Sometime, someday!

Okaaaaay…


… so … you mean I am doing something right? … so … what is it exactly that I am doing right? Tell me, so I can continue doing that!

Actually! I failed the total-vegan try-out! Well, not failed perhaps, I got some AHAs and I realized several things during that week. Yeah! I gave up after one week… 😦

The “bad” things first!
I didn’t lose any weight at all. Everyone that starts going vegan, seems to lose weight already during the first week. At least a couple of pounds

Each day I got more and more frustrated. I got bored since I felt I ate the same thing all the time. No variations! No surprises!
At the same time as I stuffed myself with good carbs, since I was hungry way all the time, my stomach felt like I was at least 10 months pregnant. I also felt like I only ate beans. Beans, beans and beans! Cooking several times a day – and, beans…
So! Hungry all the time, ate and ate, felt totally stuffed! BEANS! Not fun at all. Boring

Well! Not quite true! I ate fruit and vegetables too. Salads and rice and lentil soups. But it was like I only ate beans and bread. And I normally like beans and eat lots of them! Almost everyday!

Everything was so dry! Nothing was creamy or soft. The food was tasteless, despite the fact I seasoned it quite well.

I missed the eggs, but most of all I missed the butter. Yeah! I admit! I missed the butter very much! And I missed the bean burgers I used to do. With an egg in the batter, fried in butter… they are sooooo delicious!

The positive about this week, was that I fully realized I already used to eat quite well! Maybe a little bit too much, but healthy food to at least 95%.  I never eat cheese at all, and haven’t done so for many years – nor any other dairy product. Exceptions from that latter are really rare and comes in very small doses. I only occasionally eat meat, poultry or fish, and then in not particularly large portions. I do eat a lot of fruit, veggies, tubors and such and also nuts and seeds. I avoid processed product, never white refined sugar. I sweeten my cakes and cookies with for example a banana, dates or other kind of fruits and berries.

So on the whole, I didn’t eat bad at all! I don’t! Except, I have eggs as staple food. And I use butter. And that was more or less the issue! Would be easy to let that go as well and learn a bit of new cooking I thought… wouldn’t it? HA! Little did I know!

White Bean Burgers

Forbidding versus allowing
The worst about this week was probably that I had forbidden myself to eat eggs and use butter. And the key word here is forbid! That made me keep on thinking about what I wasn’t allowed! Not to be able to fry food the way I was used to. I missed the taste of fried food, and it is NOT the same as when frying without fat! Neither in feeling nor in taste!

Of course there is food that doesn’t need any fat! I don’t need oil in my salads, nor when I bake bread just to mention a few examples. But on the whole, I realized I have to allow myself to eat what I want, and then choose not to! I can say to myself: “I can eat it whenever I want, but not now. I am the one who’s in charge here. No one else!”
I can allow myself to have a window open to eat whatever I want, even grilled sausages and pommes frites if I choose to! And then I don’t have to think about it!

But – at least for the time being, I’ll try to cut down on eggs and and use less butter. And learn more about how to cook vegan.

Food sensitivity
There are some issues though, that I can’t do anything about! Gluten, wheat, rye, barley! I can’t eat that. I become ill! And I am at present time testing if I can eat oats again, but sadly! It seems that I can’t! 😦
Therefore I’m also quite limited when it comes to vegan cooking. So many of you seems to lean on wheat! Bread, pizza, pasta, cakes…
Okay! There are alternatives! But they are so much much more expensive, and they don’t satisfy the hunger equally well. So! There it is!

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, there are some limitations. We can’t grow everything here, so things like avocados, peaches, nectarines, bananas, pineapples, et cetera, has to be imported. Many of these are also seasonal – and expensive. Bananas, oranges and apples are mostly okay. BUT! And the most awkward stupid thing – Swedish apples aren’t less expensive then imported ones! Sometimes they are, in the autumn! Yes! But that seems to be some kind of “drive”, to make people came and shop also other items. And let’s not talk about organic options. Bananas! YES! Even organic are “huge” here in Sweden, and affordable!

Avocados is not only expensive (mostly), the worst thing is they are also very unpredictable. Since they, as bananas, have to ripen on there way to us, they often comes here not thoroughly ripe. And even when bought ripe from the store, they may be too ripe, more or less black inside or with roots. Who wants to eat that?! And it doesn’t show on the outside! So I’ve stopped buying avocados though I really like perfectly ripen ones. But it’s too much of a chance. Why would I threw my money away on inedible food!
But I can find frozen, diced avocados … not unexpencive – but I don’t have to throw anything away.

So! To be honest! Money issues, and the fact that I can’t eat everything without being more or less ill, makes me have to choose my own way in this. Still let myself have the opportunity to sometimes eat meat, poultry or fish – in small amounts and rarely – cut down on eggs and butter as much as I can – and learn more about how to cook vegan so it will be easier for me to find alternatives to my diet.

Because I still think whole-grain vegan eating is the best thing to do. Both for the environment and for us people. Considering some personal differences in what we can and cannot eat, and what benefits us the most. We just have to find our own heathy way.

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I contemplate

For several days now, I have written this post – in my mind. AND as a couple of drafts. AND every time the post never stops! Words, words, words! Now I’ll try once more, let it be what it will be!!

Total vegan for one week now, well! – and a half… How has it been? How is it going?

The first days I felt energised. I walked and biked a bit more intense than usual for a couple of days, tried to weed between the stones on my patio – and then I crushed. I had overdone the exercising thing. But I think that weeding my tiny garden was the great fall. My back and around the hip got really, really stiff. Feels like big knots all over me. If a back can be uptight – then my back is!

However, that has nothing to do with eating vegan food, has it? And I couldn’t help but thinking – was that increased energy a mere coincidence? I have had bad days and good days before!

On the whole, I still consider eating vegan is a good thing to do, but there are some “buts” for me.

I have not lost any weight this week. Probably due to the fact I was almost-vegan from begin with. I can’t eat dairy-products without a protesting stomach so cheese and such, I haven’t had for years. I do get a lot of fruit and veggies, get the fibers I need, and when possible I choose organic. I’m used to, and love, to eat beans, lentils, green peas et cetera. Occasionally and rarely, I eat some meat or fish. I avoid eating processed food and never touch white refined sugar. Rarely, really rarely, I buy some cookie or have a piece of ordinary chocolate that is sugary, and I always think it’s way too sweet, but since I can’t eat wheat or anything at all with gluten, those occasions seldom occurs. I bake my own bread, cakes and cookies.

So what I had to do, was mainly to cut down on fat in general, skip butter and oils, and skip the eggs. I realized I eat too many eggs, and add too much fat in my cooking and baking. Also for the fat-reason I thought I had to cut down on nuts and seeds I also need to flearn mora how to cook the vegan way.

Total vegan is good, but here are some “buts” for me.

Since I can’t eat wheat or anything else with gluten, and vegans seem to eat quite a lot of wheat in different ways, I’m quite constrained by this. There are alternatives, but they don’t behave the same way as wheat when you cook and bake. And they are expensive!!! Many of the alternatives are really, really expensive compared to wheat!!! And Ibe a little limited economically as well. You see, if the alternative choices cost from twice to ten times more than the wheat (or even more sometimes), you just can’t stuff yourself with bread, pizza, pasta et cetera.

The cost of ordinary rice and maize/corn is reasonable, thank goodness. And now I won’t go into what kind of fruits and vegetables are available here, and what they cost. I’m tempted, but… Let’s just say, we can’t pick ripe avocados, pineapples, or mangos from the trees. Just to name a few.

So I ate as well as possible. Lots of veggies, tubers, rice and fruit. However, I soon got the feeling I stuffed myself with too much bread etc, though I actually didn’t. My stomach felt more than filled with that and not in a pleasant way. It was like a constant bread-taste in the mouth. After some time I was also bored to death with almost only eating beans for protein. Beans! Beans! Beans! I love beans, but not two-three times a day – every day!

I missed the eggs, but not even half as much as I missed being able to fry something in butter for dinner. One day I made bean-burgers in the oven. They were, honestly speaking, totally awful! I normally have one or two eggs in the batter, and then fry them in butter in an ordinary frying-pan. And they always taste really delicious!

I also got freaked out on having to cut down on the nuts and seeds. I got a bit… eh… paranoic (not the exact word I sought, but…), my mind twirled around with “did I add too many cashews in the salad now” and such… had difficulty to let that go.

Despite the fact I stuffed my stomach with volumes of valuable food – I got hungry quite soon after a meal. I kind of felt full and hungry at the same time! And it seemed like I cooked more! I didn’t want THAT to happen! I don’t like to spend that much time in front of the stove, and I hate the amount of dirty dishes it produces. Pots and pans, plates and spoons… ick! Icky-ick! (One reason why I like the idea of Raw Food. And I like salads)

The nice thing about this trial of mine, is that I realized (re-realized) that I actually eat healthy already. I admit I could reduce the amount of fat I use, and the number of eggs I eat, but I don’t have to leave them out of my diet totally! And I shouldn’t BOTHER about almonds and cashews and pumpkinseeds and sunflower seeds… Bothering and worrying about stuff is the worst thing one can do. That, can really hurt your health.

Yes! I’m going back to where I were. Almost vegan. After all, I have no diabetes, heart-issues or anything like that. I’m a little bit overweight – but not obese. On the whole, I’m healthy and don’t eat any medications. No drugs! (Did I mention I don’t smoke nor drink alcohol either?)

But if you are ill in someway, if you depend on daily doses of medicine to “stay on your own legs”, you really should consider going totally vegan. Maybe start with a juicing period? Or would it be easier to go slowly?

Check out the movie “Fat, sick and nearly dead” on Netflix. And there are others there on this topic. Really insightful ones!

The stiff muscles? I’m working on that issue.

 

What is Plant-Based Whole Food?

There are people out there, who can answer that question much better way than I can. Well, I could! But… 😀

Try this article for example!

https://eatplant-based.com/what-is-plant-based-whole-food/

This article gives you information on what to eat, links to other articles about health, videos and other suggestions where you can find more information.

The images below are not clickable. They are only screen-clips. You actually have to visit their site, EATPLANT-BASED, to get access to it all.

 

 

 

all good things can happen

link to article if you click on the image above

 

A bike-tour along the … seaside?

Some photos from my biking tour yesterday; day three of my whole-grain, low-fat, plant-based diet trial.

Words & Pics

Lovely weather yesterday! I entered my bike and for a couple of hours I spent time in this huge “Forest park”, Pålsjö skog.

These photos are from a part of a much longer path called Kattegattleden. In total 370 km, from Helsingborg where I live, to Gothenburg, and following the coast line all the way, for walking and biking.

Here with all the beautiful, lovely trees and bushes, and here and there some open spots, it was almost impossible to see anything properly. And by “anything” I mean the seashore. I saw green, green, green… (Isn’t that wonderful? 😀 ) But here and there, between all the trees and bushes and flowers climbing the side of the ridge, were glimpses of water, and later on the road and some of the houses along its way.

This part through Helsingborg follows a ridge that rises up between 20 and 40 meters…

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Day three

We have had a lovely day today, especially from morning till a couple of hours along the afternoon. Sunny and a very blue sky. Then it slowly started to be cloudy. Unfortunately it was blowing, but that didn’t stop me from putting myself on the bike and made quite a nice tour for 2 hours. Despite the time period it wasn’t a particularly long tour, it ended on 16 kilometers, but I had walked for 1,6 and only been sitting on a bench for like 5 minutes or so. Or maybe 10. And I took quite a lot of photos.

This was the longest tour I have made this year. Not the most kilometers I’ve made in the same day, but as one single tour.
I felt stronger, and it was somehow easier to bike today, than it has been since… I don’t know when. Since too long, anyway.

No protesting muscles anywhere, and no feelings afterwards like if my legs would give up under me, and no extreme tiredness. Back, hips, ass and legs felt almost as the old me, when I biked like 30 to 40 km and just felt good about it. So even if 16 km isn’t what I would call a long tour – not according to my preferences – it’s still a victory that I have come this far now.

After lunch I got tired though, but it felt only like a normal, healthy tiredness. Can this lovely and sudden enhancement in strength and endurance be due to this diet? Probably too early to draw any assured conclusions, but I think I easily could bet on that – and win.

Usually – and mostly – I have salad for lunch. Today after my 2 hours in the woods, I didn’t feel like cutting and dicing a lot of veggies. I wanted something warm and gooey. Something comforting and easy to cook. Decided to make myself a bowl of kitchari. Simply speaking – Ayurvedic (Indian) risotto!

I cheated, often do that when I make kitchari. I cook basmati rice with the same amount of red lentils (should be mung dal), and I spiced it with yellow curry mix, instead of grounding this, and that, and that. But I added some extra turmeric and ginger. One can use any vegetable one likes to this – or none – but I added 2 small potatoes cut in pieces. Lazy cook today…

Then it just has to cook in water (of course!) until really well done, soft and gooey. And don’t forget some salt in the end.
So! Warm, comforting and simple to cook!

Then, I placed myself on the sofa for a while, and later in the afternoon I spent time on the patio reading.

As I said! A very lovely day!

And here: A Kitchari-recipe from ayurveda.com

Two days

Two days have gone with this new way of eating and I feel good!
Actually very good!

The first meals I had with this low-fat/no-animal-food, I was hungry sooner after eating then I was used to. But with more beans and starch – like rise or quinoa – I keep satisfied even longer than I used to.

Dinner to night – a warm quinoa chickpea sallad.

I warmed this in a frying pan – without oil or butter. 😀
  • Some red bell pepper – diced
  • One tomato – diced
  • Maize
  • Green peas
  • Chickpeas
  • One small clove of garlic – finely chopped
  • Quinoa – cooked yesterday
  • Some lemon juice, and lemon pepper – (take it easy on that one)
  • Some oregano and parsley
  • Had to have a pinch of seasalt as well

Just toss the ingredients around in the pan until everything is nice and warm – it doesn’t have to be actually cooked. Other then the quinoa and the chickpeas of course, and that you can do beforehand and store in the fridge or freezer until you need it.

Finally! Serve on a bed of green leaves.

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Also it feels so calm and well-balanced in my stomach, and it defininetely is okay for me now to eat oats again. I’m so glad about that, since it simplyfies my eating a lot. In bread and cakes, porridge, müsli. It’s so good and it so benefits the body.
The trickiest is to get used to not use any oil or butter. But not worse than I can handle it.

I’m so glad I got the impuls to do this finally – not only think I ought to do something about my eating habits, and also glad for my decision to actually follow this through. 😀

Thanks also to the pep I get from visiting sites, and watching movies and videos on Youtube that help me learn more, and keep me going for this,

Movies that you can watch on Netflix are f.ex:
  • Forks over Knives;
  • Engine2Kitchen rescue;
  • What the Health;
  • Foodmatters;
  • Fat, Sick and nearly Dead, 1 and 2;
  • Cowspiracy
  • and more…

This is so scaring!

It’s so utterly sad, that our world, our societies, has come to this. It’s evolving in the wrong direction!
We are devolving – when we can’t take care of ourselves and our children properly, to stay healthy and keep on staying healthy!.

And you, who are managing those Big-Food, Big-Pharma, et cetera, corporations that profit on this… and I don’t mean only the sugar-business …SHAME ON YOU!

What’s up, Doc?

One image says more than 1000 words, they say. So, what does a whole video say!
The right movie – a whole lot of important things, actually.
And thank Godness! There are quite many right things said, out there.

Makes you think, ehhh?

Getting afraid?

Just a piece on the dairy industry prospering on our health, or rather – lack of health

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The movement towards a (more) plantbased eating is scaring the hell out of those industries that earns money on us who are hooked on these drugs that makes you Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (which is another eye-opening movie you can watch on Netflix).

Of course they don’t want us to go vegan! They’ll do anything and everything to keep the money-flow in to their pockets! But milk, cheese et cetera is NOT good for your heart! And you don’t get calcium that way either. Your body is unable to process that calcium and benefit from it.

Drugs? Yes! Dairy products, especially cheese since it’s highly concentrated, contains not only these fatty, salty, gooey tastes that we find so delicious and unresistable, but also hormones and something called casomorphines which is highly addictive.

This is not only good, it’s necessary when it comes to babies feeding, whether it’s a human…

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Getting afraid?

The movement towards a (more) plantbased eating is scaring the hell out of those industries that earns money on us who are hooked on these drugs that makes you Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (which is another eye-opening movie you can watch on Netflix).

Of course they don’t want us to go vegan! They’ll do anything and everything to keep the money-flow in to their pockets! But milk, cheese et cetera is NOT good for your heart! And you don’t get calcium that way either. Your body is unable to process that calcium and benefit from it.

Drugs? Yes! Dairy products, especially cheese since it’s highly concentrated, contains not only these fatty, salty, gooey tastes that we find so delicious and unresistable, but also hormones and something called casomorphines which is highly addictive.

This is not only good, it’s necessary when it comes to babies feeding, whether it’s a human baby or a calf. They have to eat, sleep and prosper, and are weaned in due time. Or is supposed to, but instead we humans jump to cows milk. We are actually feeding from cows! Can it be worse?

And I’m sure of, that you some time or another have been drinking warm milk at night to be able to fall asleep!

Watch these videos about Dairy products: here and here

The dangers of cheese

Dairy-products – cheese et cetera – is that the worst, the most unnecessary, the most dangerous of them all?

 

Nature’s calling

During the past week I’ve been occupying myself looking for information about how health relates to food. Since the acupuncture treatment tumbles me around (and not only my body), I felt I also had to update my food habits.

This isn’t the first time I occupy myself with the concept of food and health. It has always been an interest of mine. And I don’t eat badly! But is it enough? Do I eat well enough!

I am hypersensitive to gluten, wheat and such which I haven’t even touched for almost 20 years. I can’t eat dairy products either, and rarely cheat. And if I cheat, then only with a dash of creme fraiche/sour cream. I never ever cheat by eating cheese. (Milk is for the calves, and should absolutely not be consumed by humans. It’s not good for us!)

But that isn’t the main reason why I now turn to eat only plant based, I do that because I find that a low fat vegan diet is the best way to keep healthy and at the same time don’t unnecessarily waste the resources we have on this earth.
Plus! I think plant based food tastes so much better, and makes me feel satisfied in a much more comforting way! My stomach loves it! My body loves it!

I am already almost vegan, and have been for quite some time. I still do eat meet or fish once in a while, mostly when I visit someone and don’t have much of an alternative, but at home my weakness is that I still eat a lot of eggs. And probably too much butter.

So this week I’ve spent a lot of time in front of movies on Netflix like ” What the Health!”, ”Fat, sick and nearly dead”, ”Forks over knives”, ”Foodmatters” and others like them. I also have been watching a lot of videos on Youtube, and all this is very pepping and inspiring.

And all these doctors that actually has knowledge about how important the choice of Food is for the Health! Can’t say I’m used to that. On the contrary. Doctors in general know almost nothing about vitamins and minerals, about fat and protein, and how that affekts the health. But on the internet we can listen to Caldwell Esselstyne, Rip Esselstyne, Neil Barnard, John MacDougall and many more. It’s wonderful to see and hear all these engaged and competent people.

I had difficulties which video to choose, but you know… once you’ve started…

All these guys can talk and and write about this much better then I can. Especially today, well this week, I have had som some trouble concentrate on writing. Despite my lack of words right now, I’m not a total beginner when it comes to healthy eating. I already know a lot about how all this works.

What my personal challenges are right now, is to learn more vegan cooking. I know about nutrition, I know what kind of food I should and should not eat, but I need more inspiration, more recipes, more variations of how to cook all the veggies, legumes and grains! As it is now, I get bored and feel like I only eat mixed sallads, lentil soups with chili and tomatoes, and bean casseroles.

I also need to get used to not having eggs in my fridge any longer (there are only two more to go now…), and also want to learn more about how to prepare food without frying in butter. As a starter I have ordered a rice-cooker (on internet) where you also can steam vegetables. At the same time as the rice is cooking. That’s good!

It will take some times to get used to less fat, and how to spice the food differently. Not so much salt any longer…
And for Vitamine B 12, (and other vitamins and minerals) I’ll start over again with Spirulina.

I know I’ll write more about this topic from time to time. It’s so huge, and there is so much more to tell, but for now it seems like my thoughts can’t quite grasp the issue. Or the words. I’ve been working on this draft like forever…

What I didn’t know, is that I should start to write about nutrition in this blog, about food-matters! And in English! (not my native language…)
SURPRISE SURPRISE!

But I doubt this will be the only topic this blog will be moving around in… call me versatile…

 

Life is good

Last Thursday I had my second treatment of acupuncture. And gosh what reactions I got! I had a couple more needles this time, pierced onto different parts of my body for 15 minutes instead of 10.

But those 15 minutes were all right. I lay comfortably on the couch and felt how I slowly became more and more relaxed. Then I biked home, had something to eat… and then I became deadly tired. Which lingered on the next day… and the next… and I’m still more tired than I was before that treatment. Okay! Not as bad as in the beginning, but still…

The pain and odd stiffness in my back enhanced, and so did my stomach problems. Both of it into an almost unbearable status. I realised among other things, that I have quite a case of  gastritis. And that can feel really nasty.

Reactions to treatments like this is good. It shows that the treatment helps, that the body starts to heal. I just think it was a little bit too much reactions since I was kind of off the world for several days, and still suffer from them.

That was a week ago and today I had my third appointment. I told the therapist about the reactions, she asked me questions about them, and then we talked for a while. All the stress I’ve been living in for so many years has now started to slowly pour out through my pores, figuratively speaking. Okay! Literally speaking as well. Not only thanks to the acupuncture sessions I’ve been through now, it started in a minor way already when I at last became a retiree, 18 months ago, and then increased hugely after I moved back home, 5 months ago. All the positive circumstances that have risen since my move, and continue to rise, also forces the stressful circumstances I’ve been through during the years in “exile” to rise and start to overwhelm me.
(I can’t find a better word. They have overwhelmed me.)

Then the acupuncture sessions have started to affect me even more.

Happy happy me!!! That’s really good! And despite the fact I feel like sh**, I also now know my body is slowly healing. I just have to accept the Now as it is, and calmly endure this period. And yes – it has to take the slow road, to take all the time it needs.

Needles at work

A couple of days ago, I had an appointment for an acupuncture session . It was my first time ever, and I admit – I was a bit nervous. That, despite the fact I know quite a lot about the why’s and how’s connected to this field of expertis. I have always been interested in the concept health, food and different kinds of therapeutic techniques. I have learnt and can work as reflexologist, some kind of “cousin” to acupuncture and acupressure, and have also read and learnt about reiki and other varieties of massages, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, et cetera.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t help myself having butterflies in my stomach that morning. I didn’t know the therapist, what would she be like as a person? I didn’t know for how long time I would by lying on the couch. Would it hurt? How many needles would she plunge into various parts of my body? Would I have to undress? Would I have to be lying on my stomach?

Nothing awkward appeared. First we just talked. Personal data and why I was there. What were my problems.  And when she finally got around to pierce needles into my skin, there were not many of them. One in the middle of my forehead, two or maybe three at the edge of my right ear and one at the edge of the left, and finally one needle on the backside of my right forearm.

We were talking a lot, but everything was calm and nice. Then when all the necessary needles were where they should be, she left me for ten minutes just to lie there in peace and quiet. Letting the energy stream do its work. I could, she told me, the next time bring something so I could listen to music of my choice while lying there with the needles.

Well! Ten minutes didn’t bother me at all, but how would it feel with 20 minutes with absolute stillness? At home when I meditate or relax in some way, I have no problems with that. But on a therapists couch? In a dull room? I guess that would be a bit of a challenge. At least the first few times.

Afterwards, when she took out the needles, it started to bleed from the minuscule spot at the forearm. She explained the energy points lies very close to the peripheral blood vessels; and when one moves, a needle might penetrate such a vessel. And I did move both my arms to let the hands rest on my stomach.

She said I would get a bruise.

And I did get one. A quite big one for such a small needle! I guess the blood vessel was the more potent here. Luckily it’s begun turning green now.
Ain’t I a beauty! 😀

And I certainly needed some coffee afterwards… healthy or not healthy…

Cayenne pepper

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the easiest things.
Like spicing your food to deliciousness AND health!
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Kale on the menu

Is kale the most nutritious vegetable?

At least it seems so to me. Among with other kinds of brassica-varieties. Cabbage, broccoli et cetera. Fully stuffed with vitamins and minerals, and it adds lots of good roughage to your diet.
But above all. It’s good! Tastes good, and it do you good.

I like it raw as well as cooked, but particularly as something like this.  Added to a soup, casserole, wok or hotchpotch just before serving. Still raw, just a little bit warmed up. And flavoured with spices of choice. Delicious!

Today with wholegrain rice, sweetcorn, green peas, red bell pepper. onion, garlic and chili.