Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts


Do you like Brussels Sprouts?   Not many people do!  I know I was one of them.  It took my Husband about 15 years for me to like them.  Finally after several fail recipes, I discovered a couple of years ago a way to make sprouts taste good!   Well good for me that is!  My Husband on the other hand, after all his years of trying to get me to try a sprout, doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts unless they are cooked one way.  He doesn’t like them roasted, he doesn’t like them sautéed and he doesn’t even like fresh ones.  So what kind does he like?  The frozen ones with the cheese.  What?  They don’t even taste the sprout, just the cheese.  I tried them and honestly that is what turned me off from sprouts to begin with.  Me I like them one way and that is shaved and sautéed.  Yummy!!!

Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts

So today I am sharing with you my Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts. Oh man, it is loaded with flavor, fun and pizzazz. Ok I maybe getting a little excited right now. Sorry about that, but these sprouts are good!! They are made with shaved Brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s, grated carrot, matchstick sliced pears and for fun candied pecans and dried cranberries. This dish has so many flavors going on, its crazy!!! Crazy good that is!
Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts
I started the dish with some olive oil and garlic to give it a nice savory flavor and to sweetened it up I added pear, but to get everyone to like it, I added the candied pecans. The pecans make it fun! Sometimes you get a hint of sweet candy and other times you don’t. This is how you get the kids to eat the sprouts, but not the Husband! He wouldn’t even try it!! The man doesn’t know what he’s missing!
Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts

I think most people don’t like sprouts because of the bitterness of them. I stopped the bitterness by adding orange juice right at the end!! The orange juice sweetened it right up and the sprouts are not bitter at all. I learned that trick by watching the Urban Peasant on PBS about 20 years ago. It’s a shame I didn’t like sprouts back then, but I did really try. As you get older you tend to want to try new things and experiment with what you can create. At least that is how I am.  Just look at all these flavors below!
Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts
I was originally going to serve my sprouts with boneless pork chops, but when I went to get my pork, it was two days past expiration and I was a little leery of using it. I will use things if it is a day or two past expiration, but not meat, that kind of scares me! So what did I serve the sprouts with? Nothing! I made it a fend for yourself night and I ate two big cups of it, then headed to Panera Bread to try a cup of their Autumn Butternut Squash soup. The soup was good, but the fat was horrible in it. Now I’ll just have to make my own. Another fruit my Husband won’t eat. Yup, butternut squash is a fruit!

Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts

Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4 cups
  • Serving size: 1 cup
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    A sweet and savory Fall side dish made with sauteed Brussels Sprouts, pears, candied pecans and dried cranberries.
    • 1 tsp. olive oil
    • 1 tsp garlic, minced
    • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, shaved
    • 1 cup carrot, grated
    • 1 small pear, cut into thin matchsticks
    • 2 tbsp. orange juice
    • ¼ cup dried cranberries
    • 2 tbsp. candied pecans, chopped small
    1. In a large frying pan, over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic, cook for 30 seconds. Add Brussels sprouts, carrots and pear. Cook for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are the tenderness you like. Just before you take it off the stove, add the orange juice. Give it a mix and pour into a bowl. Mix in dried cranberries and pecans and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm!
    Calories per cup: 118, Fat: 4.1, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 36, Potassium: 164, Carbs: 20, Fiber: 5, Sugar: 11.6, Protein: 3.6

    Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts
    I’m glad I have some left over because after writing this post I want some! They are great warmed up the next day and it even goes wonderfully in eggs. I know that sounds weird, but trust me it’s good!!

    If you don’t like Brussels Sprouts, give them another try. It took me three tries to like them and now I love them! Same thing happened to me with sweet potatoes and black beans and now I can’t get enough. Yummers!

    Have a super great day!


    Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts


    1. I actually LOVE brussels sprouts!! This sounds like a delicious way to enjoy them! So sweet!

    2. I happen to be one of the crazys out there that LOVES brussel sprouts! 🙂 I love roasting them, steaming them, sauteeing them to make a crunchy salad, I could go on…. Excited to try your new take on them!

    3. The bitterness of Brussels sprouts is exactly why I don’t like the frozen ones. My favorite way to eat them is roasted. I’ve also made a Caesar salad recently, with raw kale & sliced Brussels sprouts as the salad (something I copied from a restaurant). I’m glad there are good ways to cook (or not) Brussels sprouts because they make a nice change from the usual veggies.

    4. I LOVE Brussels sprouts in every way, shape and form!!! Can’t wait to try them in the salad!

    5. I never used to like them, but about a year ago I started liking them!! Isn’t that weird? This recipe looks fantastic, I will definitely be making this!! Yum!!

    6. Now these are some brussels sprouts I think I can eat!

    7. I absolutely LOVE brussels sprouts, and these sound so fantastic!

    8. It seems like Brussels sprouts are finally getting the attention they deserve, especially with yummy recipes like this one! I love those shave sprouts from TJ’s too, they make enjoying sprouts so easy!

    9. I want to make your sprouts, just to put them in my refrigerator and then add them to my scrabbled eggs in the morning. I don’t cook dinner anymore, I just make leftovers for that exact reason. My girlfriend Garnet (Paprika) is in love with this recipe and it will be on our turkey day menu this year (And our “Mock Turkey Day” dinners the next three months.) My whole family thanks you in advance. I had to share this post in my, “Whacchoo Bloggin’ Bout” section.
      Justin & Garnet

    10. I tried the shaved Brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s. They were terrible. And we love Brussels sprouts. They were dry. So I may try slicing them thin myself. This combo of ingredients sounds great. As much as I love summer, I look forward to the fall flavors & veggies. Pot roast in the slow cooker & a good book — nothing better. Ann

    11. Please, how can I shave brussel sprouts?

    12. Husbands, huh? 😉 My husband actually LOVES Brussels! When we met, I found that he loved Brussels. He found out that I love beets. And neither of us liked the other one’s fav vegetable. But, somewhere over the years…he became a beet lover and I became a Brussels lover. It all worked out 🙂

      I’m going to show him this recipe – I’m sure he’ll want to make it ASAP!


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