It was quite a busy summer for Pierogi Ladies, as we worked (almost) every week for two months in that merciless heat on new pierogi flavors and new dishes! Our efforts paid off and the result is 5 new additions to our menu at the moment! They are not only scrumptious but also contain a lot of benefits for human well being! Obviously, we are not going to claim here that pierogi are ultimately healthy food.HOWEVER!
#1 – The stuffing and ingredients will enhance your health.
#2 – The 2 new dishes we have ARE 100 % purely healthy, especially now, in the fall!
Here’s what you should know!
1) PIEROGI WITH BEETROOTS AND GOAT CHEESE
In „Jitterbug Perfume” – a novel by Tom Robbins – you will find a lot of statements about beetroots ( one of the main ‘characters’ in the book) and according to one of them ‘ Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes,their smoldering inquietitude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.The beet is the most intense of vegetables” That’s probably why it is the healthiest one as well as it contains myriad health benefits, among them:
- lowering blood pressure
- improving oxygenation to the brain and the muscles, thus slowing the progression of dementia and improving athletic performance
lowering glucose levels
working to prevent constipation and promoting regularity for helathy digestive tract
helping with sleep ,movement, learning memory and reducing inflammation via choline
Goat cheese is not worthless either as it is higher in vitamins D,K and niacin than cow’s cheese.It also contains Vitamin B riboflavin as well as mineral phosphorus and vitamin A.It is low in fat, cholesterol,sodium and calories!
2) PIEROGI WITH SAUERKRAUT AND MUSHROOMS (PORCINI)
Sauerkraut has been popular throughout Central Europe for hundreds of years. It combines one of the healthiest foods there is (cabbage) with one of the most beneficial and time-honored food preparation methods ever used (fermentation).
Sauerkraut’s fermentation process produces beneficial probiotics that are linked to improvements in immune, cognitive, digestive and endocrine function.
Dried porcini will also benefit your health as they contain niacin, potassium, selenium and protein.
3) MALIBU PIEROGI WITH COCOA DOUGH
Alright,you might get these pierogi on your ‘cheat days’ as they are really sweet.But! We replace some part of flour with cocoa and here is how cocoa works!
decreases blood pressure
improves blood vessel health
improves cholesterol level
prevents heart disease
4) BIGOS – HUNTER’S STEW
This one is a staple of every Polish wedding and best hangover food ever, as I have mentioned in previous posts.It is a mixture of fresh cabbage with sauerkraut,assorted kinds of chopped meat, dried mushrooms, onions, plums and a tiny bit of red wine.
Bigos is true to Paleo way of life,without modifying the recipe as it consists only from meat and veggies plus some fruit if you add plums.
Besides the benefits of sauerkraut I have already mentioned before, you should know that probiotic foods like sauerkraut include lowering the risk of:
- brain disorders and mental illness
- digestive disorders
- mood disorders like depression and anxiety
food allergies and sensitivities
metabolic conditions such as diabetes
obesity or weight gain
various autoimmune diseases
5) BEETROOT SOUP WITH TINY DUMPLINGS – BARSZCZ Z USZKAMI
Beetroots have long been an important part of the diet of any Pole, as they combine ultimate health benefits I mentioned above with delicious taste in any form.The most popular one probably is ‘borscht’ – beetroot soup with tiny little dumplings stuffed with dried mushrooms.It is the first dish Polish people eat at Christmas eve dinner.
You simply can’t beat the beet soup to keep healthy and warm! In addition to all the advantages mentioned before, the most intense of veggies also contains anti-cancer properties ( betanin pigment from beetroot can reduce tumor growth in colon, stomach, nerve, breasts and testicular tissues).Beetroot power doesn’t stop there! Powerful betanin from beetroot helps liver get rid of toxins and the antioxidants in beets counteract the effects of free radical damage on tissues.
We can’t wait to have you all try our new dishes and give us your feedback!