Read Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 11 | March 2017 - Page 56

I love celery. I like to add it to salads and soups but mostly I eat it raw with a dip like hummus or tahini.

This modest vegetable is brimming with healthy yumminess.

~ Celery is high in fiber, magnesium and vitamin A.

~ It is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

~ It has a high water content that aids in digestion.

~ It helps reduce bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

~ It has cancer fighting nutrients.

This recipe is a refreshing way to cook celery and it is very easy to make. It makes a great side dish to any meal.

4 heads of celery.

Remove the outer stalks.

Slice off a little of the bottom making sure the stalks stay connected

Slice off about 1/3 of the top

***The celery tops you are removing can be used in soups, smoothies and other dishes so don’t discard them.

Slice each head of celery lengthwise into quarters.

Heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Add the celery, salt, pepper, a teaspoon of dry thyme and juice of 1/2 a lemon

Sauté lightly, cover and cook on low heat, turning occasionally for about 10 minutes to desired softness

You can also add other herbs like sage, parsley or cilantro or you can cook the celery in a little broth instead of oil

Braised Celery

by Rachel Kieffer