Cruciferious is a fancy name for the family of vegetables known to botanists as Cruciferae or alternately, Brassicaceae.Like most other vegetables, cruciferous vegetables are good sources of a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals that may work synergistically to help prevent cancer.Read more about it here.
For Health Nut Challenge 5 lets get cooking with the crucial to the diet,Cruciferious veggies. Here are 2 simple steps to participate in the challenge :
1.Create a uniquely healthy side dish,soup,salad or main entree ,with one or more of the following Cruciferious vegetables :
* Collard Greens
* Brussels sprouts
* Bok Choy
* Water cress.
2.Leave the link of your post in the comments section(by April 30th) while also mentioning in your post about the Health nut challenge.Old entries can be recycled,I just need the different ideas to incorporate these vegetables in everyday cooking.
Often times I have to think beyond curries to get my family interested in eating vegetables.The tabbouleh is an earthy Middle eastern salad made with bulgur,cucumber and lots of parsley.Cauliflower further enhances the nutrition of the salad.I add preserved lemons for a tangy bite to the salad.
Recipe adapted from Diabetic Cooking
1/2 a head of medium cauliflower,separate the florets
3/4 cup Bulgur wheat(can also use quinoa or roasted buckwheat)
1 cup flat leaf or curled parsley
1 small onion ,finely chopped
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 a medium preserved lemon(recipe follows),chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper,freshly ground
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil,add salt and bulgur wheat.Cook until tender about 15-20 minutes,drain excess water.
Coarsely grind the cauliflower,garlic and parsley in a food processor.Heat oil in a pan on medium,saute onion and cumin seeds for a minute,add the ground cumin and processed cauliflower mixture.Cook only for 4-5 minutes until tender.Mix in the cooked bulgur wheat.Turn off the heat and mix in the preserved lemons.Serve warm or cold on a bed of dark leafy greens like romaine lettuce or kale.
Moroccan Preserved Lemons
The preserved lemons are an quint essential relish of Moroccan cooking.The pickled lemons add a delicious tang to any salad,stew or entree.
Recipe adapted from Alia's Moroccan cooking video.
6 fresh lemons,rinsed
1/4 cup of salt
1 sterilized jar that can fit all the lemons
Step 1 Cut off any stems of the lemons.Using a sharp knife cut vertically, not all the way to the bottom,make sure the base is still attached.Turn the lemon upside down.Cut again vertically while keeping the base intact.
Step 2. Use a teaspoon and stuff about 1/2 teaspoon of salt on each of the slit of the lemon.Repeat with rest of the lemons.Place in a sterilized jar,make sure all lemon are snug in the jar.Sprinkle another teaspoon of salt over the top.
Step 3 Keep in a dark cool corner of the house for 4 days.Then remove only to check if the juices have started to flow out in the lemons.Return to the corner and keep another month until lemons are all soft and pickled.Every week in between ,swirl the bottle to make sure all the lemons are submerged in juices.
Once pickled can be store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.Before using,discard seeds, rinse in cold water to remove the excess salt.Dice or slice,use in salads ,stews,tagines or Whole grain entrees.
The preserved lemons are my entry for Awed Africa,hosted by PJ of Seduce your taste buds
Thank you for the overwhelming response to Health nut Challenge 4.Hope to post the round up soon.