Deck Box Kale our First Harvest

Deck Box Kale our First Harvest

Each year we try something  new  in our garden or deck beds. This year it was salad themed we planted three types of lettuce, Swiss chard and the standard herbs but we added Kale. Lyn loves Kale uses it all the time in salads, soups or just sautéed. Everything pick as needed for a fresh salad. When I bought the seedlings the owner’s wife was excited she said good choice it is hearty. I think she was happy because it was her choice to provide Kale this year and he did not want to.  Anyway here is some information on this hearty crop.

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By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

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Move over Popeye and make room for the “queen of greens,” kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.

Our First Harvest of Kale

Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

curly green kale and beets

Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. A leafy green, kale is available in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur varieties. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

What makes kale so exceptional? Here is why it’s a superstar vegetable — and ways to work it into your diet.

Kale is a Nutritional Powerhouse

One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.

Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.

Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.

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Carrot Orange Juice Chicken Noodle Soup

Carrot Orange Juice Chicken Noodle Soup

We were sitting on the couch being our regular weekend couch potatoes when Lyn with outstretched arms asked me can you make this or something like it and passed me the better homes and gardens magazine. She loves carrot juice and for a while was concerned her skin was going to turn orange she was drinking so much. I can just picture her looking like the “Tangerine Man” John Boehner walking into work with that lovely skin shade of orange. Anyway she did not turn orange and is still drinking it. I was never a fan although I can’t say that I really gave it a chance. So with my non love of carrot juice and being an ever supportive husband I said sure if you want.

The carrots in this came out so sweet the spice was just right if you like spicy and I got to say I really like this quick and easy soup.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ teaspoons curry powder

4 cups refrigerated orange-carrot juice – you can buy this or we used 3 cups carrot and 1 cup orange, Lyn is a Carrot Juice head.

1 14 ½ ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

½ teaspoon salt (I left out the Salt)

1 cup carrots, diagonally sliced

1 cup sliced celery

2 cups dried medium noodles (2 cups) –

1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed (I used regular frozen peas)

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

¼ – ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

Ingredients

How:

1. In a 4- to 5- quart Dutch oven heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add curry powder; cook 1 minute more. Carefully stir in orange-carrot juice, chicken broth, 1 cup water, and salt; add carrot and celery. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

Bring to boil and simmer

2. Add noodles; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken and sugar snap peas; heat through. Stir in cilantro and crushed red pepper. Where I used frozen peas I did not defrost them just added they were cooked perfectly.

Note: If you are going to serve the whole batch then add all the noodles but I always found they can end up absorbing too much of the soup if they sit in there so I cooked separately and added to the bowls when served. You will find if cooked in soup they will absorb more of the spice flavors.

 

Momma Bowl

Momma Bowl

Papa bowl

Papa bowl

 

 

 

 

What are the Health Benefits of Drinking Carrot Juice?

From WiseGeek.com

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Many people consider drinking carrot juice one of the healthiest lifestyle choices possible. Carrot juice is known for beta carotene which gives the body Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin E and many minerals. The health benefits of drinking carrot juice are thought to be good prenatal health, eyesight, bones and teeth, liver and nails, skin and hair as well as helping in cancer prevention.

 

Carrot juice is thought to reduce the risks of many different types of cancer including skin and breast cancer. The cancer-fighting properties of carrot juice are often thought to be excellent due to the high amounts of beta carotene. Beta carotene changes to Vitamin A in the body. Studies have connected Vitamin A with cancer prevention by its antioxidant properties that help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals in the body.

 

Deficiencies in Vitamin A can cause dryness and damage to the skin, nails and hair. Drinking carrot juice to produce Vitamin A is said to benefit many different parts of the body. Vitamin A also strengthens bones and teeth.

 

Drinking carrot juice is thought to be extremely beneficial for the liver due to Vitamin A’s cleansing effects. Vitamin A reduces bile and fat in the liver. However, for the liver to reap the maximum benefits of Vitamin A, it is said that drinking carrot juice needs be done regularly rather than occasionally. The liver can store Vitamin A.

 

Drinking carrot juice is also thought to improve eyesight due to Vitamin A creation in the body. Deficiencies in Vitamin A can lead to night blindness which can be very dangerous. For example, if a person with night blindness is driving a car at night, the glare of the headlights from oncoming cars in the opposite direction can affect him or her in a way that makes the eyes not refocus properly. An easy way of detecting a Vitamin A deficiency is to walk from a well-lit room to a dimly-lit or dark room. Your eyes should have little trouble adjusting to the change in light.

 

Drinking carrot juice, as well as eating carrots, is thought to be especially beneficial for prenatal health. Beta-carotene that forms into Vitamin A is said to be very healthy for both mother and child. Some studies have shown that when babies drink both milk and carrot juice they get the best possible amount of Vitamin A.

 

The darker the color of the carrot, the more carotene it contains. Many people find the taste of carrot juice enjoyable and surprisingly sweet. Carrot juice does have a high concentration of natural sugar, so those with diabetes should consult their doctor as to how much they can drink. Drinking carrot juice is also thought to be good for reproductive health due to the Vitamin E content.