7 Unexpected New Ways to Eat Brussels Sprouts

Even the picky eaters will reach for these.

December 11, 2015
Linda Pugliese

The mini cabbage-like veggies have had quite a bad rep in the past, but those tiny green heads are actually pretty tasty, and they carry powerful benefits. 

"Each cup [of brussels sprouts] delivers 3 grams of fiber, plus, like kale, they deliver lutein and zeazanthin," Molly Morgan, RD, says. That means you'll have an extra boost of age-fighting action. 

More: 7 Ways to Swap Carbs With Vegetables

This winter, stock up on the holiday staples, and surprise your guests with any of these 7 unexpected brussels sprout recipes


Quentin Bacon
Crisp Roasted Brussels Sprouts

No matter your experience level in the kitchen, this recipe is about as easy as it gets. Better yet, these crispy roasted sprouts can double as chips. Just serve alongside any kind of dip for a ready-to-go snack. 

Get the Crisp Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe from The Family Cooks.


Ellen Silverman
Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts might seem like an unlikely choice for an appetizer, but the addition of bacon and cream cheese creates true Southern comfort that melts in your mouth with an explosion of flavor.

Get the Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Brussels Sprouts recipe from Modern Hospitality


Mitch Mandel
Chicken & Brussels Sprout Slaw

In this recipe, the mini members of the cabbage family are thinly sliced and used like cabbage in coleslaw. The fresh taste delights, and the protein-packed dish can serve as both a side dish or a main lunch salad. 

Get the Chicken & Brussels Sprout Slaw recipe from The Healthy You Diet.

Mitch Mandel
Brussels Sprout Poppers with Orange-Poppy Seed Dipping Sauce

Already bite-size, brussels sprouts were tailor-made for use as easy party fare. They caramelize when roasted, which creates an addictive flavor, and the only utensils guests will need for this healthy appetizer are wooden toothpicks.

Get the Brussels Sprout Poppers With Orange-Poppy Seed Dipping Sauce recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without


Mitch Mandel
Hashed Brussels Sprouts

As a side dish, brussels sprouts make a nice change from broccoli. Both are members of the cruciferous plant family, so they contain indole-3-carbinol, sulforaphane, and antioxidants. In combination, these compounds are very likely highly cancer protective.

Get the Hashed Brussels Sprouts recipe from What Doctors Eat.

Linda Pugliese
Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Ditch the crackers, breadcrumbs, and fried onions this year, and make veggies the star of your holiday casseroles. A delicious, super-nutritious base: brussels sprouts. They're in season through January, and like their cruciferous cousins kale and broccoli, they're loaded with fiber, vitamin C, and disease-fighting antioxidants. The butter, cream, and cheese in this gluten-free recipe from make the rich dish the perfect partner for lighter proteins—like turkey!

Get the Brussels Sprouts Gratin recipe from Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or Less!) Cookbook.

Nicole L. Hill
Cheesy Buffalo Brussels Bites

You may have heard of cauliflower buffalo "wings," but brussels sprouts are a tasty veggie that can serve up a nutritional upgrade to deep-fried poultry! The nutrient-dense green veggie—loaded with vitamins C and K—gets tossed with fresh garlic and hot sauce for a spicy snack or side that won't derail your diet.

Get the Cheesy Buffalo Brussels Bites recipe from Tone It Up

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