Friday, May 28, 2010

Our Stocked Kitchen - Vegetables

On to Vegetables! I won't be discussing all vegetables, simply the ones we choose to stock in our kitchen. There is such a wide variety out there, and so many that people like and dislike, eat what you love!
As far as Vegetables go, Your Bulk Stores, Costco/Sams carry Organic options but your best bet is almost always a local farmers market.

  • Asparagus - A wonderful Vegetable for Anti-Inflammatory, Promoting Good Bacteria(Prebiotic), Vitamin K(Calcium regulation), Potassium, B Vitamins, etc etc... the list goes on. This is a superfood and we eat it multiple times a week. 
    • Sauteed on the Grill in Coconut Oil/Garlic is my Favorite! Pretty Good in Butter too.
Mary Washington Asparagus 100 Seeds - Veggie

  • Broccoli - another Superfood. Eye Health, Anti Oxidant, Anti Inflammatory, More Calcium than Milk, B Vitamins(including Folic).. .Another Several times a week Staple
    • We love Roasted Broccoli, Toss Broccoli in Olive Oil and Fresh Diced Garlic and Roast in Oven. Super easy.
Green Calabrese Broccoli 500 Seeds-GARDEN FRESH!

  • Onions - A Great source of Prebiotic(feeds good bacteria) Onions also may help prevent colon cancer,  They also have similar sulfides to garlic which have been shown to lower blood lipids and blood pressure. They may also help promote Free Testosterone, great for building muscle.
    • I love Sauteed Onions or just Raw on a Salad. A good fresh Vidalia I have been known to eat like an apple.
FRESH PRODUCE Onions, Yellow, Organic (Pack of 3)

  • Peppers - Green, Red, Hot, Sweet, Mild. I grill them all. Mmmm. More Vitamin C than most Fruits, Peppers are extremely Anti-Inflammatory. Hot Peppers even more so, in fact Capsaicin (the thing in hot peppers that makes them HOT), is one of the most anti-inflammatory things you can ingest! Dont worry, your body adapts to spicy quickly, the more you eat, the easier it gets. Excellent Source of Vitamins A, B, C and Lycopene
    • I love sweet peppers on my salads, Hot peppers with everything, and Bell Peppers in Stirfry/Fajitas/Taco Salad.
Frontier Bulk Bell Peppers, Red & Green, Diced 3/8", CERTIFIED ORGANIC, 1 lb. package

  • Greens - Salad base. Lettuce, Cabbage, Any Leafy Vegetable. Avoid Iceberg, mostly water, the darker the color the healthier.
    • Honestly, for me, these are Salad Base. I prefer the Mixed Salad Greens , many prefer simply Romaine.
      • perhaps a Lettuce Wrap for Tacos/Burgers.

  • Mushrooms - Selenium, Iron, Protein.. Technically a Fungus, not a Vegetable. A potent Anti Oxidant, and may help with Energy Regulation.
    • Grilled or Sauteed, near mandatory addition to any Steak or Meatza Creation!
Portobello Mushrooms

  • Zucchini and Squash- Anti Oxidant, Anti - Inflammatory (noticing a trend?) We prefer these grilled after a lite drizzle in E.V. Olive Oil or Coocnut Oil.

  • Garlic - Potent Anti -Inflammatory, Helps fight cancer, lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular system and add a ton of flavor to almost any dish, we eat garlic literally Every day.
    • We buy it Pre-Minced for convenience, remember to read ingredients, if it says anything other than "Garlic, Water". Don't get it.
Frontier Minced Garlic,16 Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)-

  • Salad Veggies - Celery, Cucumbers, Carrots, we dont generally cook with these, but they have great vitamin profiles, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories, and add flavor and garnish to your Big Salads.

  • Cilantro - in addition to being a super plant all on its own, Cilantro has been shown to be a heavy metal scrub, flushing toxins and heavy metals from your system. Another personal favorite for adding flavor to dishes as well. rounds out our mean homemade Pico De Gallo (recipe forthcoming)
Cilantro Leaves

  • Sweet Potatoes - Not Yams, Don't get the sugary dessert copies. This is one of the few starches I eat, because these Tubers are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, Vitamin A in particular
    • Baked, with Kerrygold Butter and Saigon Cinnamon... melt in your mouth goodness.

  • Ginger - another great spice, extreme anti-inflammatory, and known to be an amazing home remedy for quelling stomach discomfort and motion sickness (ive personally tested this.)
    • Great seasoning for Fish, Seafood, Stir Fry.

What are your favorite Vegetables?


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