Eat Right Now with Chef Wendell: Zucchini pasta with Shiitake

Gr8 Health – Don’t Kill the Messenger

Moms and Dads: Your precious, impressible kids were not born to hate veggies; you taught them by projecting your fears of plant food unto them.  A new study in Archives of Internal Medicine looked at the diet of more than 500,000 Americans over a span of 10 years.  Their conclusion:  the average American eats about twice as much protein as they should.

It’s all over the media…”Eating lots of meat and cheese is just as bad for your health as smoking, a new study suggests.  Researchers monitored large groups of adults for nearly 20 years and found that people who ate a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age were four times more likely to die from cancer than someone with a low-protein diet.  Researchers said this mortality risk is similar to that of smoking.”  http://www.cell-metabolism/home

The solution: eat your Veggies.  The Spiralizer used in this fun dish can be found reasonably priced on Amazon.  The investment would encourage little kids to get involved and Vegaphobic parents to eat more veggies.

You can use jarred pasta sauce if you wish, but read the labels to be sure there is no High Fructose Corn Syrup or sugar on the ingredient list.  If you desire, eat it simply with good olive oil, pesto, and Parmesan cheese.

Macho don’t mean Mucho when it comes to eating meat. (Zsa Zsa Gabor) Less is more.

“Playful” Zucchini Pasta with Shiitake

2 medium zucchinis, 1 yellow, 1 green, washed and steamed

2 garlic cloves, minced-Anti-cancer

6 large shiitake, stems removed and slivered-Stimulate immune system

Hot pepper flakes-Circulation

Extra Virgin Olive oil-Antioxidant

Chopped onion, fresh spinach, chopped fresh tomato-Antioxidant protection

Basil Leaves for garnish-Assists digestion

Greek olives, chopped

* Use a Spiralizer to create colorful zucchini pasta.  If you do not have one, cut zucchini in Julienne matchsticks

* Prepare a saute pan with garlic and olive oil.

*  Over a medium heat, saute the onion, spinach, pepper flakes, and shiitake for 1 minute in oil, garlic.  Don’t walk away or you’ll have mush.

*  Saute very briefly until spinach begins to wilt.  Never use a microwave.

*  Add the zucchini pasta and mix gently together.  Let the warmth of the other ingredients soften the raw zucchini.

*  Put your pasta into a huge bowl and garnish with tomato sauce, Parmesan, chopped black olives, basil leaves, or pesto.

*  We also like ours with pesto and goat cheese.

It’s  not just about counting calories, but rather the quality of those calories.

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