A late fall/winter vegetable, Brussels Sprouts is one vegetable that I have grown to love. I have to say originally I was not a fan but eventually I grew to like its slight bitter taste and pleasant crunch. In this dish I paired it with a sweet balsamic mandarin orange glaze that goes well with its bitterness.
Brussels Sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and contain a good dose of vitamin C, B vitamins, folate, and fiber. They contain the phytochemicals indoles, isothiocyanates, sulforaphane and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. A ½ cup serving of brussels sprouts supplies around 19 calories, 1.7 grams of fiber, 171 mg of potassium, 37 mg of vitamin C, 332 IU of vitamin A, and 0.6 mg of iron.
Mandarins supply a good dose of vitamin C. Just one mandarin supplies around 29% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
Vitamin C helps with the absorption of non-heme iron found in plant sources of food. In this dish the mandarin juice will help to absorb the iron found in the brussels sprouts.
This is a super simple veggie side dish. Just simply roast the brussels sprouts for 20 minutes and toss with the glaze and it's all set! Easy clean up as well, a big plus for my household!
If you have not had brussels sprouts or have tried once and decided you do not like them I challenge you to give them another try. I bet you will love this dish!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mandarin Orange Balsamic Glaze
Author: Brittany Sparks
Makes 6 (1/2 cup) Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 Cups Brussels Sprouts, Halved
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
¼ Tsp Pepper
¼ Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Mandarin Juice (~2 Mandarins)
Zest of 1 Mandarin
2 Tsp Honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
If the Brussels sprouts have long stems, trim them down. Halve the Brussels sprouts and place in a large bowl or zip top bag. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine.
Place on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
To make the glaze combine all the ingredients and shake to combine.
Once Brussels sprouts are done toss with the glaze and serve immediately.