One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating…

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(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) Brussels sprouts were never my favorite as a kid, and not so much as an adult either. I couldn’t get past their bitter taste.

Then the cruciferous vegetables started sprouting up at trendy restaurants everywhere, so I decided to give them another try—and I’m very glad I did.

Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, as well as beta carotene, folic acid, iron, magnesium and fiber. They’re also high in selenium, which is associated with reduced risks of certain cancers, as well as increased male virility./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as beta carotene, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and fiber. They’re also high in selenium, which is associated with reduced risks of certain cancers, as well as increased male virility. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

Not only are Brussels sprouts a nutritious vegetable loaded with Vitamins A, C, K, and lots of antioxidants, they’re also a delicious side dish when roasted in maple syrup. The sauce counteracts their bitterness, while the roasting brings out their natural sweetness and gives the sprouts a slight crispness. Adding some pepper and garlic salt makes for the perfect sweet and savory combo. Give them a try for yourself!

MAPLE SYRUP ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts (if still on stalk get ones with smaller buds because they usually have a milder taste)
  • 1/4 cup grade A pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the Brussels sprouts and spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with foil. Mix the maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Pour mixture over the Brussels sprouts, sprinkle with more garlic salt, and bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on desired crispness.) Toss every 10 minutes or so to ensure the maple syrup mixture covers the entire sprout. Remove immediately from pan and enjoy!

Maple Syrup Roasted Brussels Sprouts is a simple and delicious side dish for any meal. The maple syrup not only mellows the slight bitterness of the Brussels sprouts, it's an incredible antioxidant filled with nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium and potassium./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Maple Syrup Roasted Brussels Sprouts is a simple and delicious side dish for any meal. The maple syrup not only mellows the slight bitterness of the Brussels sprouts, but it’s also an incredible antioxidant filled with nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium, and potassium. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal

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