Brussel sprouts are on my list of my all time favorite vegetables! They are very high in nutrients and super easy to cook. I decided to season them in a maple balsamic dressing, sweetened with dates plus pistachios added for some texture. This Brussel sprouts dish tastes great accompanied with some marinara pasta and red wine. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of Brussel sprouts, washed and cut into quarters
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp of minced garlic
  • 12 pitted medjool dates, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of dried sage
  • 1 tsp of dried parsley
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of pistachios
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper. Put your chopped Brussels on the tray. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the Brussels are cooked through and golden on the edges.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté the garlic and onions in 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Once they are soft and are starting to brown, add the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, dates, sage, parsley and lemon juice. Continue to cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes to incorporate all of the flavors together.
  4. Once the Brussel sprouts are cooked, remove from the oven and directly transfer them into the skillet. Add the pistachios as well. Mix with a wooden spoon to fully coat the Brussels in the maple balsamic dressing.
  5. Serve warm.

balsamic brussels

Benefits of this recipe:

-Brussel Sprouts are one of the best suppliers of Vitamin K (which keeps your bones healthy), Vitamin C (which boosts immunity),balances blood sugar, improves brain function, and protects eye & skin health

-Dates have high levels of soluble fiber which optimizes digestion. They also decrease cholesterol, boost energy, and boost bone health.

The information on the benefits of the ingredients was researched from http://www.draxe.com

 

 

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