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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Conquer Cancer Cups and A dedication

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This post comes with A DEDICATION -- Dedication to all people who lost their lives battling cancer, like my Paternal Grandpa and his sister and to all people who survived it, like my mom's bosom buddy who lost her bosoms to cancer but certainly not her spirit and joy for living.
Why did I call this cups "Conquer Cancer" Cups? Because the filling is made with five of the top ten foods that exhibit strong anti-cancerous properties, as believed by scientists and researchers -- Apple, Broccoli,Garlic, Spinach, Tomato.
Have these powerful appetizers with a cup of  Tea, also a powerful anti-cancer food.
  • Apple - In addition to their antioxidant benefits, apples contain the plant chemical quercetin, which has been shown to reduce lung cancer risk and slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.
  • Broccoli - A cruciferous vegetable rich in anti-flavonoids which is believed to prevent the growth of precancerous polyps that can lead to colon cancer.
  • Garlic - Garlic has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, esophagus, and breast. Mince garlic 10 minutes before cooking to increase its cancer fighting potential.
  • Spinach - Spinach is known as the "gold standard" of green leafy vegetables. Packed with lutein and vitamin E, both powerful antioxidants, spinach helps ward off cancer of the liver, ovaries, colon, and prostate.
  • Tomato - Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a plant chemical that has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate, ovarian, and cervical cancer. Tomato products, such as spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup are particularly concentrated sources
For more info check here and here.

**Sending this as an entry to Eat Your Words 2010 challenge jointly hosted by Savor theThyme and Tangled Noodle**
Ingredients:
  • Apple - 1/2 granny smith, fine diced
  • Broccoli - 8 florets, fine diced
  • Garlic - 3, big cloves, minced or grated
  • Roma Tomatoes - 2, seeds removed and diced
  • Spinach - 1 1/2 cups, torn and finely chopped
  • Mozzarella cheese - 1/2 cup, shredded
  • Puff Pastry sheet - 1, thawed 
  • Onion - 1, small, diced
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt for taste
  • Cracked pepper - for taste
Procedure:
  • In a skillet, heat the olive oil and add the minced garlic, onions and saute until the onion is browned.
  • Add broccoli, tomatoes, salt, pepper and cook just until the tomatoes start shrinking and loses the raw smell.
  • Add the spinach and fry until it wilts.
  • Switch off the stove and add the apples. Let the mixture to cool.
  • Cut the thawed puff pastry at the folds into 3 sections.
  • Further cut each section into 4 rectangles.
  • Press each rectangle gently  into the wells of a mini-muffin pan to form a small cup.
  • Divide the mixture into 12 portions and spoon them into the cups.
  • Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the cheese melts and a puff pastry is browned on the top and edges.
  • Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Note:
  • Small strips were cut from each section to make the alphabets.
  • The filling transforms from simply good to simply splendid after baking.
Enjoy!
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46 comments:

  1. wow, that looks like such a tasty treat.... perfect side dish, i bet it will be a hit in parties !

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  2. Very delicious conquer cups and a nice deication.My heart goes to all the people who have lost their lives for cancer.Let us all try to take steps for healthy living one day at a time.

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  3. These pastry cups look so tempting! I love the name!

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  4. This looks delicious CL. And appreciate your noble thought to spread the awareness for cancer.

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  5. that's a nice post !!! and you're absolutely right about these 5 ingredients, I have heard a lot about their goodness too!!!

    I love that sucré/salé taste !! that's an excellent treat to the eyes as well as to the taste buds!!!
    simple and pleasing!!!

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  6. Healthy eating is key to preventing any disease.The flaky cups with delicious veggie filling sounds like a fantastic appetizer :D

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  7. Hey Lassie..Nice dedication ..You are doing a wonderful job...

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  8. a very nice post..love ur dedication to everything... my uncle has cancer but thanks to the al mighty has recovered fully from it..cancer free for 3 years...my prayers to all those who suffer..
    love ur recipe ideas..

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  9. Conquer cancer cups look too good.A great idea for kids snacks..thanks CL for this..

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  10. Seems super easy to make and is a perfect tea time snack... looks delicious!!!!

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  11. Yum! I love how you incorporated all these healthy ingredients in one simple recipe! I wonder if they make whole wheat puff pastry? I'll be on the look out. Excellent post!

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  12. Looks perfectly baked and yummy!!fantastic pics....

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  13. Looks perfect n coooool,,,very yummy one for tea time snacks,,thanks for sharing dear

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  14. A lovely idea dear..just heard about so many cancers recently..it is a good way to spread awareness..

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  15. I remember a friend of mine who had lost her mom coz of this cancer oh that was so shocking n we were so much vexed n sorry for her.Atleast ppl got to be cautious n your post is brilliant.I appreciate your thoughts ,lovely starter to commence with n healthy too.Nice recipe dear.

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  16. Wow! very delicious...very informative post...cute clicks Dear:-)

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  17. Thanks visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment...u,too have a wonderful blog...following u....:)..keep on visiting...

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  18. These are so perfectly baked..yummy! Yup girl! I am with you supporting breast cancer.

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  19. Such a fabulous cups..looks awesome CL..

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  20. This surely is a delicious cup dear..Thank you so much for visiting my sister's blog dear..She has a lot to learn abt blogging,like commenting,following etc etc..

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  21. Nice info, my mother-in- law is breast cancer survivor. i know how it feels. pastry cups looks good.

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  22. very informative...looking yummy and beautiful!!!

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  23. What atasty teat and I love the way you have used your blog to bring cancer awareness.Keep up the good work.

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  24. love the idea of conquer cancer cups and a lovely writeup.

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  25. Thank you darling for this informative post. I raise my teacup to you for this excellent post and to all those who have gone through and have survived this horrible cancer. I have lost an aunt, an uncle to cancer. My younger sister is a cancer survivor, however, she has tons of after surgery side-effects to deal with on daily basis. I do eat everything you have listed here and will try this recipe, thanks again my friend and have a happy spring.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  26. Hey Lassie..Nice dedication ..You are doing a wonderful job...
    wonderful cups

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  27. woww..what an awesome recipe :)..looks too good..pass few to me :)

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  28. Nice information dear!!!
    A cute , healthy tea-time snack..

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  29. I totslly think this is a wonderfful cause...what a coincidence...my paternal grand-dad passed away from cancer too...I understand how you feel about this cause.

    On a lighter note, love the pastry cups...very nice-looking...

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  30. Very touchy post.... That is so sweet of you to dedicate it.... That info is surely of utter importance.... & well prepared prep.... Looks yummy too....

    Ash.....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  31. thanks for sharing the information.i appreciate ur patience in typing..nice presentation too

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  32. Very touching post da.....thanks for sharing about all these wonderful cancer fighting foods....really appreciate your efforts to create awareness....btw the pastry cups looks awesome...just delicious and tempting...take care :)

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  33. These look yum... puff pastry is one of my favorites!

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  34. So sorry for this late comment! Thank you so much for this fantastic entry to Eating Your Words 2010 challenge - not only is it a delicious recipe but the message is incredibly important and heartfelt!

    This is such a thoughtful, heartfelt and healthy entry! 8-D

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  35. WOW!!! What a whole lot of healthy ingredients for a noble cause…

    Very creative entry for “Eating your Words Challenge’
    The Variable - Nachiketa
    Crazy Over Desserts - The Variable, Nachiketa
    clear

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Thanks a bunch for your valuable comments and continued support.They are very much appreciated. Yes,like "Rain on Dry Land" and like "Oasis in Desert Sand".
XoXo, Cool Lassi(e)