Health in the Kitchen

 
 

Recipe of the week

 
 

Did you know…?


Did you know, that the easiest and tested way to prevent egg shells from cracking during boiling is adding a pinch of salt to the water? It is also good to take them out of the fridge earlier, to warm them up to room temperature.


 

Did you know, that different types of lettuce have different consistency, crispness and flavor, which means that they can be combined with different kinds of sauces?

 

Lettuce with thick and crisp leaves, such as iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce go best with delicate vinaigrette sauces made with olive or flavored oils, but they can also be combined with thick sauces based on mayonnaise (for example Thousand Island dressing).

 

Lettuce with delicate leaves, such as rocket, corn salad or butterhead lettuce should be served with sauces of a light consistency. In the case of butterhead lettuce and corn salad, their mildly walnut taste can be nullified by an intense sauce. Rocket, on the other hand, can be combined with more spicy sauces, for example based on spicy mustard.

 

Another valuable tip: sauce should be added to the lettuce just before serving. Otherwise, the lettuce leaves will become soft from the influence of acids and spices present in the dressing.


 

Did you know, that celeriac facilitates weight loss? 100 g of celeriac bulb has only 7 calories, and the leaves have even less: 4-5 kcal. A celeriac based diet is great for cleansing the body of toxins, improves metabolism and facilitates digestion. Celeriac can be added to salads, soups and you can squeeze juice out of it, which in combination (in equal parts) with apple juice gives a drink which no Hollywood star can start the day without. A glass of such an elixir drank before eating not only cleanses the body, but also moisturizes the skin, strengthens hair and gives the complexion silky smoothness.


 

Did you know what kinds of potatoes are best for frying and baking, and what kinds for soups or salads? Here is the answer! Potatoes with a high starch content, for example Ibis and Bryza are great for fries and puree. The Denar and Velux types are potatoes with less starch, they have a thinner peel and are more watery, which helps them maintain their shape while cooking, so they are ideal for soups, vegetable salads and grilling. There are also universal potato types, such as Irga and Sante, which are good for most potato based meals.


 

Did you know, that fresh vegetables should be put in boiling water, and frozen vegetables, dry string vegetable seeds and potatoes should be put in cold water and left to boil?


 

Did you know, that the perfect way to cut herbs is to slice them on a wooden board moistened with water? That way the wood will not absorb the ethereal oils and herbs will maintain their aroma.


 

Did you know how to properly freeze vegetables and fruits? Watermelons, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, Chinese celery cabbage and salads should not be frozen, as they contain a lot of water. On the other hand, peas, cauliflower and carrots should be blanched for a short time before freezing, while fruits such as currants or raspberries can be frozen without blanching.


 

Did you know, that you should add a few spoons of milk while boiling broccoli, cabbage or Brussels sprouts? That way you can preserve the vitamin C contained in the vegetables and improve their taste!


 

Did you know, that the chili pepper is the hottest and most popular spice in the world? Its spicy flavor helps lose excess kilograms, as it contains capsaicin – a strong anti-oxidant which facilitates burning calories. According to recent studies, chili peppers also have a positive effect on the health of the circulatory system. This is why, if you want to take care of yourselves and lose some kilograms, we recommend dishes with chili, or, for example, tomato juice with chili.


 

Did you know, that cutlets should be bread-coated just before frying? Left in the coating for too long, the meat loses its moisture which is absorbed by the bread crumbs. As a result, the meat will not be juicy, and the coating will peel off during frying.


 

Did you know, that the smell of cooked cabbage can be lessened by adding a few bread skins or bay leaves to it? They will absorb the unattractive odors.


 

Did you know, that a vegetable broth will be tastier, if you fry the peeled and diced vegetables on butter for a while before putting them in the stew?


 

Did you know, that garlic should only be fried for a very short time and not allow it to burn? It will lose its flavor and aroma if fried too long.


 

Did you know, that in order to peel the skin off a tomato, you should delicately press on the skin from top to bottom with a knife, pour boiling water over the tomato and leave it for a moment, and then rinse it with a stream of cold water? The skin will then peel off by itself.


 
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The Power of plants


fas biala_niezly makaronA diet rich in plants is a diet of vitality and longevity. During the last 5 years, due to numerous studies and more scientific evidence, plant based diets have re-emerged. World Research Agencies consider this the strongest trend and a significant phenomenon which will change nutritional habits. A revolution in the culinary world has arrived – plant proteins have more benefits for the human body than animal proteins.

The nutritional pyramid is important. A large part of it consists of plants – because they are the ones that provide your daily nutrients, such as protein, potassium, fiber or vitamins and amino acids. Plants are classified in the category of superfoods. This group includes many products from Poland, such as: peas, tomatoes, pumpkins, apples and cranberries.

An explosive health benefit can be found in legumes. They are a rich source of protein, fiber, iron and antioxidants. For example, beans are not only tasty, but also full of nutritious plant protein. They are an ideal, healthy substitute for meat or pasta, and can be used for main courses, as well as salads, pastes or soups.

Bean seeds are an abundance of vitamins in the B (B1, B2), C and E groups, as well as magnesium and phosphor. Beans are pretty awesome!


 
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Diet is the best remedy


Diet is the best remedy1 – this timeless thesis by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-370 BC) is still valid and gaining in strength. Did you know that over 62% of Poles suffers from chronic fatigue, a depressed mood and lack of energy?… and 25% of Poles searches for causes of feeling unwell in their everyday diet. Why is this so?

This happens, because the intestines are your second brain [the creator of this theory is neurobiologist Prof. Michael Gershon]. The intestines are responsible for not just digestion, but our mental health – thinking, behavior, emotions. The intestines contain as many as 100 000 000 nervous cells connected to the brain through the vagus nerve. It is the intestines which transmit impulses to the brain and control our body.

Valuable nutrients in our food, and a healthy intestinal flora which goes along with them, are the strength of our immune and nervous systems. Eat better, feel better! You have a choice

 


 
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Jamar brand


Dzien KonsumentaWe are changing for you.

Taking into account the power of plants, increasing pace of our lives and the need of a good fuel for the body for the whole day – we want to provide you with products which will build your vitality.

When can we be vital? When we provide our bodies with food rich in valuable nutrients. This is why the Jamar brand’s mission statement is: an energetic meal is an energetic you!, which we express in the slogan Love Energy!

And when do we feel that we have a vital body? When we achieve psycho-physical balance and have energy to act – these are very important conditions for our bodies – they have the most impact on the quality of our lives. Our feeling of happiness, fulfillment, engagement, meaning of our life goals, satisfaction, lightness, effusion, being here and now and aware of the present.

Let’s take care of it together, it will be more fun that way. Are you coming with me? …


 
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Bruschetta with tomato passata and herbs


Slice the French loaf into small slices and pour a spoon of olive oil and JAMAR tomato passata on each one, add a slice of mozzarella cheese and garnish with herbs. Bake in an oven heated up to 120°C until the cheese starts to melt and the bread becomes crispy and golden brown.


Prepare time: 15 minuts  
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Honey-chocolate balls


Put flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt and cocoa into a bowl. Stir everything thoroughly with a spoon. After that pour in the oil and stir once again until you get a consistent mass, then add the golden syrup and water. Stir again to get a consistent mass. Put the mixed ingredients in a refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Heat up the oven to a temperature of 170°C. Form the pastry into balls and place them on a baking tray with baking fat spread over it. Place in the heated oven and bake for 20 minutes


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Crisp cookies with marmalade


Place all the ingredients on a pastry board along with the margarine cooled in the fridge and knead the pastry. Put the pastry in food wrap foil and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Roll out the cooled pastry into 5mm thick sheets, cut the cookies using cookie cutting forms of your selected shapes: hearts, stars, flowers. Place on baking trays and bake in an oven heated to 180°C for about 15-17min until the cookies are golden brown. After baking decorate them with JAMAR marmalade.


Prepare time: 15 minuts  
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Sponge roll with marmalade


Whip the egg whites until they are stiff, gradually adding sugar. After the sugar fuses with the whites, add the yolk and stir thoroughly until you get a consistent, fluffy mass. Finally add sieved flour and baking powder. Spread the mass on a large, rectangular baking tray covered with baking paper and even out the surface with a spatula.

Bake about 20 minutes in 180°C at the mid-height level of the oven. After baking delicately turn the cake over with cloth sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Also sprinkle the surface of the cake delicately with powdered sugar and roll it with the cloth. Put aside for the cake to cool off. After the sponge cake is cold, you can delicately sprinkled with raspberry juice and spread the JAMAR marmalade over it. Roll the sponge cake again, you can sprinkle it with powdered sugar again, and it’s done.


Prepare time: 15 minuts  
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Chicken with peas and JAMAR tomato passata


Rinse and dry the chicken breast, dice it and season with salt and pepper. Heat up 2 spoons of olive oil in a frying pan, add the pieces of chicken and fry for about 1,5 minutes until they are lightly brown. Add the JAMAR tomato passata and canned read beans with the dense pickle, season with salt and pepper, add the chili pepper and boil for another half a minute. After that, squash some of the beans with a fork in order to achieve an appropriately thick consistency. Put portions on plates, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and pour a little olive oil. Serve with bread or rice.


Prepare time: 15 minuts  
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Meatballs in tomato sauce, not just for children


Mix the minced meat with eggs, onion and bread crumbs, season with salt and pepper. Put the formed meatballs into mildly boiling water, so as to submerge them completely. Boil on medium heat for approximately 40 minutes. After boiling add 1 bottle of JAMAR tomato passata with tomato chunks and season with the spices. Serve with potatoes or rice and your favorite salad.


Prepare time: 15 minuts  
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