Vegetable Recipes

Garlic: Tastier or smellier

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It’s impossible to live without it. Either you love it, or you hate it profoundly….

It is known for its love-hate relationship with each person he meets, it must be accurate otherwise it will dominate everything it touches.  Its head has a dozen teeth, and it is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth, and at the same time it is the smelliest of all. Ladies and Gentlemen:  please meet Mr. Garlic.

The Garlic belongs to the onions family. And has always been a part of all kitchens around the world, as a spice and as a vegetable with a significant health role. Garlic revealed itself to the world in the early days of ancient Egypt culture and besides enriching the flavor of dishes back then; garlic was also used as the Guidant to the dead into the afterlife.

The only problem with the garlic is the strong smell which cannot be camouflaged. Roman aristocracy banned it l from the kitchen because of its dominant smell, and the church disliked it as well. But despite its strong odor, garlic is an inseparable part of a wide range of classic foods and sauces that are can’t literally be prepared without it, like the Gramoleth (parsley and lemon sauce), aioli and pesto.

You can find fresh garlic around March -April. It is also possible to dry the garlic in a dark and cool place and by doing so you can extend its life for months. You can also peel and freeze the garlic cloves and use it for months to come. There is no difference between fresh garlic and dry garlic except for the smell. Green garlic can spread its smell all over and all the time, and dry garlic releases its fragrance only when the garlic cloves are squeezed.garlic

So why is Garlic so healthy?

Many home remedies are based on garlic. There is amino acid and allicin. This acid is actually a compound similar to penicillin antibiotics and has the capability of effective germ-fighting and curing various infections. Garlic is also effective in preventing aging skin, fungal infections, lowers cholesterol, strengthens the digestive system, prevents colds and throat infections, and helps kidney function.  Some say that garlic also prevents cancer by decreasing cell proliferation, DNA repair, and stimulation of cell death. To enjoy the medicinal virtues of garlic, it should be consumed immediately after cutting and prior to cooking because the vinegar evaporates from allicin garlic a few moments after being peeled and cut.

The garlic in your food

Everyone is familiar with the regular use of garlic in daily dishes served at our home or at restaurants.  Garlic can be found in pasta dishes, tomato sauce, pizza, salad dressing, or as a delicious seasoning for many different kinds of dishes. Garlic soup with croutons and olive oil can be a light and satisfying meal. Tomato salad with parsley, fresh garlic and pine nuts is the perfect dish for the hot summer days.

And of course unpeeled garlic cloves grilled in a shishlik. The garlic loses its pungent flavor and turns into the most delicious an enchanting sweetness taste for everyone, convincing even the biggest of the haters of garlic to fall in love with its special flavor.

Super food, super yummy

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The modern lifestyle directly affects our health physically and mentally. We don’t sleep as well as we used to, we are affected by stress, and our eating habits are poorer than they used to be.

Our diet consists mostly on simple carbohydrates that do not provide the vitamins and minerals that are essential for our health; instead they provide us the fullness of the moment and immediately decompose to white plain sugar.

In order to improve the nutritional value of our diet, effortlessly and without extreme diets, it is important to combine in our daily diet foods that will give us energy and other essential ingredients that will provide our bodies the power and health benefits we need,  so we can cope with the challenges of the modern world routine.

A group of super foods can be adapted to our way of life; they are rich in medicinal qualities, mineral substances, vitamins, antioxidants and more. Each super food contains a large number of health components and by combining of one or more super foods on the daily menu, we ensure good health and we increase our body’s energy day by day.

Two super foods that you should introduce to your kitchen:

Kale

Kale

Kale

Among the foods that are considered as super food we can find Kyle. Super Vegetable, relative of cabbage from the cruciferous vegetables. Kale is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin C and many others. Kale has a number of species differenced by the size of the leaves, their color and the fleshy. This special vegetable came from the cold Europe, from the tradition of family casserole cooking in the cold winter days. Later on Kale started to appear in the United States, where it was presented in a modern way of cooking and was combined in many kinds of local specialties, like oven chips Kale. This vegetable can fit in the kitchen as the star of the dish, for example: Kale balls in goat yogurt sauce with herbs, or as vegetable side dish like Kale Stir-fried with soy and sesame or Kale oven with hot raw tehina.

Goji  Berry

The sentence “good things come in small packages,” was written on the Goji berry.

This small reddish fruit has a sweet flavor and unique aroma. The Goji berry is loaded with all the best in terms of health. It strengthens the immune system, improves vision, boosts sexual energy, and supports neurological brain function, antioxidant and hormonal balance. Goji berry can be introduced in your home kitchen as a part of refreshing shakes or smoothies like strawberry mint and Goji Berry, or as an addition to rice and casseroles, the Goji Berry will provide its special aroma and unique taste to every dish.

 

Combining these two foods in your home kitchen, and you will ensure health care for you and your family.

The More the Merrier – Cooking with Vegetables

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A lot of home cooks consider vegetables as something of an afterthought, a food they need to add to the meal before serving it so the plate does not look incomplete. This is a real shame, because not only can vegetables enhance any meal, they can be the main ingredients in a dish. Some famous dishes are vegetable-based. Take ratatouille for example – a fine combination of fresh vegetables, garlic, and a little oil and red wine vinegar. This classic French recipe really shows off the beauty of vegetables. Other examples include classic vegetable soup, wonderful salads made with perhaps broccoli, spinach or pumpkin, vegetable stews and casseroles, as well as tasty, comforting soup recipes.

Healthy and Versatile

Vegetables are a healthy and important part of the diet and, when cooked right, they can taste incredible. Canned and frozen vegetables can be used as standbys in case you run out of fresh ones, but nothing beats fresh veggies if you want the best-tasting meals. A lot of vegetables are really versatile too, so you might like to swap the broccoli in a recipe for cauliflower, the red bell pepper for mushrooms, or the baby spinach for arugula. If the kids are picky eaters, there are plenty of colorful, tasty varieties to choose from, and you can incorporate fresh vegetables in everything from vege-burgers to pasta dishes, rice-based dishes, and so much more. It is hard to imagine a meal without vegetables!

Vegetable Cooking Tips and Techniques

There are many cooking techniques for veggies, including broiling, grilling, braising, roasting, steaming, and sautéing. Some are better raw while others should be cooked. Some vegetables can be served as a side dish, perhaps broiled, barbequed or mashed, while others can be chopped and tossed together to make a salad. Even leftover vegetables can be mashed up with flour and egg to make patties which you can pan-fry the following day for breakfast or as a side dish.

This affordable ingredient comes in a whole rainbow of colors, each type offering its own nutritional benefits, so if you are not already incorporating plenty of vegetables in your family’s diet, you might like to take this opportunity to learn more about them and rediscover their wonderful flavors and versatility. If you usually tend to stick to the same vegetables, try adding some new ones into your diet – the more the merrier! It is easy to get tired of having the same flavors all the time, but learning new ways with familiar vegetables and discovering new types of vegetables can open up a whole new world of amazing flavor.