One of the nice things about being single again is feeling free to do things your ex didn’t like. For example, years ago, I abstained from wearing what I thought were an adorable pair of toe socks because my boyfriend at the time found them disturbing. I happily began wearing them again when we broke up. (Hey, we all deal in our own ways.)
Like most things in life, this applies to food. My friend was just lamenting to me about how sad and irritating his life has gotten because his live-in boyfriend cannot eat dairy or anything vaguely spicy. I have faith in their relationship, but in the unlikely event of their break up, you can bet he’d high tail it to Murray’s or Artisanal and eat himself into a cheesy coma.
I’ve never been especially fond of celery, but my ex-boyfriend hated it. He couldn’t eat anything that had it in it, even if it was fairly integral to the recipe. (Let’s face it: chicken noodle soup and tuna salad aren’t much without it.) I wrote a post a few months ago about how I planned to make a tasty celery recipe and now I am free to do it. (This is about as exciting as my newly single life gets.)
It’s very quick and easy and fairly healthful. Here is a list of health benefits I found on everynutrient.com, which felt the need to note that “[e]ven though celery exhibits great nutritional benefits, it is not a complete food.” :
“Celery provides an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. It is a very good source of folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B1 and B6. Celery also offers a good source of vitamin B2 and calcium. Even though celery contains more sodium than most other vegetables, the sodium is offset by it’s high levels of potassium. Studies have shown that the amount of sodium is not significant even for the most salt-sensitive individuals.
Celery contains phytochemical compounds known as coumarins. Studies have shown that they are effective in cancer prevention and capable of enhancing the activity of certain white blood cells. Coumarin compounds also lower blood pressure, tone the vascular system, and are possibly effective when used in cases of migraines.
Due to the high levels of potassium and sodium, when celery-based juices are consumed after a workout they serve as great electrolyte replacement drinks. Studies have also shown that celery may help to lower cholesterol and prevent cancer by improving detoxification.”
Sauteed celery with garlic and scallions (serves 2 as a side dish)
4 stalks of celery (cut into 1/4″ slices)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large clove garlic (thinly sliced)
1 scallion (cut into 1/2″ pieces)
1/4 cup water
Heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add garlic and scallion, saute until fragrant (about 2 minutes). Add celery and water. Cover with a lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add soy sauce and cook for another few minutes. Test with a fork and cook to your desired tenderness. Serve with a fish or meat dish of your choice and enjoy with your toe socks on.