Knowledge is power. I know, I repeat that a lot; but it’s true and true things need reminding. Also, “weight loss is a simple math equation: calories in, calories out.” If you have watched The Biggest Loser you have probably heard Jillian Michaels say this many many times. So when I decided to start this journey and put into practice everything I knew and was learning I started discovering new foods that made cooking and eating healthy not just yummy but interesting. And so I discovered Kuzu.
I used Kuzu today to make gravy. Kuzu is a thickening agent that can be added to sauces, soups, gravies, etc., with no starchy taste. According to the Cooking with Kuzu page, you can also use kuzu on vegetables and fish to deep-fry and to make desserts such as puddings, shortcake toppings, and pie fillings. It is very easy to use and better than using cornstarch. Kuzu looks like small chunks of chalk. To make the gravy, I simply crushed a few chunks and added 1/2 tablespoon to the turkey drippings. Among the health benefits, kuzu contains a very high concentration of flavonoids, antioxidants that “have the ability to inhibit the contraction of smooth muscle tissue, thereby increasing blood flow and relieving cramping in the intestines.” Great stuff!
- 1 flour tortilla (there are many great healthy choices at your supermarket, I am sure)
- leftover turkey roll (I stuff it with olives and capers) and gravy (made with kuzu)
- pico de gallo (red onion, tomato, cilantro, olive oil, and salt)
It was super delicious and filling… probably because I stuffed that one tortilla with A LOT! 🙂 Next time you go shopping at the supermarket do some tourism. Take a look at some of the items that you are not familiar with, read labels, and good luck with your findings.
Hope your Tuesday was as yummy as mine. Be well, Toni.