Wednesday, February 15, 2012
You may be incredulous. If you are, I understand. We're talking about steamed broccoli here, with a dash of sea salt. Doesn't sound very interesting, does it?
But for some reason, my taste buds started dancing a very merry jig as soon as I ate it! The texture, the flavour, everything was so amazing-tasting that I literally said, "MMMM!" which surprised me!
But hey, I'm not about to say no to my taste buds--broccoli is VERY good for you!
Did you know that broccoli is the most nutrient-dense of all vegetables?
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli's noteworthy nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin A (mostly as beta-carotene), folic acid, calcium, and fiber. While the calcium content of one serving doesn't equal that of a glass of milk, broccoli is an important calcium source for those who don't consume dairy products. Calcium does more than build strong bones. Research shows that this mineral may play a role in the control of high blood pressure, and it may work to prevent colon cancer.
Beta-carotene and vitamin C are important antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk of numerous conditions, including cataracts, heart disease, and several cancers.
Broccoli is a fiber find. Not only is it a rich source, but half of its fiber is insoluble and half is soluble, helping to meet your needs for both types of fiber. But the story doesn't end with broccoli's rich array of nutrients. Broccoli provides a health bonus in the form of protective substances that may shield you from disease. Botanically, broccoli belongs to the cabbage family, collectively known as cruciferous vegetables.
Health organizations have singled out cruciferous vegetables as must-have foods, recommending we eat them several times a week. Why? They are linked to lower rates of cancer. Like all cruciferous vegetables, broccoli naturally contains two important phytochemicals -- indoles and isothiocyanates. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore isolated from broccoli an isothiocyanate, called sulforaphane, that increases the activity of a group of enzymes in our bodies that squelch cancer-causing agents.
Tasty, lots of nutrients, and may end up saving my life? Well then--bring on the broccoli!! You don't have to tell ME twice!
In my food processor, I put cooked green lentils, fresh parsley and coriander, ground cumin, turmeric, chili powder (fresh would be great too), onion, 3 whole garlic cloves, 2 tsp or so of good-quality olive oil, about 1 cup whole grain breadcrumbs, sea salt and fresh ground pepper.