I remember a long time ago reading about a salad green called arugula. I read that it was spicier than regular greens, with a bold, peppery taste. I am not into bold, peppery salad, so I passed. Until now.
I was looking for something new... a little kick for my boring usual greens like Romaine and spinach. I decided to buy a container of arugula because it was so pretty:
It is really yummy! It has a unique flavor that I can't quite describe, but wouldn't call it "peppery." Just different, and good, and interesting. And the leaves were very tender, and cute. I thought they looked like little oak leaves! So, what is this vegetable? It is not that popular in the U.S. but I think is more well-known in other countries. So let me explain.
Arugula (pronounced "ah-ROO-guh-lah") is a vegetable related to super-healthy broccoli and is a potent cancer fighter. This article explains the many health benefits of this leafy green. It's really, really good for you.
Get your salad bowl out and get ready to indulge, because arugula has only 5 calories per cup! It also contains less than a gram of carbs, no fat or cholesterol, and just 5 mg of sodium. But in that same cup you get a half gram of protein, 0.3 grams of fiber, 74 mg of potassium, as well as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, and many other vitamins and minerals.
I have eaten it as the sole green in a salad, but I prefer it mixed with other greens. My favorite is a combination of 1 cup arugula with 1 cup mixed Romaine and spinach. It's so good as a salad base. I read in the above referenced article that it can be cooked, too! I am going to try sauteing it with olive oil and garlic and using it in the same way you'd use cooked spinach (alone, in a quiche, in an omelet, in soup).
So break out of your veggie rut and try something new! You might find a new love in the form of a leafy green.
(p.s.... take a look at my new Produce Guide at the top of the page! Hope you like it!)
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