Corn. It’s sweet, crunchy, versatile… there’s not much to dislike about this yummy food. Except perhaps the fact that it’s not quite the healthiest vegetable on the block. Or so I thought. Upon further investigation, I discovered how wrong I was:
- One medium ear of corn is only about 100 calories
- Corn is almost a complete protein; it is only missing the amino acids lysine and tryptophan. But pair it with a legume, like beans, and you have a perfect vegetarian duo!
- It is a good source of fiber and of thiamine (vitamin B1), a vitamin important in properly digesting carbohydrates
- It is a rich source of lutein, an anti-oxidant that may protect vision, and ferulic acid, an anti-oxidant that was found to be useful in cancer prevention in animal studies
Fun fact: A study by researchers at Cornell University and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that cooking sweet corn increased its total antioxidants levels by up to 54 percent and ferulic acid levels by up to 550%!
I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to corn on the cob, usually preferring to just boil it and serve it with a dab of butter and a pinch of salt, but Jessica Maher, the author behind the blog Kitchen Belleicious, developed an interesting alternative – Corn-Stuffed Ravioli with Lime Cilantro Cream Sauce.
The dish is a combination of a tantalizing list of ingredients including red pepper flakes, nutmeg, onion, green chiles, and, of course, corn. And the cream sauce is sure to please with its basil, cilantro, lime olive oil, and parmesan cheese flavors. As Jessica herself put it, “The lime flavor was so intense yet subtle that it left you licking your plate for every last drop of the sauce and wishing you had more!” Intrigued yet?
There’s one more thing that makes this recipe alluring – you don’t have to spend hours toiling to make homemade noodles! Jessica utilizes wonton wrappers, which make quick work of these tasty-looking ravioli.
Between the unique use of corn, the interesting flavor combinations, and the wonton wrapper shortcut, I think this is a recipe that any kitchen connoisseur or busy individual can appreciate.
What is your favorite summertime vegetable? How do you usually prepare it?
The Intern behind the Plate,
Kitchen Belleicious is a blog written and maintained by Jessica Maher. Jessica is one of Around the Plate’s Recipe Gurus and is a member of thePlate Community. As a Recipe Guru, Jessica makes healthy meals look easy. Find other recipe gurus, nutrition experts, and healthy eating champions on our community blog network.