The curly leaves of kale can be much more than a garnish on holiday plates. If you’re confounded by how to prepare kale, you can reap its cancer-fighting benefits in our Health-e-Recipe for Pasta Shells with Garlicky Kale.
Chopped, one cup of these ruffled green or purple leaves contains more than a day’s worth of antioxidant vitamins A and C, plus good amounts of vitamin B-6, calcium and magnesium. Kale also provides cancer-preventive phytochemicals like sulforaphane, quercetin and kaempherol — preserved in this dish by quickly braising the kale for only 3 minutes.
Garlic’s generous allium phytochemicals add more protection and flavor, as do the red pepper flakes. Whole-wheat pasta boosts the cancer-fighting fiber in this dish to 7 grams per serving. And with 13 grams of protein per serving, adding some lean protein or beans can bring the protein total to 20-30 grams. Top it all with some slivers of roasted red bell pepper for a festive look.
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Earlier today we posted about research presented at our conference on how to boost a cancer-fighting compound from broccoli called sulforaphane. You can read about that here.
For sulforphane to form in well-cooked broccoli, University of Illinois’ Elizabeth Jeffery talked about the research on eating broccoli with raw foods containing myrosinase. So what foods should you eat with your broccoli? Dr. Jeffery gave us some options, including arugula, chinese cabbage and… drumsticks?!