From Magnolia Journal Issue 18, 2021
Roasted Avocado Hummus
Prep: 10 minutes Roast: 15 minutes
1 medium just-ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, cubed
3 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
3 Tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Crostini or pita chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place avocado and garlic on a small foil-lined baking pan. Drizzle with 1&1/2 tsp of EVOO, toss to coat. Roast 15 minutes or until avocado is softened and garlic is roasted.
- Combine roasted avocado and garlic, beans, basil, the remaining EVOO, the lemon juice, tahini, and salt in a food processor. Process until smooth.
- Transfer hummus to a bowl. Sprinkle with pepper and, if desired, additional basil leaves. Serve with crostini or pita chips.
Makes 1&1/2 cups
This yellow spice/dietary supplement from the ginger family has become popular in recent months. Its active ingredient is curcumin, one of the spices found in curry powder frequently used in Indian cuisine, and in yellow mustard. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Research studies have been conducted with turmeric for osteoarthritis pain management. Turmeric side effects include heartburn, as it is truly ‘spicy.’ So, if you already experience GERD (acid reflux disease) you will not be a candidate for this product.
A typical turmeric extract dose is 1 gram/day or less. One gram is ~ equal to 3 – 15 teaspoonsful of the ground spice, so there is wide variability between products and food. Some of the turmeric dietary supplement manufacturers add black pepper to their formulations to increase turmeric’s absorption and inhibit turmeric’s metabolism. I’m not sure that has been scientifically proven to work.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis pain and have been taking NSAIDs for years (e.g., Naproxen, Motrin, Celebrex, Feldene, Diclofenac), you may wish to consider talking with your physician about the appropriateness of taking the supplement turmeric in place of them to avoid significant long-term NSAID side effects on the stomach, heart, kidneys, and liver.
Please do not start taking turmeric without the advice and consent of your physician. Schedule an appointment for a prescription medication/dietary supplement/integrative health consultation with Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum today!
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