The Easiest, Most Delicious Side Dish for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is almost here and if you remember some of my posts from last year (find them here, here & here), you’ll know that I like to stay as healthy as possible through the holidays while still being able to indulge. This year, my mom is hosting Thanksgiving and all I have to do is bring a side dish. While thinking of something to bring, I remembered how extremely busy I am and while I wanted my dish to be delicious, I also wanted it to be stress-free and fairly inexpensive.

My mom asked me if I could bring a vegetable side dish this year, and brussels sprouts immediately came to mind. Brussels are one of my favorites and since I already had some at home, I thought I would try some recipes out ahead of time. I came across this recipe and boy was I impressed. I knew it was the dish I’d bring to Thanksgiving after the first bite. The recipe itself took me about 40 minutes total, required very little work, and Gavin loved them – my job here was done. I must also mention that this dish is gluten free, dairy free & vegan (if you use this balsamic)!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Balsamic

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes |Total Time: 40 minutes | Serves: 8


  • 3 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and cut in half. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil. Pour them on two baking sheets and roast for 30-35 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
  3. Combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and reduce until glaze is thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes.

  4. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the roasted sprouts. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and serve immediately.


Images via Platings & Pairings

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