Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado Cream

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado Cream

Seasoned and roasted Brussels Sprouts tossed with a creamy avocado sauce — pure vegetable decadence!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado Cream

This recipe was my way to use up a few perfectly ripe avocados and give my Brussels sprouts an air of decadence. I think I succeeded.

Trader Joes Spice Blend

First I tossed the Brussels with some olive oil and the Zhoug spice blend in the picture above. I love these pre-made spice blends. I always pick them up when I see a new one at the grocery store. This blend was part of a 3-pack from Trader Joes. They really make it easy to roast anything and get great flavor. The Zhoug is a Middle Eastern blend combining chili powder, cumin, dried parsley, cloves, and cardamom.

roasted Brussels sprouts

Once they were roasted, I tossed the Brussels gently with an avocado cream. I could have eaten them just as they were but as I mentioned, I was going for decadence. I blended an avocado with lime juice, some Creme Fraiche I had in the fridge, and a little bit of cumin and chili powder.

Brussels Sprouts with Avocado Cream -- www.foodconfidence.comI mixed just my lunch portion with the avocado cream and then saved the rest for heating up later. Something about heating the avocado cream mixed with the Brussels just felt wrong. Warm avocado? I just don’t know about that….

Brussels Sprouts with Avocado Cream -- www.foodconfidence.com

I enjoyed this dish for lunch atop some warmed lentils and it was so satisfying; it’s a great make-ahead dish that will keep all week.

You can find the recipe on my Inspired Vegetarian column over at Healthy Aperture today, so click here to get it!

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The Best Brussels Sprouts Recipe Roundup

 Enjoy this best-of-the-web roundup of delicious, healthy, everyday and holiday worthy of Brussels Sprouts recipes!

Brussels sprouts recipe roundup on www.foodconfidence.com

I love Brussels Sprouts. If you like them too, consider yourself one of the few. I just read that Brussels are the most hated veggie in America. Really? I have decided that if you don’t like them, it’s because you have not had a life-changing Brussels sprout. And that’s what I’m here for. To get you on the Brussels bandwagon.

I like to consider us Brussels lovers not in the minority — but instead part of an elite group. An elite group who knows that these cruciferous little mini cabbage-like balls are dang delicious when you prepare them correctly. Although I can pretty much eat them any way possible, there is a hierarchy of deliciousness to these little guys. More on that below. But first, let me remind you why these guys are worth your time spent in the kitchen.

Yes, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. But the more compelling reason to eat them is for their cruciferousness. They are among the healthiest of all veggies in this group and have pretty amazing anti-cancer properties. Brussels contain sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates, which activate cancer-fighting enzyme systems in your body. These glucosinolates also aid your body’s natural detoxification process and provide strong antioxidant support.

So if cancer prevention is on your to-do list, learn to prepare these guys! You can steam, roast, saute or eat them shredded in-the-raw. As for the hierarchy of deliciousness, if you’re a Brussels newbie, I suggest trying them roasted or sauteed in a little bit of oil or butter, as this way is going to bring out their sweet, caramelized flavor. Steaming and tossing them with butter is also really tasty, but you might have to get to Brussels elite status before going there.

For a little inspiration and motivation, here are a few delicious Brussels Sprouts recipes from a few blogger buddies around the web:

Brussels Sprouts, Walnuts, and Apples from Diethood

I made this sauteed Brussels with Sliced Apples and Candied Walnuts recipe from Diethood last week and have been loving the leftovers for lunch. The apple brings just the right amount of sweetness to the dish!

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These shredded Brussels from Cookin Canuck are easy to saute quickly and pair well with dried fuit and nuts. Parmesan cheese is always a nice touch.

Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

MJ and Hungryman tossed their Brussels with pomegranate. This looks amazing, with or without the bacon!

Crispy-Thai-Brussels-Sprouts

I love this Thai twist on Brussels Sprouts from the Foodie Dietitian…I can’t wait to try it!

Easy-Brussels-Sprouts-Pita-Pizzas

These Pita Pizzas with Shredded Brussels from Kitchen Treaty are surprisingly simple to make and delicious.

Balsamic Walnut Brussels Sprouts

Brussels + balsamic vinegar are a marriage made in  heaven, as illustrated by this easy roasted dish from fellow RD, Marisa Moore.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Gratin is a great way to fancy things up. This healthy Brussels Sprout recipe from Liz at The Meal Makeover Moms is her go-to side on Thanksgiving.

Caramelized-Butternut-Squash-Roasted-Brussels-Sprouts-Quinoa

The Iowa Girls Eats mixed her Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash and Quinoa — a great idea for a main dish!

cauliflower + brussels sprout crust pizza with a white bean spread, caramelized onions + shredded sprouts - what's cooking good looking

And finally, this amazing looking Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Shredded Brussels and Caramelized Onions combines two cruciferous veggies, so it gets the prize for the most healthy!

I hope you are now adequately inspired to get your Brussels Sprouts recipes on the table this holiday season — or any time, really. And please come back and share your own creations!