Artichokes Recipe and Tips

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Information was  gathered from healthdaries.com.

There are ways to cook an artichoke, such as steaming or braising, so that the entire thing, stem and all, can be consumed. However, even eating just the meat of the leaves and the heart will provide benefits.

Here are 8 reasons to add more artichokes to your diet.

High in Antioxidants
A study done by the USDA found that artichokes have more antioxidants than any other vegetable and they ranked seventh in a study of the antioxidant levels of 1,000 different foods. Some of the powerful antioxidants in artichokes are quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin.

Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Studies done with artichoke leaf extract have found that they induce apoptosis (cell death) and reduce cell proliferation in many different forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, leukemia, and breast cancer. An Italian study found that a diet rich in the flavanoids present in artichokes reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Increased Bile Flow
The pulp of artichoke leaves contains a polyphenol antioxidant called cynarin which increases bile flow.

 

Good for the Liver Thanks to cynarin and another antioxidant, silymarin, artichokes are very beneficial to the liver. Studies have found they may even regenerate liver tissue. Artichokes have long been used in folk and alternative medicine as a treatment for liver ailments and the scientific studies are now proving them to be correct.

Better Digestion
Artichokes help the digestive system. They are a natural diuretic, they aid digestion, improve gallbladder function and, as mentioned above, they are of great benefit to the liver.

Hangover Treatment
Thanks to their positive effects on the liver, many people swear by artichokes as a hangover treatment. Instead of the hair of the dog, try the leaves of an artichoke.

Cholesterol Reduction
Ingredients in artichoke leaves have been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. They raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).

High in Fiber
One large artichoke contains a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber. A medium artichoke has more fiber than a cup of prunes.

There are ways to cook an artichoke, such as steaming or braising, so that the entire thing, stem and all, can be consumed. However, even eating just the meat of the leaves and the heart will provide benefits.

Here are 8 reasons to add more artichokes to your diet.

High in Antioxidants
A study done by the USDA found that artichokes have more antioxidants than any other vegetable and they ranked seventh in a study of the antioxidant levels of 1,000 different foods. Some of the powerful antioxidants in artichokes are quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin.

Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Studies done with artichoke leaf extract have found that they induce apoptosis (cell death) and reduce cell proliferation in many different forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, leukemia, and breast cancer. An Italian study found that a diet rich in the flavanoids present in artichokes reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Increased Bile Flow
The pulp of artichoke leaves contains a polyphenol antioxidant called cynarin which increases bile flow.

 

Good for the Liver Thanks to cynarin and another antioxidant, silymarin, artichokes are very beneficial to the liver. Studies have found they may even regenerate liver tissue. Artichokes have long been used in folk and alternative medicine as a treatment for liver ailments and the scientific studies are now proving them to be correct.Better Digestion
Artichokes help the digestive system. They are a natural diuretic, they aid digestion, improve gallbladder function and, as mentioned above, they are of great benefit to the liver.

Hangover Treatment
Thanks to their positive effects on the liver, many people swear by artichokes as a hangover treatment. Instead of the hair of the dog, try the leaves of an artichoke.

Cholesterol Reduction
Ingredients in artichoke leaves have been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. They raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).

High in Fiber
One large artichoke contains a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber. A medium artichoke has more fiber than a cup of prunes.

  •  Recipe
  • 32 baby artichokes
  • 1/2 lemon juiced quizzed
  • simmer artichokes in water just to cover the tops. simmer about 15 to 20 minutes until tender,
  • Take out and drain. If not using right away , toss with the lemon juice.

Baby artichokes with garlic and butter

2 tbsp. butter or olive oil

cut artichokes in half, toss to stir them in butter in a sauté pan, keep n a single layer over med. heat. after artichokes are hot after about 4 or five minutes. sprinkle with garlic and parsley, Toss  and simmer for about 3 or 4 min. Season with salt and pepper. Pour out in a hot serving dish  Will serve 6

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Favorite Black Eye Peas

IMG_3186One cup of cooked black-eyed peas, or cowpeas, has 160 calories and negligible fat. Their 5 grams of protein represents 9 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 11 percent for women. As with all legumes, black-eyed peas are especially good sources of soluble fiber, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes by keeping blood sugar balanced after you eat. Soluble fiber also binds to cholesterol and carries it out of the body. Men get 21 percent of their daily intake of fiber, while women get 32 percent from 1 cup of black-eyed peas.

Ingredients

2 cans black eye peas

1 sm. chopped onion

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1 can rotel tomatoes

Drain and rinse peas

pour into 2 tbsp. olive oil for healthier or  2 tablespoons bacon grease   add onion cook a couple min. add peas and garlic if you like. add the tomatoes and time and enough water  almost to top or extra flavor use chicken broth. Cook  low until everything is cooked and add salt and pepper if desired. Very Good. For more yummy recipes at Mary’s Country Kitchen. follow me on WordPress at http://mwilliams6337@wordpress.com FRom my Country Kitchen to yours . Have a great day

Country Green Beans

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What is a good family dinner if you don’t yummy green beans cooked the old fashion way. with country ham and new red potatoes

While I prepare my beans, I set my pan on with ham pieces with a little bacon grease so I can season my pan before I add the beans.

2 pounds green beans

wash and chop

add to pan and turn them over a few times to get all the yummy on them

add water to cover about 2 1/2 inches over bean. salt and pepper to taste

cook on med.  to med. low until tender and most of water has cooked down.

Now make a big skillet of cornbread and slice an onion.

What a meal.

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Cabbage & Beef

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My Mom use to make this a lot.  When they had farm hands helping during hay and  planting and stripping tobacco , my mom would up at dawn. She would cook for a small army of people everyday that the farm hands worked. This was one her of go to dishes

5 med potatoes peeled and washed

1 med to lg cabbage head, chopped

1 med onion chopped

A hand full of  baby carrots

1 to 2 pounds ground beef.

Put potatoes on to cook, when potatoes and carrots. come to a boil. add chopped cabbage

Brown hamburger and onion add 1/4 tsp. pepper flakes, more if you like. When vegetables get tender add cooked beef and let cook for few more minutes covered. Add a big skillet of  good old cornbread and you got a meal. ☺

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