Anyone close to my husband knows that he abhors brussels sprouts. That was until I discovered this way of making that “horrid vegetable!” He eats these with gusto and actually occasionally asks me to make them again. Now that first time talking him into trying them was like getting a 2 year old to try anything new.
Nutritional Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are nutritional powerhouses. A serving contains 137% of your daily recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K and a whopping 81% of Vitamin C. They are also high fiber which helps your digestive health. If you don’t eat seafood or fish, they are a wonderful source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Although ALA is more difficult for your body to utilize the omega-3 fatty acids, Brussels sprouts are one of the best plant sources for ALA. There have been studies that indicate an increased intake of cruciferous vegetables, with Brussels sprouts being one, may reduce the possibility of developing diabetes.
From Frozen or Raw
The fabulous thing about this recipe is that you can just take the frozen bag out of the freezer and pop them into the oven, no thawing required! The sprouts stay relatively firm and crunchy. For even more crunch, you can use raw Brussels sprouts by increasing the baking time to about 45 minutes – keep checking them until they’re nice and toasty. Just make sure you take all the yellowed leaves off the outside of the sprouts and trim the stems down.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 16 oz Brussels sprouts frozen
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Greek seasoning
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Spread frozen Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet. Cover with olive oil. Sprinkle with Greek seasoning and sea salt. Toss gently to coat.
Roast in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until hot and fragrant. Sprinkle with lemon juice and sunflower seeds and serve.