Stuffed Vine Leaves

Stuffed vine leaves make a delicious healthy Mediterranean dinner.



This classic Greek dish from our Olive Garden Nutrition parade typifies the healthy Mediterranean diet. It's a bit fiddly, but cooked now and again will have your family oohing and aahing. Get the kids on board to wrap the parcels so that they too can learn from an early age about olive oil benefits.



Ingredients for your experiment with Olive Garden Nutrition!

  1. 20 grapevine leaves
  2. 2 cups brown rice and a handful of lentil protein
  3. 2 cups grated onion
  4. 2 grated zuccinis
  5. A few TBSP of chopped mint (or parsley)
  6. 3 TBSP fresh lemon pulp
  7. 1 lemon sliced
  8. 1 cup olive oil benefits
  9. Pit 1/2 cup of green olives.(black will do)


A few supportive links

Here are a few supportive links to consider when making stuffed vine leaves dishes.


Stuffed vine leaves

Stuffed vine leaves are a bit fiddly but worth the effort occasionally.

Many recipes call for freshly squeezed lemon juice. It's good stuff, but even better is the whole lemon pulp. Careful to get the pips out, though. Many of citrus' vital ingredients are found in the pulp.


Preparation

  1. Dip half a dozen vine leaves at a time into boiling water for a couple of minutes (so they don't stick)
  2. Boil the grated onion and some salt in a little water until tender and the water has evaporated. Add half the olive oil and saute lightly.
  3. Mix the onion, uncooked rice, grated zuccinis, mint and/or parsley benefits, sliced olives, salt and pepper.
  4. Place a TBSP of the mix onto a vine leaf, and roll making a small parcel.
  5. Lay a couple of vine leaves first on the bottom of a large pot and place the stuffed vine leaves in a circular fashion, with the lemon slices dotted here and there. Add lemon juice and the remaining oil. Cover with a small plate to keep the vine leaves tightly wrapped.
  6. Add three cups of warm water, cover the pot and boil gently. Test one after forty minutes. Add more water if the rice isn't quite cooked. DONT LET THEM BURN!
  7. Arrange the stuffed vine leaves on a large platter with perhaps olives at the centre, or another Mediterranean dish such as fried eggplant recipe, another of my favourites.
  8. Scatter lemon slices, and sprigs of mint or parsley.


It's all about Olive Garden Nutrition. Don't forget the Greek salad.

Here's a variation; instead of the zuccini, use half a kilo of mincemeat and a couple chopped tomatoes. Add another sliced onion on top of the parcels before placing the plate on them. Throw in a chili. The Mediterranean peoples are great on Olive Garden Nutrition. That's probably the main reason why they live longer, healthier lives.


Olive oil benefits

Olive oil benefits are of course at the very centre of Mediterranean cuisine, so it comes no surprise that your stuffed vine leaves include a healthy sample of Athena's gift.

If you love olives, and want to eat them by the dozen (like it do!) then buy them by the can, and then enjoy pickling olives yourself. It's really very easy, and you can choose your own flavours, and experiment with dill, and pimento... to buy them already pickled in small quantities is prohibitively expensive.


Oleic acid

Nerves are coated in a fatty myelin sheath. Without it, no conduction can occur. Ask anyone suffering from Motor Neuron Disease and Multiple Sclerosis about it. Oleic acid is the MUFA found abundantly in olive oil and avocado fat; it's the main constituent of myelin ... good fat, healthy fat is vital for health nerves. And so olives and olive oil is a vital subject for Chiropractic help, and in your stuffed vine leaves dish. When did you last eat avocado and olives?

Freshly ground flax seed too is rich in oleic acid, but it is the best non-fish source of omega-3 fatty acid.


Brown rice

Do yourself and your family a big favour: make the decision NEVER to buy white rice again. Why? Two reasons:

  1. White rice has an EXTREMELY high Glycemic index. It gets turned very rapidly into blood sugar. That stresses the pancreas that has to pour out insulin to lower that blood sugar, which is then stored as FAT. Glycemic Index and Carbohydrate Count Chart. In this stuffed vine leaves recipe it's less important as the overall GI of the meal will be low.
  2. The first vitamin was discovered, Thiamine, vitamin B1, when an astute Dutchman noticed that the chickens of the rich (who ate white rice) got beriberi, but those of the poor didn't. Whilst frank beriberi is today rare, most Western people are deficient in thiamine, so general malaise, tingling in arms and legs and feet and a feeling of generalised muscle weakness is common. 

Lentil protein

You'll find some sites describing legumes and nuts as anti nutrients; it's because of the phytate content in them. They would frown on making stuffed vine leaves with lentil protein.

Added synthetic phytic acid indeed adsorbes up to 50% of some of the minerals like iron and calcium. However, by soaking, cooking and exposing naturally occurring phytates to fermentation this detrimental effect is greatly reduced. You can read more about it at are phytates bad?

The same is true of wheat and oat bran which they conveniently ignore; what we do find is that a sourdough bread recipe is a lot more friendly, and the lactobacillus fermentation reduces that effect of phytates.

In addition, if you don't get some of your protein from legumes and nuts you're going to be eating far too much meat. The World Health Organisation of long consideration of the scientific studies has declared that meat is "probably" cancer causing.

So, take your pick; cancer or some loss of minerals by phytates?


The Greek salad

There are only three ingredients that are definitive for a olive garden salad recipe; olives, olive oil and feta cheese. You can barely see the bowl of olives but there are enough for 10 to 15 apiece; if you buy large tins, they aren't expensive. Serious Greeks and Italians will only eat olives with their pips; and another bowl of quick hummus.



I love the flavour of balsamic vinegar, but many are filled with chemicals; read the label, and rather use lemon juice if you can't find a decent vinegar.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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