Celery, Humble Celery
Celery, humble celery.
Is celery a vegetable you think of as tired, common and old-fashioned?
It does seem like it has been to every family dinner, every party and every potluck for the past 40 years.
Does anybody actually like celery?
Is there any earthly reason celery has to be everywhere!
I have to admit – I like celery a lot. I won’t say it is my favorite but it most definitely is one of my favorite vegetables. Maybe, because it is so versatile. Maybe, because it is so nutritious or possible even because I like the taste.
When I make my Vegetable Soup – the one that I practically live on in the winter – celery is a main ingredient. Here at the Harper house, we eat peanut butter or almond butter on celery ALL THE TIME!
Being out of celery is a considered a dire situation. 🙁
I was happy to discover how good for me celery is. Who knew a simple vegetable that I’ve been eating all my life was so good for me! I’m pleased that it is very common and usually fairly inexpensive. Just remember that celery is one of the dirty dozen vegetables so do everything possible to obtain organic celery.
Here’s a quick look at some of the positive attributes of celery:
- facilitates action of vitamin C
- like turkey, nuts and cheese; celery contains tryptophan, which promotes the production of serotonin.
- reduces inflammation
- supports good digestion
- helps hydrate your body and also acts as a diuretic
It looks like we should be adding celery to our meal plans whenever possible. So to help you out a little, here’s a quick list of recipes we enjoy:
- Celery Chicken Stir Fry
- Tuna Patties
- Avocado Chicken Salad
- Chicken Salad with Cashews & Grapes
- Homemade Ham Salad
And here are a few more recipes from friends around the web:
- Celery Recipes from Nash’s Organic Produce site.
- Dr. Axe’s post on the benefits of celery also includes some interesting recipes.
- Check out Creamy Tomato and Vegetable Soup Recipe from Deliciously Organic.
- And Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Chinese Chicken Soup
And also, a great little tutorial on using celery leaves – you know how I hate waste:
How do you like your celery?