lunes, mayo 08, 2006

More antioxidant-rich greens my way

[Easy Brocolli Salad]

Can't get enough of life-enhancing and age-rejuvenating greens? No problem. There's an easy way to make sure your fridge is stocked with a delicious tiny meal or snack packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

This brocolli-themed salad has all the health benefits associated to this produce. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat eye diseases, western medicine have also proven that frequently adding this green into your diet will help fight against anemia and cancer. If you're like me, just barely grazing meat, than this important iron-source of the vege world needs to be a regular on the dining table.

[A good dose of beta-carotene and potassium]

A recipe given to me by an ex-colleague in the States. She told me that this was the only way she was successful in getting her kids chow down a bowlful of brocolli without them wincing the whole time. I love the fact that it could be a healthy snack alternative because of the raisins and sunflower seeds added.

Having brocolli raw in this salad also means that the vitamin-content is in its fullest. But don't worry, it's really pleasing to the palate because the apple cider works its wonder to soften the vegetables just to the right texture overnight. And here you go, the really easy recipe, in a low-fat version...

Easy Brocolli Salad
1/2 cup mayo (Original recipe calls for 1 cup, but I think that's too much!)
1 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoon sugar
2 heads of brocolli, cut into tiny flowerets and pieces.
a handful of sunflower seeds (I used black sesame seeds instead in the pic above)
1/2 onion finely diced
a handful of raisins
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything up and keep covered in the refrigerator overnight. Serve cold.

*If you are not at all anxious about training for a beach-ready body, you can add the original 6 bacon strips that the recipe calls for. Just pan-fry them till crispy and cut them into tiny pieces and add them in with the rest of the ingredients.

(A Weekend Herb Blogging post hosted by Kalyn's Kitchen.)


7 Hand-picked Olive[s]:

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

Oooo Kel, that sounds delicious. I definitely will try that out. Thanks for the recipe!

3:34 p. m., mayo 08, 2006

Blogger Alanna Kellogg picked an olive...

This is close to a "classic" potluck contribution in the U.S. ... but it was new to me last year, too. My sister's version includes grated cheddar! Alanna

7:44 p. m., mayo 08, 2006

Blogger Unknown picked an olive...

It sounds wonderful, but as a diabetic I can't have all that sugar. I will have to try making a tiny batch with Splenda (sucralose) or with Stevia, and see how it turns out.

2:08 a. m., mayo 10, 2006

Blogger *kel picked an olive...

hi cookie, this will be great to bring in a tupperware to the newsroom :) hehe speak soon chica. muchos besos!

Hi a.k., yeah, this is an american classic i know. everyone has their very own version :) thanks for stopping by.

hola Strata, yes sucralose is great. I sometimes substitute sugar with these to cut the calories. It should work. The sweetness brings out the flavor in this dish. It´s an essential part of the recipe :)

2:30 a. m., mayo 10, 2006

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

I LOVE brocolli! Can't wait to try this recipe!


8:45 a. m., mayo 15, 2006

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

This sounds delicious, Kel! I usually dress my broccoli salads with vinaigrette ... perhaps it is time to try something different! Thanks for the inspiration.

10:46 p. m., mayo 17, 2006

Blogger *kel picked an olive...

PAZ: hola guapa, espero que te sales bien la receta de brecol!!

TANIA: hiyee, i think you´ll like this. It softens the texture of the brocolli.

6:43 p. m., mayo 19, 2006


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