This week
is all about quercetin! If you have never heard of this, this will be a great
read for you. You may be asking what quercetin is and why it is good for you?
Well, here is the answer! Quercetin contains many phytonutrients, vitamins that
are essential for health, and antioxidants. Studies have shown that quercetin
acts as an anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent. Not
only does it provide all this goodness, it also has good levels of vitamins and
minerals. So basically, it is REALLY good for you!
Now, you
may also be asking, why is the world is she talking about quercetin? Well
folks, capers are the second highest sources of quercetin bringing 180 mg of
quercetin for every 100 grams of capers, and the recipe I would like to talk
about today is Spanish Almond Caper Sauce. Last week, Chef Nancy taught a group how
to make this sauce for skewers from the grill. YUM! I have been wanting to make
it for my family ever since the class, and I was given the perfect chance to
over the weekend. It was a major success that everyone loved!
Spanish Almond Caper Sauce:
1/3 Cup
Toasted Whole Almonds
1 TB Water
3 TB Sherry
1/2 Tsp Sea
1/2 Tsp
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2/3 Cup
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Cloves
Garlic, Peeled
1 Tsp Smoked
1 Tin
Anchovies, drained
1 Cup
Parsley for Garnish
In a food
processor or blender, pulse the almonds until coarsely chopped. Add the water,
vinegar, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, paprika and anchovies and pulse
to combine. Place in a bowl and add the capers. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Serve over protein from the grill-and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

** Also,
quercetin is found in skins of apples, onion, tea, green vegetables, berries,
herbs and red wine.

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