Sunday, 16 June 2013

Chilli sauce - raw

Photo from the Healthy Chef Facebook page
I came across this recipe the other day and thought it would be good to try and a great way to add a flavour hit to your meals. I love how simple it is. Enjoy!

1 long red chilli, deseeded and chopped

2 red capsicum, seeded and chopped
1 cm piece fresh grated ginger
4 fresh pitted dates
1 lime (the recipe says 1 lime added but I would try the juice only first, taste, then add the rest of the lime if needed)
pinch of sea salt
generous pinch of black pepper


Combine chilli, capsicum, ginger, dates, lime, sea salt and pepper into a high performance blender like a Vitamix or Thermomix. Blend for 15 – 30 seconds until smooth.
Pour into a glass jar store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Delight your taste buds and enjoy over your favourite dishes.

Optional extras:
1 clove smashed garlic
1 cm piece fresh turmeric

Savvy tips
Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of  chilli sauce to any stir-fry
Smear 1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce over an organic egg or egg white omelette and top with fresh coriander, avocado and lime.

Savvy Nourish Snapshot
Chillies are a great source of beta-carotene which is an antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A, helping to promote vision and support reproduction, growth as well as a healthy immune system.  It can raise your metabolic rate, increasing energy expenditure and metabolic rate.  Studies have shown that chilli consumption can help control and reduce insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels) often associated with type 2 diabetes. Other great benefits are that chilli can help stimulate digestion and help with gastrointestinal orders and also work as an anti-inflammatory helping to reduce symptoms of arthritis. Red capsicum (bell peppers) are low in fat, carbs and calories and high in antioxidants such as beta-carotene a precursor to vitamin A, helping to promote vision and support a healthy immune system.. Black pepper contains an active ingredient called piperline that is known to enhance digestion and work as an anti-inflammatory.

Recipe and information from the Healthy Chef

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