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Roasted Rosemary Brussels Sprouts w/ Blueberries

March 10, 2014

I’ll be honest, I considered not posting this recipe. Why? Because it didn’t turn out so green. But it was a) too awesome not to share and b) if you can’t figure out that brussels sprouts are meant to be green then you should maybe crawl out from under your rock.

I’m posting it anyway.

In life I am a huge fan of green foods. It probably isn’t normal that I get overly excited about brussels sprouts and kale literally makes my heart flutter, but there are worse issues in the world to have. So I have a green food fetish…whatevs.

At the same time, I have come to discover that certain foods are not meant to be green. I’m looking at you green beer!

roasted rosemary brussels sprouts with blueberries

Let’s rewind to St. Patty’s Day 2010. I somehow had missed the boat on green beer in my prior 21 years and was determined to make up for it in one day. This my friends was a bad idea. In hindsight, the disasters that followed had absolutely nothing to do with the green beer, but I’m blaming it anyway.

You see I had a sidekick join me for my St. Patty’s Day Binge-drinkingfest. ESeids paid me a visit from SF and for having travelled all the way to Montreal to see me I knew I had to show her a good time. Fortunately I didn’t have to try hard since the entire McGill ghetto (yes this is what we call it) was out to play. We drank our green beers, gorged ourselves on pizza and passed out by 5:00 PM. GTs….

But then ESeids got sick. And no, we’re not talking alcohol sick, we’re talking THE STOMACH FLU. Which unfortunately terrorized her for 24 hours. I played nurse as best as I could and crossed my fingers so hard that I wouldn’t catch it. Despite it being clear that the green beer didn’t cause it, we blamed it anyway and vowed to never drink it again.

roasted rosemary brussels sprouts with blueberries 248 hours later, I was in the clear. Phew. ESeids had recovered and it was time to start raging once more. Apparently I’ve accumulated some bad karma because a few hours later I was hit hardcore by the stomach flu at a Calvin Harris concert. Let me tell you, the last thing you ever want to experience is the stomach flu at a rave. I can’t even begin to explain how this was one of the worst nights of my life. So I won’t.

Let’s just say the memory still haunts me in my dreams and green beer has been added alongside bacon to my foodie-hate list. Never again.

Roasted Rosemary Brussels Sprouts w/ Blueberries

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (Serves: 4)

  • 2 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 3 T fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl combine brussels sprouts, HALF of blueberries, and rosemary.

3. Top with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Stir so all brussels sprouts and blueberries are coated.

4. Spread evenly on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.

5. Sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Bake for 15 mins.

7. Remove from oven and flip over.

8. Bake for another 10 mins.

9. Remove from oven and add in remainder of blueberries.

10. Serve warm.

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Any St. Patrick’s Day horror stories? What about bad food associations?

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  • Reply
    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    March 10, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Brussels sprouts and blueberries – who’d have thunk it?!?! – wait – YOU did! I am so intrigued! I don’t think I’ve ever had roasted blueberries before!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 10, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Can we please share drunken stories? You still owe me the Germany one and I owe YOU the Germany one….hello 1 euro bar.

    Blueberries and Brussels… You know I’m a fan purely because of the sweet and salty.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 10, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I have a strong feeling I will be making this today! That is, after I get to the grocery store to restock the blueberries I am about to finish with my breakfast.

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    March 10, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Traumatic experiences with alcohol are the worst! Even if they have nothing to actually do with the alcohol. You’ll probably be just fine going without green beer for the rest of your life anyways…going without kale or brussels sprouts would be near impossible, I think, though! Love this pairing with blueberries! It’s so fun!

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    Elise @
    March 10, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Would’ve never though of combining blueberries with brussel sprouts. cool idea!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    March 10, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I LOVE roasted brussels…but I would have never ever thought of putting them with blueberries. I defs need to try this, so I am glad you posted them!
    I think they look lovely! Pinned

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    Tina Muir
    March 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Ooof that doesnt sound too fun! Hopefully that does not happen this year….or ever again! I am not drinking right now to focus on my upcoming big races, so will not be celebrating the beer side of St. Patricks day, but you can enjoy a green beer for me 🙂

    I have to admit, when I first saw the title I was a little skeptical, but they look great, and I am sure it will work. I love bluberries too! ALways looking for new recipes with them! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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    March 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Oh dear, how dreadful! (Obv not the recipe, the flu bit, haha) I hope this year’s St Patty’s Day is much better.

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    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    March 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I love love brussels and this recipe sounds so good! As for St Patrick’s Day….Shamrock Fest in DC with beer trucks that had taps on the sides…I best you could use your imagination how crazy that was!

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    March 10, 2014 at 7:58 am

    No horror stories YET from St P day–but we are still young. 🙂

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Green beer is a perfectly acceptable scapegoat in my opinion. ALso, green or not, these look amazing! John is kind of meh about brussels sprouts but I’m obsessed with them so these are going to happen.

    Obviously it’s irrelevant now, but I wouldn’t eat meatloaf for years as a kid (side note: this was probably for the best) because I got the stomach flu the night we had it when I was 9. Like your experience, it was zero percent related, but I refused to eat it and my irrational association was strengthened because I didn’t throw up again until I was struck my a stomach plague at 18 (and during that I had a disturbing amount of blue gatorade in an attempt to keep me out of the hospital lol, leading to a new association) . In conclusion, this was probably tmi for a blog comment. Sorry friend…

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    March 10, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Ah! I feel for your friend 🙁 That blows. Also, brussel sprouts and blueberries…..hmmmm sounds suspect but I trust you so I will have to try this! I’m pretty hit or miss with brussel sprouts but I do love blueberries so if you say it’s good, I believe you 🙂

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    Alex @ therunwithin
    March 10, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I would never thought of blueberries and roasted brussel sprouts. such a cool combo and I bet delicious as ever.

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    March 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I think this looks mighty green! I really want to try this because I’m still really finicky about brussels sprouts. Aaaaand I already heard your green beer story so I have nothing else to say except you rockkkk. Have a great day!

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    Meghan @fitnesscrEATures
    March 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Haha what a terrible story I am so sorry!!!!! That’s awful! I’ve never really been into St. Patty’s day so I have no horror stories… It’s just another weekend in my opinion. In fact, last year, I was running my first full marathon on St. Patty’s so I didn’t even realize it was happening because, duh, my mind was elsewhere. What an interesting combination this is…

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    March 10, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Oh that doesn’t sound like a fun st. Patricks day! These blueberry Brussels however sound wonderful! Tyler and I both loe Brussels so we will have to tr these.

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    March 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Brussel spouts and blueberries! What an unusual combination! I love both so why not! Thanks for making me think this morning. : )

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    March 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Ohhh green beer. I haven’t had it since Queen’s and that makes me kinda sad. St. Patrick’s day was a big one for us, almost as big as homecoming.. and that’s saying something. I don’t think I have any horror stories from St. Paddy’s.. most of them are from homecoming. That’s for another day though…

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    Reba- Not So Perfect Life
    March 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Brusel Sprouts are my favorite veggie. In fact its the only veggie that my BF actually loves so i make them all the time. I’m not a blueberry fan (I know call me crazy). But my man is. He would love this!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    March 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Haha your St. Patty’s day story makes me cringe with college memories. There are certain liquors that I can never drink (or smell) again due to bad experiences. Ironically, since most people are the opposite of me, tequilla’s the only liquor I actually enjoy.

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    March 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I keep saying that I need to try brussels sprouts again. Ok, actually I only say that when I see a recipe for brussels sprouts. I like the way you think adding blueberries to these.

    The idea of having a stomach flu at a rave is too much for me to even imagine. Stomach bugs are LITERALLY the worst. You can make it with any other kind of sickness, but the second your stomach gives out, it’s like something comes in and takes control of your entire body, and you can’t do anything. I associated cranberry juice with my stomach bug for the longest time, so I refused to drink it. I say cranberry juice, you say green beer. Same thing.

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    March 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Oh my god. I can’t even begin to imagine getting sick at a concert. That is the worst! I feel so bad for you right now even though that happened awhile ago! I love brussel sprouts and kale too!! Almost as much as green juice!

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    March 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Haha omg that sucks so bad to get the stomach flu there!! At least the brussels look delish! I’ve been eating them by the pound lately so this is great to find a new way to make em.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Confession: when J got sick on our time in Hawaii, I was seriously hoping it was food poisoning and not the flu so that I didn’t have to worry about catching it 😆 Omg I’m a horrible person. And I seriously need to get back to my kitchen so I can make this.

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    Mary Frances
    March 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Talk about the worst time to get the flu! I will forever associate the worst cramps of my life with cheese and crackers – turns out I’m lactose intolerant. Oh well! Love this dish – your photos are beautiful! Like, WOW.

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    Courtney @RunningforCupcakes
    March 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I would never think to put blueberries and brussel sprouts together but I will definitely have to try it!!

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    March 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I wish I could make brussel sprouts more often, but Ryan has a pretty gnarly running story after eating them the night before. I’ll spare you that one. I threw up at a Zedd concert. I was on a new medication and we wolfed down In n’ Out before. I think it was the combo that had me keeled over the toilet while trying not to get kicked out. I was probably the only sober/non drugged out concert goer yakking in the bathroom. Now In n’ Out = bleh.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Brussels and bluebs?! Damnnnn girl! I could eat pound on pound of both bluebs and brussells but I’ve never had the pleasure of eating them together. It’s alllll about to change!!!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Brussels and blueberries? Lady, you are brilliant. I don’t really have any St. Paddy’s day horror stories – I try to avoid going out on March 17th in London, because apparently London gets a little insane…hence why the only reason I have ever seen this city on National News was after the St. Patrick’s Day Riot on Fleming Drive a few years ago. Crazy college kids…

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    So creative, Davida! These look great!

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    March 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    No bacon?!
    These look good – I love stuff with rosemary.
    And, I cannot (nor do I want to) imagine getting the stomach bug at a huge concert/rave – poor thing!!!

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    March 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    blueberries and Brussels? that’s a new one — hello cancer kickers!

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    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    March 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I love brussels sprouts but I would have never thought to have put blueberries with them! I am excited to give this recipe a try.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Oh mannnn…..That does sound like a nightmare. *shiver* As I’m eating nothing but green food right now— avocado toast, brussels sprouts, spinach.
    I have a bad association with the green Marie Callendar’s frozen chicken pot pie box and the green chair on which I ate it, because that resulted in the worst food poisoning/stomach flu of my life. I’ve reconciled with the green chair because it’s super comfy, but not the Marie Callendar. Not at all.

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    Anna Kriegel
    March 10, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Love this story lol. I can’t believe you just posted this recipe because this past saturday night, I went out for dinner (at a BYOB place you’d be obsessed with) and had roasted brussels with strawberries and they were SO (shockingly) good and I imagine this is just the same. Also, if you have some spare time and feel like whipping up a healthy hamantashen recipe in honor of purim approaching (hi from your rabbi-friend), I would most certainly try it out! I’ve been on a quest to find one… LOVE YOU FOUR MORE DAYS

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      ANSOOOOOO 1. There is so much more to this story and I will fill you in on all the deets on FRIDAY (sorry Eseids!) 2. Where is this restaurant??! I need strawbs and brussels in my face now. 3. Ugh why can’t hamentaschen be green?! Only posting green recipes this week…lame. 4. Check out Elana’s pantry for all kinds of Jewish Healthy Goodness ( also Lexi’s Clean Kitchen is gonna be doing a bunch of passover recipes. She also happens to be Mike Davidson’s girlfriend (smallest world ever) and she’s also totally legit. 5)SEE YOU SO FREAKING SOON I COULD PEE MYSELF.

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    The Zen Kat
    March 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    What an interesting combo! I’m down to try it though. I’m like you- I love green foods! Nothing wrong with that!

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    Sarah Pie
    March 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Ugh hearing that story is bringing back my own memories… my college had an “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s day each year and lets just say somehow we managed to have a cop, three random boys, and a giant flaming torch in our apartment senior year all at the same time. Still not sure how any of us survived the night.

    But anyways green beer aside this looks like an interesting combo, in the best of ways of course 😉 at the least I may have to try it for the sweet and salty factor.

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    Luv What You Do
    March 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I had the most amazing brussel sprouts in vegas and have been craving them since. We did make them once. Yum! I also have some delish blueberries in my fridge. Not a combo I ever would have thought to try but looks like fun!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Never would have thought to pair them together, but blueberries and brussels sprouts sound amazing! especially with rosemary. blueberries + rosemary is epic.

    We called Queen’s housing area the “ghetto” too- run down houses with garbage everywhere. What an awesome area!

    Green beer was never a thing in my life, and after hearing your story, I certainly won’t be testing it out!

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    March 11, 2014 at 12:04 am

    This is such a weird combo that I never would’ve thought of putting together… but now that I’m hearing/seeing it together… I want to try it!!!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 11, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I never would have thought of this combination! But I love both foods, so obviously I’m sure they’d be amazing together.

    The stomach flu on St. Patty’s Day/at a concert would be the worst! But hey at least there are lots of alternatives to green beer… margaritas, mojitos, green tinted apple-tinis!

    My St. Patty’s Day horror story was from 4 years ago when a big group of like 15 of us decided to go out for all you can eat sushi on St. Patty’s Day after drinking all afternoon. Worst idea EVER!

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    March 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    St Patty’s Day horror stories include my senior year. I don’t remember it. But I’m sure it was nuts. I don’t do green beer because green food coloring scares me… despite the fact I love green foods. If I could marry spinach, I would. Has Canada made that legal yet?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      basically everything is legal here, but especially green plants 😉

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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    March 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I never thought of adding blueberries to my roasted brussels….but I can’t imagine it being anything short of delicious 🙂

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Sorry that I laughed but I JUST – ahhh you’re too funny! But poor, poor girl. That must have felt terrible :–(
    These brussel sprout look delicious, and the blueberries addition is brilliant! xx

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    We all have those “never again” foods. Blah.
    I never thought to combine brussel sprouts and blueberries together. It looks so pretty! I love both so I’m game to try it. 🙂

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    March 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love, love, love this.
    If they have brussel sprouts at the store, I’m totally making this because you combined two of my great loves: fruits and veggies.

    I have so many St. Patrick’s Day stories….all of them great and some where I have no idea how I made it home. I’m pretty sure the Hubby helped with my memory loss, but also by putting me to bed. What can I say? I’m Irish, and it just so happens to be my birthday as well. Now that’s a party.

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    March 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Such a beautiful side, I’ve never paired blueberries with veggies before, but the ingredients sound really delicious!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    March 25, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I’ve roasted apples…grapes…and even strawberries, but I can’t say I’ve ever tried popping blueberries in the oven…and never have I thought to combine them with brussels! I have GOT to try this…now that I’m finally reading the post and not just eyeing the pictures in my reader! 😉 Pinning for sure!

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    April 4, 2014 at 7:38 am

    This is a great, simple recipe! I hope you don’t mind that I’ve added it to my list of easy-to-make veggie recipes on my blog (pointing here of course). You can find it here:
    Hope that’s ok!

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    Churches in Nevada
    April 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

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