The perfect healthy holiday or celebratory dinner side dish, these Healthy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Manchego, Dried Figs, and Pepitas are savory, crunchy, salty, and just the right amount of naturally sweet.
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This recipe was originally published on November 14, 2019. It was updated with additional pictures and recipe information on November 16, 2020.
Celebrate the first crops of fresh, verdant brussels sprouts with a dish that will elevate any thanksgiving or Christmas spread. This Healthy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Figs, Manchego, & Pumpkin Seeds recipe is easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes, and features complex textures and flavors that make it a joy to eat.
These days, it takes quite a bit to embarrass me. But, even I had a self-conscious moment the other day. When strolling through the grocery store, my eye caught the first batch of fresh brussels sprouts.
I ran across the aisle, cutting people off along the way. I snagged a bag and might have even cheered "hell yeah" when I saw thatTrader Joe's upgraded to 2-pound bags. And then I forgot to buy half of the rest of the items on my list as my mind went off to brainstorm land, thinking of all the ways I could prepare them.
My day, as far as I saw it, was then complete. "Jeez, Chels," I thought, "Is this really the subject of your excitement these days?" Who needs non-embarrassing obsessions when you have brussels sprouts?!
Well, judging off of this story, you probably know who.
The issue is further fueled when these said brussels sprouts become a healthy recipe that is not only full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals but also texture, flavor, and satisfaction.
And though the recipe isn't a hard and laborious one, it eats with richness and presents with such beauty that it's quite possibly the perfect & stunning healthy Thanksgiving or Christmas side-dish recipe.
So, grab your brussels sprouts, crank up your oven, shave your cheese, whisk your orange vinaigrette, and whip up you and your's a salad that has you exclaiming "hell yeah!" too.
Table of contents
- These healthy roasted brussels sprouts are...
- Recipe ingredients:
- How do you make these roasted brussels sprouts?
- How do you trim brussels sprouts?
- What pairs well with brussels sprouts?
- Can I cut brussels sprouts the night before?
- Want more healthy holiday side dish recipes? Then check these out-- they're perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
These healthy roasted brussels sprouts are...
- Lightly Sweet
- Just the right amount of crunchy
- ... and finished off with just enough salty cheese
I.e. holiday perfection in a bowl, minus any guilt or shame (let's leave that to my grocery shopping experiences, shall we?).
- Brussels sprouts
- Manchego cheese
- Dried figs
- Pumpkin seeds
- Olive oil
- White wine vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Orange zest
- Orange juice
How do you make these roasted brussels sprouts?
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Oil a large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.
- Add the brussels sprouts to the pan and toss in oil until covered. Season with salt and pepper. Toss again until the seasonings are mixed in.
- Roast the brussels sprouts for 20 minutes, or until the veggies are bright green, browned around the edges, and pierce easily with a fork.
- While the sprouts roast: whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients until combined.
- Toss the sprouts with the vinaigrette, manchego cheese, figs, and pumpkin seeds until combined. Serve hot!
How do you trim brussels sprouts?
It's pretty simple to trim brussels sprouts, thankfully. Using a small paring knife, just cut the "base" of the sprout off until any of the harder white or brown-ish parts are cut off (usually less than ⅛ inch). Then, if you wish or your recipe calls for it, cut the sprouts in half or quarters lengthwise.
If any small leaves fall off when you are trimming, do not worry. Unless if your recipe explicitly calls for them not to be included, the smaller parts should nicely crisp up as they cook.
What pairs well with brussels sprouts?
Brussels sprouts are a more savory and hearty winter vegetable, so they tend to go best with other hearty winter fruit, vegetables, and starches that have lighter or sweeter favors to complement. Some of my such favorites are sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, acorn squash, apples, farro, stuffing, and even pumpkin.
Because sprouts are substantial, they also go alongside roasted meats -- like beef, pork, turkey, or chicken -- and richer seafood options, like salmon, very well.
Can I cut brussels sprouts the night before?
I do not recommend cutting brussels sprouts the night before. When cruciferous vegetables like brussels sprouts are cut too far ahead of time they will oxidize, or turn brown, and develop a slightly bitter flavor. Cutting them within an hour or so of cooking will be fine, however, if you want to prepare your sprouts ahead of time.
Want more healthy holiday side dish recipes? Then check these out-- they're perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
- Carrot Soufflé
- Brussels Sprouts Slaw
- Corn Soufflé
- Holiday Kale Salad
- Mashed Potatoes Without Butter
- Honey Glazed Turmeric Carrots
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Manchego & Figs
- Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash
- Sour Cream and Chive Potato Souffle
- Healthy Sweet Potato Souffle
- Orange Salad with Honeyed Hazelnuts
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