Wow. Its that time of year when we are getting ready for Thanksgiving and other holiday festivities in which we come together and share food!
Being that my youngest daughter and I are the only veg-heads in the family, the side dishes are our favorite part of the meal and this recipe is a great addition! Hearty and delicious!
Delicious Broccoli Salad:
- 1 bunch broccoli, cut into bite sized chuncks
- 1 handful almonds
- 1 cup scallions, or green onions
- ¾ cup raisins, currants or olives
- DRESSING BLEND:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ cup red onion
- 1 whole lemon, juiced
- ½ whole jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons oil, to taste
- 2 tablespoons vinegar, to taste
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon corriander
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon ginger, (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon agave, to taste
Cut and toss body ingredients into a bowl.
Blend dressing ingredients in a blender, add to body ingredients, massage together and enjoy!
Broccoli is cooling in nature, and helps reduce eye inflammation. It is slightly diuretic in action. Broccoli reduces pitta and kapha. Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C as an orange, and almost as much calcium as whole milk-and its calcium is better absorbed by our bodies. Broccoli contains selenium, is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, and has value as an antioxidant.
(The leafy greens–not the blossoms–offer the most nutrients)
Interestingly enough, raw broccoli and broccoli sprouts offer the highest amount of support to people with stomach problems. This is because many stomach problems have been linked in research studies with overgrowth of a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, and also with excessive attachment of this bacterium to the inner stomach lining. Raw broccoli and broccoli sprouts provide special stomach support with respect to these unwanted overgrowth and over-attachment circumstances. Since half of our immune system is in our digestive tract, broccoli is a great immune system booster!
Broccoli is also concentrated in phytonutrients. In one particular phytonutrient category—glucosinolates—broccoli is simply outstanding. The isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from broccoli’s glucosinolates are the key to broccoli’s cancer-preventive benefits.