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Put Rocket In Your Bowl

Posted by terrepruitt on July 20, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYoMy latest veggie obsession is arugula.  Now I know I have been eating arugula for a long time.  I know that it is popular at restaurants.  I know that I have had entrées topped with arugula or it served on the side.  I know that it is in some of the salad mixes I buy and eat.  I know that it is described as having a peppery flavor.  But I didn’t know how good it was.  I actually think that I thought that the food with it in it or on it was so good because it was “restaurant food” and the chef knew how to cook.  I had never thought to attribute the fabulous flavor of the whole dish to arugula.  Ok, maybe not every dish was fabulous BECAUSE of the arugula but I am thinking that they were definitely enhanced by this green.  Recently I was in the store and I was looking at my choice of organic greens and there was spinach and the regular packaged assortment of weeds and a separate container of arugula.  I hadn’t remembered ever seeing arugula in a separate container before.  Maybe because I always grab either spinach or the bunch of weeds.  But this time I noticed them so I decided to grab them.

The regular assortment of weeds has been very tiring to me.  It has become so tiring and bitter that I have actually elected to not have salad a few nights because I just didn’t want to eat that bitter bunch.  So when I was standing in the produce section and I saw something other than that package of weeds I was very happy.  I thought, “What the heck?  I know I have had arugula before.”  I always thought of it as an accent green.  So I bought some spinach too and just put a bit of arugula in with it when preparing our salads.  I always was a tad bit concerned because of the description I kept seeing.  The peppery part.

I decided I love arugula.  I have been loading up our salads with it.  My hubby does not get as excited about greens — except collard greens — as I do so he just shrugged it off when I went on and on.  And now it is our salad staple.  I don’t think it really has any great nutritional values, but if it is a nice accent to a salad and encourages you to eat one, then that is a benefit.

I have a friend and I always share with her my latest kick and I told her that I arugula was my latest thing and she said the same thing as I did.  She doesn’t remember ever seeing it sold separate in a bag or container either.  So either we both have not noticed it before or they weren’t doing it as much as they are now.  She hadn’t tried it either.  Yes, she has had it the same way I have had it but not buying it and putting it in a salad herself.  Well, since I love it I thought I would point it out.  Yes, it could be something you have been using forever and this is old news, but you never know. I always have faith that I am giving at least one person a new idea.  It might not even be the exact one I am sharing but I like to think my “share” sparks something for someone.

According to Wiki (copied directly from) “Eruca sativa is an edible annual plant, commonly known as salad rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, colewort, or, in the United States, arugula.”

Some quick nutritional information:  in 2 cups there is

20 calories
.5 gram of fat
25 mgs of sodium
148 mgs of potassium
3 grams of carbs
1 grams of fiber
2 grams of protein

It also looks as if it can be a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin K.  And to me a good source of calcium.  Plus it being a green it has phytochemicals which are necessary for good health.

Do you eat salad rocket?  Are you an arugula fan?

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