Monday, October 19, 2009

Dinners Decoded

Chicken Parmesan
  • Natural chicken breast in an egg coating dipped in spelt (wheat-free) flour, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasonings (sage, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley), sauteed in olive oil, baked with tomato sauce (rich in lycopene), topped with part-skim organic mozzarella
  • Steamed broccoli with red pepper flakes -high in sulphoraphone, a cancer fighting component that blocks the replication of tumor cells
  • Brown rice noodles - gluten free, whole grain pasta
**Adding vitamin C rich broccoli to chicken makes the iron easier to absorb!


  1. how beneficial are wheat-free products?
    also, i heard something about microwaving broccoli helps keep antioxidants, any take on that?

  2. It is best to eat a variety of grains, so choosing some wheat free carbs may help you accomplish this. A lot of our food today is made from highly processed wheat flour - cereal, bread, pasta, crackers. Other grains such as buckwheat, millet, quinoa, spelt, and brown rice offer more protein and some vitamins as well as fiber. You would want to make sure the wheat-free product does still contain whole grains since some are made with white rice or processed corn.

    As for the broccoli, it is actually best in its raw form. The sulforaphane is degraded with heat. You can still maintain some of its benefits by steaming, which can be accomplished in the microwave with a small amount of water. If you use a lot of water or boil the broccoli, the vitamins will leech out.