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Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are a meaty-flavored mushroom that have been long prized by the Chinese for their culinary and medicinal value. Fresh shiitakes are delicious stir-fried, sauteed, or marinated and grilled. Dried shiitakes can be reconstituted by soaking in hot water for about 20 minutes. Shiitake mushrooms contain powerful cancer-fighting phytonutrients including lentinan (a beta-glucan) … [Read more...]

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Brussels sprouts

Developed in Belgium several hundred years ago, and named for the country’s capital, Brussles sprouts are cruciferous vegetables and offshoots of cabbage. Brussels sprouts are packed with disease-fighting nutrients including glucosinolates, indoles, vitamin C and fiber. Estimated Glycemic Load=3 … [Read more...]

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Asparagus

A member of the lily family, the edible part of this ultimate "luxury" vegetable is actually the young underground sprout or shoot. But asparagus’s high-brow reputation isn’t just culinary, it is high-class in its nutritional attributes, as well. The National Cancer Institute has noted that asparagus is the food highest in glutathione—a powerful detoxifying enzyme, produced by the liver. … [Read more...]

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Garlic

Garlic is considered by some to be the world's most healing food. Boasting more than 100 sulfur compounds, the unmistakable smell and flavor of garlic is due to a phytonutrient called allicin. The "stinking rose"  is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent and has been used as far back as the time of Hippocrates as a medicine. Recent research shows garlic benefits the cardiovascular … [Read more...]

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Kale

Kale is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. Along with being an excellent source of antioxidant nutrients beta-carotene and vitamin C, kale is also packed with cell-protecting glucosinolates and sulforaphane, as well as sight-saving lutein. Kale can be prepared in numerous ways-from lightly sauteeing with lemon and extra virgin olive oil to adding fresh to a … [Read more...]

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Crimini Mushrooms

Crimini mushrooms are the immature form of portabella mushrooms. With their coffee color, meaty texture and rich flavor, crimini mushrooms provide more nutrients than the more common white button mushroom. Crimini mushrooms are an excellent source of selenium and riboflavin and contain the phytonutrients beta-glucan and L-ergothioneine.   … [Read more...]

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Portabella Mushrooms

Portobella also called portabello is actually a full grown brown crimini mushroom. Once the small brown crimini grows up to be about 4" - 6" in diameter it is deemed to be a portobella. In the U.S., portabellas have become ta popular "vegetarian meat". Grilled whole, these mushrooms make perfect meaty vegetarian burgers. They can also be stuffed and baked, or grilled and sliced over … [Read more...]

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White Button Mushrooms

White button mushrooms are the most widely cultivated mushroom in the US. One of the less flavorful mushroom varietes, white buttons can be prepared in a myriad of ways to create distinct unique and healthy dishes. Recent research shows white button mushrooms contain the antioxidant ergothioneine and help to reduce aromatase activity in the body, which is linked with breast cancer. … [Read more...]

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Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms, also known as oyster caps, tree mushrooms, tree oyster mushrooms, summer oyster mushrooms, pleurotte and shimeji, are fan-shaped mushrooms that grow both wild and cultivated, usually on rotting tree trunks. The cap can vary in color from pale gray to dark brownish-gray with grayish-white stems. While raw oyster mushrooms have a robust and slightly peppery taste, cooking … [Read more...]

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Green Beans

Green beans, also called string beans or snap beans, are an American classic side dish. They have a long, slender green pod - all of which is edible - with small seeds inside. The wax bean is a pale yellow variety of green bean. … [Read more...]

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