Capsicum Salad

This is my salad of the day for today:

Capsicum (green, red and dark purple), kyuri, baby radish, toasted walnut, toasted almond, Furikake, Nori and a drizzle of roasted sesame dressing.

This capsicum salad is really yummy and refreshing. I love the crunchiness and freshness of the sweet capsicum.  I especially love the vibrant colors in my bowl of salad, packed with loads of nutrients and vitamins.

Recently, I saw purple and brown capsicum at our neighborhood supermarket. I was intrigued as I never knew that capsicum comes in these 2 interesting colors too!  We have always only been buying capsicum in the traffic light colors.

Below: a purple capsicum

Purple Beauty

Capsicums are really something to chew on! Check out the health benefits:

Capsicum or bell pepper contains an impressive list of plant nutrients that found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Unlike other fellow chili peppers, it has low calories and fats. 100 g provides just 31 calories.

Capsicum contains small levels of health benefiting alkaloid compound, capsaicin. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. When used judiciously, it also found to reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.

What Color Pepper Is the Healthiest?

Capsicums are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant believed to lower the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate, bladder, cervical and pancreatic.

Eating capsicum boosts hair growth by regulating the blood flow to the scalp. Incorporate this colourful vegetable into your diet to get long silky hair, and to strengthen your hair follicles.

Red, green and yellow capsicum help with the production of collagen, a component that is responsible for healthy and firm skin. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in capsicum help keep your skin youthful.

Bell peppers have very high content of vitamin A, C and E (all anti-oxidants) that help to effectively neutralize free radicals. Anti-oxidants protects the body from carcinogenic and toxic substances. Just by this virtue alone, it is a good remedy for many health problems.

Pick a peck of colorful peppers to punch up the flavor and nutritional content of your meals.  Capsicums come in a palette of colors — green, red, yellow, orange, purple and chocolate brown — and all varieties are excellent sources of the antioxidant vitamins A and C.

Capsicums are another staple vegetables in my fridge. With all the health benefits listed above, you  have every good reason to pop some capsicums into your shopping basket now 🙂

 

I Love Radish

 

This is a red radish.  I never knew that there are a few types of radishes until my mil bought them.  Apart from the white radish, there are also pink radish (pink skin white flesh) and green radish (green skin white flesh).  The pink and green ones taste much better than the white radish.  I love radish soup and stew with radish.  I even love raw shredded radish (the ones for eating with tempura) and pickled radish.

Here’s a chicken stew with pink radish, potatoes, Chinese chestnuts, bombay onions and tomatoes that I had cooked. 

I read that if one has taken medication or anything ‘poa’ (nourishing), then one is not supposed to eat radish as radish will negate the effects of the medication and the nutrients.

Purple Cabbage

I was caught by surprise that not many people have seen a purple cabbage. Each time I have visitors at home and they see me cooking a purple cabbage dish, they would ask what that is. I love cabbages and also vegetables with dark colors. The darker the color of the vege, the more nutrients they contain. There’s also the purple long beans and the purple cauliflower but I’ve not bought the purple cauliflower yet. Will try to get it one day.

Cabbages are rich in Vitamin K and Vitamin C, fibre, manganese, vitamin B6 and folate, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, tryptophan, protein and magnesium. I normally shred the cabbage into thin strips and stir-fry them with dried shrimps or miso paste. Also goes well if fried together with noodles.


This is fried mee hoon with purple cabbage. When cooked with noodles, everything turns purple from the noodles to the eggs, garlic, puffed tofu and fish cakes. Alycia and Sherilyn find the purple dish very amusing and they enjoy eating them too.