Chicken Livers and Brussels Sprouts
When it comes to eat healthy meals, expensive ingredients do not necessarily need to form the main part of the recipe. I have chosen exclusively Organic ingredients to prove my point, and listed the cost accordingly. If you prefer to pick non-Organic ingredients, then of course the cost will be even lower, but will you rip all the goodness from the food as much and reduce the load on your liver, when it comes to detoxifying chemicals such as pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, petroleum-based chemicals, preservatives and additives, etc.?
Vegetables used in this recipe are rich in Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, highly digestible Carbohydrates (including Soluble and Insoluble Fibre), Minerals (Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium) and Vitamins (Vitamin A, C, E, K, B6, Folic Acid) and very powerful Phytonutrients (Glucosinolates: Indole-3-Carbinol and Sulphoraphane – important cancer-fighting compounds, and Carotenoids) and Antioxidants (Vitamin C, E). (Murray, M. Pizzorno, JE. Pizzorno, L. 2006)
Chicken Livers add important nutrients to the dish, including Protein, Vitamin A, C and Iron, Phosphorus and Potassium, while containing little Saturated Fat; and is also low in calories. (Kirschmann, JD. Nutrition Search, Inc. 2007)
Considering all that is good in this dish, it makes sense to eat delicious and healthy meal, even when on a budget; and choosing each ingredient careful can make all the difference.
Murray, M. Pizzorno, JE. Pizzorno, L. (2006). Healing Power of Vegetables. The Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods. The Most Comprehensive, user-friendly A-Z Guide available on the Nutritional Benefits and Medicinal Properties of Food. London: Piatkus Books Ltd. pp. 155–249.
Kirschmann, JD. Nutrition Search, Inc. (2007). Nutrition Almanac. Learn what Vitamins and Minerals can do for your body and mind. Fight Disease, Boost Immunity, and Slow the Effect of Aging. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Books. p. 325.
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