These grape honey Brussels sprouts is a tasty, healthy Brussel sprouts recipe. And the frozen Brussel sprouts recipe is so easy to make!
Grape juice adds a wonderful sweetness to this frozen Brussels sprouts recipe. This heart-healthy dish is sure to wow your tastebuds.
Plus, who wouldn’t want a super easy side dish to make for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday? All told, this recipe takes less than 20 minutes to whip up.
Why I Cook with Grape Juice
As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I love adding unique flavor to veggies to make them even more appealing.
I’ve been in the mood for Brussels sprouts lately, and I’ve also been playing around with cooking with grape juice. So I thought that the two ingredients would be fun to combine.
Did you know that grape juice is made with Concord grapes? These grapes contain powerhouse nutrients called polyphenols and help keep your heart healthy by promoting healthy circulation.
Because Concord grapes are only available fresh for a short time every fall, the grape juice is a great way to take in the nutrient-rich fruit. Each cup of the grape juice provides two servings of fruit.
How to Make Grape Honey Brussels Sprouts
Are you familiar with eating Brussels sprouts? Maybe your go-to has been Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar, or maybe you add sweetness for a honey and balsamic vinegar sauce combo. Or perhaps you go the longer route and make oven roasted Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet pan.
I mean, these options are no doubt delicious. But I want you to try something new! And this recipe is a lot faster than roasting sprouts or even making roasted frozen Brussels sprouts. I’m all about saving time in the kitchen–and eating healthy, delicious food, of course.
To make this healthy Brussel sprouts recipe, I decided to make a delicious glaze with the grape juice. I first diced and cooked onion. Then I added grape juice, as well as corn starch to thicken the mixture, and a little honey to sweeten and thicken it.
The juice is a great way to provide sweetness without adding sugar–and with the amount of honey I used in the glaze, you take in just 3/4 teaspoon added sugar per serving.
Once I finished cooking the glaze, I mixed it with the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Make sure you toss to coat really well. And ta-dah! I had a honey grape frozen Brussel sprouts recipe. If you want, you can add a dash of kosher salt and pepper. But you don’t have to.
Then I ate a bunch of Brussels sprouts. How could I resist? I mean, this dish is pretty delicious! Another perk of this dish? It’s gluten free so is pretty versatile when it comes to dietary restrictions.
Because it’s election season, I thought it would also be fun to give an option for serving the healthy Brussels sprouts recipe as finger-food appetizers. Simply skewer each Brussels sprout with a toothpick. Making this platter took seconds, and your guests are sure to be appreciate a healthy app like this one. You can also serve up Brussels sprouts this way as a holiday appetizer.
Why This is a Healthy Brussels Sprouts Recipe
The best part about this veggie recipe? It meets the American Heart Association’s guidelines for heart-healthy recipes.
Plus, each serving provides 24% of the daily value for cholesterol-helping fiber and 17% of the daily value for potassium, a mineral that can help control blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium. I even cut back on certain ingredients that would have increased the fat content, including olive oil and Parmesan cheese!
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and dig into this delish Brussels sprouts recipe! I can’t wait to hear what you think. You don’t even have to preheat the oven to make this veggie.
If you’re looking for other ways to cook with grape juice, here’s how to make healthy salad dressing with grape juice. And if you simply love the taste of grapes, try adding sweet grapes to oatmeal or Greek yogurt.
Ready to make this super easy side dish that’s ready in a jiffy? If you want the dish to be a little spicy, sprinkle on some red pepper flakes. I also love the taste of black pepper.
This blog post was updated in November 2020. This content was originally part of a partnership with Welch’s.
- American Heart Association
Healthy Grape Honey Brussels Sprouts Recipe
- 20 ounces frozen Brussels sprouts
- ½ large yellow onion, diced
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup Grape Juice
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp honey
- Cook Brussels sprouts according to package directions in a medium saucepan, using as little water as possible.
- Once cooked, drain any remaining water (if any) and toss with grape glaze. Serve immediately.
- Heat ¼ cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add onion, and cook until translucent and most of the water is absorbed, 3-4 minutes; stir occasionally.
- Add grape juice, corn starch, and honey to the onions; bring to a boil and stir frequently as mixture thickens, 3-5 minutes.
I’d love to hear from you! Are you enjoying these sprouts tossed with grape honey dressing? What’s your favorite way to enjoy grape juice? What are your tips for cooking with juice?
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