Brussels sprouts. They’ve built up a bad reputation with anyone who has ever had them just blanched or boiled. This is a shame because Brussels sprouts are actually full of health benefits. Not only are Brussels sprouts low in calories and fat, but they help to lower cholesterol, and they are a great source of antioxidants. Each sprout also contains an abundance of fibre with about four grams per cup and just under 100 micrograms of folate per cup.

 By adding a few simple ingredients, you can turn these funny looking vegetables into a delicious and highly nutritious side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.

  1. Cook your Brussels sprouts in the turkey juice or butter. This makes them juicy and flavourful.
  2. Roast the Brussels spouts to crisp them up and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Toast them with butter and bread crumbs.
  4. Marinate them with your favourite sauce and grill or barbeque the Brussels sprouts.
  5. Breaded and deep fried. Everything tastes good deep fried.

If you’re unfamiliar with Brussels sprouts,  here are a few tips on how to select Brussels sprouts when you’re at the market and how to prepare the sprouts after you’re home.

  1. Choose firm, bright green Brussels sprouts, stay away from ones with discolouration (yellowing, black spots etc).
  2. Make sure the leaves are tight, avoid the ones with looser leaves.
  3. Once at home, make sure to store them in a cool place if you’re not eating them immediately.
  4. Peel off any wilted outer layers.
  5. Slice a small ‘X’ into the bottom to help with thorough, even cooking.

Looking for some good Brussels sprouts recipes? Give one of these delicious Brussels sprouts recipes a try:

Lemon Roasted Brussels sprouts

Pan roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans

Crispy Brussels sprouts with garlic aioli

Bacon garlic Brussels sprouts with parmesan

Caramelized Brussels sprouts with chorizo

Brussels Sprout Gratin