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Thankful for Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a fantastic side dish to create for Thanksgiving that will have everyone feeling extra thankful because all the ingredients are chockful of health-boosting benefits? Check out this savory recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts that includes rosemary, cranberries, pecans, and pepitas. Brussels are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C and they provide healthy, plant-based protein! Cranberries are packed with plenty of vitamins and antioxidants as well and have lots of health-boosting benefits. Pepitas (which are actually pumpkin seeds that don't require shelling) contain fiber, iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper, while pecans are considered a quality source of protein with 19 vitamins and minerals and heart-healthy fat.

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved (remove ends)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary 
  • 1/3 cup pecans 
  • 1/4 cup peptitas
  • 1 cup cranberries 
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (Tip: use the convection oven for crispier results). 
  • Toss Brussels in olive oil, chopped rosemary and salt and pepper and spread out evenly onto a cookie sheet. 
  • Roast for 30 minutes, then add cranberries and nuts. 
  • Toss again and roast for another 20-30 minutes until Brussels are golden and turning crispy. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot! 

About the Author: Dana Bujalski hales from the Chicago suburbs. As a personal chef for in-home meal prep, small parties, and cooking lessons, Dana focuses primarily on clients' nutritional and specific dietary needs. She has a strong passion for health and wellness and has competed in four NPC Bikini Competitions, placing 2nd in her third show. Competing helped Dana become stronger both in and out of the kitchen, which ultimately led to her having a better relationship with food, something she adamantly passes along to her clients. Find her on Instagram @BodyFuelbyDana

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