It’s a bit of a mystery how Brussels sprouts became one of the go-to veggies on the Thanksgiving menu — after all, they likely originated in ancient Rome, not the early Americas. We’re thankful that they did, though, and because fall is their true growing season, making them as welcome at our national harvest celebration as the more traditional corn and squashes.
You may have remembered the awesome grilled veggie tacos we posted over the summer featuring fresh veggies and herbs all from my local Food Lion. Well this fall I’m excited to see the continued abundance of affordably priced, fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs (with plenty of organic options) available at Food Lion. It got me inspired thinking about exciting new takes on traditional Thanksgiving sides, especially the Brussels sprouts!
It’s not as hard to see why these mini-cabbages became practically the candy of the vegetable world — somewhere along the way, someone figured out that roasting brings out their best. A full pan of these roasted beauties, with their warm, sweet flavor, will disappear quickly — they’re downright addictive!
For those who aren’t as crazy about kale as everyone else seems to be, Brussels sprouts, a cousin from the cruciferous vegetable family, is an appealing alternative. Packed with vitamins (especially K and C), minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, you’d do well to add them to your weekly repertoire all throughout the fall.
In this delectable dish, the Brussels sprouts are coated with a sweet apple cider glaze, with a hint of maple syrup and mustard. The optional pomegranate gives the dish a pop of color that’s really festive. This recipe makes a company-sized helping as a side dish. For everyday meals, it’s easy to cut the amount of all the ingredients in half.
Check out more great Thanksgiving recipes on Food Lion’s Recipe page.
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Variations: These are great with no garnish at all, but if you’d like to use something in place of the pomegranate seeds, consider pepitas (shelled roasted pumpkin seeds), toasted slivered almonds, or golden raisins.
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