Warm Bacon-Balsamic Brussels Sprouts



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(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 Weight Watchers Freestyle Points. 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


Ingredients

1 pound Brussels sprouts (5 cups of whole Brussels sprouts)

6 slices bacon or turkey bacon, chopped  (I like Oscar Meyer Center 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


Instructions

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


Food Facts
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.


Healthy Benefits

Brussels sprouts contain good amounts of vitamin A, C, folic acid and fiber.


Shopping Tips

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.

I’ve combed the supermarket shelves looking for one of the leanest regular bacon choices and Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon is my favorite, compared to most regular bacon. It’s much lower in fat and calories. I calculated my Skinny Facts using this bacon.

In addition, I recently discovered a fantastic bacon. Its called Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon. Its low in fat and calories, uncured and contains no nitrites! Many supermarkets carry this brand. I bought it at Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods. Heres the link to their website: http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-sunday-bacon

 

Weight Watchers FreeStyle Points 3
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 3
Weight Watchers 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