(NewsUSA) – Let’s face it. When the holidays come around, budgets can get tight. So feeding an entire family a festive meal requires knowing how to stretch a dime. One key: inexpensive side dishes. This California Raisin Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe is a money-wise example. At less than a dollar per serving, it’s a traditional side that won’t break the bank. California Raisins provide a delicious burst of sweetness to the savory Brussels sprouts and salty bacon.

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  • Makes 4-6 servings
  • Cost per serving: $0.62-$0.93
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 slices Hickory Smoked Bacon, cut into 1/4 inch slices*
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup California Raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (season to your taste)


Wash, trim and quarter Brussels sprouts; arrange in microwave-safe container with 1 tablespoon water. Cover, and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp; remove with slotted spoon to drain on paper towels; set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet; add onion and cook over medium heat until tender. Then, stir in cooked Brussels sprouts, raisins, salt and pepper; toss to combine, and continue to cook just until heated through. Sprinkle cooked bacon pieces on top. Turn into large serving dish; garnish with cooked bacon pieces, and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, as desired.

* For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and substitute with olive oil or coconut oil.

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 196; Total Fat 11g, (sat 4, mono 5g, 2g poly); Cholesterol 16mg; Protein 6g; Carbohydrates 22g; Fiber 4g; Iron 1.7mg; Sodium 331mg; Calcium 79mg.