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How broccoli protects your gut – MNT

I am a broccoli lover, so this item from Medical News Today was welcome news for me, but not a surprise. I have read that broccoli is one of the 10 most nutritious foods we eat.  You can find a list of links to my posts on broccoli at the end of this item.

Broccoli is now known to improve gut health; new research has uncovered a potential molecular mechanism to explain this protection ” which is good news for broccoli lovers.


It is common knowledge that eating fresh fruit and vegetables on a regular basis can stave off a multitude of ills. However, as science delves deeper into the molecular details, certain vegetables are often found to impart specific benefits.

Recently, it has been broccoli’s turn in the grocery-related spotlight. Although this tree-like green is hated by children across the United States, its health benefits cannot be refuted. Continue reading

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Healthy Cooking Tips From the Mayo Clinic

Besides eating less to control our weight, we can also prepare our food in such a way as to minimize empty calories and at the some times add nutrition as well as taste.

Herewith several easy cooking methods that can promote healthier eating from the desk of Dr. Robert Sheeler, Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.
 •    Invest in nonstick cookware — Instead of pouring oil in a pan, use nonstick cookware and vegetable cooking sprays. One tablespoon of vegetable oil has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat, but a one-second spray has negligible calories and less than 1 gram of fat.

•    Think flavor, not fat — Sauté vegetables such as onions, mushrooms or celery in a small amount of wine, broth, water, soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce. Keep a supply of onions, fresh garlic, ginger root, Dijon mustard, fresh lemons and limes, flavored vinegars, sherry or other wines, cornstarch (to thicken sauces), and plain fat-free yogurt.
•    Try different cooking methods — Microwave or steam vegetables. Then dress them up with flavored vinegars, herbs and spices. Cook fish in parchment paper or foil to seal in flavors and juices.

A while back I bought the Pasta Boat (Mr. Lazy Cook Cruises on the Pasta Boat) for fixing my pasta. It is also excellent for Steaming Broccoli in the Pasta Boat.
 •    Modify recipes — In most recipes, you can reduce sugar, salt and fat by one-third to one-half without sacrificing taste.
   •    Minimize meat — Decrease the amount of meat in casseroles and stews by one-third and add more vegetables, rice or pasta. Or, replace meat with beans, nuts, eggs or low-fat cheese. Buy lean cuts of meat.

Want more great health information? Visit the store now to see the latest products from Mayo Clinic doctors, specialists and editorial staff.


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Mr. Lazy Cook Makes Shrimp Pasta

I have to confess that I had misgivings about sharing this dish with you because it is so simple – even for Mr. Lazy Cook. However, having made it twice and enjoyed it thoroughly each time, I decided to write it up. This pasta has a lovely subtle taste that doesn’t overwhelm you like a strong marinara sauce might. In addition, shrimp are a super low calorie high protein element that adds to the nutritional value of the pasta, not to mention a delicious flavor.

Cooking pasta in the pasta boat is utterly simple and absolutely qualifies for my lazy cookery. I wrote up my purchase of the pasta boat here.

Mr. Lazy Cook’s shrimp pasta dish.

If you are wondering about the different colors of the pasta in the photo, I mixed Trader Joe’s organic pasta (white) with Costco’s Garofalo whole wheat pasta (dark beige).

The dish is simplicity itself. As for the size of the shrimp, I get the 30 to a pound ones and cut up 3 or 4 of them into quarters.

With my pasta boat I cook up what they call four servings and I usually get at least 5 or 6 meals out of it.

From the precooked pasta, remove enough for one serving and place in a pasta bowl.
Add some olive oil and mix it into the pasta. Note: When I make it up in 2015 I use coconut oil instead of olive oil. I think it is healthier. To read why, check out my Page – Coconut Oil: Why You Should Include it in Your Diet.

I use precooked shrimp cut into quarters and add them after nuking up the pasta

That’s really it. Add the 12 or 16 chunks of shrimp to the hot pasta, mix it up good so all the shrimp get wet with olive oil.

I sprinkle grated parmano cheese liberally on it and serve.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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