Looking for a healthy snack for your holiday gatherings? Make some Brussels sprouts chips. I admit it’s a little time-consuming to peel away the leaves, but it’s totally worth it. With my version, I sprinkled a little Nutritional Yeast on top, along with a very small amount of salt, but feel free to get creative with spices like garlic salt or cayenne pepper. Or add a little grated Parmesan.
Not familiar with Nutritional Yeast?
It’s a natural yeast that’s been deactivated, meaning it lacks any leavening properties, and won’t foam up when liquid is added. Nutritional Yeast an ingredient highly prized by vegetarians and vegans because it’s a complete protein, and contributes a rich savory flavor to dishes that’s part salty, party nutty, and part cheesy. And if you’re looking for something packed with B Vitamins, this is a great bet. Just sprinkle it over roasted veggies, grain dishes, eggs, or pasta. You won’t be sorry. If there’s one new healthy change you want to make to your diet in 2015, buy some and start to experiment. You don’t have to be either vegetarian or vegan to enjoy it.
Sometimes I find it in the bulk foods area of the market, sometimes it’s stocked with nutritional supplements – so you may need to ask where they stock it at your market. I can personally recommend either Red Star or Bob’s Red Mill, which can also be ordered online at Amazon.
Eat these little guys right away. Once they’re packed away in a container of any kind, they begin to soften.
Brussels Sprouts Chips
- 1 pound brussels sprouts
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice off the base of the Brussels sprouts and carefully peel away the leaves. Keep the cores for another use - I toss them in simmering water with butternut squash ravioli and serve with browned sage butter.
- Toss the leaves with olive oil and a light sprinkling of salt. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet without overlapping.
- Roast for about 20 minutes, or until lightly crisped. The edges will be browned. Generously shower with nutritional yeast. Serve immediately.
Looking for more vegetarian Thanksgiving ideas? Check out my Vegetarian Thanksgiving board on Pinterest!