TAD Day 24: Bell Peppers

Taking photos while you cook is quite fulfilling but SO time-consuming.  🙂  I have had quite a few “TAD”s spurred on by this group but never got around to posting them!  I will simply try to finish out the month at this point.  Thanks for check out my photo(s).

Bell Peppers – These colorful vegetables are rich in antioxidants and vitamins: β-Carotene (Vitamin A), Lycopene, Folic Acid, Vitamin C & Vitamin B6 ; Red, orange and yellow bell peppers are just different stages of ripened/mature green bell peppers, and they have a lot more β-Carotene & lycopene than green bell peppers, as you can tell by their color.  If someone in your house doesn’t like them fresh/lightly cooked in dishes – try roasting them.  Yum!

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TAD Day 7: Veggies!

So I am slow going with this event only because the theme idea threw me for a loop at first.  I had a few things made at the beginning of the week but they had no obvious cohesiveness and without getting either really corny or deeply philosophical, I figured I ought to just hunker down and chose a theme.

Hence, my theme for the month is food.  Maybe more specifically vegetables, but we shall see. 🙂

And because I love to share nutritional/wellness facts, here’s what’s in the photo:

Red Bell Pepper – β-Carotene, Lycopene, Folic Acid, Vitamin C & Vitamin B6 ; Red bell peppers are just ripened/mature green bell peppers, and they have a lot more β-Carotene & lycopene, as you can tell by the color.
Scallions – (white part) Vitamin B & Vitamin C, (green stalk) β-Carotene ; another vegetable that is an immature version of something else, namely onions.
Celery – Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium ; Celery keeps its nutrients when cooked but keep in mind more of the nutrients are in the leaves…
Carrots – β-Carotene, Vitamin C ; Carrots lose less nutritients when cooked whole… That’s why whole cooked carrots taste yummier too.  The best carrot though is fresh out of the garden.  Mmmmm.  Can’t wait until springtime!

Oh and this wasn’t just a photo shoot – it was preparation for making tofu salad also!  🙂

Thank you for checking this out and have fun with your TAD.

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News re: Garlic

I recently learned that about 85% of the world’s garlic comes from China but prices for garlic are going up in China and they don’t exactly know why.  Speculation has been that multiple factors are at play such as increased road tolls, decreased planting because of predictions of decreased demand due to the poor economy (but this hasn’t been the case), and use of garlic to fight infections such as colds and swine flu.  The latter is especially of interest as me and my family have sworn by garlic as a key ingredient in a lot of our recipes given its wide range of health benefits, including the immune-boosting ones.  So while I’m not looking forward to a potential spike in garlic prices, I am considering growing my own next year (I think it’s too late despite how warm it’s been lately)!!