Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Broccoli with Edamame, Tomatoes and Onions - Nature's Best Cancer Preventing Food

Ordinary-looking it might be and not the best presentation around (no perfect lighting, no inviting composition whatsoever) BUT a mouthful of this, is... ...

a mouthful of Nature's Best Cancer Preventing Food.

In this recent article, it is said that Soy, Berries, Broccoli, Onions, and Tomatoes are the top food for preventing cancer. Taking them separately, it is not really a new story for most of us. But when I had 4 out of these 5 food in my dish one day, it became a new homey dish for me.
This bowl has: Soy (Edamame), celery, tomato, broccoli, mushrooms, Chinese leafy green, onions, garlic, ginger. Best cancer-preventing food all in one bowl! I must cook this more often.

Stir-Fry Broccoli with Edamame and Tomatoes
Ingredients: Some (a handful of ) edamame (Note: If frozen, have them thawed properly); some broccoli florets and leafy greens(use Bok Choy or Yu Choy or Choi- Sum); blanched and set aside(Note1: When the blanched leafy green is slightly cooled, have them thinly sliced to strips, set aside for use later); 1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced; 1 tomato, diced to bite-size; a few crimini mushroom caps; thinly sliced; 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced; 1/2 onion; thinly sliced; 2 thin slices of ginger; salt and pepper to taste; drizzle of sesame oil.

Directions: Heat some oil in the wok. Add in onions and ginger and fry till aromatic, then add in garlic and fry briskly. When the onions are slightly tender, add in tomatoes and celery and fry for about 5 minutes. Turn down the heat to low-medium, cover the wok and simmer till juice from the tomatoes is released. Add in mushrooms, mix well and add 1/2 cup water and allow mixture to simmer at low heat. When simmering and mushrooms have turned tender, add in blanched broccoli and leafy greens, mix well (Note2: Do not continue cooking for a long time as broccoli and leafy greens have been slightly cooked during blanching. This step is just mixing and ensuring the flavors of all the ingredients combine). Salt and pepper to taste. Dish out and drizzle a little sesame oil over the vegetables before serving.

How nice is it that this bowl of goodness fits the Healing Foods - Tomato theme for the Healing Food event in August.

There are so many ingredients and spices with cancer-preventing properties. Is there any that you believe in?

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