Friday, March 27, 2009

Weight-Loss Recipe: Diva Vegan & Vegetarian Meal–Diva Garlic Pepper Veggie Saute'!

Diva Garlic Pepper Veggie Sauté 
To all my Vegetarian & Vegan Divas!

1/2 cup garlic, minced (about 1 whole head)
1 tsp. olive oil
7 mushrooms, quartered
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 white onion, sliced
3 cups bean sprouts (mung bean) 
1 tsp. black pepper

Preparation: In a skillet, sauté garlic in olive oil on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add all the veggies and black pepper. Cook until al dente, about 2 minutes.

Makes 2 Servings — Recommended Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Nutritional value Per Serving: 164 calories; 9.2 g protein; 28.2 g carbs; 
3.1 g fat;6.1 g fiber; 37.5 mg sodium
Notes: This recipe is for the garlic lover; if you prefer, use less garlic.

Recipe from "Fit Meals In Minutes" section of  MY DIVA DIET: A Woman's Last Diet Book 
Barnes & Noble just ordered more! 

FYI on the ingredients!  
The ancient Egyptians believed that garlic was sacred and could enhance endurance and strength. For centuries, garlic has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.  It not only adds flavor to a dish, but promotes antioxidant activity and functions as a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent!  

Ever since ancient times, people have thought of mushrooms as being endowed with special powers.  The ancient Romans described them as "foods for the gods" and beleived they were created by lightenening bolts.  Mushrooms (crimini) contain healthy-promoting polysaccharide phytonutrients, are an excellent source of riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin, as well as a good source of thiamine, B6, and folic acid.  

Bell Peppers:
Bell Peppers not only add color (green, red, yellow, and orange) to your favorite dish, but have many  health benefits.  Bell Peppers are a rich source of the best health-promoting nutrients available, including antioxidants.  They are an excellent source of vitamin C, E, K, energy producing B vitamins like B1 and B2, and minerals such as manganese and copper. 
Two other nutrients can be found in Red Bell Peppers–carotenoids lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin (which help with cellular health)!  

Onions were used as currency to pay the workers who built the pyramids and because of their spiritual significance were placed on the tombs of the Pharaohs.  The smell and irritating effect that onions have on our eyes, are actually due to their sulfur-containing phytonutrients. Onions have been associated with many health benefits like; reducing risk of heart disease, lowering cholesterol, and reducing blood pressure!  

The Chines have been growing mung bean sprouts for over 3,000 years.  And in Chinese medicine they are considered to be a "cooling food".  Bean sprouts are extremely low in calories and are cholesterol free.  For one cup of mung bean sprouts 30 cals, 3 g of protein, 6 g carb, and .2 g fat.  They are a great source of plant protein and contain vitamins A, B and E, minerals (calcium, iron and potassium), and enzymes.  

Black Pepper
The pepper plant is a smooth woody vine that can grow up to thirty-three feet in hot and humid climates. After three to four years of growth, peppercorn berries are produced, and this is the part of the plant that gives us pepper. Freshly ground black pepper improves digestion, promotes sweating and urination, and helps stimulate the breakdown of fat cells.

The greatest exponent of monounsaturated fat is olive oil, and it is a prime component of the Mediterranean Diet. Olive oil is a natural juice which preserves the taste, aroma, vitamins and properties of the olive fruit. Olive oil is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is - freshly pressed from the fruit.

Resources (other than Mung Bean Sprouts, Black Pepper, and Olive Oil) from one of my favorite books the World's Healthiest Foods!  

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