Try It Tuesday : Leeks, Cabbage, Asparagus


I was pretty daring this week! I tried 3 different things that I had always turned my nose up to. Like, I would fight anyone who made me try them type of thing!

  1. Cabbage. Doing some research I found that cabbage is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and B. It’s extracts have also shown to be able to kill certain virus’s and bacteria. (in a lab setting anyways) It boosts the immune systems ability to produce antibodies and also provides high levels of iron and sulphur. Other benefits include detoxifying the body, promoting cardiovascular health, and promotes good gastrointestinal health. (source)
  2. Leeks.They come from the same family as onions and garlic so they have some of the same compounds in them that can help reduce the risk of certain cancers. What I found pleasantly surprising though was that they also help stabilize blood sugar levels (so important for women with a hormone imbalance!). It’s the combination of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, and iron that make it particularly useful. And not only do they slow the absorption of sugars, but it also helps make sure they are properly metabolized. (source)
  3. Asparagus. Health benefits include heart health because of the amount of folate it contains. Folate is also very important during pregnancy for the development of the baby! A cup of asparagus contains 263 mcgs of folate that helps the baby’s nervous system form properly. It’s also a fabulous source for vitamin K as well as vitamin C. It also helps the good bacteria in our digestive system to flourish since it feeds on the carb inulin that we don’t digest, but the bacteria does. (source)

My parents always grew asparagus in our garden, but I refused to try it since it looked weird. And it still looks weird to me! But I have to get over that at some point right? So I cleaned it up, snapped off the rough ends, ans put a generous amount of olive oil, salt, and pepper on them, and roasted them in the oven for about 15 minutes. (I would have loved to try the grill, but I was in a hurry that night) I was actually pleasantly surprised at the taste and didn’t mind eating it at all. Although no one else in my family even tried it. Todd actually asked me what those green sticks were!! At least I knew what it was! I didn’t take any pictures since I had to run out before dinner was over. But I did eat it. Really.

I also tried Rachel Ray’s “Lemon-Garlic Chicken Noodle Soup”. It’s how I had both leeks and cabbage. And I really liked this soup! I think it’ll be my go to soup next winter for colds and sickness. Why? Well, with homemade broth, garlic, leeks, and cabbage, it’s a nutritional powerhouse. The one thing I did change though was I used brown rice noodles instead of regular egg noodles.
Like I said, I loved this soup and had the whole pot gone in a few days. Todd had some (he doesn’t care for chicken noodle so I wasn’t holding my breath) and said it didn’t suck and the flavor was good. It did take me a bowl or two to get over the weirdness of having cabbage in there, but once I did it was fabulous!

So that’s what I tried out this week, what about you?

In lieu of Mr. Linky, for those of you that tried something mew this week – just put your link in the comments and I’ll add it into the post! (just make sure you includes a link back here in your post!)

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life – Rendering Lard
Kelly the Kitchen Kop – Nut Bars/Energy Bars

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. VanderbiltWife says:

    YUM! The soup looks wonderful. I like all three of those things, although leeks are sort of a hassle, and my DH will not eat asparagus or cabbage.

    My mom and I are going to attempt cabbage rolls sometime this week. It will probably be my “Family Recipe Fridays” post this week if you’re looking for more ways to eat cabbage!

  2. Becky @ Boys Rule My Life says:

    I went out on a limb and rendered lard for the first time. :)

    http://boysrulemylife.blogspot.com/2009/05/try-it-tuesday-rendering-lard.html

    Do you use lard?

    Thanks for this carnival – I really look forward to it!!

  3. Chef Penny says:

    What a cute carnival idea! I actually made cabbage rolls today for the first time using collard greens instead of cabbage. They were quite delicious! And organic since they came from my father in laws garden! I’m posting it on my blog later tonight. http://www.lovinggfcf.blogspot.com

  4. Anonymous says:

    I had to avoid all onions during the first six months of nursing. After six months it seemed like I was able to eat anything without causing baby problems. Did you have any problems with the leeks? I like leeks, but with baby number 2 almost here, I’m mentally preparing to eliminate items from my diet that might not make baby happy.

    Thanks,
    Annukka

  5. Donielle says:

    Annukka – I didn’t notice any correlation at all. Then again she doesn’t have near as fussy a digestive system as Cody did! Probably cause I cut out milk though. :-)
    But the flavor is much more muted in leeks so maybe the same stuff that gives tummy upset is muted too?