November 2014 – en.Kung-Food

From breakfast to dinner (and snacks in between) you’re entire day can be heart-healthy, especially if you keep in mind the 10 best foods for your heart! A good-for-your-ticker diet doesn’t have to be bland or boring, as we show you here with these heart-y foods that will leave you satisfied and, most important, healthy. From salmon, super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids, to olive oil, full of monounsaturated fats that lowers bad LDL cholesterol, the choice is quite wide. Avocado also helps lower LDL levels, while legumes are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and soluble fiber. Don’t forget spinach, full of lutein, folate and potassium, or flaxseed, which contains lots of omega-6 fatty acids. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are full of anti-inflammatories, soy may lower cholesterol and oatmeal lower bad cholesterol as well. So, here’s the list of the 10 best foods for your heart.
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My friends often ask me about my chicken Balti recipe, which is actually not mine, seeing as I took it from a TV show years ago. Even though chicken Balti is my favorite one, I have started experimenting many Balti recipes and begging chef friends for even more recipes. Here is a nice chicken Balti which is both easy and quick to make. I’ve had friends complain because they think my recipes are too spicy, but I’ve also had an equal amount of complaints from those who think they aren’t spicy enough! The thing is, these recipes really should only be used as guides. Balti curries are traditionally not very spicy though I use about two more fresh green chillies than suggested here. That is what’s great about making your own curries. You can make them to suite your own tastes! I hope you will enjoy my chicken Balti as much as I do!
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A popular tapas dish, Spanish garlic mushrooms, known in Spanish as champiñones al ajillo, are mushrooms sautéed with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and typically seasoned with flat-leaf parsley, salt, freshly ground black pepper and chili. The best way to enjoy Spanish garlic mushrooms is with a sherry or a cold beer, and a little crusty bread to mop up the juices. Mushrooms are a great appetizer, plus they are very nutritious. Cup mushrooms, often described as “meat for vegetarians” because of their nutrients, are loaded with B vitamins and taste great cooked, obviously, but also raw. The important thing, either if you want to eat them raw or cooked, is to learn how to properly clean them and remove all the dirt.
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Ever wondered which are the 10 healthiest foods in the world? There are many healthy foods but it could be useful for any of us to know which are literally the best ones for our organism. Our body needs so many elements, from vitamins to calcium, from omega-3 to antioxdioxidants, just to name a few. We’ll list a few here, before jumping to the photo gallery. Let’s start with spinach: it contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two immune-boosting antioxidants important for eye health; walnuts contain loads of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce cholesterol. Sweet potatoes have eight times the amount of cancer-fighting and immune-boosting vitamin A you need daily. Broccoli contain more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement, while lemons have more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C. Garlic is a powerful disease fighter that can inhibit the growth of bacteria, including E. coli. So let’s see which ones are the 10 healthiest foods in the world.
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Delicious and easy to make, Italian meatballs (we Italians call them “polpette al sugo“) are made with ground beef or veal; when they are made with fish or vegetables, instead, we call them “crocchette“. While Americans are accustomed to the famous Italian dish spaghetti and meatballs, what they don’t realize is that it doesn’t exist in Italy. In Italy there is nothing humdrum or mundane about meatballs. In many culinary traditions, ground or crushed meat in the shape of balls or patties often yield the most exotic, unique and delicious tastes. So, when Italians make beef or veal meatballs (polpette),you can be sure some special ingredients are always added to lift them out of the ordinary—such as adding garlic, parsley, eggs and sometimes even Parmigiano, mortadella or béchamel sauce to the ground beef. Though the Italians’ fondness for polpette can’t rival the Americans’ love for hamburgers, it is certain that meatballs and their many variations must be included among the favorite recipes of Italian cuisine.
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