I love the peppery taste of Arugula, and use it whenever I can. Besides tasting good it gets an "A" in the nutrition books.
- An excellent source of B vitamins (folate in particular), Antioxidants (Vitamins A & C).
- Arugula is also an excellent source of Vitamin K which helps the body absorb calcium, helps maintain cardiovascular and bone health, and has been shown to protect against Alzheimer's Disease.
- Arugula is right along side of other cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts when it comes to protecting you against cancer. Research has shown that cruciferous veggies are especially helpful in the prevention of prostate, breast, cervical, ovarian and colon cancers
- Last but not least we can't forget that it is high in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll extracts toxins and helps nourish the liver. Our liver is such a hard working organ and vital to so many processes that take place in our body. It can use all the help it can get. Chlorophyll also cleanses, oxygenates and helps build the blood.
Arugula Pesto Pizza
5 cups baby arugula
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 - 4 tbsp EVOO
2 - 4 tsp white wine vinegar
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 slices hot Genoa salami
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs, roasted
2 large tortillas
Preheat Oven to 400
Combine Arugula, green onions, white vinegar, EVOO, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor and blend till smooth.
In a small skillet cook salami till just crisp, remove from pan to paper towel and break into smaller pieces when cool. I roasted my chicken thighs in the oven with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of granulated garlic. You could easily cook them in a skillet as well.
Spread pesto over tortilla. Grate fresh Parmesan on top. Add remaining toppings and cheese. (I used Feta and Parm on one, and Mozza and Parm on the other. I fogot about the goat cheese till I had them in the oven).
Cook till cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy.
Here's another interesting tidbit of information... it seems Ancient Romans and Egyptians believed Arugula to be an aphrodisiac... go figure.
Have a great week!!