Did you know that some vegetables contain a decent amount of protein? I know! I was a little surprised myself. One such example is one of my favorite fall/winter vegetables, the brussels sprout. In fact, one cup of brussels sprouts contains about 3 grams of protein, almost the same amount as in a 100-calorie pack of raw almonds.
And brussels sprouts are nutritional powerhouses.
One cup of Brussels sprouts has about 38 calories, 3 g protein, 0.3 g fat, 7.9g carbohydrates, 3.3g fiber. They are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, iron, manganese, folate, and carotenoids, and are also a source of antioxidants.
My favorite way of eating brussels sprouts is simply roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper until they are caramelized and crispy. I find them quite addicting!
I recently tasted this veggie at Dreyer Farms in a Brussels Sprouts Slaw. It was prepared by two women who call themselves the Nearly New Yorkers. The dish was really delicious and would be a nice acidic addition to Thanksgiving Dinner.
You can find the recipe here on their website:
Brussel Sprouts and Wild Rice Slaw
A few of the many other healthy vegetables that contain protein are broccoli, spinach, and asparagus. Enjoy them all!