The seasonal accompaniment with nearly every dish was....Roasted Brussel Sprouts. Ugh! I can still recall being a little girl and eating one...it was NOT tasty at all. Never had them since, my husband recalled a similar childhood experience with some ill-prepared sprouts. We were hesitant but we both got them figuring everything at this Bistro was so yummy, surely they wouldn't serve them if they didn't taste good.
They arrived at the table, we looked at each other...I said "You first". He tried it and smiled..."These are delicious!" I was still a little hesitant thinking he may trick with me, but I tasted one....and what a surprise. It really was delicious. We both cleared our plates, very proud of ourselves.
This got me thinking....nutritionally what's the benefit of eating Brussel Sprouts? Here is what I found out:
1. 4 Brussel Sprouts is about 60 calories
2. Especially high in Vitamin C 120% RDV
3. 3 grams of Fiber
4. 2 grams of Protein
5. Good source of Folate
6. Contain Sulforaphane, a chemical believed to have potent anticancer properties
7. Contain indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair and blocks the growth of cancer cells.
Believed to be cultivated from Ancient Rome and are the same species as broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, and kale. They are in season at this very moment. Check your local farmers market and don't be afraid to cook some for dinner tonight.