How to Use Moringa Leaves in American Dishes

Moringa oleifera is a multipurpose tree, belonging to flowering plant family Moringaceae. It is native to parts of Asia and Africa and has very high nutrition values. Every part of this 2-foot-long tree is edible but the most commonly used part is the green Moringa leaf. Moringa leaves, both fresh and dried, are rich in proteins, vitamins (A, B and C), minerals and amino acids. 100 grams of fresh Moringa leaves have two times the protein content of an equal amount of yogurt and four times the calcium of an equal amount of milk. It can be used in a variety of continental dishes. It can also be cooked as a green leaf vegetable like spinach. Moringa will boost the nutritional value of every food you add it to.

Instructions

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    Salads:

    Owing to their high nutritional value, Moringa leaves can be used as a basic constituent in salads. You can comfortably use these leaves along with other common ingredients such as red or green lettuce, tomatoes, raw vegetables and sunflower seeds etc. Salads are one of the healthiest foods and you should look to take at least one good serving every day.

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    Quiche:

    Use Moringa leaves instead of spinach in Quiche. You can also use both spinach and Moringa at a time.

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    Steamed Vegetables Dishes:

    Add Moringa leaves to steamed veggies when you are almost done cooking. Cooking moringa leaves for longer times may destroy the Vitamin C content as well as the enzymes.

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    Sandwiches:

    Use Moringa leaves as substitutes for lettuce in sandwiches for an enhanced taste as well as for higher nutrition.

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    Cottage Cheese:

    Fresh Moringa leaves beautifully complement pineapple chunks in dishes made up of cottage cheese.

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    Italian Cooking:

    You can use Moringa leaves in order to preserve nutrients in your dish that are sensitive to heat, especially in Italian foods. Add fresh leaves of Moringa to your Italian dish just before serving it.

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    Pizza:

    Like various other dishes, Moringa leaves make an exotic addition to pizza. Add fresh moringa as a topping for the pizza soon after you bring it out of the oven.

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    Egg Dishes:

    Moringa leaves make a wonderful addition to egg dishes as well. Just like pizza, sprinkle crushed Moringa leaves on eggs and omelets just before serving.

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    Drinks and Smoothies:

    Add fresh or dried Moringa leaves to your juices and smoothies and blend. It will increase the nutritional value of your drink immensely.

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