After the Halloween fever is over, everything goes from pumpkin to peppermint flavored.

This week, Team Salud is here to shine some light on the benefits of broccoli, and everyone’s favorite green flavor, peppermint.

Broccoli is a pretty popular veggie all year round, because of how versatile it is. Because of its high content of vitamin C, broccoli is a great booster for your immune system. It is also known for improving digestion, and since it is packed with vitamin K, it may promote healthy bones and joints. 

Although broccoli is not the most popular veggie based solely on flavor, it is very versatile and you can eat it in many different ways.

Here’s a simple recipe we found on Tasty to a delicious One-Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

  1. Trim the stems off two broccoli heads and chop into small florets.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, combine butter and onion and sauté until translucent. Add  flour and stir until the mixture lightly browns. Stir in half-and-half and mix until the contents reach a simmer. Turn the heat to low and add veggie stock. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Mix in the broccoli, carrots, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add cheddar cheese and stir until it melts and combines with the other ingredients.

Check Tasty’s website for the full recipe and video.

As we mentioned before, once December begins, the holiday decorations come out and every latte and frappe is all of a sudden peppermint flavored. But, what is so special about peppermint?

Peppermint is a plant in the (you guessed it) mint family. The leaves and oil of this plant have been used medicinally to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Although there is not enough research on the topic, it has also been used to treat indigestion, breast pain in breastfeeding women, and tension headaches.

But besides being super refreshing, peppermint is also a very popular flavor found in plenty of candy and on new recipes every year.

We leave you with a recipe for peppermint bark that anyone with a sweet tooth will love to have throughout the whole holiday season.

  1. Spread peppermint candy over a 9x13-inch baking pan lined with wax paper.
  2. Melt milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, just until melted. Pour the melted chocolate over peppermint candy in the prepared pan. Sprinkle more candy on top of the milk chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes.
  3. Repeat the melting process, now with white chocolate instead. Before removing from the double boiler, stir in the oil-based peppermint flavoring. Pour the white chocolate over the milk chocolate, then spread the remaining peppermint candy on top.
  4. Refrigerate until the white chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes. Cut or break into pieces to serve.

You can find the full recipe and list of ingredients in Allrecipes.

We hope you loved these recipes and that you stay tuned to check out the favorite ingredients of next week!

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