Christmas is just around the corner (yay!! I am SOO excited!!), and whether you celebrate or not, you’ll want to try this easy, nutrient-packed, and delicious side dish. There aren’t too many dishes that look just as festive as they taste, but this one does! The simple flavors come together so well – the tart cranberries are balanced out by the sweet maple syrup, the buttery walnuts, and the hint of acidity from the orange zest and apple cider vinegar. I first made this two years ago for my family Christmas, and it was a great way to add some veggies (and color!) to the table without sacrificing flavor. It fits in great with a standard holiday meal, but I have to say I enjoyed this just as much as a side for a “regular” meal last weekend!
Christmas Cranberry-Orange Brussels Sprouts
Serves 3 (easy to multiply or divide!)
- 3/4 – 1 lb Brussels sprouts (I used 0.85 lb before removing the stem and the outer leaves)
- 2/3 cup fresh, whole cranberries
- zest of one medium-sized orange
- 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Remove the bottom piece of the stem of each Brussels sprout, and remove a few of the outer leaves. Chop Brussels sprouts in half or quarters, depending on their size. Lay chopped Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Spray cooking spray (or olive oil) on top of the Brussels sprouts, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put in oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove pan, and sprinkle cranberries on top of Brussels sprouts. Zest one orange on top of sprouts and cranberries. Return to oven for 7 minutes.
- Sprinkle walnuts on pan, and return to oven for 3 more minutes (20 minutes total).
- Meanwhile, whisk together maple syrup and apple cider vinegar.
- When Brussels sprouts are finished cooking, place in serving dish and drizzle syrup mixture on top.
- Stir, and enjoy!
If made according to this recipe (for 3 servings), each serving will have 131 calories, 5g fat, 15g carbs, and 6g protein.
So tell me in the comments … What’s your favorite holiday side dish? Can you think of any other foods or food combinations that are green and red? (I can only think of M&Ms, the three berry-filled salads that I mentioned in this post, and watermelon … what a random combination!)