This celery casserole is packed with health benefits. According to foods-healing-power.com, celery is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. It is a very good source of potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6 and B1. And it is a good source of calcium and vitamin B2. Furthermore, celery contains natural COX-2 inhibitors that have high amounts of painkilling apigenin that can help combat bursitis and many other inflammatory conditions.
One of the active compounds in celery is the phytochemical coumarin that has proven effective in cancer prevention. Celery’s COX-2 inhibitors are also good at reducing uric acid levels that are the cause of gout attacks. Celery comes on top of the list for foods that alleviate allergy symptoms and combat high blood pressure. So be sure to include plenty of celery in your diet.
Serving Tips for Enjoying Celery’s Health Benefits
• Eat raw celery whole, juiced or in salads.
• Add chopped celery to your favorite tuna or chicken salad recipe.
• Celery is a great addition to soups, stews and vegetable stir-fries.
• Lightly steam celery and serve as a side dish.
• Dip celery sticks into peanut butter or any other nut butter.
This celery casserole with wild rice, courtesy of Melissa’s Produce, is a delicious side-dish accompaniment to chicken, pork or seafood dishes.
Wild Rice and Celery Casserole
¼ cup butter
1 cup organic celery
1/3 cup organic parsley, minced
¾ cup organic green onions, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
2 cubes chicken bouillon
3 ½ cups water
¾ cup black wild rice
½ cup long grain rice (white)
1 teaspoon marjoram (fresh)
Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Add celery, green onions and parsley. Sauté until tender. Add bouillon cubes to
3 ¼ cup water and bring to boil. Add to sautéed vegetables with wild rice and marjoram, cover. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Stir in long grain white rice and ¼ cup water, cover. Cook an additional 20 minutes. Stir in cranberries (or cherries). All water should be absorbed and rice tender. Fluff casserole with fork and serve.
Yield: 6 servings