Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Steamed Arugula + Spring-Summer Giveaway 2011

I ask - raw or cooked arugula ?

I ask - can any vegetable not be steamed?

I have had my raw share of arugula in sandwiches but I wanted to try it gently cooked too.

Salad greens does not call for a stir-fry (no matter how minimal the stir-frying can be). So I gently steamed (low-medium heat) them with thinly sliced garlic and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

By eating them raw, certain compounds, e.g. isothiocyanates - compounds being studied for their role in cancer prevention, can be extracted. However when gently cooked, certain nutrients and carotenoids are better absorbed in cooked than raw arugula - Source:

More arugula sharing at Weekend Herb Blogging - June 6th to 12th , hosted by Yasmeen from Health Nut.

About 3 minutes (at most 5 minutes), it is perfectly done. And I enjoyed it as much as raw arugula.

Have you "cooked" your arugula before? If yes, how? Have not tried it before; or always have it raw?

*Spring/Summer 2011 Giveaway* - BYO Lunch Bag
Pack a summer picnic or a road-trip snack in this!

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This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway; ends June 18, 2011, 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be chosen by and announced in my blog. Good Luck! This should be so in time for summer! :D

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