Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Bacon
You know how they say, “Sometimes the most obvious choice is the best one?” I don’t know who “they” are… but they’re right.
I learned this lesson recently when trying to figure out something interesting to make with my bag of shaved Brussels Sprouts from Trader Joe’s.
I had bought them for the second week in a row — intending on coming up with an awesome recipe for them — then held out to the last minute until they were about to go bad.
Dead set on not letting this bag go to waste like the last, I decided to simply steam them for a side dish rather than wait for the perfect recipe to come to me (and inevitably have to throw them out again).
As I was opening the bag though, I noticed a recipe on the back.
Usually, I ignore the recipes on grocery store products, with the general assumption that they are all gross, generic, or totally unhealthy. But I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
TJ’s Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts, simply sauteed with a little oil and balsamic vinegar, sounded delicious.
Contrary to my beliefs, the recipe was pretty healthy. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I gave it a whirl.
I only made two adjustments: using turkey bacon instead of the regular fatty pig variety, and using coconut oil spray instead of 2 T. of olive oil. The result was fantastic.
Easy, healthy, and fast… just how I like it.
TJ’s Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts
1 bag of TJ’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts
2 slices diced Turkey Bacon (I used Applegate Farms)
1/4 C. Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 C. Water
1. Spray skillet with oil and cook your turkey bacon on high heat for about 1-2 minutes per side.
2. Add brussels sprouts and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring throughout.
3. Add vinegar and water, stir, turn the heat to low, and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3-5 minutes.
4. Sprinkle with pepper and parmesan cheese (optional).
Total Calories: 95 (w/o cheese)
I already knew I loved Trader Joe’s for their (mostly) healthy products and cheap groceries and now I love them even more for their tasty recipes.
The next time you’re feeling uninspired, I recommend peeking at the back of their bags. You never know what delicious-ness you might discover.
* This post is NOT sponsored by Trader Joe’s.