Not a fan of brussels sprouts? Try them prepared with a honey balsamic glaze. It completely changes the flavour! This dish is perfect for fall and makes a great side for Thanksgiving dinner.
Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous vegetables family. Cruciferous vegetables are low-calorie, and rich in folate, vitamins C, E, and K, and fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient to incorporate if weight loss is the goal, as it helps keep you fuller longer.
Cruciferous vegetables are also good sources of phytonutrients, which are plant-based compounds that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Also present in cruciferous vegetables are glucosinolates. These chemicals are not only responsible for the aroma and flavor of these plants, but they have also been shown to have anticancer effects.
1 ½ lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
¼ cup Peace River Honey
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup chopped dried cranberries
Rosemary sprigs (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss brussels sprouts in oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange brussels sprouts cut side down on baking sheet. Roast brussels sprouts until softened and deeply browned, approximately 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring honey to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until honey is a deep amber colour but not burnt, 3-4 minutes.
Remove honey from heat and add balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes (if using), and whisk until smooth. Return the saucepan to medium heat, add butter and a pinch of salt. Cook, whisking constantly, until the balsamic honey glaze is glossy, bubbly, and slightly thickened, approximately 3-4 minutes.
Transfer roasted brussels sprouts to a large bowl. Add glaze, pecans, dried cranberries and rosemary (if using). Toss to combine. Transfer to a platter or a serving bowl. Enjoy!