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Vegetable spotlight: Brussels sprouts

The health benefits of Brussels sprouts and some delicious recipes with Brussels sprouts

We’ve been conditioned to think of certain vegetables as the ultimate in yucky foods. Whenever an example of some “gross” vegetable is brought up in a cartoon, movie, or even in a book, the poor Brussels sprouts almost always get the bad reputation. Well, runners, joggers, and walkers, no more! It’s time to give these often-shunned veggies a spot in your refrigerator.

For those of you who aren’t terribly familiar, Brussels sprouts are those tiny cabbage-like veggies near the peppers, parsnips, and zucchini (at least in our grocery store that’s where they’re located). You can buy them by the pound or you can also find them in the freezer section, though I’d say if you’re skeptical — try fresh first. Once I finally gave them a try, Brussels sprouts quickly became one of my top three favorite vegetables.

Here’s why: They’re high in vitamin C. Just one cup contains more than 100 percent of your daily requirement of this nutrient, meaning you’ll avoid all those winter colds and skipped workout excuses. They contain high levels of phytonutrient glucosinolate, which fights cancer among other things. And they’re absolutely delicious when cooked right.

Here are 20 tasty, hand-picked recipes for this new favorite!

One way I’m not sure I’m ready to eat this most nutritious cruciferous vegetable? These Brussels Sprouts Cupcakes, though Cake Spy — too — deemed them “too bitter” to bite.

What’s your favorite way to eat Brussels sprouts? Or do you still avoid them?

Written by  Ashley Marcin.