Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples and Thyme

A great Thanksgiving was had by the Gleason family this year with cousins coming from all over Ontario and Michigan.  It’s been unseasonably warm here this year and the brave kids even went for a dip in the pool while the adults watched and shivered at the thought!

I made this dish especially for one of my little nephews because I know he loves sprouts.  I also cooked a ham for him because he’s not a huge fan of turkey.  For his young age of eleven he definitely has a different set of taste buds but he loves his fruits and vegetables so it’s all good.


They had a blast!

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My cousins from Michigan had spent a few days up in Algonquin Park before coming to Barrie for three days.  The colours were already spectacular there.  If you haven’t been to the park, you should check it out.  It’s not really a park per se…’s more like it’s own giant enchanted forest filled with lakes, rivers, waterfalls and incredible wildlife.  Their dog, Daisy, loved it! We advise the site.

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Back to the kitchen and our delicious sprouts straight from Nicholyn Farms.  We picked these up the day before and my American cousin was so surprised to see them on the stalk right in the market.  Isn’t there something just so exciting about that?  Fresh food right from the field is unbeatable!

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It just occurred to me that I’m a little obsessed with sprouts and apples these days.   Time to move on to the next craving – wonder what it will be!

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This recipe is super simple cos you know that’s what I love.  But the flavour – ohhhh, the deliciousness of sprouts, apple, thyme tossed with olive oil and fresh apple cider is the best!  I topped it with a few pomegranate arils as well to add more colour.  Did you know they contain Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants?

Leave those stray leaves on your baking tray.  They cook up quickly and you may have to remove them when you toss them halfway through but they add a great crunch to the dish.

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I also added peeled garlic cloves to this but it seems I took this picture before I included them.  This is totally optional but it’s a wonderful addition for garlic addicts like myself.

And our apples and apple cider are from Barrie Hill Farms.  On October 1 they pressed their own apple cider right at the farm.  Can’t get any fresher than that!

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I need one of these machines.   Hmmm, I guess I better get myself an apple orchard first.   You can see why I get so crazy excited about working with the farms!

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This is the first crop of apples for the farm and those Gala and Honey Crisp apples were the best I’ve tasted.

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The result?  A healthy, vegan dish that is super tasty, colourful and the perfect holiday side dish.  And my little nephew was smiling!

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I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned for the upcoming holidays.  If you share it with me on Instagram, I’ll put it out there for my followers to see.  Don’t be shy!  Hashtag #simplyfreshdinners to show off your hard work.   Cheers!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples and Thyme

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30 mins


  • 1 apple, diced. I used Gala apples. Leave skin on if organic.
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed, halved
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • small handful of sprigs of thyme
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider (Zieglars Apple Cider is gluten free, as are many others)
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of pomegranate arils



Preheat oven to 350 F


Place apples, sprouts and garlic in medium sized bowl.


Combine cider, olive oil and pepper in a small bowl, mixing well. Pour mixture over apple combo and stir gently until well coated.


Spread mixture on baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes and toss. Remove any stray leaves that are getting crunchy. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until sprouts are slightly browned. Remove.


Place in serving bowl and top with pomegranate arils if desired and serve.


Recipe is easily doubled for large groups.

This roasted combo makes the best side dish for holidays and every day!


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    October 15, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Looks so yummy and that park is beautiful! How fun for the kids to swim on Thanksgiving – what a crazy memory. So happy you had such a good time
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    Anita Rivera
    October 16, 2016 at 4:32 am

    YOU DID IT! OK, I wonder will I be able to get brussel sprouts here for our Thanksgiving at the end of November….hmmmm, I better now wait. This is the ultimate crunch lovers’ dish and super healthy to boot! Robyn, it looks like you all had such a fun time, and like you, we have had unusually warmer weather. Yesterday as I looked out our window, the bright red and orange colors outside on our street suggested a frosty fall day, but it was WARM! So we played around outside like children, walking for miles by the lakes and we were delighted. To see your family in a POOL, WOW!

    I am going to do this recipe sooner that later because I fear we may not get brussel sprouts at the end of the month. The addition of apple cider is brilliant. YOU ROCK my friend!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    October 16, 2016 at 6:19 am

    O so glad you had a lovely holiday Robyn! Your nephew sounds like me! I LOVED all the fruits and veggies growing up, brussels were a MUST!!!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    October 16, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I’m with your nephew — LOVE roasted sprouts! I actually roasted a batch for myself a couple of days ago, but I’ll have to remember your trick to add pomegranate and apple to the mix. That sweet contrast sounds amazing!
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    October 16, 2016 at 7:09 am

    A nice touch with the apples and garlic. Brussel spouts are also loved here. How special you made these for your nephew and also prepared ham. The kids were quite brave, but of course they are always brace when it comes to swimming. Glad to hear the family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lots of love from W.W. Xo

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    October 16, 2016 at 9:09 am

    This dish was so much fun to make with you. We sure loved celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. What a treat to be with everyone and the food wad divine. Love ya cuz,. Great photos!

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    Chris Scheuer
    October 16, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Such a pretty dish with the green sprouts and red apples and so sweet of you to make a special dish for your nephew. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time!
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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    October 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I love roasted Brussel sprouts and have never made them with apple cider. Sounds so good!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 16, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Oh I love this beautiful dish Robyn. You have a beautiful home with a gorgeous pool 🙂 I think I would have to jump in that too! Love the beautiful labrador and the fall colors. Apples and sprouts sound like a wonderful match. We went to an orchard about 1 1/2 hours away from our house today, only to be turned away due to excessive crowds 🙁 No apples for me boohoo. Have a wonderful week!
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    October 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I’m glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Robyn, and how nice that it was such great weather! I love brussels sprouts, and this is such a gorgeous dish! Roasting them in apple cider sounds delicious, and the pomegranates are such a nice pop of color and flavor!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    October 17, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Looks and sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving! Love your sprouts combined with the apple flavours 🙂 I’m sure the pool was the place to be, because the air temperature wasn’t all that friendly on Thanksgiving Sunday. So glad your family got some time to enjoy Algonquin. The colour are stunning this year 🙂
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    October 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Making this for dinner tonight Robyn, I happen to have all these ingredients on hand (they are my favorites). I can see why you get so excited. Love the pic of the kids swimming and the pic with the stream and beautiful fall colors. Have a great week.
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    All That I'm Eating
    October 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

    This sounds so delicious and I bet the apples and sprouts work so nicely together.
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    October 19, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Love roast veggies, particularly Brussels sprouts, and this recipe takes them to another level. Really good — so nicely balanced. Thanks.
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    Bam's Kitchen
    October 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Loving those fall beautiful colors in your photo and also the delicious sweetness of the apples in this dish. I think brussel sprouts need something to cut the bitterness and a little roasted apple, apple cider and pomegranate ought to do the trick. Was it really warm enough to swim? Or just warm enough for the boys? LOL
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    October 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Robyn.
    This looks and sounds delicious and healthy. I love all your pictures – the apples make me hungry. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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    October 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

    HI Robyn,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features on this week Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday @ 7pm EST. Thank you for being part of Real Food Fridays and sharing your valuable information with.
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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    October 31, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Like the flavor combination that you created…the sprouts sound great.
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