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May 5, 2009

Announcing SWC- Cooking with greens event

Cooking with greens
As I had mentioned in my post,that I have to get serious about blogging and it was high time to do something , I decided to host an event in my blog,my first event. My special thanks to lakshmi, who gave me a chance to host the SWC this month. As lakshmi has already been concenterating on healthy foods in her past few food blog events , I decided to carry on the same tradition.
As greens are an essential part of our diet, it would be nice to know not only the various preperation methods ,but also the various kinds of green leafy vegetables.

Why greens?
Green leafy vegetables are a great source of many essential vitamins and minerals our body needs to keep healthy. It includes vitamin A,C,K,folate, iron and calcium. They are great sources of fiber too. It also contains some nutrients to prevent certain types of cancer and good for heart too. Its recommended to eat 3 cups of green leafy vegetables per week or half a cup everyday.
They also provide varieties of phytonutrients including beta carotene and lutiene and zeaxanthene which protects our cells from damage and eye related problems.They also contain small amounts of omega-3-fats.
Greens have very little carbohydrates content in them and they are packed in layers of fibers which make them very slow to digest. Therefore greens have very little impact on blood glucose. Some green contains oxalates which may bind some calcium in the greens.Indeed they are nutritional powerhouses.
Source-www.youngwomenshealth.org
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/

What all can you include?
You can use any green leafy vegetables in your preparation. You can refer here for the list of green leafy vegetables.
A small common list of greens is mentioned below-
Spinach, fenugreek,coriander,mint,amaranth,beet greens,brussels sprouts, cabbage,brocolli,collard green,lettuce,mustard greens,sorrel ,kailan,chye sim and many more.

What can you do with them?
Thats completely your choice. You can whip up any vegetarian dish with your choice of green. It can be a snack, salad,bread,rice, or maybe a dessert too!!!Just dont forget to add lots of greens in them. Post the recipe with photo of your dish in your blog before 6th of june and do mention the health benefits.

Some rules for participation-
*Make any vegetarian dish using greens as the star ingredient. Using eggs is allowed.
*Please send me your entries to creativesaga(at)gmail(dot)com.
Entries should include the name of your blog with the url, the name of your dish with the entry url and an photo of the dish.
*The last date for sending in your entries is June 6th 2009'.
*Multiple entries are most welcome.
* Non bloggers can send me the recipe and photo of the dish to the above mentioned e-mail address. I will include it in the round up.
*Linkback to the announcment when you post the entry.
*Please include the logo if you wish to.


Logo image courtesy- www.lifeinitaly.com

*Dont forget to have your daily cup of greens!!
Update- You can send entry from your archives. But do mention about it with the link to the event in your new post.

42 comments:

Parita said...

Wow great choice....green leafy veggies are part of my every day diet...will surely send in few entries..happy hosting :)

jayasree said...

Good luck with your first event. Nice choice of theme. Count me in.

Enjoy hosting.

Chitra said...

wow, very healthy event, sure iam in:)

Happy cook said...

I never cook green leaf veg, if i cansend salade then i will send a dish.

Asha said...

LOVE Greens, great theme. I will be on break from this weekend unfortunately. Enjoy hosting! :)

sowmya said...

@parita,jayasree,chitra- will be eagerly looking forward for your entries.

@happy cook- you are welcome to send salads with greens in it..

@asha- thanks,wish I could get an entry from you..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow this is a great event and count me in... wonderful theme...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Great theme.....Happy hosting!

LG said...

I am all green and ready to participate. Nice theme Sowmya. Good Luck with hosting.

DEESHA said...

thatz a nice healthy theme

Vicky Xavier. said...

Very nice event. I will send you some of my recipes. Happy hosting dear.

Renuka said...

Great event..count me in..

Uma said...

Nice theme Sowmya. Will send something :)

Ann said...

Great Event to host..Happy hosting Sowmya

Lavi said...

Will Sure send you my entry! Happy Hosting Sowmi!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

great concept.

Shreya said...

Best wishes for the first event! Love the theme:-)

rekhas kitchen said...

very helthy choice for the event will send some sure Happy hosting

Priya said...

Great choice sowmya!

Vaishali said...

Great theme for summer. I'll try to send something.

Sushma said...

cool idea.., count me in :)
actually I published a recipe with greens on 4th May 2009. Can I send it across?

notyet100 said...

lovely event will sure send u something..:-)

Cham said...

Great choice of greens :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice event..will send u something ...count me in

Indrani said...

Great idea, Sowmya/... count me in...I'm an absolute green beggie lover

monali said...

Nice Sowmya..Happy hosting!!!

Ivy said...

Thanks for the invitation Sowmya. It sounds like a great event.

Joie de vivre said...

I will keep your event in mind! Our CSA deliveries start tomorrow and we always start the season with greens aplenty!

anudivya said...

Sowmya, this is a totally healthy event and I love that you took the initiative to reach out to do something good as this. I will try to cook up something.

Sanghi said...

Good healthy event..! Can i send my archived entries for this? will try to send new too..!

Varunavi said...

All the best for hosting ur first event.
will send u a entry

Trupti said...

lovely theme Sowmya ..all the best for hosting ur first event

Neha said...

Gr8 choice, 'll sure send something....

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

nice event.. count me in for sure! happy hosting :)

Abilashini Sapthanaa said...

Hey.. dont forget to add me in .. My subscriptions are almost ready!!!!!!!!

Padma said...

Nice event... can know many more healthier recipes... sure would like to send in some :)

SPICE OF LIFE said...

great event ..shall definitely send in an entry

Sowmya said...

Its a very good theme sowmya, My recipes are on the way :)

Sowmya said...

Its a good theme Sowmya..My posts are on the way :)

Anu said...

I have sent my entry for this event :) Hope u received it. Happy hosting :)

Divya Rao said...

This is a good one Sowmya. We all tend to ignore the greens in our diet so often. I will send in my entry soon.

Pinky said...

Nice event... I will send something to you too...

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