Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
August 18, 2008
Recipe
Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

Spice up your summer and your health! This amazing Thai Vegetable Curry is one of the many ways you can incorporate the benefits of broccoli into your diet. Broccoli is a powerful source of vitamins C, K and A, folic acid and fiber. So give this recipe a try… it’s quick to prepare and easy to fall in love with. Serve it over red or brown rice for a fulfilling, nutritious meal.

Ingredients:

1 large bunch broccoli
2 tsp. garlic, minced
2 cups coconut milk
2 Tbs. tamari soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. dried lemongrass, finely ground
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp. ground coriander seeds
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, halved or quartered
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

Directions:

  1. Cut florets from the broccoli stalks and cut each floret so that the top measures about 1 inch across; peel off the outer skin of the stalks and cut into 1/2-inch dice; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 Tbs. of water in a pressure cooker (can be done in regular pot, but will take twice as long); cook the garlic over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for about a minute.
  3. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, lemongrass, dried basil, spices, red pepper flakes, reserved broccoli stalks, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms.
  4. Lock the lid in place; over high heat, bring to high pressure; lower the heat just enough to maintain high pressure and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid, and stir in the broccoli florets and chickpeas; replace the lid and cook over medium heat until broccoli is tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes.

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health
Broccoli Strengthens Genes

Just a few portions of broccoli each week helps protect men from prostate cancer, according to a research published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS One. The researchers found that a chemical in the food sparks genetic changes, activating some genes that fight cancer and switching off others that fuel tumors. Past research provides evidence linking a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables to reduced cancer risk, but this is a human trial investigating the potential biological mechanism at work.

The study examined men with pre-cancerous lesions that increase prostate cancer risk. Findings reveal that men who ate four extra servings of either broccoli or peas each week for a year showed hundreds of changes in genes known to play a role in fighting cancer.

The benefit would likely be the same in other cruciferous vegetables that contain a compound called isothiocyanate, including brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, rocket or arugula, watercress and horse radish. Broccoli, however, has a particularly powerful type of the compound called sulforaphane, which could give the green vegetable an extra cancer-fighting kick.

To read the full article, click here!

Inspiration
AR2008 in Progress!

Every summer, hundreds of compassionate individuals gather at the Animal Rights National Conference to network, learn, educate, celebrate, and much more! This year, the conference is currently taking place in Alexandria, VA at the beautiful Hilton Mark Center.

The four-day program features nearly 100 presenters from more than 60 organizations, appearing in plenary sessions, workshops, campaign reports, and rap sessions. Other elements include exhibits, videos, newcomer orientations, group workouts, and entertainment by animal-friendly musicians. The celebrity animal advocate award will be presented to Heather Mills on Saturday. Take a look at the program schedule to see what's going on.

The Animal Rights National Conference is a great way learn about the issues and have a good time. The exhibit hall is FREE and open to the public, so if you’re in the area, stop by for vegan ice cream, cruelty-free shopping, and much more!

To learn more about the conference, visit www.ARconference.org!

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