Food for Thought. Make Vegetable the Star

Did you know that half the people in the U.S. who reach the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s?(1) And that studies say that the unhealthy typical American diet (where the meat is the star of the meal, along with processed foods and lots of sugar) triples your level of risk. (2) Factory farms aren’t just cruel to animals. They are also breeding antibiotic resistant bacteria that killed 23,000 people last year. (3)

This is not a don’t eat meat article.

It is a suggestion to make vegetable the star. Asparagus (pictured) is in season, so I thought to share a grilled asparagus recipe that I made the other night for the first time. The entire dinner only took 20 min. from stove to table. You will love it.

GRILLED ASPARAGUS

If you read any of my recipes by now you know my philosophy regarding being relaxed and creative in the kitchen. This is just a quick post for today. I’ll be back to fine tune in a few day.  I want you to try the recipe and tell me how you like it.

Gather:

Rice (let’s say one cup)

Bunch of Asparagus                                                                                                                                                   Assorted mushrooms I purchased a pack in the supermarket, but you can get any kind you want               Sliced white onion                                                                                                                                                           Oil: I used red palm oil, also acceptable are avocado oil, grapeseed oil, sesame,                                               salt, cayenne pepper, tumeric, garlic (fresh or powdered).

First put the rice on to cook:  I melt a little coconut oil in the pot and then put in the rice (Bismati or Jasmine rice are good choices) stir it around to coat with oil, then add the water 1 1/2 cup. The water will boil. Turn down the fire to a slow simmer. (You can season rice with curry and/or saffron). If using saffron, crush small amount an soak it in the oil and add salt. If using curry add it to the rice with salt give it one turn. Do not stir rice a lot. Cook rice for 20 min.

Now for the star:

Wash the asparagus and cut off the tough bottoms, spread in a baking dish with the mushrooms, and sliced onions. Sprinkle with the oil you are using. Add salt, pepper, turmeric, (I have a seasoning that I created from a combination of kelp, fenugreek, cayenne and garlic powder that tastes awesome). I will give you the recipe later, but fenugreek is the star ingredient of my creation. Anyway mix the seasonings and oil to coat the asparagus with your fingers. Then put the dish in the oven under the broiler (on low) and leave it there until tender about 15 min.

By the time the vegetables are done the rice should be done. Put the rice on the plate and cover it with the vegetable mix.

Delicious.

I’ll come back in a few days and  give you the nutritional benefits.  Promise.

(1) http://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2012.pdf

(2) http://www.prevention.com/health/brain-health/you-can-prevent-alzheimers-disease

(3) http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/

 

1 comment to FOOD FOR THOUGHT- Make Vegetable the Star

  • Anonymous

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who has
    been doing a little homework on this. And he
    actually ordered me breakfast because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!