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Brussels Sprouts for Kids

Updated on September 4, 2012

Brussels sprouts may not be the first vegetable you think of when you think about “kid-friendly” veggies. But, these extremely health-packed “little lettuce heads” can be delicious, especially when cooked with raisins! The recipe below is quick and easy, and preserves brussels sprouts many healthy qualities.

Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts look like miniature cabbage or lettuce heads. They are low in fat, high in fiber and protein, and packed full of vitamins, including 3 times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange! They are also high in folic acid (great for pregnant women) and Vitamin D (good for bones and weight loss). As an added bonus, they are also believed to contain chemicals that can help protect against cancer.

Brussels Sprouts with Raisins Recipe: Ingredients and Directions

Here is a simple and delicious recipe for brussels sprouts that both you and your kids will enjoy.


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 pound Brussels Sprouts (4-5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1/4 cup Raisins (golden or regular)


  1. Trim and halve the brussels sprouts.
  2. Heat the oil and melt the butter in a pan.
  3. Saute the brussels sprouts over medium-high until they start to brown (about 3-4 minutes)
  4. Add the stock to the pan, reduce heat slightly, cover and cook for 5 minutes until they brussels sprouts are tender.
  5. Add raisins and serve!


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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks Duffsmom. Enjoy!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great idea. I love sprouts. In my house I don't have to share - LOL Well done!

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks Denise! I wonder if we gave kids ice cream with so much "gagging and drama" (like the word choice) if they would think it was yucky! Actually, come to think of it, we do something tell our kids something is "too yummy" for them, and it does sometimes get them to eat it. My husband even has my kids convinced that the brown parts on bananas are the "sugary sweet" parts and they love it!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love sprouts and part of my delight with them is their little 'cabbage heads' LOL I don't recall if my kids ate them, although they ate a lot of veggies that most kids did not like just b/c we introduced them to it w/o all the gagging and drama. Not sure if my grandkids eat them but they are also big veggie eaters thanks to their parents. I'll pass the recipe on. Nice work.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks pjpitts. The good news is that if you're kids don't like it that just means there's more for you! Enjoy!

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      I love brussel sprouts! My kids NEVER liked them when they were growing up, I would always make them try just one brussel sprout a year to see if they liked them, they never liked them. Your recipe looks wonderful, I'll have to try it out at a family dinner, thanks!

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks Bretsuki! Sauteing also helps preserve lots of the important nutrients, rather than boiling them away. Enjoy!

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      William Elliott 5 years ago from California USA

      Hello Laura, thanks for a great sounding recipe.

      I have always loved Brussels Sprouts. One could also add a little bacon to your recipe as you first saute the sprouts. This adds salt and a slight bacon flavor to the sprouts.

      I do like that you only cook the sprouts for a few minutes, rather the "traditional" day or two boiling. Sprouts are delicious when green and crisp. Much nicer than the grey mush of the old way of cooking.

      Voted Up and interesting ( wish they had a delicious button). :)