Copycat Whole Foods Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Inspired by a Whole Foods Hot bar favourite, these Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are delicious, flavourful and so simple to whip up- Suitable for those following a gluten free, paleo, grain free or vegan lifestyle! 

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Happy Friday folks! 

Before we get into today’s post, I want to address something really important. For newer readers here, I moved to Sydney this earlier this year. A few days ago, my city was put in a complete lock down when a terrible incident happened at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. I live about 10 minutes away from the location and was fortunate not to be in the vicinity that day. My prayers and thoughts go out to all those affected- especially the families of the two individuals who lost their lives in their heroic attempts. 

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So back with another copycat recipe which is also from the same place I stalked during my American trip. Brussels Sprouts are something I do enjoy, but they have to be cooked the right way.

In Australia, traditionally, the method for cooking brussels sprouts was similar to our British cousins- Boiled and bland eaten with a roast meal. It was without a doubt, the meal component nobody enjoyed. In fact, pretty sure brussels sprouts are considered to be the most despised vegetable in our country. Probably the United Kingdom too. 

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Thanks to the plethora of cooking shows, food appreciation and quirky restaurants opening up worldwide, these previously despised greens are now becoming quite the iconic ‘it’ food. I recently went to a restaurant I  frequent quite often because they have delicious chicken parmigiana plates and don’t cost an arm to eat ($10 Mondays to Wednesdays = perfection). I noticed their side dish options were no longer just broccoli, mashed potatoes or rice. There was now brussels sprouts. Not just brussels sprouts but ‘brussels sprouts with BACON‘.

So they may have had me at bacon but still.

It’s interesting to see these trends. Two years ago, kale was unknown here and places that did stock them, it was $8. Now, you can score some for under $3 and our mainstream supermarkets stock them. Next year, who knows what it will be. Regardless, I’m glad the sprouts are getting the appreciation they deserve because let’s face it- They are delicious. 

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Similar to the curried cauliflower, I was obsessed with these brussels sprouts from the infamous hot bar. The only downside was easy to get carried away and end up spending $12 on Brussels (not that it ever happened..) so of course I had to recreate it. I must admit, the basis to this recipe is super simple and barely need any ingredients. It was the proportions which Whole Foods get back on right- Not too sour from the balsamic and not too oily from the olive oil. 

Grab a pan, turn the oven on and be thankful this delicious vegetable is finally getting the attention it deserves. 

The BEST Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts- Easy, delicious and healthy too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Inspired by a Whole Foods Hot bar favourite, these Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are delicious, flavourful and so simple to whip up!
5 from 3 votes
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Author: Arman

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram of brussels sprouts washed and trimmed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar I used red
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and set aside a deep baking dish/tray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the brussels sprouts with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and using your hands, mix well to ensure all the vegetables are evenly coated.
  • Transfer the brussels sprouts to the baking dish and sprinkle the sea salt and pepper over it. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, remove and shake loosely before cooking for an extra 20 minutes, or until golden brown and caramelised.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately or allow to cool completely.

Notes

These brussels sprouts are one of my favourite vegetables to eat cold. I allow them to cool and thrown in salads or eaten as a side!
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What food do you think gets an unfair stigma? 

What food do you think will trend in 2015? 

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    104 thoughts on “Copycat Whole Foods Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    1. You already know how much I love my alien bug brussels sprouts. WOW these look so delicious. I will be trying these for sure…and promptly eating the whole pan by myself most likely. It’ll be a nice change from our usual coconut oil pan-roasted sprouts!
      P.S. So glad to hear that you’re safe. Praying for Sydney! ♥

      1. LOL. That is so date, my favourite vlog ever.

        Thank you so much. The aura here is weird. Like, surreal. I’m going to go to the site on Friday.

    2. Glad you are doing well after that incident in Sydney. Such a terrible thing. But these brussel sprouts are the opposite of terrible. They’ve been making quite the appearance in my household this year as I’ve grown to love them more and more. I’ve been roasting these and broccoli with balsamic vinegar and sea salt for months now! Addicted.

    3. I roasted brussels sprouts the other day and I totally should’ve added the balsamic vinegar! I hated them for a really long time, but after trying a delicious version at a restaurant I’ve decided to give them another shot.

    4. My love affair with sprouts has been going strong for the past 2 months. Love love love sprouts in balsamic.

    5. Brussles are the best. I typically keep a bunch roasted in the fridge to just randomly snack on with mustard, eat in salads, etc. Long live the brussel.

    6. Glad you and your family are OK, sad to hear about the Lindt place. Super scary.

      Brussels sprouts were once a daily staple in my diet. Halved, roasted, salted, consumed. Then the gut bugs had a little too much bloaty fun so I started eating them once in a while. These do look quite tasty.

      1. Thanks Britt- It’s still quite solemn here at the moment. I would make them a staple, should they be a decent price. They are ridiculous right now…

    7. How have I not seen these at Whole Foods?! Brussels are so underrated. So what if they’re a little stanky…they taste DELISH hot outta the oven! Bravo.

    8. I don’t think you can find a food that doesn’t taste better with bacon, especially when it comes to veggies. Umm, you need to come to Alberta, and then take me to LA or New York and we’ll eat at Whole Foods. K deal? deal.

      1. Geeze, full of demands. Can we actually do that and find Americans to marry to give us green cards? Then we have a double deal.

    9. Oh I need to take you to the Whole Foods in Boulder, CO – their hot bar brussels sprouts, garlic/lemon juice/pepper/salt… OMFG OMFG OMFG OMFG! I pretty much murdered my roommate in college with the stench, LMFAO! I do think I told you this story though, right?

    10. I think pickles get unfair stigma. I could eat pickles all day, everyday on everything and be happy. Some people think I should have “grown out of them”. Bahumbug! I’ll be praying for those affected by the terrorism in the chocolate store!

      1. Oh I love pickles!!! I want to this Turkish restaurant and ate all the parsnip pickles then got extra. I woke up the next day with a puffy face!

      1. Duh! We need to add this to our date list. You already have a Vegas. Can I be…the strip? Ha, Vegas Strip and bacon strip. Okay, I need to go to sleep.

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