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Skinny Warm Bacon-Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

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!

Skinny Warm Bacon-Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
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

Food Fact
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.

Healthy Benefit

Brussels sprouts contain good amounts of vitamin A, C, folic acid and fiber.

Shopping Tips

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

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Tuesday 7th of April 2015

Thank so much for sharing one of my very favorite ways to make Brussels sprouts. Enjoy! All the best, Nancy

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