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  • When should we use military to enforce US goals? NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field. Paul, a first-term senator from Kentucky who favors a smaller U.S. footprint in the world, said that some of his Republican colleagues would do more harm in international affairs than would leading Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. "The other Republicans will criticize the president and Hillary Clinton for their foreign policy, but they would just have done the same thing — just 10 times over," Paul said on the closing day of a New Hampshire GOP conference that brought about 20 presidential prospects to the first-in-the-nation primary state. "There's a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more," Paul said. Foreign policy looms large in the presidential race as the U.S. struggles to resolve diplomatic and military conflicts across the globe. The GOP presidential class regularly rails against President Barack Obama's leadership on the world stage, yet some would-be contenders have yet to articulate their own positions, while others offered sharply different visions. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose brother, President George W. Bush, authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, declined to say whether he would have done anything different then. Yet Jeb Bush acknowledged a shift in his party against new military action abroad. "Our enemies need to fear us, a little bit, just enough for them to deter the actions that create insecurity," Bush said earlier in the conference. He said restoring alliances "that will create less likelihood of America's boots on the ground has to be the priority, the first priority of the next president." The GOP's hawks were well represented at the event, led by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has limited foreign policy experience but articulated a muscular vision during his Saturday keynote address. Walker said the threats posed by radical Islamic terrorism won't be handled simply with "a couple bombings." "We're not going to wait till they bring the fight to us," Walker said. "We're going to bring the fight to them and fight on their soil." South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham addressed the question of putting U.S. troops directly in the battle against the Islamic State group militants by saying there is only one way to defeat the militants: "You go over there and you fight them so they don't come here." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suggested an aggressive approach as well. "The way to defeat ISIS is a simple and clear military objective," he said. "We will destroy them." Businesswoman Carly Fiorina offered a similar outlook. "The world is a more dangerous and more tragic place when America is not leading. And America has not led for quite some time," she said. Under Obama, a U.S.-led coalition of Western and Arab countries is conducting regular airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. also has hundreds of military advisers in Iraq helping Iraqi security forces plan operations against the Islamic State, which occupies large chunks of northern and western Iraq. Paul didn't totally reject the use of military force, noting that he recently introduced a declaration of war against the Islamic State group. But in an interview with The Associated Press, he emphasized the importance of diplomacy. He singled out Russia and China, which have complicated relationships with the U.S., as countries that could contribute to U.S. foreign policy interests. "I think the Russians and the Chinese have great potential to help make the world a better place," he said. "I don't say that naively that they're going to, but they have the potential to." Paul suggested the Russians could help by getting Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power. "Maybe he goes to Russia," Paul said. Despite tensions with the U.S., Russia and China negotiated alongside Washington in nuclear talks with Iran. Paul has said he is keeping an open mind about the nuclear negotiations. "The people who already are very skeptical, very doubtful, may not like the president for partisan reasons," he said, and "just may want war instead of negotiations."
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If you're looking for delicious ways to bring more nutrition to the family table broccoli is on most top 10 lists of superfoods, and packs a lot of nutrients in each bite.
Easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, broccoli provides more phytonutrient glucoraphanin, which naturally strengthens your antioxidant enzyme levels to help maintain the antioxidant activity of vitamins A, C and E in your body. These vitamins protect your body from potentially damaging free radicals and environmental stresses."
Relative percentage of glucoraphanin per serving of cruciferous vegetables: Cauliflower 1%* Kale 1%* Brussels Sprouts 13%* Cabbage 24%* Broccoli 100%*

*Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 85:681 (2005) — relationship of the climate and genotype to seasonal variation in the glucosinolate-myrosinasa system.




Broccoli Stir-Fry
Serves: 4
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup assorted Asian mushrooms
1/2 head Napa cabbage, shredded
1 1/2 cups of broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups snow peas
1 red bell pepper, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Sprouts for garnish

Heat large sauté pan with oil over medium high heat.
Cook shallots until translucent, about 2 minutes, add garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
Add mushrooms and cook until liquid dissolves, about 5 minutes.
Add cabbage, broccoli, snow peas and bell pepper; cook for 3 minutes. Top with sprouts. Serve immediately.




Broccoli - Fusilli - Red Pepper
Serves: 6 to 8
1 1/2 cups of broccoli florets
3 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 pound fusilli pasta
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into long strips
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Freshly grated Parmesan (optional)

Cook broccoli for 3 minutes in a large pot of boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt. Remove from water with slotted spoon. Place in large bowl and set aside.
In same water, cook pasta according to package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain well and add to broccoli.
While pasta is cooking, in small sauté pan, heat oil and cook sliced red pepper, garlic and lemon zest over medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
Off heat, add 2 teaspoons salt, red pepper flakes, pepper and lemon juice. Mix and pour this over broccoli and pasta. Toss well.
Season to taste, sprinkle with cheese (if using), and serve.
For added protein, shred 1/2 of a cooked store-bought roasted chicken, then toss with pasta and serve.



Roasted Broccoli
Serves: 4
1 1/2 cups of broccoli florets
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 teaspoon chopped basil

Preheat oven to 425ºF.
In large bowl, toss broccoli with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place broccoli in a single layer on baking sheet. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once during cooking, until crisp-tender.
Remove broccoli immediately to serving bowl and toss with lemon juice and zest, Parmesan, pine nuts and basil. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve hot.



Broccoli and Tomato Pizza
Yield: 1 pizza (serves 6 to 8)
1 whole wheat 12-inch ready-to-bake pizza crust
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella-provolone cheese blend, or 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella and
1/3 cup shredded provolone
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup of broccoli florets (raw and quartered)
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped coarse

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place pizza crust on cookie sheet.
Pour olive oil into small pan; heat and add garlic. Stir for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to small cup to cool. Pour garlic olive oil mixture over crust, distributing evenly.
Sprinkle mozzarella-provolone blend evenly over crust. Sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly over top of mozzarella-provolone blend.
Place broccoli on top of cheese; distribute evenly. Place tomatoes on top of pizza; distribute evenly.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let sit for 2 minutes before slicing and serving.




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