The B Sprout Salad

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My tummy feels a little off (please, oh please – I hope I didn’t pick up a bug in the airport); however, my taste buds are working just fine. :)  Hence, this very awesome hot side salad.


The B Sprout Salad!


This side is packed with a variety of flavors… it’s both spicy and sweet, savory and fruity.  I loved it!  This would be an excellent dinner party side.


I had a big portion with some toast and buttah (my appetite is pretty low so dinner was light).  Oh bread, I love thee.


Okay – the recipe!


The B Sprout Salad




  • 1/2 pound of Brussel sprouts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 4 heavy sprinkles of chili powder
  • 2 heavy sprinkles of pepper
  • Salt to taste




  • Wash sprouts and finely chop them.


  • Pour water into wok and add sprouts.  Bring to a medium high light boil and add all the spices and oil.  Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin seeds and raspberries and cook on medium high for another 10 minutes or until all the water boils off.
  • When it starts to sear and smell like Brussel sprouts, it’s done. 🙂
  • Plate and serve!


Such a great side!


And although my tummy hurt to much for a big dinner, it had room for dessert.  Because I actually have two stomachs, one for meals and one for desserts.  Or at least, this is what I always use to tell my parents.  Don’t you have a dessert stomach?


I ended up eating 2.5 of these AMAZING orange cranberry white chocolate biscotti from Jen (which froze EXCELLENTLY… I received them at the cookie exchange last week).   I am going to make these… this weekend!?  Basically ASAP.  So delicious!



  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 15, 2010, 9:19 pm

    haha! I love that you have two stomachs! I think I do too! That salad looks great, and would be great for dinner parties!

  • ashleigh December 15, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Dessert stomach… I like it 🙂 It doesn’t matter how full I am, I always have room for a little something sweet!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 15, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Ohh I love the idea of a brussels sprout salad – especially with craisins added! I always have room for dessert, too 🙂

  • Emilie December 15, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Oh yum, I love brussels sprouts and that recipe looks divine!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 15, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I definitely have a separate stomach for dessert. And it is much bigger than my normal stomach right now. What with the holidays and crazy final pregnancy cravings?

    Although, I will say that b spout salad sounds phenom!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 15, 2010, 9:22 pm

    LOOOOOOOOVE brussels sprouts!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 15, 2010, 9:24 pm

    I do not have enough biscotti in my life!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 15, 2010, 9:26 pm

    That biscotti sounds delicious! And my stomach has been WAY off today… don’t know what’s going on.

  • Sarah @ EatRunGarden December 15, 2010, 9:26 pm

    That sounds yummy. I have a 2nd stomach for ice cream. 🙂

  • Anna S @ History Running Girl December 15, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I totally have two stomachs.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 15, 2010, 9:38 pm

    ahh! love biscotti! totally jealous!

  • Sarah R December 15, 2010, 9:40 pm

    two stomachs? heck yes!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 15, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Haha – yes I def have two stomachs some nights.
    That biscotti looks so good!

  • Baking 'n' Books December 15, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I really should start eating more meatless meals. I don’t and eat late in the evening which is pretty heavy. Long habits are hard to break.

    I should really give this biscotti thing a try. Anything with white chocolate of course…:)

  • Alyssa December 15, 2010, 9:44 pm

    When he was a kid (and probably still now, though he’s 20 :)), my brother would say he was full from dinner, but that his dessert section is never full :).

    Don’t get sick!

  • Katie December 15, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I LOVE brussel sprouts! Feel better! 🙂

  • Lauren December 15, 2010, 10:03 pm

    My entire family has a crippling sweet tooth, and we used to use the excuse, “you have two stomachs, one for dinner and one for dessert,” at every major holiday party! So funny that you had the same tradition 🙂

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 15, 2010, 10:16 pm

    Salad looks fantastic. Reminds me of the pre-packed brussels sprouts salad at TJ’s….except it looks a whole lot better! 😉

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 15, 2010, 10:19 pm

    My dad always told me that I had two stomach’s. The smaller one was for “good food” and the larger one was for “ice cream and sweets”. He even drew me a diagram… granted this was when I was 6!

    Now I think my “two stomachs” have flipped and my larger stomach is for healthy food! 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 15, 2010, 10:22 pm

    b sprout salad with sunflower seeds, and CRAISINS (yum!) and chili powder is RIGHT up my alley!

    and i can always find room for dessert. always!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 15, 2010, 10:26 pm

    I love salads with craisins — they make everything taste so good 🙂

    And I think I could have toast/butter or just bread/butter for every meal and be content!

  • Annette December 15, 2010, 10:30 pm

    I love biscotti- and those look tasty! 🙂

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 15, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Looks good- a new way to eat brussel sprouts!

  • emily December 15, 2010, 10:33 pm

    What type of bread is that? It looks chewy and fantastic.

    • Caitlin December 16, 2010, 9:17 am

      Whole Wheat from La Brea.

  • miss posy December 15, 2010, 10:57 pm

    I ALWAYS have room for dessert 😉

  • KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness December 15, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Haha, I always say I have three stomaches – One for food, one for Dessert and one for french fries. I can be uber full of dinner but still always have room for dessert and french fries 🙂

    • Caitlin December 16, 2010, 9:18 am

      oh i also have a chip and salsa stomach.

  • Kiran December 16, 2010, 12:28 am

    I don’t mind having more than 2 stomach for desserts. Burp! Excuse me 😉

  • kathleen December 16, 2010, 12:29 am

    i really need to buy brussel sprouts!

  • Nicole December 16, 2010, 12:59 am

    Love this recipe! I have sprouts in the fridge I need to use as well as a wok that I have yet to use, thanks! I’ve also been doing my share of cookie eating after a cookie exchange party last week…a cranberry orange white chocolate variety was my favorite 🙂

  • Lauren December 16, 2010, 6:50 am

    This seems like the perfect dinner on a not so empty stomach. And those biscotti sound incredible. I think I would take biscotti over a chocolate chip any day.

  • Amalfi Girl December 16, 2010, 7:24 am

    Looks yummy! I have always been afraid to try brussel sprouts again after a Rachel Ray recipe went wrong around Thanksgiving a few years ago…

    Two stomachs = so true.

    • Amalfi Girl December 16, 2010, 7:31 am

      P.S. Just posted with a shout out to your “no guilt-driven living” post (which I loved). It is under the post titled “Guilty Pleasure.” Thanks for your fabulous blog!

  • Cynthia December 16, 2010, 8:29 am

    I have only tried brussels sprouts once and I did not like them. Maybe it was because they were frozen and not fresh? Perhaps I should try them fresh and try this recipe. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 16, 2010, 9:14 am

    Bsprouts are rocking my world right now… I LOVE hot salads!! I hope you have a great day Caitlin!

  • Jen December 16, 2010, 9:16 am

    Happy to hear you are enjoying the biscotti. You should definitely try making them – it’s a fun process! Thanks for the shout out. 🙂

  • Jen December 16, 2010, 9:51 am

    I’m glad to hear you say you have two stomachs. I used to tell my mom that my stomach was like a bar graph (or multiple tanks/stomachs); I may be full of chicken and veggies, but I could still eat a little extra bread or some dessert. It wasn’t meant to be sneaky either; perhaps it was just some crazy cravings at work?

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 16, 2010, 11:32 am

    Ooh finally a yummy looking brussel sprout dish without bacon! I can’t wait to try this.

  • Amber K December 16, 2010, 12:36 pm

    I thought everyone had two stomachs! There’s always room for dessert. 🙂

  • Julia @ Brides Up North December 17, 2010, 9:00 am

    Love that last picture with the tree twinkling in the background!

    Julia x

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 18, 2010, 7:21 pm

    Kudos to you for being able to eat brussel sprouts when your stomach isn’t feeling up to par! I would have stuck with bread times 3!

  • Shayla December 20, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Haha love this! I definitely have a dessert stomach!! I could be so full from “real” food from dinner – but I most always find room in my “second” stomach for dessert! 😉

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