Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce is so versatile, it is easy to get creative and find all kinds of ways to use it. Here are a few suggestions. Use Romesco Sauce to garnish roasted potatoes or pasta, spread on toasted bread or grilled vegetables, use as a sandwich spread or in wraps, as a dip for fresh vegetables or pita crisps, or toss in a vegetable salad. I like to spread it on avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwiches (ALT’s) with shredded carrots and sprouts. One taste of this easy to make sauce will have you hooked.

THE TWIST

The roasted red bell peppers in Romesco Sauce are extremely rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. Vitamin C is beneficial to individuals whose immune system is weak due to being over stressed and it also helps reduce the risk of lung infections. Individuals who have a higher intake of foods rich in vitamin C have a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance and instead have a more youthful appearance. It is the first nutrient to be depleted in alcoholics, smokers, and obese individuals, which makes it an ideal marker for overall health. The vitamin A in the roasted red peppers is linked to good vision and preventing macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. It enhances the function of the immune system, is associated with cancer prevention and helps maintain beautiful skin free of blemishes. Proper levels of vitamin A have many health benefits but never take a vitamin A supplement as too much vitamin A can cause health problems and the chances of too much vitamin A from your diet are extremely rare.

Almonds are a very nutritious tree nut with great medicinal value. The are good for the brain and have been considered an essential food item for growing children. They help regulate cholesterol and are good for the heart. Almonds help reduce inflammation, wear and tear on the arteries and the potassium in almonds helps to regulate blood pressure. They improve the movement of food through the colon thereby helping to prevent colon cancer and they also protect against diabetes by minimizing blood sugar spikes after a meal. They are rich in folate making them good to eat during pregnancy to reduce the likelihood of birth defects. They assist in energy production and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The fresh garlic in this sauce provides benefits to the cardiovascular system, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic qualities. It also has proven to  be an effect antibacterial and antiviral remedy and has shown to improve the metabolism of iron from other foods among many other benefits.

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=88519
http://eyes.emedtv.com/vitamin-a/benefits-of-vitamin-a.html
http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-almonds.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60#

ROMESCO SAUCE

1/2 cup raw almonds
4 cloves garlic
1 (16 oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T Bragg’s amino acids
1/4 t cayenne pepper

Begin to heat a heavy skillet on medium-high heat. Place almonds in a food processor fitted with the chopping blade and pulse 7 to 10 times to chop, then pour the almonds into the heated skillet. Toast the almonds in the skillet while keeping them moving for about two minutes, then return them to the food processor. While the food processor is running drop all four cloves of garlic through the chute to finely chop. Stop the food processor and add the remaining ingredients. Process briefly to create a thick consistency.

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