Let's begin the new month with something deliciously green and super-healthy: my signature Mexican green "rice" recipe that I kept secret for quite a while.
Many people who have made the transition to raw food told me that they really missed the grains in their daily menu. Many of them did not know that they did not have to completely give up grains, or that there were tasty alternatives to grains. One such is a rice recipe without rice. Give it a try.
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups broccoli florets (you can use the stem as well - simply peel it and chop for blending)
- 1 poblano chile, seeds removed (use sweet pepper if you cannot get the poblano)
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed (add more if you want to have it very spicy)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- juice of 3 limes
- 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
- Pulse blend broccoli in a food processor making sure that it has a grainy texture. Do not over blend.
- Transfer broccoli into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Blend poblano chile and the jalapeno into a homogenous, almost liquid mass and mix it with the broccoli.
- Add cilantro, mint, garlic and lemon juice into a bowl with broccoli and mix well. Add cumin, salt and olive oil and mix well. Adjust the taste to your personal liking.
- Add green onions and mix well. Serve as a side dish or as a salad and enjoy in good company!
Tip: I used broccoli in this recipe, but you can make this dish with cauliflower. You can also use both vegetable together in your preferred proportions. Simply remember not to over-blend so you can enjoy the grainy texture of your grain-free "rice" dish.
The healing potential of this green dish cannot be underestimated. Make it as often as you can! All the ingredients used are beneficial to health, especially
- Broccoli is a fantastic source of chlorophyll, fiber, vitamin K and C, carotenoids such as lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, flavonoids such as kaempferol and quercetin, Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and minerals such as chromium, potassium, copper and magnesium. Broccoli contains compounds that help the body fight inflammation, speed up detoxification, fight free radicals and prevent tumor proliferation.
- Jalapeno, like all the other peppers, contain compound called capsaicin. capsaicin has been found to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic properties anti-bacterial, and analgesic properties. The compound may also help to reduce levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL) in obese individuals. It is also rich in vitamin C and valuable carotenoids such as alpha- and beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin that help the body fight free radicals. Jalapenos also contain more vitamin E, K, and B6 than other peppers.
- Cilantro is a wonderful source of chlorophyll, vitamin K, A and C, manganese, lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. It contains compounds that help the body detoxify heavy metals, especially mercury and lead.
- Garlic is one of the healthiest foods we know. Among others, it contains manganese that the body uses to produce the detoxifying enzyme SOD (Superoxide dismutase) and selenium that is a co-factor of the powerful antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Like all the other plants from the Allium family, garlic contains sulfur compounds that may help prevent cardiovascular disease by inhibiting platelet aggregation and lowering blood pressure. Garlic is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
- Limes like all the other fruits from the citrus family contain vitamin C that is known to be a very potent antioxidant. They also contain unique flavonoids called flavonol glycosides as well as compounds called limonides that have demonstrated strong anti-tumor activity since they stop proliferation of the cancer cells. Limes also offer protection against inflammatory polyarthritis and help improve liver function.
In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique
*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.