You guys have probably heard me say that when life gets super-hectic, frozen vegetables help make life so much easier. I even wrote about my frozen veggie love for SHAPE.

Writing last week’s post about October obsessions was really fun, so I thought I’d share an official recipe for the brussels sprouts to go with my blabbing.

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As part of the Fiscal Femme’s 30-Day Money Cleanse (which started last week!), I’m working on capping my weekly grocery budget at $100 (between personal groceries and project supplies), so I know I’m going to have to tame my habit of buying random stuff I’m curious about—like this delicious find I picked up a few weeks ago.  If you’ve been with me even a little while, you know my love of bourbon, so when I saw this Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup at Trader Joe’s, I just had to buy it. This is one impulse buy that was totally worth it. It’s not super-sweet, so it’s a perfect fit for savory recipes.

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Bourbon Maple Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4


  • 1 lb frozen brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Sea salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss frozen brussels sprouts with olive oil, maple syrup, and sea salt.
  3. Roast about 40 minutes or until crispy. Shake the pan a few times to prevent sticking.

Serves 4

Do you ever struggle with impulse buys at the grocery store? What’s your kryptonite?