Updated: Feb 2, 2022
The first time I ever tried "brussel sprouts" was in the Samford University cafeteria. YIKES - not the best place to try anything for the first time (IYKYK). Needless to say, I've had much better ones since then, and now... well "every day I BRUSSELIN"!" Ok, I don't eat brussel sprouts everyday, but I do looooove me some roasted brussel sprouts, and these Sweet and Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts are the BOMB. Simple to make and flavorful, these sweet and subtly spicy roasted brussel sprouts are the perfect vegetable side dish for any balanced meal!
Balanced Meal Ideas
These sweet and spicy balsamic brussel sprouts pair well with a variety of proteins and grains/starches. Check out these tasty, balanced combinations for meal inspiration!
Serve for dinner with baked chicken and these Garden Goat Cornbread Muffins.
Toss them in reusable containers with roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas for veggie-heavy, plant-based meal prep.
Serve on game day with pork sliders!
Get your veggies in at breakfast with these brussel sprouts and these Cheesy Bacon Tomato Egg Cups.
Pair them with my Easy Salmon Tacos for a delicious 30 minute meal. Add the seasoned salmon to the pan with the sprouts for the last 12 minutes of cooking.
If you like the sweet and spicy flavor of these brussel sprouts, may may also like: Sweet and Spicy Toasted Nuts.
Health Benefits of Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts are delicious and packed with nutrition! Like kale, cabbage, collards, cauliflower, and broccoli, brussel sprouts are cruciferous vegetables. Brussel sprouts are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, folate, and fiber and contain glucosinolate, a phytochemical that has been studied for potential anti-cancer effects. According to The Nutrition Source by Harvard School of Public Health, consuming cruciferous vegetables has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
Eating a variety of vegetables including brussel sprouts as part of a balanced diet may help to reduce your risk developing heart disease, protect against some cancers, and reduce the risk of nutrient deficiencies. Adding these tasty and nutritious Sweet and Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts to your meal plan is a great way to try something new while promoting your health! For more on the benefits of consuming vegetables and ways to incorporate them into your regular routine, check out my post 5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Vegetable Intake.
Now let's get BRUSSELIN'!
What’s in This Recipe?
Olive oil – contains heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs)
Maple syrup or honey – natural sweetener, rich in manganese
Balsamic vinegar – comes from grapes, enhances flavor
Dijon mustard – adds flavor
Seasonings – salt, garlic and herb seasoning (or garlic powder), cayenne pepper
Brussel sprouts – rich in vitamins A, C, and K, folate, and fiber and contains the phytochemical glucosinolate
Notes: This dish is naturally gluten free, dairy free, and vegan* (if using maple syrup). If you don't have maple syrup, you can also use honey in its place.
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
1 lb. brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. maple syrup* or honey
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic and herb seasoning (garlic powder also works)
Dash of cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 400oF and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, maple syrup or honey, balsamic vinegar, dijon, and seasonings.
Add the brussel sprout halves to the bowl. Stir until well coated.
Toss the coated brussel sprouts on the lined baking sheet, placing them flat side down.
Roast for 25 minutes, stirring once at 15 minutes.
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