Week four – What are these Walla Walla onions in the box?
I was curious as I had never heard of them before, have you? Going to sweetonions.org I found the story of the Walla Walla Sweet onion. A French soldier found one of these onion seeds on an island in Italy and brought it back to the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State to cultivate over a century ago.
They are a sweet onion variety with a low sulfur and high water content, making them mild and great in many dishes. I did take a bite raw as they suggest and although they say it is so sweet you can eat it like an apple, I probably would not do it again – I found them tough. However, they are indeed, the sweetest onion I have ever tasted!
Onions belong to the lily family along with garlic, leeks, chives, scallions and shallots. They are rich in the powerful compound diallyl sulfide, which gives them their strong smell and helps prevent cancer by blocking the effects of carcinogens in the body. They also contain numerous flavonoids, such as quercetin – which are antioxidant compounds that help prevent blood clots and protect against heart disease and cancer. This vegetable also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. In addition, onions are very rich in chromium, a trace mineral that helps cells respond to insulin, and are a good source of vitamin C and other trace elements. But proceed with caution when cooking these onions. High heat will destroy a large percentage of all those beneficial compounds. So, we cut them in half and grilled them very quickly, just a minute or two, with a brush of oil and pepper.
Amazing! Mouth watering, crunchy and soooo sweet. They brought back memories of the tender, creamed pearl onions my mom always made for Thanksgiving that I loved as a child.
CUKES, CUKES AND MORE CUKES!
I have to thank my friend Joanne, as well as the abundant cucumbers in the box, for the cucumber cocktails that I have been enjoying all summer. She turned me on to this incredibly clean, crisp, pure and refreshing tasting vodka, with the essence of freshly sliced cucumbers. With the crushed up crunchy cucumber, a little seltzer, and a squeeze of fresh lime, I actually feel healthy drinking this!
Remember, if your diabetes is not in good control you should avoid drinking alcohol. If you do choose to drink, make sure it’s not on an empty stomach. Additionally, alcohol can cause hypoglycemia – particularly if you use insulin, so you’ll need to check your blood glucose more frequently.
This wonderful low calorie vegetable indeed has more nutrients to offer than just water and electrolytes. It contains unique anti-oxidants in good ratios such as B-carotene and a-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin A, zea-xanthin and lutein. They also have a mild diuretic property due to their high water and potassium content, which helps in checking weight gain and blood pressure. I was surprised to learn they have a high amount of vitamin K which has been found to have a potential role in bone strength and in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease!
So here’s the just 100 calorie, nutritious, pure, and clean healthy girl cocktail:
Crop Certified Organic Cucumber Vodka 1.5 oz. (infused flavors avoid the sugar content of artificially flavored liquor
1 oz. cucumber (a few slices, low calories high water content for hydration, alkalinity neutralizes acids in body
4 oz. club soda (plain or lemon lime flavored)
Squeeze of fresh lime
Muddle mint and cucumber in bottom of a shaker glass, add vodka, soda and lime juice. Add ice, shake, strain and garnish with a cucumber slices, mint and add more ice! 100 calories, 0 fat, 25mg sodium, 2g total carbohydrates, 1g sugar.
So if you feel like indulging, this is the way to go!! You could also add a little beet juice, green tea or agave if you like, but that would change the nutritionals.
So what did I do with the rest of the box this week? I roasted the cabbage in the toaster oven with a spritz of olive oil and pepper (I loved it this way), added the potatoes to a pasta dish, made tomato salad and ate the sweet tender baby watermelon alone.
I only allowed a piece or two for my husband. Ha!
Next week I am thinking of a watermelon gazpacho and I will have to think of something to do with all these tomatoes!!
So, until next week eat and enjoy your veggies…