Roasted apples always make warm cozy dishes. If you love spiced apples, then you will love combining it with roasted Brussels sprouts. As unique the combination sounds, it tastes great. Plus, it is super healthy, Whole 30, vegan, keto and paleo-friendly. It makes the best Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish.
Why Roasted Brussels Sprout With Spiced Apple?
Brussels sprouts, people either hate these or love these. As a kid, I didn’t like the bitter taste of Brussels sprouts. But my mum loved these and always tried to incorporate them in dishes for me so I could get used to the taste. And she succeeded! It turns out I didn’t like the way Brussels sprouts were traditionally cooked.
Roasting Brussels sprouts helps get rid of the bitter taste. I always had brussels sprouts roasted with beef or chicken strips and nuts. As I began eating healthy, I started replacing beef and chicken with other alternatives.
I never thought roasted brussels sprouts and apples would taste so good after I tried it. If you want to enjoy brussels sprouts with a meaty flavor, try Baked Crispy Bacon Brussel Sprout.
My Love for Warm Spiced Apples
Where there are so many foods to pair with roasted brussels sprouts, you might be thinking why I chose apples? Honestly, three things:
- Eating apples help me reduce my sugar craving. I not only use it to make amazing healthy deserts but also incorporate in savory dishes. For a healthy sugar fix, try Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups.
- I love the warm toasty flavor of cinnamon apples. I often top my morning oatmeal with roasted apples, and I gather more recipes and ways in which I can use roasted spiced apples.
- Pairing roasted brussels sprouts with a sweet flavor adds a great kick. Apples not only add a sweeter taste but give a boost of iron and other vitamins.
How Healthy Is Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Spiced Apple?
Brussels sprout as a vegetable is very filling. Its high fiber and low-carb content makes it satiating and reduces your craving for carbs.
It has very few calories but is rich in vitamins A, C, and K. Vitamin K is important for bone health and blood clotting factors. When roasted with apples, you get a burst of iron, Vitamin C, and anti-oxidants, increasing the health benefits.
Flavor Boost From Roasted Butternut Squash And Toasted Pecans
You will find other recipes for roasted brussels sprouts and spiced apple, but this one has a twist on flavors.
Unlike the typical recipe, it does not use any onions. I do not dislike onions, but I think it does not add much flavor and texture to roasted apples and Brussels sprouts.
Instead, this recipe uses roasted butternut squash. The pumpkin-like sweetness of the butternut squash makes it perfect for incorporating in dishes like this, which uses a mix of savory and sweet flavors.
Plus, butternut squash is also rich in potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A, B6, and E. Not to mention, it hardly has any amount of fats.
To add crunch and a bit texture, I use toasted pecans in this recipe. Pecans can make any dish taste awesome. Adding pecans with roasted apple and brussels sprouts makes a difference.
Paleo, Whole 30 and Keto Compliant Thanksgiving Dish
This amazing and yummy roasted brussel sprout and apple dish use only plant-based ingredients, making it 100% vegan, keto, and paleo-friendly. Roasted Brussel sprouts and apple can make a perfect lunch recipe if you are on Whole 30 diet.
How to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Spiced Apples
Firstly, you will need to chop the ingredients and put them in a pan – pecans, squash, apples, and Brussels sprouts. Secondly, season them with rosemary, cinnamon, and salt pepper. Then, while the vegetables are roasting in the oven, you can enjoy a nice glass of pinot noir with the family. In just under 30 minutes, you will have a sweet and savory dish ready.
You can enjoy it as it is for lunch with some side salad or brown bread or serve it as a side dish. This recipe serves six people on average, so if you are making it as a side dish for brunch or dinner parties so increase the number of ingredients as per the number of servings you need.
More Holiday Recipes you may Enjoy:
- 1 lb brussel sprouts
- 1 large apple
- 1 lb chopped butternut squash (or any of your favorite squash)
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt, Pepper
- Pinch Cinnamon, rosemary (Optional)
- Thoroughly wash all the produce
- Chop apples and butternut squash into cubes. (Or you could buy the pre-chopped butternut squash if you are lazy like me)
- Half Brussels sprouts
- Add everything into a sheet pan or baking dish
- Add olive oil and seasoning, rub it with the veggies to make sure they are coated thoroughly
- Add pecans on top
- Bake 375 F for 30 min or until brussels sprouts are browned on the bottom.
- Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and Enjoy!
1. To keep this recipe Keto-friendly, you can omit or reduce the amount of squash used.
2. A sprinkle of goat cheese will also elevate the flavor (not Vegan).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g
The Nutrition Fact Below is specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.