11 Foods you aren’t eating…. and how to.

There is an article from the New York Times, entitled 'The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating' that has been making the rounds recently.  You can read the original article here as to why these foods are so incredibly good for you.  I didn't think they offered very many interesting ways to eat said foods however. Here are some of my favorite ways:   (My words are in italics.)

  1. Beets: Think of beets as red spinach….
    One way we love to eat beets is pickled.  It's amazingly easy  to do, and you can start with cooked beets to save a step.  Here's the recipe...


  2. Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.
    Warm Savoy Cabbage, Leek and Black Olive Salad makes a great winter first course. Recipe here.  You can also add it to stir-fries or simply braise it in white wine and serve as a vegetable. 


  3. Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.
    Swiss Chard, Chicken and Mushroom Quiche – with a Rice crust…. Recipe  Make it for dinner and finish it off for breakfast, cold. 


  4. Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.


    Cinnamon is easy, it can be sprinkled on almost anything; but my favorite is to stir it into an Apple, Walnut and Vanilla Yogurt Salad – perfect in the fall when apples are in season.

  5. Pomegranate juice: Appears to lower blood pressure and loaded with antioxidants.
    Their recommendation – drink it….

  6. Dried plums: Okay, so they are really prunes, but they are packed with antioxidants.
    Perfect for a snack – just eat….

  7. Pumpkin seeds: The most nutritious part of the
    pumpkin and packed with magnesium….
    I'm cheating on this one and the next one – I can get a Wasa bread with Pumpkin seeds – which I have with a tin of Sardines in Tomato sauce for lunch.  Mon mari leaves the room, but I love it.
  8. Sardines: Dr. Bowden calls them “health food in a
    can.”   see above

  9. Turmeric: The “superstar of spices,” it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
    Common ingredient in many stir-fries and curries.

  10. Frozen blueberries: Even though freezing can
    degrade some of the nutrients in fruits…
    If I could get them – same as the apples, vanilla yogurt and cinnamon….

  11. Canned pumpkin: A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A..
    Everybody does Pumpkin Soup – How about a Pumpkin Gratin?  Recipe can use either canned or fresh

    There are a few ideas….

  12. I do wonder, sometimes, how we are supposed to eat all of the things that are good for us in the quantities recommended and not end up tipping the scales….

11 thoughts on “11 Foods you aren’t eating…. and how to.”

  1. I can handle it all, except the sardines…….maybe ,if they were smothered in something and a chaser of vodka. I regularly eat the other mentionables!

  2. Yay, all favourites of ours and regulars in heavy rotation. Glad to know I am going something right for a change!

  3. ditto on the sardines and beets…I simply can’t do it! fresh sardines on the other hand I can stomach-only just

  4. That pumpkin gratin is how I found your blog – yay! Still haven’t tried it, because I’m apparently married to a six year old. A *picky* six year old. Boo. I’ll have to give this list a shot, though….

  5. I tried to like pomegranate juice; I really did. Maybe I got a rotten brand….
    The other stuff is great though, isn’t it?
    ooooh, pickled beets! J’adore pickled beets!

  6. Year on the Grill – even pickled? Borscht? Well, 10 out of 11 ain’t bad. I can’t even get the blueberries.
    Thanks, Loulou ;-))
    Jann, Hmmm, that’s how I managed Haggis – a lot of Scotch chasers…
    Natashya, it does make one feel good, doesn’t it? We’re wrong so often.
    Calichic, fresh sardines are plentiful here – but I can’t get mon mari to touch them.
    Tanna, sometimes I wonder where they keep their brains… storage, somewhere…
    Hazel, I have a pomegranat tree – but so far only 1 fruit….
    Neil, I wish I could find them here
    Laurie, I know that guy – I think I married his brother. And they don’t seem to improve with age….
    Elizabeth, haven’t seen pomegranate juice to try… but the pickled beets – super easy to make, esp. with pre-cooked beets. Let’s one skip all that messy cooking and peeling.

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