Humble celery- Celery does not get the credit it deserves. It is known best for being low in calories and high in water content, but this humble veg is a super food that has been used as a base for many dishes over centuries. Italian Soffritto, French Mirepoix, Cajun Holy Trinity, are all bases for soups, stews, and sauces and all depend on celery for aroma and lightness. Celery is also a base for staple American salads such as potato, tuna, Waldorf,.... We just use celery without even thinking of it's benefits.
Other than being low in calories, celery has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and arthritis pain, protect against oxidative damage, and is rich in vitamin C. Celery is a good source of dietary support for digestive tract, and cardiovascular functions. It is high in calcium, silicon, and Vitamin K, which makes this humble veg good for our bones. With its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits we should consciously use celery in our diets more regularly than occasional low calorie snacks.
All these thoughts about celery came to me when I was thinking of what I wanted to include in our weekly Bowls. I remembered some sort of Buddha Bowl I had a few years ago in New York City. One of the items on the bowl was super tasty pungent sautéed celery. I honestly don't remember all the ingredients of the bowl except the semi crunchy-garlicky-spicy celery, roasted cherry tomatoes and pickled red onions. When I first thought of this dish, I thought, ehmmmm... our customers are not a big fan of cooked celery. But then perhaps if you knew how good it is for you, you might give it a try :)
You will notice where celery is used, we have highlighted in green. Enjoy!
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