These food and nutrition fun facts probably won't help you win any game shows, but will surely will amuse your family and friends.
FUN FACT #1 Strawberries technically is not even a berry!!
Strawberries come from the genus of plant called 'fragaria'. Despite its name, strawberries are not botanically berries, but an aggregate accessory fruit (1) ! What does it really matter? Strawberries have lots of vitamin C and so delicious!
FUN FACT #2 Eggplants is not a vegetable. It is botanically a fruit!!
Eggplant is a good source of Vitamin B6 for blood, brain and many tissues in the body. Some recipes advise salting sliced fruit (known as ‘degorging’) to soften it and to reduce the amount of fat absorbed during cooking. This treatment is not necessary with modern varieties of eggplant.(2)
FUN FACT #3 Cooking increases the anti-oxidant levels in tomatoes!
Whilst the amount of Vitamin C reduces somewhat with cooking, the amount of antioxidants such as lycopene increases! (3)
If you have read my website or know me personally, you would know that I love cooking (okay except on Friday night). I thought why not sharing a recipe that I have tried and tested with my own family with you every month.
I hope if my little ones (and big one) can gobble down the end products, so can your family!
February Recipe: Stir fried sweet potato noodles with teriyaki flavoured tofu
This is a variation from the traditional Korean stir fried sweet potato noodles (Japchae) to power charge the vegetables intake. Traditionally it is made with beef and sweetened with sugar , but I have used tofu in place of beef here and omitted the sugar.
I usually start soaking the noodles first while the rest of the ingredients is being chopped up. By the time the vegetables are cooked, the noodles are soft enough for the stir fry. Dinner completed in 30 minutes!
Time: 30 minutes
Potato noodles 1/4 bag (from most Korean or Asian grocery stores)