Let me start off by saying that I love Brussels sprouts because they are oh so delicious! The added bonus is that these little green balls of goodness have quite the nutritional profile! They offer a long list of benefits such as providing detox and antioxidant support. They also combat inflammation and give cardiovascular benefits. Even better, these tiny cabbages are a member of the cruciferous family, which aids in digestion by giving you half your daily fiber content in just 200 calories worth of Brussels sprouts. If you're not sold on them from the nutritional side of things, let's get back to the delicious part!
Google "Brussels Sprouts Recipes" and a plethora of options will emerge. I should disclose that just because Brussels sprouts are in a recipe doesn't make it healthy. You definitely want to keep that in mind when perusing the inter webs for Brussels sprout recipes. I've tried several recipes and you can never go wrong with simple roasted sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. Or you can go for something a little more dolled up like adding balsamic and honey but the real money recipe is a little something I like to call Maple Crisp Brussels for Yo Muscles!
It all started with a recipe for Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts by The Wholesome Dish. Only one thing could make this recipe better-- bacon! I do make a few changes each time I cook this dish a make a few changes depending on what my macros look like for the day. Gotta love My Fitness Pal for helping me stay dialed in! If I already consumed sugar earlier in the day I simply cut back on the maple syrup and make it with 2 tablespoons instead of 3-- same thing goes for the fat found in the olive oil.
If you haven’t dabbled in brussels sprouts or if you’ve never tried them at all, do yourself a favor and make this recipe! I mean if my bread loving, meat and potato eating Pops loves them, I am sure you will too! Enjoy :)
Maple Crisp Brussels for Yo Muscles Recipe
(with or without bacon but usually with)
1 1/2 lbs. Brussels sprouts
2-3 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
6-8 slices bacon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess fat, then roughly chop and set aside.
- Trim the stems off the sprouts. Cut them in half and remove any outer leaves. Keep the leaves in one bowl and the halved sprouts in another bowl.
- Toss the halved Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. (You can add some of that bacon grease here too-- oink!)
- Give the leaves in the other bowl their own swirl in the olive oil.
- Spread the Brussels sprouts halves on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 15 minutes.
- Flip the sprout halves over and roast for 10 minutes more.
- Remove the Brussels sprout halves from the oven, add the loose Brussels sprout leaves, and drizzle with maple syrup. Toss to coat. Roast for 8-10 minutes. You want them caramelized and crispy but not burnt.
- Stir in the bacon and voila! Serves 6 as a side dish.
Calories: 118 Fat: 7.2 Saturated Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 13.3 Fiber: 2.8 Protein: 2.5
Calories: 175 Fat: 11.2 Saturated Fat: 2.3 Carbohydrates: 13.3 Fiber: 2.8 Protein: 6.5