Gourmet Sauces, Rubs and Marinades - Give Your BBQ a Gourmet KickWritten by Gene Grohan
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Marinades are seasonings which contain acidic ingredients such as vinegar, wine and citrus juice and are used to tenderize meat. Marinades can be a combination of herbs, spices and vegetables and are used to add flavor to dish. When you soak meat into marinade, meat absorbs ingredients and result is a more flavorful and tender dish. The meat must soak in marinade for a good part of day or even overnight to ensure it has enough time to absorb its maximum capacity. Make sure you read directions prior to marinating because some foods (like shrimp and fish) can become mushy and soggy if they are left in too long.
Regardless of which form of seasoning you choose, rubs, sauces and marinades add flavor and tenderness to all forms of meat. So give your BBQ a gourmet kick and add a gourmet BBQ sauce, rub or marinade to your next barbecue.
Gene Grohan is a contributing writer for various food related sites including Barbecues and Grills a site offering information about choosing barbecue grills and great BBQ recipes - and Gourmet Foods 101 - a site offering information about and gourmet foods, meats and wines including things like gourmet shrimp.
Food Health ValuesWritten by Weight-Control-Services.com
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Legumes These seed pod products help with reduction of heart disease risk and help with healing of some cancers, blood sugar level maintenance and iron / calcium maintenance in body. They also aid people with anemia and diabetes. Mushrooms These help white blood cells in immune system, help fight some cancers and heart disease and may help in prevention of clotting, by blood thinning. Onions They have helped with heart disease prevention, bladder (and other) cancer, and circulatory problems. They have also helped in healing swelling from bug bites and bronchial inflammations. And onion tea is said to have sedative qualities. Potatoes / Other Roots These root veggies are associated with prevention of different cancers, prevention of blood clotting related with heart disease, and with protection against inhaled nicotine (via smokers). Carrots further aid in stomach and lung cancer care, food poisoning healing, iron deficiency, sexual problems and night blindness. While beets help reduce heart disease risk and spina bifida (with pregnant women). And they help with high blood pressure care and muscle replenishing. Pumpkins / Squash These have been known to help with prevention of prostate cancer and reduction of heart disease risk. They also aid in healing cataracts / retinal and lens damage in eye and with flu and colds. Soybeans These help with osteoporosis risk reduction, lowering blood cholesterol levels, and prostate and breast cancer reduction and prevention. Soybeans have also been known for helping spleen, blood and pancreas, and increasing milk production in breast-feeding women. Tomatoes These help in reduction of heart disease, healing of prostate and other cancers, and with aging (both mentally and physically) process. Bread, Cereals, Rice and Pasta Cereals are considered staple foods. Depending upon country, weather, region, etc., popular varieties vary; corn, barley, oats, wheat, rice, millet. Grains mainly give body carbohydrates (mostly starches), some fiber, protein, vitamins (mainly Bs and E) and minerals. Here is a peek at some foods in this category. Bread This major energy source offers body lots of nutrition, protein, calcium, iron and B vitamins. Breads help reduce risk of infertility in men, anemia, heart and spine problems, osteoporosis and colon cancer risk. Historically, bread was prescribed as natures way to aid in colonic irrigation. Corn Corn may be able to help with spina bifida risk in babies. It helps with heart disease and colon cancer prevention. Popped corn can be a great diet food, depending upon oil and additives (like butter) used. Corn silks have been used in diuretic teas to help with high blood pressure, gallstones, kidney stones, water retention, and urinary problems. Oats Oats are known to help with skin problems and in treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia. The saponins, B vitamins and alkaloids in oats aid with mood-lifting. Some forms of oats also work as antiseptic and heart disease treatments, help lower blood pressure and with weight reduction (cause full feeling and digest slowly) and are popular on diabetic menus. Rice Rice has been used for healing of depression, for reducing colon cancer risk, for reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It offers quick energy for body, helps calm stomach, is good for poor digestion and diarrhea, and helps fight celiac disease. Rice cakes are great substitutions for dieters, replacing breads. Wheat - This traditional kidney toner help with reduction and prevention of colon and breast cancer, blocking of arteries and heart disease. Wheat also aids in mental functions including focus and calmness. Many pastas are made from wheat and in this category. They offer carbohydrates, fiber and B vitamins to body.
Meats and Fish - Meats are a source of protein and iron. Mainly fat content needs to be of concer with regards to perfect dietary planning. And leaner meats are becoming more readily available; lean hamburger, buffalo, emu and ostrich. Fish, also good protein sources, help reduce heart disease risk, inflammation and blood clotting. Fish Oily fish have been known to help with bone density, to relieve psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritic pain, and help prevent heart disease and anemia. Shellfish helps with male fertility, brittle bones, weak muscles, weight loss and prevention of cancer. Meats Aid male fertility, build body tissue, nervous system damage and maintenance and help with prevention of anemia and osteoporosis. Gamebirds / Poultry These foods help enhance concentration and mood. They also aid in prevention of anemia and depression. And for those with allergies, turkey and chicken are noted at rarely causing allergic reactions. Dairy Dairy products help in prevention of tooth decay, protein deficiency, loss of energy, high blood pressure, bone fractures, osteoporosis, rickets and some cancers including colon.
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