I can’t wait for you to try this Brussels sprouts side dish! The fabulous flavors come from the sprouts being sautéed with bacon, dried cranberries and sliced almonds. Once sautéed, balsamic vinegar is added. They are so dreamy good and loaded with fiber. Each generous 1 cup serving has 128 calories, 4 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.Makes a wonderful side dish to chicken, fish, beef or pork. If you didn’t like brussels before, you will now!
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 pound Brussels sprouts (5 cups of whole Brussels sprouts)
6 slices bacon or turkey bacon, chopped (I used Oscar Meyer Center) see shopping tips
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup almonds, sliced thin, slivered or chopped
Small pinch of red pepper flakes
A little salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1. Slice each Brussels sprout into very thin slices. Set aside.
2. In a large nonstick pan, add chopped bacon. Cook and stir often until crisp. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add in Brussels sprouts, cranberries, almonds, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a little salt and pepper. Mix well. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Mix in balsamic vinegar and sauté until the sprouts are soft.
Makes 5 cups total. Each serving 1 cup
Brussels sprouts belong to the cancer fighting cruciferous family. They were developed near their namesake city of Brussels, Belgium. They grow in rows of sprouts on a long, thick stock.
Brussels sprouts contain good amounts of vitamin A, C, folic acid and fiber.
Choose Brussels sprouts that are firm, compact, and have bright green buds. The smaller the sprouts the more tender they will be. I found them at Trader Joe’s in a one pound bag in the produce section. One pound is equal to 5 cups of whole Brussels sprouts.
I’ve combed the supermarket shelves looking for one of the leanest regular bacon choices and Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon is my favorite, compared to most regular bacon. It’s much lower in fat and calories, 3 slices contain 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. I calculated my Skinny Facts using this bacon.
Weight Watchers (old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup serving: 128 calories, 4g fat, 0mg chol, 7g protein, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 106mg sod, 10g sugar
FAT FACTS: the skinny and fat facts are the same for this recipe.
Find more delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen