Brussel Sprouts {Love Them or Hate Them?}

The brussel sprout and I are rather newly acquainted.  Like with other foods…salsa, avocado, and chili (I never ate it until college), I am a late bloomer.




Of course, I knew of the sprouts reputation.  Who doesn’t???  So the first time I tried them, I wasn’t expecting much.  Well, I don’t remember the first time, but I do remember when I fell for them.  It was Thanksgiving 2011 and my cousin’s wife made the most incredible roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts and cranberries.




So embarrassing that I actually have a picture of that meal : )  After that, I tried to make my own brussel sprouts with no success.  Last summer, the BOY even attempted to roast some on the grill.  And, they were okay, but slightly bitter.  I’d basically written off the veggie until we were in Vegas last month and I had THE MOST AMAZING brussel sprouts ever.  My mouth still waters thinking of them.


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Double embarrassing…I have photos of this meal too.  I’ve been thinking about brussel sprouts ever since Vegas, so I picked some up about 2 weeks ago.  The BOY took care of dinner and made an awesome side of sprouts.  The trainer and I have been talking about adding more green veggies to my diet.  While I was at Costco this past Monday, I picked up their bag of brussel sports.  The guy behind me in line started talking about them and gave me an entirely different way to make them.  He’s a fan and was excited to meet another person buying this veggie with the bad reputation.




Monday night, I prepped the brussel sprouts according to the BOY’s instructions (apparently he’s an expert after last week).  I placed them in the oven and retreated to the couch to catch up on some E! News while the BOY finished dinner.




The brussel sprouts came out of the oven perfectly seasoned and so delicious, I picked a few off the baking sheet.  We eat a lot of veggies here, and I don’t always remember to share the recipes.  For this reason, I can’t say that I actually measured the ingredients below, so use you’re best judgment and give brussel sprouts another chance!





Brussel Sprouts…Love them or Hate them?



Parmesan Brussel Sprouts


Ingredients (see note above regarding measurements)

3-4 cups brussel sprouts

1/4 cup olive oil

2-3 tbsp graded parmesan cheese

Sea salt to taste

Shaved parmesan



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cover baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Wash and dry brussel sprouts.  Slice them in half and place them in a bowl.

Cover sprouts with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and sea salt.  Toss with your hands until well coated and lay sprouts out on baking sheet.

Roast sprouts for 35-40 minutes, mixing at least once.   Note that baking time may be different depending on the size of sprouts, so roast until edges turn brown and become crispy.  Sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese and return to the oven for a few minutes until cheese just begins to melt.

Eat warm or enjoy as leftovers.

23 thoughts on “Brussel Sprouts {Love Them or Hate Them?}

  1. Baby Cabbages as I lovingly call them are my favorite! I always have some in my house ready to eat. I used to hate them as a kid but now I can’t get enough. They are packed with Iron and I crave them when I’m low. And there are so many great ways to eat them.

  2. I love brussel sprouts and think they’re so cute! I didn’t always like them though, most likely because of the their bad rap I never tried them!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, and I love that you have photos of delicious meals!

    • Yes, I am happy to share it because it was really good and maybe will change someone’s opinions of the sprouts. I was craving these tonight but didn’t have time to make them. Maybe tomorrow night!

  3. OH yes, I love Brussel Sprouts! i actually grew 4 plants in my garden last year. My favorite way to make them is roasted in a cast iron skillet in the oven with olive oil, salt & pepper. Yum!

  4. I absolutely love them and usually eat them 2-3 times a week! If you like it with cranberries and nuts, try adding a little balsamic vinegar and red onion. So fab! I also love them toasted then drizzled with a little teriyaki!

  5. LOVE Brussels sprouts! One of my fave veggies. So good roasted with bacon, pink lady apples and walnuts – or, just steamed and then sauteed in coconut oil 🙂 Love the addition of parm in these… they look great!

    • I need to get better about using coconut oil. I am still so intimidated by it but I know everyone loves it with their veggies! The apples and walnuts sounds like the perfect addition. I need to pick up more this weekend!

  6. I have never tried these. I saw some but didn’t take them cause I had no idea how to make them. Yours seem delish!!! I’m def buying them and trying this.

  7. I like brussel sprouts but I haven’t had any luck making them at home. We tried the steamer bags and they are too bitter tasting.

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