Brown Rice and Black Bean Stuffed Jalapeños
Makes 10 to 12
10 to 12 jalapeño peppers
1 cup cooked organic brown rice
8 ounces of organic black beans
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons spicy jalapeño mustard
Chili pepper oil
3 cups pure water
1½ uncooked basmati rice
2 teaspoons sea salt
¼ teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1 3-inch piece cinnamon stick
1 pound of organic, skinless and boneless chicken breasts or Tofu; cut into small pieces
1 Tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon minced, peeled, fresh ginger
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Serraño chiles, seeded and minced
1 cup organic, plain whole fat probiotic-rich yogurt
½ cup golden raisins
¼ cup cashews
¼ cup fresh cilantro
2 cups organic, plain, whole fat, probiotic-rich yogurt
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons fresh mint
2 Tablespoons onion, minced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded
2 organic tomatoes, diced
dash of cumin
dash of sea salt
In a blender, blend the cilantro, parsley, mint, jalapeños and onion. Then add the yogurt and mix well. Add the cumin, salt and diced tomatoes. Mix well and refrigerate for one hour. Serve with fresh veggies, sprouted crackers or pitas.
Recipes courtesy of Extraordinary Health Team at Garden of Life
There’s some positive news, however, from the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Some hot spices—namely capsaicinoids—may support heart and vascular health.
Capsaicinoids are a family of substances responsible for the “heat” found in jalapeños, cayennes, habañeros and other chili peppers. Research from past studies suggested that spicy peppers can help support healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as healthy clotting mechanisms in the body.
Studies show capsaicinoids from hot peppers promoted a healthy heart and reduced heart disease risk in two ways: by lowering cholesterol levels and increasing the breakdown and excretion of the cholesterol. Interestingly, capsaicinoids reduced levels of “bad” cholesterol, which deposits into the blood, but did not affect “good” cholesterol levels.
Additionally, capsaicinoids blocks the action of a gene tasked with making arteries contract and expand—which impacts the flow of blood to the heart and other organs. Another plus was it may also reduce the size of cholesterol deposits that already exist in blood vessels. That’s important because those deposits narrow arteries in ways that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. It can be a heart health plus to heat things up by enjoying capsaicinoids in your diet.