Recipe: Broccoli Croquettes

Source: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/broccoli-croquettes/

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My mother used to make these when I was growing up, but the original recipe had mashed potatoes in it.  I suppose you could sub mashed cauliflower or turnip, but I don’t think that’s necessary really. Mom also coated hers in lots of bread crumbs and deep fried them like one does Chicken Kiev.  A lot of trouble done that way in my opinion, and they are inclined to fall apart cooked in deep grease.  Now, when I do these, I dispense with the crumb coating and shallow fry mine in a skillet.  Just as good in my opinion and much, much easier.  Induction friendly recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. frozen chopped broccoli, cooked according to package and drained

2 oz. finely chopped onion

2 T. olive oil

Dash each salt and pepper

2 beaten eggs

¼ slice low carb bread or ½ low carb biscuit (or 1 T. golden flax meal)

DIRECTIONS: Cook broccoli in water per package directions until just tender.  Drain and pour into bowl.  Saute onion in non-stick skillet and 1 T. of the oil.  When tender, add onion to broccoli in the bowl.  Stir in all remaining ingredients and mix well.  Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in skillet.  Spoon broccoli into hand and attempt to form croquette (will be loose).    Gently set each of the 6 croquettes onto hot skillet and press slightly with spatula to a size of about 1/2″ thick x 2.5″ diameter.  Do not disturb patties as they brown.  When first side is set/browned, gently flip over with spatula and brown on second side.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 7 croquettes, each containing:

86.17 calories

7.0 g  fat

2.6 g  carbs,  1.37 g  fiber, 1.23 NET CARBS

4.23 g  protein

69 mg sodium

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Juicing vs. Blending – Choose your favorite

We choose blending because we want the whole fruit and veggies not separated high level of sugar. Our blender is not as messy as our juicer was. We sold our juicer in a garage sale. We also take Juice Plus capsules which has whole fruits and veggies so we eat a lot of good stuff every day. 27 fruits and veggies a day in capsule form plus what we blend. See more on our website, click the Buy tab and place your order for better health. www.strauch.juiceplus.com

God’s Farmacy

 


1. A sliced Carrot resembles the human eye including the pupil, iris, and radiating lines. Science indicates that carrots help protect the vision, especially night vision.WHFoods: Carrots
 

2. A Tomato has up to four chambers and is commonly red. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and helps prevent heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer and more. Tomato juice can also reduce the tendency toward blood clotting. WHFoods: Tomatoes
 

3. Grapes hang in a cluster that resembles the shape of the heart. The stronger the color of the grape is, the higher the concentration of phytonutrients. Grapes prevent heart disease and reduce platelet clumping and harmful blood clots. WHFoods: Grapes


4. Walnuts resemble the brain, mimicking the wrinkles and folds of the neocortex. Research suggests that walnuts may reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Walnut – Wikipedia The high concentration of omega-3 fats in walnuts promotes healthy brain function. WHFoods: Walnuts

 

5. Kidney Beans, true to their name are kidney shaped. They provide nutrients that are helpful to the human kidneys. Kidney beans contain molybdenum, which helps sulfite oxidase to form and is responsible for detoxifying sulfites WHFoods: Kidney beans. Animal research has shown that chronic renal failure has been associated with oxidative stress Sulfite-mediated oxidative stress in kidney cells.
 

6. Celery has a bone like appearance and is rich in silicon and Vitamin K, which are needed for healthy joints and bones Gillian McKeith You Are What You Eat
 
 

7. Avocados were used by the Aztecs as a sex stimulant and the Aztec name for avocado was ahuacatl, meaning “testicle” History of Avocados. An extract of avocado impedes the growth of both androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostate cancer cells. WHFoods: Avocados
 

8. Figs have a rich history and often been referred to as a sexual food, this is partly symbolic due to the appearance of the fruit. Figs are loaded with seeds and when halved, many note a resemblance to female genitalia. The Hindu name for fig is anjeer and research has shown that anjeer is helpful for sexual weakness Ficus carica – medicinal plants. Figs have also been mentioned as a source helpful for male fertility and motility. Health-info.org

9. Oranges, Grapefruits and other Citrus fruits have been compared to the appearance of female mammary glands. These fruits contain nutrients that are helpful in the fight against breast cancer. Health Benefits of Citrus Limonoids Explored

10. Sliced Onions resemble skin cells and contain quercetin. Studies have shown when treated with a combination of quercetin and ultrasound at 20 kHz for 1-minute duration, skin and prostate cancers show a 90% mortality within 48 hours with no visible mortality of normal cells. Quercetin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

11. Sweet Potatoes resemble the pancreas and have a low glycemic index count, which is beneficial for diabetics. North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission

12. Olives resemble ovaries and may help reduce hot flashes in women going through menopause. WHFoods: Olives Research indicates that Olive Oil may reduce ovarian cancer by 30%. ACS: Olive Oil May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

Tips to Eating More Vegetables

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will result in delayed aging, reduced risk of cancer, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease…among others. David Bjerklie stated in a Time Magazine article, “The news isn’t that fruits and vegetables are good for you. It’s that they are so good for you they could save your life.” You body needs the power of the micronutrients. Here are some tips on how to add them to your diet. For #10 try Juice Plus+ if you don’t already (message me today)! 🙂 www.strauchjuiceplus.com

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Immune-boosting foods for cold & flu season from Dr. Joel Fuhrman

I never get a flu shot; I prefer to boost immunity through eating lots of immune-boosting foods and Juice PLUS! I know there are extenuating circumstances where some must have a flu shot. What if though, we ate more fruits and veggies plus take Juice Plus and grow our own organic produce at our house with Tower Garden?? This makes the best sense to me than eating bad foods and getting a flu shot.

Immune Boosting Foods

The weather is beginning to cool down, and soon cold and flu season will be upon us. Cold and flu are a larger burden than we may think. Between treatments, illness-compromised productivity, and lost workdays, it is estimated that the common cold alone costs the U.S. $40 billion each year.1

We all know the basics for reducing exposure – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and avoid being exposed to people who are already ill. However, exposure to these viruses is not the only factor here – excellent nutrition can reduce our vulnerability to infection and reduce the length and severity of illness if we do become infected.

Many micronutrients are required to support proper function of the immune system, and phytochemicals from colorful produce have additional anti-microbial and immune-boosting effects.  A well-nourished body houses a high-functioning immune system.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms have a unique ability to activate the body’s natural immune defenses. Reishi and shiitake mushrooms enhance activity of natural killer (NK) cells, which attack cancerous and virus-infected cells.23 Shiitake mushrooms protect against influenza infection in animal studies.4-6 Fortunately though, it is not only exotic mushrooms that benefit the immune system. Eating white button mushrooms daily was found to enhance immune defenses in mucosal linings such as those in the mouth and respiratory tract.7 Dendritic cells are another type of immune cell that protects the respiratory tract, and their activity is also enhanced by white button mushroom phytochemicals.8

Cruciferous vegetables
The cruciferous family of vegetables includes kale, collards, mustard greens, arugula, watercress, broccoli, broccoli rabe, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and more. The bitter, spicy, or pungent flavors of these vegetables are provided by glucosinolates, which are converted into potent anti-cancer compounds called isothiocyanates (ITCs) upon chopping or chewing. In addition to their anti-cancer effects, ITCs also support the immune system and have antimicrobial properties. Cruciferous vegetable phytochemicals may enhance interferon activity, which is an important component of the body’s antiviral response.910

Berries
Berries are powerful anti-cancer foods that also offer protection against viruses. Antioxidants called flavonoids, which are abundant in berries, have antiviral activity.11  In fact, if you do get the flu, taking anthocyanin-rich elderberry juice may even shorten the duration of your symptoms.12-14 Berries and grapes are also rich in resveratrol, another antioxidant phytochemical with strong antiviral effects – resveratrol has been shown to block the replication of influenza and other respiratory viruses.15-17 Plus, strawberries are high in vitamin C, which protects immune cells from oxidative damage.18 The benefits of berries go far beyond cold & flu protection. Flavonoid antioxidants like those in berries are not just antioxidants – flavonoids also act on signaling within the cell leading to many beneficial effects: flavonoids activate the body’s natural detoxification enzymes, block the growth of cancer cells, decrease inflammation, and support proper blood pressure regulation.19  Berries (and pomegranates) are also extremely rich in another antioxidant called ellagic acid, a compound known to block cancer cell and tumor growth.20-22

Onions & garlic
There is no convincing evidence for using garlic supplements for symptoms of the common cold.23 However, eating garlic and onions daily has clear benefits when it comes to cancer prevention, and may also help to build immune defenses, including macrophage, T cell, and NK cell activity.2425Plus, several garlic phytochemicals have virus-killing activity against common respiratory viruses.26

By eating nutrient-dense plant foods (vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds and nuts) every day, you will provide your body with a spectrum of immunity-boosting phytochemicals, and you’ll get an additional perk too – these same foods protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other devastating chronic illnesses.

Source for picture and article: http://elixirliving.com/immune-boosting-foods-for-cold-flu-season/

Grow your own Food with the Tower Garden

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OK folks….here is my experiment.

Purchased enough greens (spinach and spring mix) for two for one week (and we are talking a small salad), 1 cuke 1 zucchini, 1 summer squash, 1 gr pepper, 4 vine ripe tomatoes, 1 small bunch broccoli and some basil…most, but not all, organic.

The cost? $21.68 from our local Walmart. So for one month, that would be ~$80…and that’s not even counting “other” fresh produce I hope most folks are eating.

The cost of the Tower Garden/month? $42 + taxes/mo x 1 year (which incl. everything you need to get started)…and then it is paid for and returns your $$ year after year ! This is how I figure that my Tower Garden really didn’t cost me “anything”!! I would be buying even more than it is producing anyway! Just had to share my experiment.

Tower Garden website