The Power Of Vegetables
As we all know, January is the month that most people decide to start eating healthy and exercise. To go along with the January health craze, I decided to post my families ratatouille recipe. It is such a simple recipe and offers so many great benefits from the different vegetables that are used.
You can pair this side dish with any protein. The rule of thumb is that your protein should be the size of the palm of your hand. Your vegetables, on the other hand, can take up your whole plate!
Here are some of the benefits of the vegetables used in this recipe….
Compared to green peppers, red peppers have more vitamins and nutrients and contain the antioxidant, lycopene. Red peppers have twice the vitamin C content of green peppers. Also, one large red bell pepper contains 209 mg of vitamin C, which is almost three times the 70 mg of an average orange.
Red and yellow onions are one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that is particularly well suited for scavenging free radicals. Aside from its antioxidant properties, quercetin has been found to possess cancer fighting, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fresh eggplant helps to block the formation of free radicals and is also a source of folic acid and potassium.
Reports claim that Garlic helps to prevent heart disease. Garlic is used to prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancers. In fact, countries where garlic is consumed in higher amounts, because of traditional cuisine, have been found to have a lower prevalence of cancer.
|Eggplant, medium dice||1||cup|
|Yellow Squash, medium dice||1||cup|
|Zucchini, medium dice||1||cup|
|Red Bell Pepper, medium dice||1/2||cup|
|Green Bell Pepper, medium dice||1/2||cup|
|Red Onion, medium dice||1/2||cup|
|Diced Tomato, canned||2||cups|
|1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over high heat.|
|2. Add eggplant to pot and saute for 2 minutes.|
|3. Add peppers and onion to the eggplant. Saute for 4 minutes.|
|4. Add yellow squash and zucchini to the rest of the vegetable mixture.|
|5. Add garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper to the vegetable mixture.|
|6. Add tomatoes to the pot and simmer for 10 minutes and serve.|
Happy & Healthy Cooking!