Broccoli has been around for more than 2000 years, The name "broccoli" comes for the Latin word brachium, which means "branch," or "arm." Americans have grown it in their gardens for only about 200 years! The first commercially grown broccoli was grown and harvested in New York, then planted in the 1920's in California. A few crates were sent back East and by 1925 the broccoli market was off the ground. This vegetable is highly recognized for its anti-cancer nutrients. It is a cruciferous vegetable and member of the cabbage family which is helpful in preventing certain types of cancer.
Broccoli was first grown in the Italian province of Calabria and was given the name Calabrese. Today there are many varieties. In the United States, the most common type of broccoli is the Italian green or sprouting variety. Its green stalks are topped with umbrella-shaped clusters of purplish green florets.
Broccoli consumption has increased over 940 percent over the last 25 years. It's a good source of Vitamin A, and vitamin C, potassium, folacin, iron and fiber. Broccoli has as much calcium ounce per ounce as milk and contains a few important phytochemicals: beta-carotene, indoles and isothiocyanates. Phytochemicals prevent carcinogens (cancer causing substances) from forming. They also stop carcinogens from getting to target cells and help boost enzymes that detoxify carcinogens. So next time you sit down to eat and broccoli is on the menu. Remember it really is good for you!
This meal is a wallet pleaser. Cost less then $3.50 to make. 20 minutes to cook. Serves 4.
Broccoli Rice Turkey Sausage Skillet
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1 (8.5 oz) package whole grain medley roasted garlic (I used Uncle Ben's 90 second rice)
2 cups chopped broccoli
1/2 pound turkey sausage, sliced, then cut each slice into quarters
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon onion powder
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons chicken broth
In skillet, melt butter over medium low heat. Add chopped broccoli to the skillet, season broccoli with salt, pepper and onion powder. Cook until just tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add turkey sausage, rice and chicken broth, stir well, cook until rice heated through. Enjoy!
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