Alternative greens to add to save your health – and the environment too. By Yuen Yi Ying
Meatless Monday, the healthy eating initiative which advocates going vegetarian once a week, claims that by replacing high-fat red meats with fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables, you’ll lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. You’ll also help save precious resources – such as fossil fuel and water – that are used in large quantities by the livestock industry. Studies suggest that people are more likely to sustain behaviours that begin early in the week, hence the campaign falls on Monday. If you haven’t jumped on yet, here are 10 unusual veggies to start you off and so you’ll likely never fall into a food rut again.
Also known as Buddha hand melon locally (because of its likeness to hands clasped in prayer), you can prepare this crisp, green food in a multitude of ways: raw in salads, fried, poached, or baked with butter. Its ability to retain its firm texture even after cooking makes this ideal for stews and pies too.
How to eat chayote: As it has such a light taste, it takes on the flavours of the seasonings you cook it with, so add this vitamin C-rich fruit to as many dishes as you like. One point to note though: When cut, it secretes a sticky, slippery sap that’s hard to wash off, so wear gloves before handling it.