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Monday, November 23, 2015

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pumpkin Seeds

A delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.


  Thanksgiving is almost here! When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of family gatherings and delicious food. I get excited about all the cooking and baking that I get to do for these gatherings. Weeks ahead, I read cooking magazines, cookbooks, and search Pinterest for new recipe ideas. I just love finding new Thanksgiving recipes and food for my Thanksgiving meal. Pinterest always has the best Thanksgiving recipe ideas and cooking tips to make my Thanksgiving meal the best.


  I always try to make healthy dishes when I cook as I want to show my family that healthy food tastes delicious. One of my favorite dishes to cook for gatherings is roasted vegetables. Most people do not eat enough veggies and I want to show people that veggies when made right taste delicious. My favorite veggie is brussels sprouts. Most people do not like brussels sprouts, but once they try this dish they love them. This is the only way I can get my husband to eat brussels sprouts.

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts are:

~ Sweet
~ Healthy
~ Tender
~ Loaded with fiber
~ Full of nutrients



   I have discovered a wonderful way to cook brussels sprouts. Roasting veggies brings out a sweet flavor to the vegetables. Then the drizzle of maple syrup adds an additional sweetness which makes the vegetables irresistible. I cut them in half and roast them in the oven, which brings out a wonderful sweet flavor to them. Then I drizzle maple syrup over them and add roasted pumpkin seeds. My Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts are so yummy and irresistible, that even if you normally do not like these sprouts, you will love these. These irresistible sprouts are a holiday favorite but are too tasty to serve just once a year. So I make them year-round.


This recipe is easily halved for smaller gatherings or an everyday family meal. I will be adding these to my Thanksgiving menu.


     I made a batch of these maple roasted "little cabbages" the other day and ate them with dinner. The leftovers were awesome to snack on the next day. The maple syrup gives the sprouts just the right amount of sweetness that will make brussels sprout haters ask for more. The pumpkin seeds give them an extra touch of flavor. I made a batch without the pumpkin seeds and quickly found out the pumpkin seeds add a great taste to the brussels sprouts. You can use raw or roasted pumpkin seeds. I like using the green raw pumpkin seeds that are called pepitas. This recipe serves 6-8 people but is easy to cut in half for a small family.


   The first step to making this wonderful dish is preparing the brussels sprouts. You will need to trim any wilted or yellow leaves off the sprouts. Then to make the sprouts bite-size, cut them in half. A cutting board helps get the job done quickly, along with a sharp knife. I like using a bamboo cutting board as it does not dull my knives. It is also durable and lightweight. I use this board for everything. The silicone edges on the board keep the board from moving around and it adds a great look to the cutting board. Most people are afraid of the care that goes into wood cutting boards. Those fears are gone with this board as I just hand wash mine and hang it up to dry on my pot rack.



Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients: 
2 pounds Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup raw or roasted green pumpkin seeds

   
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel off any yellowed or wilted leaves from the outside of Brussels sprouts and trim the bottoms. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half. Combine brussels sprouts in a large bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. Toss until coated. Place the sprouts on a baking sheet and roast, stirring once or twice, until sprouts are almost browned and just tender when pierced at the base with a paring knife, about 25 minutes. Place the brussels sprouts in the serving dish and toss them with the maple syrup and pumpkin seeds.






33 comments:

  1. Brussels sprouts are my favorite veggie. NOM. These sound so good.

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  2. ...and here is something else that I have never eaten and not too sure I will ever try it...but this looks delicious...

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  3. I love brussel sprouts they are delicious but never thought of being roasted

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  4. I love to roast brussels sprouts & am making them for T-giving dinner this week.

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  5. Genius idea. I never thought to add pumpkin seeds to brussel sprouts.

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  6. Brussel sprouts are awesome to cook with! They absorb flavor really well!

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  7. This would not have crossed my mind at all - thanks for the tip.

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  8. I'm really starting to love brussel sprouts. Thanks for this delicious recipe with some maple flavor!

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  9. What a delicious recipe. I bet my hubby would surely love this thanks for sharing

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  10. Sounds like a good recipe. I have never eaten brussel sprouts; don't think I'll be trying them anytime soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. These look delicious! I love brussel sprouts, but am always at a loss as how to prepare them.

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  12. It looks really fantastic! I haven't tried it, but I'm sure my family would love it.

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  13. something interesting to try and looks really deli and yummy. i hope i can try this sometimes

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  14. Even though I've never had the courage to try brussel sprouts, this looks great!

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  15. That looks a great side dish to add to a Thanksgiving meal. Sounds yummy!!

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  16. I am so busy bee during Thanks Giving dinner and I always make sure the dishes that I serve for my family is healthy . Thank you for this recipe a great addition for my menu.

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  17. Oh my that sounds amazing and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner

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  18. Pumpkin Seeds with Brussels Sprouts = that's a pretty GENIUS combo if you ask me! :)

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  19. I've never tried cooking with pumpkin seeds. I think it's great with brussels sprouts. I will try this.

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  20. You know, I have never had Brussel Sprouts! I am out of it :) This sounds like a terrific fall recipe to try for the first time!

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  21. This recipe looks delicious and healthy! I love roasted brussels sprouts

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  22. I don't mind brussel sprouts but I'm not a huge fan of them - I think this recipe would make me love them though!

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  23. This looks so healthy and delicious. I haven't tried this one yet but thanks for the recipe. Looks easy to follow along :)

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  24. my mother loved brussel sprouts and raised them in the garden and served them at many of our meals. This sounds so delicious and one that I will serve my family as well

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  25. Looks healthy and delicious! Sadly we do not have brussel sprouts here.

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  26. What a yummy easy recipe for Fall! I love that it's healthy too and I definitely am going to make soon, thanks for sharing!

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  27. One more good idea to my veggies – Maple syrup. That would add a nice glaze trace.

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  28. My husband eats Brussels sprouts like it's candy. He loves them. I will have to try your recipe.

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  29. Looks so very delicious! I love pumpkin seeds and Brussels sprouts, combining it is fine

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  30. Such a delicious, healthy and so easy dish to make for everyone. I love it, thank you!

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  31. Yes! This is such an amazing side dish for Thanksgiving!

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  32. These actually look delicious, Maple is a great ingredient for lot of veggies.

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