13 March 2010

happy tummys :: happy tinys (3 of 3)

today's word :: phytonutrients
do you know what they are?
definition ::Chemicals in plants (apart from vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients) that have a beneficial effect the body. There are hundreds, if not thousands of them, and they have effects such as antioxidants, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and cellular repair. Highly colored vegetables and fruits tend to be highest in these chemicals, but tea, chocolate, nuts, and flax seeds are all excellent sources as well.
The lycopene in tomatoes and pink grapefruit, the anthocyanins in berries, and the flavanoids in chocolate are all examples of beneficial phytonutrients.
(above info from about.com)

the cauliflower :: contains phytonutrients

not our favorite veggie, we're training our taste buds to like it more,
so for now we're gonna mix it with cheese!

whole grain double fiber bread

foosey thought it was snack time

lillibug mixing cornstarch, cauliflower puree and mozzarella cheese

roll them in the bread crumbs then accordian fold them
in aluminum foil and freeze for 20 min

(recipe from deceptively delicious :: jessica seinfield)

1 C whole wheat bread crumbs*
1 TBSP flaxseed meal
1 TBSP flaxseeds/sesame seeds(optional)
1 C shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 C cauliflower puree
1 TBSP cornstarch
1 TBSP olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
*i use two pieces whole wheat double fiber bread and food process it to make bread crumbs
mix breadcrumbs and flaxseed meal and flaxseed/sesame seeds
make 3"x1/2" bricks with the cheese, cauliflower, cornstarch mixture
(be really gentle)
then coat the 'bricks' with the breadcrumb mixture
accordion fold in aluminium foil and stick in the freezer for 20 min
the recipe says to stick in a pan in oil for 3-4 min until its brown

(i tried to cook them in a saute pan after the 20 min in the freezer, the cheese ran, and they were piles of mush)
so i stuck them back in the freezer and will bake next time instead of cook in olive oil


Elizabeth said...

love this recipe - i will definitely try it! i used to hate cauliflower but started making it like mashed potatoes a few years ago (smashed up with lots of butter and garlic : ) - my aunt gave me the idea...now it's actually pretty good - and good for you...yum...

Mary said...

trying to catch up with you and talk photography..
want to know who is your "resource" aka where do you get your Christmas cards done..
need to jump on this because people want me to
do things but i can not get from the session to
the finished product..
help if you can..
your family is Precious!!! and love looking at your
blogspot..email me back and see if there is a
time we can catch up by phone..? blessings
mary d cummings (pats wife!!?)

andreak said...

i wanna cook with you guys too! ;)