Discovery Days

 


a bowl of Brussels SproutsBrussels Sprouts

  • They are a member of the cabbage family that includes veggies with edible leaves. 
  • One cup if only 56 calories and 4 grams of protein and fiber.
  • Unlike most other fruits and vegetables, they don’t need to ripen before you eat them.
  • When boiling, steaming, or microwaving, carve an “X” into the stem to allow it to cook thoroughly.
  • When picking some up from the grocery store, choose ones where the leaves are compact and not falling off of the stem, and they should be hard.
spaghetti squash 

Spaghetti Squash

  • Spaghetti squash is named for it’s flesh, that turns into thin ribbons after cooking.
  • The best possess a deep yellow color. An unripe squash with the marred with green marks and should be avoided.
  • Spaghetti squash can be baked, boiled or steamed and served with sauce, just like pasta.
  • It is low in carbohydrates, but rich in antioxidants such as Vitamins A & C.
sugar snap peas

Sugar Snap Peas

  • They can be eaten raw or cooked and the everything is edible, even the pod.
  • They contain less starch than regular garden peas, but are high in fiber. 
  • When choosing pea pods pick ones that are bright in color and are firm and plump.
  • Don’t cook them for too long or they will lose their flavor. Try blanching them quickly in boiling water, or sauteing them. The should still be slightly crunchy when you are done cooking them.