishes I should serve with my Brussels sprouts?
You may have your own favorites, but I’ve found that Brussels sprouts go well with almost any meat entree, including pork, chicken, beef, and fish. It may seem strange, but don’t be afraid to use Brussels sprouts as you would many other veggies to add a unique flavor to sandwiches and wraps.
Rather than serving them as a separate meal offering, consider making them an important part of things like a stir-fry.
For those of us who are trying to cut back on meat, they can be part of a totally vegetable meal. Consider adding them with other veggies like green onions, red onions, sweet potatoes, and other veggies you have stuffed in your fridge. They are also a worthwhile and flavorful addition to your tasty salad choices. Put in some cheese, bacon bits, and other traditional salad items for a delicious and healthy meatless meal.
How do I store them after roasting them?
I place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator.
How long are they stay good in the refrigerator?
Leftovers are good for 3-4 days after roasting them when stored properly in the refrigerator.
Although Brussels sprouts may not be on the tip of your tongue when you list your favorite vegetable, they are becoming a very popular meal option across the country. Roasted Brussels sprouts are only one way to cook them, so experiment with various recipes and enjoy your time in the kitchen as you get better acquainted with this healthy veggie.
I love preparing them, and hope you’ll grow to feel the same. Let me know your favorite approach to serving them so I can share your experience with my great readers, they’ll love to hear. May God bless this world. Linda.