There is a list of veggies, that to my surprise, are sources of protein. What?! Having no idea, I am delighted to share this information with other “lessmeat” inspired folk. I am not vegan or even vegetarian, however my meat consumption is somewhat minimal, so I am always trying to add protein to my plate, bowl, smoothie, or bar. I would add it to my wine if I could. Hmmmm
Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Asparagus, Green Peas, Spinach, and Kale.
So here’s the great news. Top dog of the green veggies with protein are green peas. A half a cup has 4 grams of protein not to mention great fiber and iron. Definitely good to know. Opting for a can of peas with family dinner over corn makes sense, now that I have this new nugget of knowledge. I like brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and kale and appreciate now knowing they also offer up a protein punch. Especially when you consider the amount of protein per calories, these even have steak beat.
Of course beans have lots of protein and I do love me some beans. Can we appreciate the mushroom for its protein? Yes, another reason to pick up mushrooms 🍄 more often. I did not know they had protein. Did you?
Buying in bulk as much as possible is in my vision, and something to explore. Dried peas might be a good option. Alternatively frozen peas, the ones that come in a box with paper wrap are more eco-friendly than the ones packaged in single use plastic. Of course hubby only likes canned. At least cans are recyclable, but maybe I can cook some to death to see if I can turn bulk dried peas into canned imposters.
Fitting with a “better and less” lifestyle, for me that translates to better protein and still have less meat. Actively pursuing well being through intentional activities is a joyful endeavor. I can easily add peas into my garden scheme. I can see them growing up the 9 foot tall yellow flowers that come back every year in my herb garden. Finding and preparing more “recipeas” sounds like fun to me.