You might be surprised to know that leeks are actually a member of the lily family! Leeks are a typical winter vegetable that have a light green color and are a milder and sweeter version of an onion. They contain vitamins B1 and C, and are abundant in iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Leeks are good for digestion, help stimulate the liver and gall bladder, and have been shown to lower blood sugar. Along with being very healthy, leeks are also an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in many different dishes. You can slice it thinly and eat it raw or cook it and use it in a frittata, creamy soup, or pasta dish.
Carrots are a staple in many kitchens and today we have a few tips that all involve carrots!
Although baby carrots are a convenient option, try picking up large, regular carrots the next time you are at the store. Not only do these taste even more delicious than baby carrots but they also keep much better in the fridge. After shopping, carrots should be taken out of their packaging immediately and preferably stored in the vegetable drawer in the fridge. We also advise always removing the green leaves before storing, but don’t throw them away! Carrot leaves are far too good not to use – we suggest adding them to a green smoothie like this one. Simply blend the green stems from three carrots with 1.5 cups of water, 150g baby spinach, a peeled orange, a few chunks of mango and banana, and a tablespoon of cold pressed flax oil! This smoothie is not only delicious but also provides a great boost of energy.
By the way, did you also know that the alpha and beta carotenes in carrots are a precursor of vitamin A? This is what makes carrots so good for your skin. In addition, they contain B vitamins and vitamin E plus an excellent level of the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron as well as the fiber pectin.
A final couple of tips: Always add a little oil to your carrot dishes, otherwise the fat-soluble vitamins they contain will not be able to be fully absorbed by your body.
Savoy cabbage or also known as curly cabbage is one of the prettiest and unique varieties of cabbage. It has green, slightly curly leaves and is less tightly packed than some of its relatives in the cabbage family. For a long time it wasn’t a very popular ingredient but has recently risen in prominence. As a vegetable it is extremely versatile and can be used in many dishes from soups and salads to wraps and lasagna. Savoy cabbage is also very healthy, packed full of vitamins C, B6, E, folic acid, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron. During your next trip to the grocery store pick up a savoy cabbage and try it out in some new dishes!
Brussels sprouts are walnut-sized and light to dark green – actually grape-like arranged buds of this cabbage plant. Like green cabbage, brussels sprouts taste best after the first frost, when their sugar content moderates their bitter taste and makes their cell structure more delicate. Usually brussels sprouts are cooked and tossed in butter as a side dish, but they also taste good in casseroles, as soup or very thinly sliced even raw. Brussels sprouts have 4.7 percent of valuable plant protein with amino acids that the body can easily utilize. It is also an excellent vitamin C donor in winter and also provides the vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, iron, potassium and plenty of fiber. Brussels sprouts are also used in folk medicine to reduce both weakness and tension, to facilitate weight loss, to eliminate constipation and acidification, and to prevent atherosclerosis. With a glucosinolate content of 237 mg per 100 g of vegetables, it is also associated with cancer prevention!
The parsnip is by no means a boring root vegetable and is full of important vitamins and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. What many people may not know is that parsnips contain more potassium and vitamin C than carrots. Now as we are approaching the winter months, when the days are getting shorter and colder again, you should provide your body with enough healthy food – in this case parsnips! Is parsnip on your nutrition plan or have you ever tried it? Like for yes!
Chickpeas are packed full of protein and pair perfectly with pasta. Give this delicious vegan and vegetarian recipe a try.
1 serving of dried chickpeas
1 serving of vegetables (tomatoes, celery, carrot, zucchini, kohlrabi, onion, celery)
Vegetable broth powder
Salt and pepper
1 clove of garlic
Wash the chickpeas and soak them overnight, then drain and then process them in a food processor. Wash the vegetables and peel the carrot, celery, zucchini and kohlrabi into thin strips with a peeler. Then put the remaining end pieces and the celery into the food processor. Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Wash the tomatoes and dice them. Saute the chickpea mixture, add the diced onion, garlic and vegetable mixture. Season with vegetable stock powder, salt and pepper and cook thoroughly. Add the diced tomatoes and herbs and continue cooking for 15 minutes. In the meantime, cook the vegetable noodles in salted water and finally pour the sauce over them. Enjoy it!
Let’s talk spinach! As kids many of us probably were not a big fan of this leafy, green vegetable.
Spinach is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. In addition to a comparatively high iron content, it contains minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is also rich in vitamins B and C. Especially in the kitchen, spinach is extremely versatile. It can be used in many ways, whether in salads, as pesto or quite classically in combination with a fried egg. Consider trying a new way to use this great vegetable!
Yesterday we talked about how easy and delicious preserving foods at home can be. Today we have a recipe for you that shows you how!
1 serving of fresh mushrooms
Twigs of fresh thyme
1 chili pepper
1/4 cup (65 mL) white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Clean the mushrooms and then pat them dry. Pluck the thyme leaves. Cut the chilies into rings, removing the seeds. Add the vinegar and spices to a pot and bring to the boil. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and then pour into a glass that can be sealed well. Pour the olive oil over it and close the glas. After pickling, the mushrooms should continue to soak for at least 3 days.
As we are leaving the summer months behind, delicious produce including fennel are coming into season. Originally from the Mediterranean area, where it is mainly grown as vegetable, it is now commonly found all across the US. Not only is it grown commercially but it is also found in meadows in the wild. You can recognize it by its finely feathered leaves, the typical fennel scent and bright yellow blossoms. As a healing herb, fennel has a lot to offer. The herb and seeds can have many health benefits including relieve menstrual cramps, relieve upset stomachs, aid in digestion, and boost the immune system. From a culinary point of view, opinions diverge regarding the fennel – some people love it and some do not like the taste at all! Stay tuned as tomorrow we will share one of our favorite recipes with you. Even if you normally do not like fennel, give this recipe a try because you will not be disappointed!
We know you know red radishes and maybe white radishes but now is the time to hunt down some purple or black radishes at your local farmer’s market or health food store so that you can add a bit of pizzazz to your meals.
Whatever color radish you decide to buy, you can eat them raw, cooked or pickled. It is suggested you eat them raw to get the most nutritional value from the radish but raw radishes can be a little strong so adding them to a soup broth or simmering them until cooked will make them milder.
Why eat a Radish?
- Radishes are very good for your stomach and act as a powerful detoxifier.
- If you are constipated, try eating a radish. Radishes help facilitate digestion and soothe your digestive system.
- As a natural diuretic, and detoxifier radish juice can help inflammation in the urinary tract and will help your kidneys by removing excess toxins.
- Radishes are low in calories, high in roughage and contain large amounts of water which help keep you feeling satiated.
- Packed with antioxidants, radishes are great for keeping your body healthy.
- As an anti-congestive, radishes can help relieve irritation to the respiratory system caused from cold, infections and allegergies.
- Because it is a good source of potassium, radishes can help reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow.
- With a low glycemic index, radishes will not spike your sugar levels.
- Your skin will thank you for eating a radish. Radishes offer vitamin C, phosphorous, zinc, and plenty of water to hydrate your body. If you are suffering from skin rashes or dry skin, a smashed up radish used as a facial mask will help. Drinking radish juice is thought to help reduce acne and blemishes.
- Radishes will help the body absorb beta-carotene so it is an excellent idea to eat a salad with grated carrots and radishes.