Monday, February 26, 2007

Stay well strategy from India….

In India, women serve their families an immune-strengthening broth featuring curry, cumin, garlic and lemon three times a week to prevent sickness. “This spicy broth is also the quick-fix home remedy most often used in India at the onset of cold or flu symptoms,” says ayurvedic practitioner Reenita Malhotra Hora. “It’s so effective that congestion, stuffiness and other symptoms are relieved almost immediately after it is consumed, making the use of stronger medications unnecessary.”

Stay well strategy: In a small pot, heat 1 tsp. olive oil. Add ½ tsp. each curry and cumin; 2 cloves garlic, grated; 1 TBL. lemon juice and 12 ounces of water. Simmer 5 minutes, or until reduced to 1 cup. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Since proves it! Curry is unusually rich in phenolic compounds. Research at UCLA and elsewhere suggests that these anti-inflammatories reduce pain, swelling and tissue inflammation a quickly and effectively as prescription anti-inflammatory meds but without the risk of side effects. And according to researchers at Tufts University School of Massachusetts, the powerful antioxidants in cumin, garlic and lemon build immunity, fortifying the body against pathogens in just one week. I found this recipe in the 2/12/07 issue of “First” magazine.

Note from Lucy: My grandkids have been sick with something for the last week. Jennifer, Justin and William have also come down with fever and congestion. I saw this recipe and decided to give it a try. So far I am feeling fine! I actually turn the soup up to boiling and then turn it down to low and let it cook for five minutes before I pour it into a large mug and sip it. Give it a try!

I found this recipe for Enchiladas and thought it was worth posting….

Chicken-and-Spinach Enchiladas

Prep: 15 min., Bake: 30 min., Stand: 5 min.
1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 (16-oz.) jar medium salsa with cilantro, divided
2 (10-oz.) cans enchilada sauce
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese*
2 1/2 cups shredded or chopped roasted chicken
10 (7- to 8-inch) flour tortillas
1 (8-oz.) package shredded Mexican four-cheese blend
Toppings: shredded lettuce, guacamole, chopped fresh cilantro, chopped red onion, halved grape tomatoes 1. Drain spinach well, pressing between paper towels. Set aside.
2. Stir together 1/4 cup salsa and enchilada sauce, and set aside.
3. Microwave cream cheese in a medium microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until very soft. Add spinach, chicken, and remaining salsa, and stir until blended.
4. Spoon a heaping 1/3 cupful chicken mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas, and place, seam sides down, in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce mixture evenly over top of rolled tortillas; sprinkle with shredded cheese.
5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with desired toppings.
*1/3-less-fat cream cheese may be substituted.
Yield: Makes 5 to 6 servings. Recipe from Southern Living – Claudia Hon, Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Tostitos Medium Salsa and Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce.
Note from Lucy: Corn tortillas are usually used for Enchiladas, so give it a try if you are a died in the wool Enchilada fan.

I've been really busy lately and haven't had much time to go around and read everyone each day. I'll pop in when I get a free moment. Have a great week everyone.


At 11:26 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

That exotic concoction may cure, but it doesn't excite my appetite any. Just salt or pepper for taste? Could I throw in some beer too?

Actually, home cures are a great idea. What's odd is that you'll usually find them developed in other countries. I think the pharamaceutical companies have cornered the market on cures in this country. Doctors poo poo anything that hasn't been approved by the food and drug administration.

At 5:05 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I was just on someones blog who has a cold! Two people in fact...I must send them here for this recipe! Sounds great, actually!

At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh how I wish my family would eat that yummy food.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Thanks for posting this. Many in my family are fighting flu type colds and I have sent the recipe to all of my family. I certainly plan to try it. I don't see why we can't add a few veggies and make lunch of it.
The Enchilada recipe sounds like a winner too. I love the easy meals.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hi there Lucy...Oscars-part 2 is posted now if you are interested...There will be one more installmswnt after this...!

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Enchiladas!! I'm in!!

That cold remedy sounds like it might work!

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

I'll have to give that a try next time someones sick. Unfortunately getting the rest of my family to try it could be a challenge!

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Hi Lucy...just checking in to say hi. Hope everyone is feeling better by now.

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Live, Love, Laugh said...

yum, I gotta try that enchilada recipe, and tell me was the concoction good, did it taste okay? I wanna make sure you didn't choke up before I try it. hee hee

At 6:25 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Dave, I am not sure what beer would do to the "soup". You are right about the FDA and many doctors.

oldladyof the hills - I loved your Oscar reviews. Thanks

daybyday - what do they like to eat?

rachel - the cold remedy has been helping me. I still have a cough, but I feel OK.

o great one - my husband won't touch it, it's his loss.

fred - Glad to see ya. We're better. Why did you take your blog down? FRED!

live, love, laugh - The enchilada recipe is great. The "concoction" will be strictly up to your taste buds. I can handle it but my husband doesn't like it. It won't hurt to try it. It really is helping me.

At 3:06 AM, Blogger Merle said...

Hi Lucy ~~ The cure sounds as though it could work. I have copied it to try. Natural remedies are safer.

Thanks for your visit, glad you liked "Someone Else" and for your suggestion "You do it". I would add
it would be nice to hear a few
"I'll do its" wouldn't it. Take care
Lucy, Love, Merle.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Merle - "I'll do it" is always better....Thanks!

At 10:27 PM, Blogger NoSurfGirl said...

I'll have to try that one-- one can only take so much onion miso soup.

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