Brussel Sprouts with Orange Juice, Dates, and Hazelnuts

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Did you know that your love (or hate) for Brussel sprouts is probably genetic? A few years ago, scientists identified a gene, TAS2R38, whose carriers are likely to find food such as Brussel sprouts and broccoli to be unpleasantly bitter. If that’s you, maybe this combo of orange juice, dates, and toasted hazelnuts can help counteract your genetic disposition!

Or, if you didn’t lose the genetic lottery on this one and you’re already a fan of these little green cruciferions, then here’s another recipe to add to your arsenal.


Brussel Sprouts with Orange Juice, Dates, and Hazelnuts


  • 1 pound of Brussel sprouts, trimmed, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • juice from two oranges, approx.
  • 4 dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large frying pan, melt the coconut oil over high heat.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium, add the Brussel sprouts, placing them cut side down.
  3. Add the orange juice and dates.
  4. Cook for about 12 – 15 minutes until the sprouts are tender. Add more orange juice during cooking if necessary to keep the sprouts liquid.
  5. To serve, season with salt and pepper and garnish with hazelnuts.


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