The Autoimmune Disease Series
I have taken this recipe from: Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, by
Have you been feeling like you have been falling apart for too long now? Feeling all fifty shades of grey? The heat in this recipe should put some voom into your life!
There are some great benefits to this salad:
- Black turtle beans have come out on top of the other beans in a recent test for antioxidant properties and are fantastic for your colon.
- Anti inflammatory properties of coriander – particularly for skin disorders.
- The ‘Love fruit’ mango, is known for its aphrodisiac properties, high in vitamin E it helps to regulate sex hormones and is also packed with antioxidants and helps to alkalise the body.
- Massive amounts of vitamin C in the peppers, will also help you to absorb iron. Taking iron supplements can be quite toxic for the body so improving absorption through increasing vitamin c intake may be a better way to boost your levels.
Recipe: Black Bean Salsa
- 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 1/4 green pepper
- 1/4 red pepper
- 1/4 red onion
- 115g canned black beans (or pre-cooked dried beans)
- 75ml (3 fl oz) pineapple juice
- 1 small bunch coriander
- 1 tbls ground cumin
- 1/2 tbls finely chopped green chilli
- salt and pepper
- Soak the black beans and cook for 1 1/2 hours if using dried beans.
- Combine the mango, peppers, onion, black beans, pineapple juice and lime juice, coriander, cumin and chilli in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Chill.
Keep an eye on your symptoms for a couple of days after this salad. If you find that any of your conditions worsen, particularly inflammation of the joints; then you may need to consider taking out the nightshade family from your diet for a while, to see if they are triggering your symptoms.
The nightshade family consists of Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, aubergines, chillies and paprika, watch out too for curries and curry sauces, pastes and powders. Use black pepper instead to add heat to your food. Black pepper also aids digestion.
Also if you are having a time of flare ups there may already be too much heat in your system so don’t add fuel to the fire, concentrate instead on some cooling foods such as cucumber or melon. Alternatively you can help to balance the heat by serving this black bean salad with some chilled non dairy coconut yoghurt – my latest find in Waitrose and health food shops.
Eat, pray, love.