The word “vegetable” was first recorded in the English language in the early 15th century and was derived from the Medieval Latin word “vegetabilis”, which means 'growing, flourishing'.
Vegetables are part of our daily life with its everyday usage and eaten in a variety of ways, either raw or cooked. They play an important role in nutrition, as most vegetables are low in fat and calories but at the same time, bulky and filling.
They are an important source of dietary fibre and essential vitamins like vitamin A, K, C, E, and B6, minerals, trace elements and are also an important source of anti-oxidants.
Vegetables when included in the diet, have been found to remarkably reduce the incidence of cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic ailments.
Vegetable Recipe of the Day - Spicy Vegetable Quesadillas
Quesadillas are one of the most popular of Mexico’s street-side stand food, although considered to be an authentic Mexican dish but have a Spanish flavour to it. The corn tortilla, although many believe it to be quintessential Mexican, is actually of Native American origin.
The cheese, meat, and lettuce that grace so many of the famous Mexican dishes, including the quesadilla are actually of Spanish origin. The hot sauce, which is made from chilli pepper, is the only indigenous ingredient to Mexico in this dish.
|Flour tortillas||2 pieces (10 – inch)|
|Zucchini (chopped)||½ piece|
|Green bell pepper (chopped)||¼ cup|
|Onion (chopped)||¼ cup|
|Garlic (minced)||1 clove|
|Ground cumin||¼ tsp|
|Chili powder||As required|
|Cheddar cheese (grated)||½ cup|
|Olive oil||2 tsp|
|Sour cream||As required|
Method of Preparation:
- In a sauté pan, add 1 tsp of olive oil; over medium heat until
- Add zucchini, bell pepper, onion, garlic, chilli powder, and cumin powder and stir for 3-4 minutes until vegetables are crisp-tender.
- Spoon all the mixture, on one tortilla Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and cilantro, then cover it with the other tortilla.
- Wipe the sauté pan clean and then add 1 tsp of olive oil. Add tortillas and heat 1 to 2 minutes per side over medium heat or until lightly
- Cut it into 8 even slices and serve with sour
- Sour Cream can be made by mixing lemon juice with cream. Do, not over mix or it will curdle.