December 2014 – en.Kung-Food

In Israel the word shakshuka is synonymous with breakfast. It’s best with a slice or two of challah bread to sop up the juices. When I say the word shakshuka, people often give me a strange look… like I’ve sneezed, or something. I get excited when I see that look – it means they don’t know what the heck shakshuka is, which means they have no idea what they’re missing out on. If you aren’t familiar with shakshuka, I’m thrilled to introduce the concept to you! It’s one of my favorite dishes — a simple, go-to meal that works as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner (“brinner” might be the more appropriate word, since eggs are the star of the dish). I always have the ingredients for shakshuka on hand, and it never fails to make people say “yum!” In Israel shakshuka is often eaten for breakfast, but I usually find myself serving it with a side salad as a light evening meal. It’s super easy and versatile. It’s a vegetarian one-skillet meal that is easy to make, very healthy, and totally addicting.
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Have you ever tried to guess what are the 10 foods that make you smell the most? What you eat can directly affects how you smell, and in more ways than just your breath. Scientifically, this boils down to the way your body metabolizes the stinky sulfur compounds found in many foods like garlic, cumin, and asparagus. While smelling like garlic is not new (it is said to ward off both vampires and mosquitos, which can be always useful, lol), the stench of asparagus-tainted urine might not be quite as familiar and you may not have even realized that some of the foods on our list could have this effect on you. If you have a hot date, an job interview, or if you simply plan to be out in public, you may want to keep these foods off the day’s menu. And if you can’t, here are a few tricks to help deodorize nasty smells.
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This garlic soup, made from 5 garlic cloves, 1 red onion, and some spices, is capable of fighting off many flu viruses, colds, and even the Norovirus. The pharmaceutical and health care industries have massively over-prescribed antibiotics, which has lessened their effectiveness and even created antibiotic resistant diseases. With that being said, more and more people are rapidly turning back to nature to find remedies for their health problems. The interesting thing about garlic, is that new and mutated viruses/infections, which cannot be treated with traditional antibiotics, are still effected by the garlic. The reason behind garlic’s amazing antibiotic properties is a chemical called allicin, found within the cloves. A study preformed by Washington University has shown that garlic is 100 times more effective than 2 most popular antibiotics on the market. So, a warm garlic soup is a great solution for those cold winter evenings.
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Many foods and drinks have too much salt (sodium) in them, which obviously affects your diet. And the problem isn’t your salt shaker. More than three-quarters of the sodium in the typical American diet comes from salt/sodium added by food and drink manufacturers. Naturally occurring sodium accounts for only 12%. You should get no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day (about 2/3 of a teaspoon) if you are aged 51 or older, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, or are African-American. That’s half of the population. We each have our own favorite salty foods and these are the 10 most tempting salty foods. But, to solve the problem, there are some alternatives that will still satisfy you and leave you pleased with your food, especially if homemade.
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Sag Aloo is a Indian curry house favourite of the world’s two blandest vegetables (spinach and potatoes) combined in what can only just be rescued by the miracle of spices. Nutritious spinach makes the base for this traditional, healthy Indian side dish, combined with potato and spices. The key is to cook the potatoes with the spices without parboiling and to use lots of salt, some green chilli (which I tend to use for almost any dish) and a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to lift the spinach. I always eat this dish with pureed spinach, but you could just use chopped, frozen spinach, the result will still be good. And here it is. If this is what you get when you put the world’s two blandest ingredients together, I’ll have a second helping with an extra serving of abuse, thanks. Oh I almost forgot: this dish is either loved or hated, so let me know what you think of it after you tried it!
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