Tis the Season for fancy veggie dishes!! Sadly, the mere mention of Brussels sprouts makes many run the other direction. Such a reaction is so undeserved. These tiny, bite-sized morsels are an amazing addition to any dinner table. They are rich in valuable nutrients, being an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids. WOW! That’s pretty powerful!

I’m the first to admit these beauties need some additional flavors to bring out their  best taste. Look no further than my favorites, which are also nutrient dense: cranberries and pecans. Throw all these wonderful flavors into one skillet and suddenly you have yourself one wonderful creation.
What I love about this dish is that it’s not only healthy, it is quick, easy, and made in only one dish. It is so flexible, it could be served as a side dish or as a main entree when paired with a lean protein. It’s really the perfect Thanksgiving dish!
Give those Brussels Sprouts a try…I promise, you’ll be hooked!

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS with CHERRIES AND PECANS, serves 4 side dishes

Prep/Cook Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS:

Soak dried cranberries in a small bowl of hot water, making sure all berries are covered. Allow to rehydrate approximately 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a 10-inch heavy skillet (preferably well-seasoned cast iron) melt 1 tsp coconut oil and saute Brussels Sprouts until just charred on outer leaves, approximately 5 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK!

Add juices, Apothe Cherry, and balsamic vinegar; stir and allow brussels sprouts to absorb the liquid. Once nearly all liquid is evaporated, stir in quinoa/brown rice mixture. Cook until quinoa/brown rice is steamed. Add maple syrup, salt, garlic powder, pepper and ground coriander to taste.

Garnish with additional toasted pecans, if desired. Serve as a side dish or with grilled lean protein (fish or chicken) as an entree. Enjoy!