Amongst all of the commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of a premiere antioxidant nutrient, vitamin C. This vitamin can provide longer-term support of oxygen metabolism in the body if it is accompanied by flavonoids that allow it to recycle. Broccoli provides many such flavonoids in significant amounts, including the flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. All three of these carotenoids function as key antioxidants. In the case of lutein and beta-carotene, broccoli has been shown not only to provide significant amounts of these antioxidants but to significantly increase their blood levels when consumed in the amount of three cups. Other antioxidants provided by broccoli in beneficial amounts include vitamin E and the minerals manganese and zinc.
Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of both vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin K. For people faced with the need to rebuild vitamin D stores through vitamin D supplements, broccoli may be an ideal food to include in the diet.
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Yesterday (Friday the 3rd of April 2015), I made broccoli soup. Here’s the recipe:
You will need:
Ok, so the first thing you need to do is add oil to a good sized sauce pan and heat it slightly before adding the chopped vegetables. Once the vegetables have been added, pour in more oil. Stir the vegetables in the oil until they start to soften, don’t let them burn, keep stirring. This is known as sweating.
Mix the water with a stock cube and pour over the sweated vegetables. Keep stirring. I usually add a lid at this point and leave them to boil and then simmer for a few minutes. When the vegetables are soft, you can use a hand blender to blend it all together in the pan or add it to a mixer if you’d prefer. If you think you have too much water, you can drain a little before blending. I would also suggest adding some salt and pepper before blending. I sometimes stir in a tablespoon of cream as well.
After blending, you can pour your soup into a bowl, add some bread and eat it all up.
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