Often we go through life from one convenience after another you know? All the while knowing that taking a little extra time to make whole food meals will greatly benefit our health, the way we feel and increase our overall longevity while minimizing many chronic diseases. This article is just a simple basic guide for the lazy eaters out there who might resonate with this author... who is also a bit lazy with general meals regardless of credentials. Nonetheless 90% of the authors diet is purely whole foods.
How can you get whole food meals into your system on a daily basis without completely sucking up your time, money or taking the flavor or fun out of it? Simple, well especially for those in the fall and winter time, like the frigid temps here in Boise Idaho. What may be the first time in this author’s career, this article will actually feature a recipe to accompany the science and awesomeness that will birth forth. Now don’t get too excited, this is all mainly inspired by the author’s recent month long journey throughout Europe, with an emphasis on a friend in Spain who’s cooking left an impression to experiment more with simple dishes.
If you like organic onions, potatoes, apples, portobello mushrooms and sausage (bacon, your choice of meat, bacon)... possibly more bacon? Then you will love the simple dish that will be brought forth to you. This could not only just make you feel awesome, but save you money on top of that because the ingredients are not very expensive. Before the recipe is revealed, here is a cool abstract on the benefits of onion. Clearly using bacon regularly is not advised, but sometimes it is -_^. If it isn’t already obvious, all meat recommendations are nitrite/nitrate and organic. Applegate is one of the best companies for high-quality meats. Of course if you’re vegan or vegetarian you can always cut the meat out altogether.
Onions are part of the allium vegetable family that are known as a monocot genus of flowering plants. This being onions, garlic, chives and leeks. They represent many health benefits and in particular the study below suggests that by consuming allium vegetables you get the benefit of a decreased risk of prostate cancer. Amongst many other benefits that will be listed throughout the up-coming articles.
- A total of nine epidemiological studies consisting of six case-control and three prospective cohort studies were included. We found a significantly decreased risk of prostate cancer for intake of allium vegetables (OR = 0.82, 95% CI 0.70, 0.97). Moreover, in the subgroup analysis stratified by allium vegetable types, significant associations were observed for garlic (OR = 0.77, 95% CI 0.64-0.91) but not onions (OR = 0.84, 95% CI 0.62-1.13) . . . Allium vegetables, especially garlic intake, are related to decreased risk of prostate cancer. Because of the limited number of studies, further well-designed prospective studies are warranted to confirm the findings of our study. (full abstract)
Idaho... the potato state. It would only make sense to include some potato science because of this glaringly blatant obvious fact. Granted this is ironic because the author was not intending on getting two abstracts on compounds found within both onions and potatoes that show benefit for those with prostate cancer. So the science in the article ought to be considered a male orientated post in all sense and purposes. Still, there are plenty of compounds found within both that are beneficial for either sex.
- Polyphenols from fruits and vegetables exhibit anticancer properties both in vitro and in vivo and specialty potatoes are an excellent source of dietary polyphenols, including phenolic acids and anthocyanins. This study investigated the effects of specialty potato phenolics and their fractions on LNCaP (androgen dependent) and PC-3 (androgen independent) prostate cancer cells . . . This is the first report showing that the cytotoxic activities of potato extract/AF in cancer cells were due to activation of caspase-independent apoptosis. Current studies are focused on identifying individual components of the AF responsible for the induction of cell death pathways in prostate and other cancer cell lines and developing potato cultivars that overexpress these active compounds. (full abstract)
Ok, now for the recipe. You are about to be dazzled with simplicity that will shock you, with laziness that will down right compel you, with.... yeah. Let’s make up a name....
It shall be called..... Lazy Meal 1.0... Yeah real creative.
- 1 medium onion
- 1 small yukon gold potato
- 1/2 braeburn apple
- 4 small portobello mushrooms
- 1-3 organic sausage(s) (nitrite, nitrate-free)
Prep-work: (5 minuteish...)
- Dice all food thingy’s in relatively even slices
- Cover pan in organic virgin coconut oil (Dr. Mercola cookware is recommended)
Cooking: (10-12 minuteish...)
- Sauté at medium heat for roughly 10 minutes or until it looks done while constantly stirring it, with intermittent pauses to let the onions and meat cook, adding oil if needed
Optional: carrots, cucumber, eggs, leeks, etc.
That’s it, the apple will add a lot of flavor, add a touch of cinnamon and vanilla to spice it up for the holiday season. Your residence will smell fantastic for several hours as well, which for the author, that’s partially why he cooks this anyway because it’s a comfort-scent.
More on the front of regenerative medicine. Imagine a future where instead of suffering from an inflamed gut or disease, you could essentially coax stem cells to grow in such a way as to give you the gift of a new gut? This is what scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital coupled with MIT are doing right now. Just check out the Manufacturing New Gut to Treat GI Diseases scientific article.
To get the best value in Boise Idaho visit the Boise Co-Op, Whole Foods or Natural Grocers to purchase your local and organic produce within the Treasure Valley. The following is more perspective to expand your mind. Here is one from our comrade Rumi.
“Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.”