2013-08-12

Steamed Courgettes with Garlic

Garlic is one of the most valuable and versatile foods that is widely recognized as health enhancing supplement. The chemical called allicin, which is produced when garlic is chopped, chewed, or bruised, is quite powerful as an antibiotic and a potent agent that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. Allicin may be of practical value for weight control as well. More importantly, it is said that one milligram of allicin has a potency of fifteen standard units of penicillin. 

Not only is it an anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, it is also rich in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium. Garlic helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improves poor circulation, detoxifies the body, and boosts immune system to help fight infections. Besides, it can be added to almost any savory dish for the most delicious flavor and aroma. If bad garlic breath is a concern, drinking lemon juice or eating a few slices of lemon will get the problem solved.

Garlic can be easily included as part of healthy life, especially when it is used for cooking vegetables that are everyday necessities. Here comes a simple recipe of zucchini, also known as courgette, which is low in calories and rich in water content: cut two courgettes into 2 or 3-cm slices and place them evenly in the steamer basket or on a plate; mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil with enough chopped garlic; spoon the garlic mixture onto each surface of courgette pieces; cook in a steamer for around 6 minutes, depending on the thickness of courgette slices. This is definitely a delicious dish for good of both general health and weight loss.

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