Sauteed Bok Choy

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If you haven’t tried bok choy I suggest that you do!  You can saute it, or cut it up and add it to stir fry.   The Livestrong website says that it is low-calorie & zero-fat  that also has lots of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K.  “In fact, one cup of shredded raw bok choy contains about half of your daily requirement for each of these nutrients. Plus, you’ll get healthy levels of folate and vitamin B6”.  Bok choy has over 70 antioxidant phenolic substances, including numerous hydroxycinnamic acids, which have often been referred to as “chain-breaking” antioxidants due to their method of scavenging free radicals.

 

This is a super simple and quick “recipe”.

Ingredients:

1 whole baby bok choy per person

salt

pepper

coconut oil

toasted sesame oil

 

Directions:

1) Wash each bok choy, slice each in half length wise and then wash again.  Sprinkle the cut side with a little bit of salt & pepper.

2) Heat a large enough skillet for all of your bok choy on medium-high heat.   Scoop a little bit of coconut oil into the pan and let it melt.  Once the oil is hot (flick a little water in the pan) add each bok choy, cut side down.

3) Let the bok choy brown a little, maybe for 5 minutes, then place a lid on the pan so that the leaves wilt a little.  Once the bok choy is soft and brown remove from the heat, drizzle a little toasted sesame oil on them and serve immediately.

 

Pancetta, Cranberries & Candied Walnuts Brussels Sprouts

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As a child I hated Brussels sprouts.  That’s because my grandma boiled them, and probably only put salt, pepper and butter on them.  Yuck.  Now, I have learned to either bake or pan fry them with olive oil and to add some other seasonings – the seasons that I add are still pretty basic, but man oh man do they make these round little green veggies amazing!

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I typically only put olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic & onion power on Brussels sprout when I eat them for dinner.  But for Thanksgiving this year I decided to add a little bit of color and a lot of flavor to these vegetables that so many children and adults hate.  I wanted to make my friends believers of these little things.

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So, here’s what I did.  This served about 12 people, since it was Thanksgiving and we had so many sides.  I think this amount would serve 4 or so if it’s just for a regular meal.

Ingredients:

pancetta, one package

Brussels sprouts, 1 pound

salt

pepper

garlic powder

onion powder

dried cranberries (sweetened or unsweetened, your preference)

candied walnuts (or pecans)

grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.Wash the Brussels sprouts, chop of the stem end, then slice each into 4ths.

2. Cut the pancetta up into little squares and begin to heat in a large skillet.  Once the pancetta is hot, add the sliced Brussels sprouts.  Stir and sprinkle with the seasonings, stir again.

3. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  Remove the lid and let the Brussels sprouts get crispy.

4. Right before serving stir in a handful or two of the dried cranberries, the candied walnuts and the grated Parmesan cheese.

5. Scoop out into a fancy dish and sprinkle with the remaining grated Parmesan cheese.  Serve warm.

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