Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oyster and Spinach Stir-Fry

Do you want to look young and feel young? Do you want to feel more beautiful and alluring? Do you want to have softer, smoother skin?

No, this is not an ad for lotions or potions. :)

According to one of the health newsletter that I subscribe to, the food we eat affects the condition of our skin. I believe so, because food naturally contains vitamins and minerals that will keep our body healthy. The newsletter recommended several food that keeps our skin healthier and younger looking.

One of the good skin food is oysters. Oysters are low in fat, and calories and yet they contain high amounts of essential minerals. I do not know why oysters (and shrimps) have the reputation of having high cholesterol content. I thought most seafood are healthy! When I googled, I found out that oysters contain the same amount of cholesterol as any white-fleshed fish, and less cholesterol than poultry. Oysters are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1 (thiamin) B2(riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C (ascorbic acid), and D (calciferol). As a skin food, oysters contain a lot of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal. It also keeps our nails, hair and eyes healthy. If our skin, hair and eyes look healthy, we look younger.

Spinach, considered one of the superfoods is also a good skin food. It is rich in nutrients and is a rich source of anti-oxidants (that fights the causes of aging). It contains high amount of Vitamin B, C, E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids. It also contains lutein, which keeps our eyes healthy and sparkling. However spinach has to be cooked only for a short time, or it will lose most of its nutritional value. That makes stir-frying one of the best method to cook this super veggie.

200 gms fresh shucked oysters, cleaned
300 gms fresh spinach, washed
5 slices fresh ginger
1 onion, chopped
5 T garlic, minced
2 T Chinese cooking wine
2 T soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
sesame oil, optional

1. In a wok or cooking pan, saute the ginger in some oil until fragrant. Add the onions and garlic and saute untl fragrant, but not burnt.

2. Make sure the wok or cooking pan is very hot. Add in the oysters, cooking wine and soy sauce. Cook the oysters until desired doneness. We cook our oysters just until they change color.

3. Add the spinach. Quickly stir fry and mix everything up so that the spinach leaves are evenly covered with the oysters and the sauces. Turn heat off when the leaves start to wilt. Continue to stir until everything is thoroughly mixed. The remaining heat will continue to cook the spinach. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle with sesame oil (optional) before serving.

This is a delicious and tasty way to be beautiful. :)

Sharing this stir-fry dish with the Weekend Herb Blogging community, headed by new chief Haalo of Cook Almost Anything At Least Once. WHB is a weekly food event that features herbs and unique plant ingredients and the dishes we cook with these ingredients. This week's host is Siri of Siri's Corner. To see last week's delicious round-up, please check out Heather of Diary of a Fanatic Foodie.


noobcook said...

drooling at the sight of the big fat juicy oysters... yum yum. fresh oysters are so expensive here ;p

Christina Kim said...

Wow.....I didn't know about oysters for skin!! And this is a superb combination, I've always liked this two!!:)

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I never knew oysters were low in cholesterol. Growing up, there was always a warning about how high in cholesterol they are. And I didn't know that it's good for the skin as well. I need all the help I can get: now I feel better about those fried oysters I gobbled up yesterday. ;)

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Hi Noobcook, am living in a country with more than 7,000 islands, so seafood is very abundant and inexpensve here... :)

Hi Christy! I didn't know it, too until I read the article!

Hi JS! I do not understand it, too, why oysters got the bad reputation as being high in cholesterol (so does shrimps by the way). But oysters contain as much cholesterol as a white-fleshed fish, and less cholesterol than poultry.

Tastes of Home said...

this looks great tho I have never had oysters and spinach together though I love spinach and oysters hehe

Maria Verivaki said...

oysters bring back happy memories for me - delicacies i grew up with in new zealand. in greece, i have only had the pleasure of eating them once - we ate them fresh with a little lemon and salt.

Jescel said...

wow.. never had oysters cooked with spinach before. i'm curious...lotsa water is good for skin too! :oD

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Hello Tastes of Home! This is also the first time I tried to combine these 2 ingredients and they turned out delicious paired together! :)

Hello Mediterranean Kiwi! I heard New Zealand is famous for its gigantic oysters and mussels. But isn't Greece near the ocean, too?

Hello Jescel! I agree! We have to drink lots of water for our skin to be youthful... :)

Anonymous said...

great recipe. Congrats on getting
to the front page of worldrecipeindex.com.
By the way didn't you add any
pepper or turmeric to your recipe ?

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Thanks Anonymous for the word. I didn't even know there's a World Recipe Index. :)

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