(Gluten-free, Paleo, Dairy-free) These are so dreamy good and loaded with fiber. Their fabulous flavors come from the sprouts being sautéed with bacon, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds. Once sautéed, balsamic vinegar is added. Each generous, 1 cup serving has 128 calories, 4 grams of fat and 3 Blue WW Freestyle Points, and 3 Green. Makes a wonderful side dish to chicken, turkey, fish, beef, or pork. If you didn’t like Brussels sprouts before, you will now!
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 pound Brussels sprouts (5 cups of whole Brussels sprouts)
6 slices bacon or turkey bacon, chopped (I like Oscar Mayer or ApplegateFarms), see shopping tips
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
½ cup dried cranberries (for paleo, use unsweetened and leave out for Keto)
¼ cup almonds, sliced thin, slivered, or chopped
Small pinch of red pepper flakes
A little salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1. Slice each Brussels sprout into very thin slices. Set aside.
2. In a large nonstick pan, add chopped bacon. Cook and stir often until crisp. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add in Brussels sprouts, cranberries, almonds, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a little salt and pepper. Mix well. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Mix in balsamic vinegar and sauté until the sprouts are soft.
Makes 5 cups total. Each serving 1 cup
Brussels sprouts belong to the cancer-fighting cruciferous family. They were developed near their namesake city of Brussels, Belgium. They grow in rows of sprouts on a long, thick stock.
Brussels sprouts contain good amounts of vitamin A, C, folic acid, and fiber.
Choose Brussels sprouts that are firm, compact, and have bright green buds. The smaller the sprouts the more tender they will be. I found them at Trader Joe’s in a one-pound bag in the produce section. One pound is equal to 5 cups of whole Brussels sprouts.
There are so many healthier bacon choices sold in most supermarkets. Look for one such as Oscar Mayer, no nitrates, uncured bacon. In addition, I like Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon. It’s low in fat and calories, uncured, and contains no nitrites! Many supermarkets carry this brand. I bought it at Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods. Here’s the link to their website: http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-sunday-bacon
WW FreeStyle Points 3-Blue
WW SmartPoints 3-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 3
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup serving
128 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 3mg chol, 7g protein, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 106mg sod, 10g sugar