Pineapple Cashew And Chili Pepper Spread

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I’m pretty confident you’ve never had a dip like this before. It gets its smoothness from Greek yogurt which undergoes extra straining to get as much of the whey (the milky liquid part) out resulting in a thick ultra smooth, protein-packed yogurt. Blended cashews take it to the next level. This can be used as an appetizer with veggies, crackers, toasted baguette, or as a sandwich spread or on top of bagels. I’d even eat it as a side to my lunch or dinner but that’s me; it makes for a great protein punch too for your favourite salad.

This zesty cheese-like spread is sweet, crunchy and sports a bit of spiciness for an interesting appetizer offering. This spread provides bone-loving calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein among other awesome health-promoting ingredients; just one of the many amazing recipes from my book 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes Using Your NutriBullet.

 

Some of the ingredient highlights are:

Cashews

Key nutrients: magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese

Health-promoting properties: Promotes a sense of satiety after eating, provides amino acids for the growth and maintenance of muscle throughout the lifecycle, helps lower blood pressure, preserve bone tissue and teeth, provides structure to cell membranes and enables nerve impulses. Promotes red blood cell production and maintains iron stores in bone marrow, supports healthy skin, collagen production and wound repair. Supports healthy blood sugar balance and insulin metabolism, as well as, neurotransmitter production and function.

Health conditions that benefit: Helps prevent and slow age-relate muscle loss, or sarcopenia, helps to prevent and treat osteoporosis, pre-diabetes and diabetes, dyslipidemia and metabolic disease, high blood pressure, and diseases associated with high blood pressure like CVD and stroke. Helps to prevent iron deficiency anemia, supports age-related immune dysfunction, and supports the repair of damaged ligaments, cartilage and tendons.

Greek yogurt

Key nutrients: protein, carbohydrate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B2/riboflavin, vitamin B5/pantothenate, some may have probiotics

Health-promoting properties: Provides the body with a complete source of protein, containing all of the essential amino acids needed for growth, development, repair and maintenance of bodily tissues. Helps to promote a sense of satiety. Helps to achieve and maintain healthy blood pressure and bone mass throughout life. Gut-friendly healthy probiotic bacteria if the yogurt contains, and the label reads “contains live bacteria cultures.”

Health conditions that benefit: Along with exercise, helps to slow down age-related muscle loss or sarcopenia, as well as, preserves muscle during weight (fat) loss. Higher intakes can help to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. High blood pressure and diseases associated with high blood pressure like kidney disease, slows bone loss and supports osteoporosis treatment, converts food into energy, supports the adrenal glands, and if contains probiotic cultures, supports gut and digestive health.

Chia seeds

Key nutrients: protein, carbohydrate, fiber, alpha linolenic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin B3/niacin, selenium

Health-promoting properties:Supports the growth, maintenance and repair of muscle and other bodily tissues, support mood and provides a source of energy. Provides a sense of fullness and slows the digestion of carbohydrate, lowers cholesterol and balances blood sugar. A source of essential fatty acids, supports the growth and maintenance of bone and teeth, and lowers blood pressure. Supports red blood cell, collagen, and cartilage formation and wound repair. Helps to convert food into energy and glutathione production, the master antioxidant.

Health conditions that benefit: Helps to preserve age-related muscle loss, and supports skin health and wound healing. Prevents and treats constipation, hemorrhoids & diverticulosis, lowers the risk for CVD, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer, may help with weight control. Prevents and treat essential fatty acids deficiencies, and helps to slow bone loss. Supports pre-diabetes and diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia (elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides), metabolic syndrome, low ferritin and risk of iron deficiency. Lowers inflammation, supports immune dysfunction and helps the liver with normal detoxification. Supports the repair of damaged ligaments, cartilage and tendons.

Pineapple, Cashew, and Chili Pepper Spread

Makes 2 cups

Use tall cup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (63 ml) raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1-1/4 cups  (300 ml)  Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp  (30 ml) chia seeds
  • 3  green onions, cut into 2 inch (5 cm) pieces
  • Pinch  ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml)  fresh or canned pineapple chunks with juice
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored and seeded
  • Red chili pepper flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Add cashews and lime juice to the small cup. Twist the extractor blade onto the cup to seal. Turn the cup upside down and press and turn cup into the power base and pulse 3 to 4 times until finely chopped. Set aside.
  2. Add yogurt, chia seeds, onions, cayenne pepper and pineapple juice to the tall cup. Twist the extractor blade onto the cup to seal. Turn the cup upside down and press and turn cup into the power base for 20 seconds, or until smooth.
  3. Remove the cup from the power base and twist off the extractor blade. Add pineapple chunks and reset cup on power base. Pulse 3 to 4 times or until coarsely combined.
  4. Remove the cup from the power base and twist off the extractor blade. Stir in cashews. Cover cup and refrigerate for 8 hours and up to 7 days. Garnish with chili pepper flakes, if using, before serving

Tips

*  Serve dip with vegetables or crackers.

*  If using a fresh pineapple with the skin on, for a decorative presentation you can use the pineapple shell to serve your dip in. Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise and carefully cut out the flesh from the shell. Use 1/2 of the shell as your serving bowl. You may want to spritz the inside of the shell with lemon juice to prevent it from darkening.

*   An average size, about 5 lbs (2.5 kg) pineapple will yield about 7 cups of pineapple chunks. Store the unused pineapple covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The remaining chunks can be eaten alone or used in other smoothies and dips.

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