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The Great Gardener planted mixed vegetables in our garden. He likes to eat okra, pumpkins and potatoes, while I like to eat bittermelon and okra also. My friend gave me bittermelon seeds and I couldn't believe that we could also plant it here. Bittermelon, as well as, okra are tropical plants. The soil and climate are just right for these plants to grow during summer in our place. They were all harvested and shown under - Fruits of our Labor - Harvests #8.
The bitter melons also belong to
the Cucurbitaceae family.They may not
be a well-liked vegetable to eat by other people because of its bitter taste,
but its health benefits are very amazing.They are an *excellent source of antioxidants nutrients,Vitamins A and C and folates.They are also a good source of niacin
(Vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (Vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6), and
minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium and phytonutrients
which are responsible for lowering blood sugar levels and can help in the
treatment of type 2 diabetes.
This winter squash is also a
member of the Cucurbitaceae food family. It contains *alpha-carotene and beta-carotene,
Vitamin C, B1, B3, B6, pantothenic acid, folate, and omega- 3s. It provides antioxidant support,
anti-inflammatory benefits, potential blood sugar regulation benefits and
prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Okra is rich in *dietary fibers,
minerals, and vitamins like Vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as
beta-carotene, xanthin, and lutein which are essential for good vision, skin, and
healthy mucous membranes and protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol,
but is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, Vitamin B-6, thiamin,
and pantothenic acid.It also has a good
amount of Vitamin K which is good for blood clotting and strengthening of
bones.It is also rich in iron, calcium,
manganese, folates, and magnesium.
They have *antioxidants,
anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A in
the form of beta-carotene and a very good source of Vitamin C, manganese, copper, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin B5, and
I made a salad recipe with potato leaves included and named it after the first one or two letters of each vegetables (Potato, Saffron Summer Squash, Golden Egg Summer Squash, and Zucchini), thus called - Posagoz Mixed Salad.
This recipe is really enticing to eat with all its tropical vegetables grown in our garden. They contain almost all the nutritional value your body needs. As usual, spices are added to give more flavor to food and perk up your choosy taste buds. This is a complete, well-balanced meal for anybody especially those who are vegetarians or on a diet. Try it.
1 pcsmall sweet potato, cubed¼ inch thick
½ cutsmall buttercup winter squash, cubed ¼ inch thick
2 pcbitter melon, cut ¼ inch thick
12 pcokra, cut ¼ inch diagonally
20 pcpre-cooked frozen shrimp (medium)
1 cancoconut milk 13.5 oz
2 tbspcorn oil
1 pcclove garlic,
1 tsp Tony Chachere's Original creole
1 tsp 5th Season Italian seasoning
2 tbspsoy sauce less
Cooking Time: 30
1.Wash all the vegetables with fruit and vegetable wash
and rinse them thoroughly. Soak the sweet potatoes in water after cutting to avoid darkening of its skin. Soak also the bittermelon longer in water after cutting to lessen its bitterness. Cut all other vegetables according to instructions
above. Prepare the other ingredients before cooking.
2.Preheat cooking pan with cooking oil.Saute
the garlic until lightly brown.Saute
onion until lightly soft.
3.Drain the sweet potato and mix in as well as the squash
into the pan.Add water and let it cook
for 10 minutes. Stir.
4. Drain the bitter melon and mix in as well as the okra into the pan. Cook for another 5
5.Add the shrimp, seasoning, soy sauce, sugar, and coconut
milk in that order.Cook for another 3
(Note: If the taste is still bitter, you
can add more sugar tolessen
doesn’t only involve knowing what and how to cook and prepare all the ingredients, but also how much you
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