Healing Foods

Oregano

This flavor savior is the king of herbs when it comes to antioxidant content
Healing Foods: Oregano

Ounce for ounce, oregano is one of the world’s most antioxidant-dense foods, according to a 2003 report in The Journal of Nutrition. One tablespoon of the fresh herb packs the same antioxidant punch as a medium-sized apple. Its high concentration of these plant compounds may help prevent cellular damage and reduce the risk of common killers such as cancer, heart disease, and hypertension. Oregano also has antimicrobial qualities. It contains thymol and carvacrol, strong antiseptics used in mouthwashes that inhibit growth of bacteria and fungi.

Choose It & Use It
This flowery hot herb is a staple in Italian, Greek, and Mexican cuisines. Greek oregano is most common. Mexican oregano is less minty and best in spicy dishes. Chop fresh oregano for salads, or steep 3 teaspoonfuls (1 to 2 teaspoons dried) 10 minutes in 1 cup boiling water and sweeten with honey to make an herbal tea. Use it to brighten soft cheeses, and egg, bean, vegetable, or grain dishes; substitute it for thyme or rosemary for variety.

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Vegetarian Gumbo

Vegetarian Gumbo

Here, the rich, dark roux of a Louisiana-style gumbo is laced with carrots, parsnips, okra, and green beans, but feel free to substitute any vegetables you have on hand.

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Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas

Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas

Jarred roasted red peppers create a speedy homemade sauce for these mini pizzas, but you can also roast your own red peppers to cut down on sodium.

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Cuban Black Bean and Potato Soup

Cuban Black Bean and Potato Soup

The distinctive flavor of this soup comes from a sofrito, a puréed mix of onions, garlic, and bell peppers.

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Spaghetti with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Finely chopped mushrooms give this healthful sauce a hearty texture.

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