Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Cranberries

If brussels sprouts aren’t your favorite, we encourage you to try this recipe.  The key to tame the bitterness is to roast until soft.  The addition of the apples and cranberries in this recipe also provide a bit of sweetness that helps kids feel adventurous to try them too.  Plus, brussels sprouts is just plain fun to say!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Cranberries
Called "choux de Bruxelles" in Belgium, where they were first cultivated 500 years ago, Brussels sprouts — "mini cabbages" — are easy to cook and seriously good for you. Similar to other cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts are good sources of phytonutrients, delivering their potential antioxidant benefits. And, like cabbage, they also provide vitamin C, folate and fiber. Their flavor? Small, tender Brussels sprouts are usually sweeter and milder than larger sprouts — especially when cooked only until tender-crisp, not overcooked. Belgians traditionally season Brussels sprouts with nutmeg — but fruit, herbs and nuts also complement the flavor and balance the vegetable's characteristic bitterness.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  2. 1 medium sweet (e.g. Gala, Fuji) apple, cored and diced
  3. ½ cup dried cranberries
  4. ½ cup apple or orange juice
  5. 2 teaspoons canola oil
  6. 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  8. ⅛ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  9. ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine Brussels sprouts, apple and cranberries in a large bowl.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Blend apple or orange juice, oil, tarragon, salt and pepper in a small bowl; add to Brussels sprouts mixture; toss until well coated.
  4. Arrange the Brussels sprouts mixture in a 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the Brussels sprouts are fork tender. To serve, top with toasted pecans.
Notes
  1. Cooking Note: *Toast the pecans in a small, heavy dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the skillet frequently for 1 to 2 minutes until golden to release the flavorful oils.
  2. Serves 4. Per 3/4 cup serving: 200 calories, 8g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 33g total carbohydrate, 7g dietary fiber, 5g protein.
  3. Source: Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, see complete recipe at http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-apple-and-cranberries-recipe
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