Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I never had brussels sprouts growing up.  Never thought much about it.  Turns out my mom doesn't like them, and when I made dinner one night and she saw them, it was so funny!  Shouldn't it be the child saying "eew, no! Not brussels sprouts!" 

So backward.  So entertaining.  I did not make her eat them - "Now Mom, no leaving the table until..." Oh man.

Well, I do like brussels sprouts,  and I have changed the way I make them for the better!

I used to stream them until tender,  then slather them in butter.  Usually they would be that dark,  eeh green,  and over cooked. Butter was necessary.  

Then I saw someone at work reheating her brussels sprouts, and they looked so much better than mine, so I tried to recreate it with what I know about preparing other veggies  for the grill. 

I've refined my method to this:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 35 to 40 minutes
Preheat oven to 350°

Large bag of fresh small to medium brussels sprouts
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Himalayan pink sea salt to taste
Pepper to taste*
Garlic powder to taste

I choose brussels sprouts by size - yes I want them uniform, but also on the smaller side.  This way they are less bitter.

Next,  I cut the 'butt' off and slice them in half,  placing the halves in a large mixing bowl. I include the fallen leaves.  No one gets let behind!

I add extra virgin olive oil, just enough to evenly coat the brussel sprouts,  garlic powder,  Himalayan pink sea salt, and pepper to taste. 

I toss all ingredients and place them in an even layer on a cookie sheet covered in foil and roasted at 350F.

35 to 40 minutes later you have beautifully browned and crispy brussels sprouts. About half way through I like to shake up the cookie sheet to stir the sprouts and ensure they are evenly cooking. The loose leavea are super crunchy, while the halved brussel sprouts are slightly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.

I no longer feel the need to slather this in butter. Some times I like a little light honey mustard dressing to dip them in. Mmm.

I like brussel sprouts with chicken breast, brown rice (not in pic, it was an still cooking- darn stuff takes forever to cook!) And half an avocado. Gotta get the good fats in too!

I have been living a healthier and more active lifestyle for the past year and a half. Eating better makes me feel better, and have more energy.

I hope you like and try this tasty side dish. I do this with squash in the oven, and on the grill too, when the weather permits. 

Let me know what you think!

*Note: Roasted Brussels Sprouts are a delicious side dish that is Paleo friendly.  This recipe can be made Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) compliant by removing the pepper.

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  1. I used to call Himalayan Pink Salt, Pixie Dust, it always helped if my kids didn't like something.

  2. I love love roasted brussel sprouts!! I just bought some of that pink salt from trader joes! :)

  3. I love roasted brussels sprouts- especially the outside layer gets all brown and crispy- it has the best nutty flavor :)

  4. I love brussels sprouts. This is how I make them. I found out that my bff boils them and adds butter. Ewwww! I didn't know about the big ones being more bitter. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Yum — these look delicious! We always cook sprouts with Marsala wine and pancetta — I've never thought of roasting them in this way! I'll bet you could BBQ them too? Lovely :) #brillblogposts

  6. Tasty. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  7. We do ours like this as well- I toss mine in a mix of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and just a tiny bit of lemon juice. Fantastic!

    I may have to whip mine up now....
    your post has made me want some :P

  8. Your mom refusing to eat brussel sprouts is hysterical. Thanks for sharing with Scraptastic Saturdays.

  9. Stopping by from Sunday's Best linkup. Thanks for sharing this post. I love Brussel Sprouts n butter or anyway I can get them. This is a healthy version that I'm going to try since 2015 is my get healthy year. Please join us again.

  10. Growing up I didn't care for brussel sprouts when my mom cooked them, but had them recently and they were yummy. I need to add them to my grocery list. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

  11. I love brussels sprouts and have only recently started to roast them! Garlic and pink salt make them even more delicious! Lovely recipe!

  12. I hated vegetables as a kid, they were always BOILED!!!! A few years ago I started with peppers of all colors and asparagus, I now do broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, asparagus, and I LOVE Butternut Squash. I will try brussel sprouts :) Thanks...

  13. Hi Jennifer,
    We just love Roasted Brussels Sprouts, these look awesome! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I mix mine with bacon even though it's only me that eats them

  15. I just bought a huge bag of brussel sprouts - this was right on time :-) & I love roasted veg. Trying it tonight!


  16. Brussel sprouts taste so good roasted! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  17. I've never liked brussel sprouts myself, but maybe fixed this way I would. I hate mushy vegetables. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

  18. I love brussel sprouts! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays at

  19. That's too funny about your mom! That made me giggle. I love some roasted brussels sprouts! My mom and dad are fans of steaming the life out of brussels sprouts and then slathering them with butter. lol Thanks for linking up to the Sunday's Recipe Wrap-up!

  20. Very delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. Pinning.

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  22. Brussel sprouts may be an acquired taste but I am lucky that my entire family loves them, even my 2 year old! Thanks for linking up at #mum-bomonday

  23. Brussel Sprouts are one of our favourite vegetables! Roasting is a lovely way to serve them :-) Thank you for sharing this healthy recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  24. Those look great!!! I really love Brussels sprouts. I roast just about all my veggies now. So good!

  25. Ooh I love sprouts but never thought of roasting them! #tastytuesdays

  26. This recipe looks absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try it and see if it is a hit with my boys. Stopping by from the Good Tips Tuesday link up!