Per the University of Illinois Website and Cancer Today magazine, there's mention of a January 2011 study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, published in Nutrition and Cancer which "provides convincing evidence that the way you prepare and consume your broccoli matters, and also suggests that teaming broccoli with broccoli sprouts may make the vegetable's anti-cancer effect almost twice as powerful."
Per Elizabeth Jeffery, a University of Illinois Professor of Nutrition, "Broccoli, prepared correctly, is an extremely potent cancer-fighting agent--three to five servings a week are enough to have an effect. To get broccoli's benefits, though, the enzyme myrosinase has to be present; if it's not there, sulforaphane, broccoli's cancer-preventive and anti-inflammatory component, doesn't form."
She also states that "many people destroy myrosinase by overcooking their broccoli....and "steaming broccoli for two to four minutes is the perfect way to protect both the enzyme and the vegetable's nutrients."
Jeffrey also says that "Other foods that contain sulforaphane can also be teamed with broccoli to boost its benefits: mustard, radishes, arugula, and wasabi." She advises: "To increase the vegetable's benefits, you could sprinkle broccoli sprouts on your broccoli or make a mustard sauce to serve with broccoli."
Do you have a favorite Broccoli Recipe or have you wanted to try one? Get your favorite recipes out, because Gratitude Gourmet is hosting its first ever Broccoli Recipe Contest!
Recipe Submission Deadline: March 30, 2012
Voting Deadline: 8PM PT, April 30, 2012
*Only one recipe per participant, please.
1. Submit your favorite vegetarian/vegan recipe (appetizer, entree, side dish...the choice is yours!) by posting it to our Gratitude Gourmet Facebook Wall by March 30, 2012.
2. We will upload the recipe to this Official Gratitude Gourmet Facebook Recipe Contest Photo Album.
3. The recipe with the most Likes by APRIL 30, 2012 at 8PM Pacific Time will be announced as the winner.
4. By the end, we will all have a list of great broccoli recipes for everyone to enjoy, and your homemade broccoli casserole could be famous!
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We can't wait to see what you're cooking!
Here's a great recipe for Broccoli, Soba & Shiitake Mushrooms With Wasabi-Mustard Vinaigrette and Toasted Sesame by Dean Rucker, a chef and author of Golden Door Cooks at Home to get you inspired!
Remember: Submit your favorite recipe (appetizer, entree, side dish) by posting it to our Gratitude Gourmet Facebook Wall by March 30, 2012. Please share the contest on Facebook/Twitter and in your networks to help get your friends and family healthy too!
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