When I am not busy taking care of my two energetic little boys, or working on an interior design project~ I play in the kitchen! For the last 15 years, I have been juxtaposing new flavors and ideas; it’s finally time to document my recipes...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Gassy Stir Fry

If you are going out with someone new today, need to impress someone, or have a presentation at work~ do not make this recipe! It has broccoli and shrooms...a combination that will prob give you a lil toots
This recipe is light and hearty. Both my kids loved it.

3 handfulls of diced mushrooms (any kind)
3 handfulls of diced broccoli
handful of diced tofu
Sesame Seeds
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup BBQ sauce

Coat your pan with oilve oil on medium high heat. Add shrooms, broccoli and tofu. Add Vinegar and BBQ sauce. Sprinkle Sesame seeds to your liking. Cover, turn to med-low. Let cook for 5-7 minutes.
The BBQ and Balsamic combination is really interesting; sweet touch with acidic undertones.

I love cooking with BV!
Balsamic vinegar is made of sweet trebbiano grape pressings. The grape pressings are boiled until these turn dark. The syrup is prepared for the aging process. The dark syrup is placed into oaken kegs with a certain vinegar to begin the process of aging. Through the years, the kegs become smaller before being placed on the market. When the moisture evaporates, it thickens and concentrates the flavor of the vinegar. Many people have used balsamic vinegar to treat infections, wounds and body aches.

    Digestive Aid

  1. Erica Brigati, a registered dietitian, states on Livestrong.com that balsamic vinegar contains antioxidants, called polyphenols that "may boost the activity of the digestive enzyme pepsin. This enzyme helps to break proteins down into smaller amino acids." According to Ms. Brigati, this process enhances the immune system, metabolism, cellular repair, and muscle building. Balsamic vinegar also contains acetic acid, which helps the body absorb certain minerals that can strengthen bones.
  2. Reduces Fat

  3. Reducing fat in the body is another health benefit of balsamic vinegar. Using it as a substitute for regular salad dressing or mayonnaise can reduce overall fat and calorie intake.
  4. Diabetes

  5. Using balsamic vinegar with meals can help control diabetes. Ms. Brigati states, "It appears that as little as five teaspoons of the vinegar with a meal can improve insulin sensitivity." Better insulin levels means having better control of diabetes.
  6. Antioxidant Activity

  7. Balsamic vinegar's antioxidants, such as polyphenols, protect the body from cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants protect from cell damage and improve the immune system. Antioxidants guard against harmful radicals in the body. Ms Brigati reports, "More research is needed though to further evaluate the polyphenol content of balsamic vinegar and their exact mechanisms of action."
  8. Other Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar

  9. Marion Volk, a lecturer, practitioner and registered provider, states at Alstudio.com that balsamic vinegar can help reduce headaches and lower the risk for anemia. She points out that balsamic can suppress appetite, and help to control weight. Ms. Volk also reports that adding balsamic vinegar into a diet can help an individual to become more energetic, and less fatigued.

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