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For Health’s Sake ~Eat Vegetables!

Vegetables Boost Our Health

Vegetables are loaded with nutrients.  They provide vitamins, A, C and E, folate, potassium, etc.  And they are high in fiber but low in calories.    Vegetables have photochemicals or antioxidants that help keep us healthy.  The FDA recently approved findings that eating cruciferous vegetables can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and most likely help keep cholesterol in check.   Cruciferous vegetables are from the cabbage family – vegetables such as cauliflower, broccli, rapini, bokchoy, etc.   A search of the internet can provide charts that show a break-down of the various cruciferous vegetables.

Some people “live to eat” ~ but it is healthier to program ourselves to “Eat to live”–And the more we eat healthy foods the sooner we loose the desire to eat what is unhealthy.  The lower we eat on the food chain (plants, fruits and vegetables) the healthier we become.    And it is common knowledge that when we are healthy the world looks a lot brighter.

I favor vegetables  from the  squash family and my very favorite is the Delicata squash.  It is creme color with green stripes and is often called the peanut squash.  (see photo above)  The Delicata is light, sweet and meaty and  it makes a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving dinner in lieu of sweet potatoes.   It has a thin skin, so it is easy to peel and needs little preparation.   Here is a quick recipe for – Baked Delicata.

1-2 Delicata squash –  Cut in half,  scrap out the seeds with a spoon – cut each piece in half again.

Melt 1/4 cup of butter – add brown sugar (amount will depend upon your taste)

Put three tablespoons of water in the baking dish and add the squash, cut side down. – Bake for 30-35  minutes in a 425 degree oven.   Remove from oven the last ten minutes – drain off the juices – turn the squash over and spoon the butter/brown sugar mixture over the squash – sprinkle with cinnamon (optional) and return to the oven for the last 10 minutes.  Serve on a pretty platter.  Don’t forget a festive garnish.   Your guests will rave about your cooking.

Another option is to add – a mixture of cranberries, chopped nuts and (cooked) maple sausage to prepared dressing mix and place in the Delicata pieces.  Bake in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

Enjoy!

To your vibrant health!

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November 2, 2010 - Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , , , ,

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