As kids, we hated vegetables and Brussels sprouts topped that list. But now that we’re grown-ups, Brussels sprouts are kinda awesome. No, scratch that. They are super awesome! Brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon has become such a popular side dish, but let’s be real here: bacon is a fat, not a protein. What’s a healthy foodie to do!? Here’s my twist on Brussels sprouts that doesn’t sacrifice any flavor or break the calorie bank. It’s perfect for any weeknight or a weekend dinner party. This is one dish that friends will be raving about for days to come. Enjoy!
Brussels Sprouts (Serves 4 as a small side dish)
- 1 lb of Brussels Sprouts
- 1-1.5 tbsp of canola oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp pepper
- 1 lemon
- Place a full baking sheet into the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees (10 minutes). This helps the Brussels sprouts brown quickly.
- Cut/discard the ends of the sprouts. Then, cut the bulbs into quarters.
- Put the quartered Brussels sprouts into a medium sized bowl. Add the canola oil and toss until they are equally coated.
- Once the oven is properly heated, dump the Brussels sprouts onto the hot baking sheet (parchment paper is optional). Make sure there is only 1 layer so they can cook and brown evenly.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on them, and close the oven door.
- Cook them until they are bright green and the bottoms are nicely browned (approximately 15-20 minutes).
- When they are done, scoop them into a serving bowl. Squeeze a wedge of lemon juice on the Brussels sprouts, and serve immediately.
- Add 1-2 wedges of lemon next to the serving bowl for anyone who wants extra. Presentation is everything!
Boom! *microphone drop*
Thomas Ngo is a Registered Dietitian in the Bay Area, California. He specializes in athletic performance and weight gain/loss. He loves Brussels sprouts but has never met a french fry he didn’t like. If you want to work with a Rise coach like Thomas, sign up at www.rise.us.