The urban farm concept is catching on now even in airports! Built on the second floor in between the terminals, this vertical garden supports several airport restaurants including Wolfgang Puck. The crops include basil, cilantro, lettuce, arugula, and edible flowers. It also gives the airport a nice fresh botanical feel and shows what can be done with urban gardening even in a compact busy environment. I hope they expand the garden and more airports and business try to replicate the model!
More evidence has been collected correlating mood and diet. This time a British study of 80,000 men and women found that feelings of well-being improved with diets rich in vegetables and fruits. In fact, they even calculated a servings amount for optimum happiness - 7. Three ounces was defined as a serving size. The more servings people ate up to seven servings, the better they felt!
This study helps confirm that a plant-based diet is not only good for physical health, but also mental health. It's a simple way to feel better and improve one's outlook on life. Further, when vegetables are cooked in a way that makes them taste great, feeling better becomes an enjoyable culinary experience!
Both the American Southwest and India have a rich culture of food so why not combine them in this flavorful meal! Although lentils are used extensively in South Asian cooking, they blend nicely with southwestern ingredients to make a delicious dal or stew!. Enjoy this colorful meal with a corn tortilla, over rice or quinoa, or by itself. Protein rich red lentils cook quickly making this meal quick, simple and easy!
All you need
2 Cups Water
½ Cup canned tomato sauce, no salt added
½ Cup red bell, thinly sliced and chopped
¼ Cup green bell pepper, thinly sliced and chopped
¼ Cup canned corn, no salt added
1 Tsp fresh lime juice
½ Tsp agave nectar
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, diced
½ Tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt
½ Tsp ground cumin
½ Cup red lentils, uncooked
What you do
Add all ingredients, except lentils, to 2 qt pot and bring to boil
Add lentils and stir frequently in first 30 seconds to prevent sticking to bottom of pot
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes
Remove from heat, let cool, and serve
Things to consider
Garnish with fresh cilantro or chopped avocado for additional flavor.
Add additional seasoning to taste – diced jalapenos, chili powder, chipotle powder, or paprika.
Substitute chopped poblano peppers for green bell peppers for more heat.
Good to know
Servings – 2 to 3
Different Vegetables Consumed – 4
Total Time – 22 minutes
Prep Time - 10 minutes
Cook Time - 12 minutes
Researchers in Italy analyzed the results of several studies regarding health and cruciferous vegetable consumption and concluded that reduced cancer rates was a likely outcome. Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Eating these vegetables at least once a week reduced the occurrence of some common cancers by 17%. The article in the UK's Healthcare Today provides more evidence that these vegetables have favorable health benefits.
Cabbage is an excellent ingredient for salad and stews and broccoli is great for stir-fries. Raw broccoli goes nicely in salads as well. There are many delicious ways to eat these healthy vegetables so try them out!
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