Garlic is loaded with phytochemicals and it's been suggested that some of these phytochemicals are more available to the body if the minced or chopped garlic has been sitting out for 15 minutes. I tend to buy my minced garlic in those little jars so that pretty much covers this!
It's probably not one component in garlic that is responsible for the wealth of health benefits, but a combination of substances. Originally researchers focused on allicin, the compound blamed for garlic's taste and smell. But now researchers are looking at other sulfur compounds in garlic (including DADS and SAC, S-allylcysteine), as well as nonsulfur components like the phytochemicals saponins.
Some experts say that to get the most health benefits, you need to eat one or two cloves of garlic daily. If you think garlic's flavor is too strong, try roasted garlic--roasting it mellows the flavor nicely.View Thread
* As a way to add moisture (water) and flavor to cooking brown rice and other whole grains...
* I add chicken broth paste to my lard-less chicken tamales (it helps give the masa the simulation of animal fat flavor)...
* As a base for sauces and gravies, etc.
So I like to have a great-tasting chicken broth ready to go in my kitchen.
A while ago I tried "Better Than Bouillon" Chicken Base (in an 8-ounce jar). The broth is cloudy when you add water, but this is a good thing. The flavor is more pronounced perhaps than your typical reconstituted chicken broth, maybe because they use chicken meat, natural chicken juices, and chicken fat to make it. They also add salt, so don't add any salt or sodium to your recipe if you are using this product. You will find some sweetener in the list of ingredients as well, but keep in mind that one serving (1 teaspoon of chicken base) contains 1 gram of sugars.
The manufacturer does add turmeric for flavor, which may be adding some health promoting properties (recent animal studies suggest some cancer and heart disease benefit to it but more research ideally needs to be done on this).
What type of chicken base or broth do you like to use in your recipes?View Thread
Instead of exchanging gifts with friends--celebrate the season by baking together on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Things are tight in the budget department for a couple of my friends so instead of exchanging gifts, I suggested they come over to my kitchen and we could make a few holiday treats together. We would then divide everything up and they would go home with a nice assortment of goodies to enjoy with friends and family.
That big baking/cooking day was today and it went swimmingly! We each chose one item to make together. I chose my favorite cranberry walnut bread. My two friends chose fudge and thumbprint cookies.
We played holiday music while we went about our baking business.
It really seemed to help start the holiday season for all of us.View Thread
The Health Benefits Of Flax Ground flaxseed is truly one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. In case you were wondering what all the fuss is about. Here are the main health benefits of ground flaxseed.
Health Benefit #1 Possibly protective against some types of cancer Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against cancer, particularly of the breast and prostate, and colon. It isn't just one but at least two components in flaxseed that seem to be contributing some protection. In animal studies, the plant omega-3 in flaxseed, ALA, inhibited tumor incidence and growth and there is some evidence that the phytoestrogens in flaxseed, lignans, may provide some protection against hormone sensitive cancers.
Health Benefit #2 Flaxseed may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease several different ways Several studies suggest that diets rich in flaxseed omega-3s help you prevent plaque from being deposited in arteries partly by inhibiting white blood cells from sticking to the inner lining of blood vessels. Plant omega-3s may also play a role in maintaining the heart's natural rhythm and may be useful in treating arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and heart failure, although more research needs to be done on this). Cholesterol lowering effects of flaxseed are suspected to be due to the synergistic benefits of omega 3 ALA; fiber and lignans.
Health Benefit #3 Flaxseed gives inflammation the 1-2 punch Two of the main components in flaxseed, ALA (plant omega-3s) and lignans, both have anti-inflammatory effects by helping to block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents. The Plant omega-3, ALA, has been shown to decrease inflammatory reactions in humans while the phytoestrogens in flax (lignans), according to animal studies, decrease the levels of several pro-inflammatory agents. Reducing inflammatory reactions associated with plaque build up in the arteries may be another way that flaxseed helps prevent heart attack and strokes.
Health Benefit #4 May help harness half your hot flashes One preliminary study on menopausal women published in 2007 reported that 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (twice each day) cut hot flashes in half AND the intensity of the hot flashes dropped by 57% too. And here's perhaps the most exciting part...the ladies noticed a difference after talking their daily flaxseed for a week. The maximum benefit was achieved within 2 weeks of taking the flaxseed.
Buying Flaxseed * Buy it ground or grind it yourself. Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested (which means your body isn't getting all the healthful components of flax).
* Milled = ground = flax meal Don't be confused by the different product names for ground flaxseed. Milled or ground flaxseed is the same thing as flax meal.
* The freezer is best If you buy flaxseed ground or once you grind it yourself, the best place to store it is the freezer. Freeze ground flaxseed in the bag you bought it in or in a plastic sealable bag if you are grinding it yourself. The freezer will keep the ground flax from interacting with light and air and from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency.
* Make adding flax a new habit Every time you have a certain food like hot oatmeal, smoothies, soup, or yogurt, get into the habit of stirring in a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed. Soon it will be a habit and you won't have to think about it, you'll just do it.
I love those too! I can usually buy them at Whole Foods or Trader Joes stores. I don't have a recipe for making them home made but the cannelloni is easier to make and I think might satisfy this craving for you.View Thread
Pumpkin Cannelloni for a Thanksgiving Holiday Switch
Tired of turkey already? Okay, probably not. But just in case you wanted something a little different to serve family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday week, here's a recipe I developed for Pumpkin Cannelloni topped with brown butter and sage. You'll find it in the following article on Thanksgiving entrées.