HEALTH TIP AND RECIPE OF THE MONTH

HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH

19 BENEFITS AND FUNCTIONS OF DRINKING WATER by healthfuldietandnutrition.com

1. Composes 75% of your brain.

2. Regulates your body temperature.

3. Makes up 83% of your blood.

4. Makes up 75% of your Muscle.

5. Composes 22% of your bones.

6. Helps convert food into energy.

7. Removes waste and toxins.

8. Helps your body absorb nutrient.

9. Moisten oxygen for breathing.

10. Cushions your joints.

11. Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to your cells.

12. Improves your productivity at work.

13. Natural remedy for headache.

14. Relieves fatigue and improves mood.

15. Reduces the risk of cancer.

16. Improves your performance during exercise.

17. Makes you look younger and healthier.

18. Increases metabolism allowing you to burn more fat.

19. Water has no calories.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

GABRIEL'S SAUTEED FAVA BEANS   food.com

Prep time:   30 minutes

Cook time:  15 minutes

2 servings

You can purchase favas at our local farmer's market or at you local grocery store now.

Tips for opening the pods and freezing the favas are at the end of the recipe.

Boiling water

salt

ice

tap water

2 pounds fresh fava beans, in the pod (yields about 1 1/2 to 2 cups shelled beans)

1 TBL. butter

1 tsp. olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced, to taste

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1.  First, shell the beans from the fava pods ( I found it is sometimes easier-especially if you are new to fava beans- to open the pods when you run the edge of a knife along the seam, cutting away the tough edge so that the pod halves come apart).

2. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, then add salt--the amount depends on how much water you have, but it should be very salty, like seawater.

3. In a bowl, combine ice and tap water to make ice water, set aside.

4. Add the shelled beans to the boiling water and let cook for about 3 minutes, then remove from saucepan and immediately plunge into the ice water to halt the cooking.

5. Let the beans cool, then peel the outer skin from each of them. 

6. Over medium heat in a skillet, melt together the butter and olive oil, then add the garlic and saute' for 1 minute.

7. Add the peeled fava beans and saute' about 5 to 7 minutes, or until they are done to your preference.

8. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper, serve, and enjoy!

9. Note: In choosing your fava beans, get the pods that are firm and fresh looking.

10. Note 2: Once you have made these basic fava beans, you can add other delicious items such as carmelized onions or fennel, chunky fresh tomatoes.

11. Note 3: I asked Gabriel if favas could be frozen effectively, and he said yes, you can shuck them and blanch them for 1 minute at most, then freeze them in a single layer on a sheet in the freezer before putting them into bags; great bright green color and no mushiness in texture; thaw, peel, and use as usual.