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Monday, August 10, 2015

# aip # allergy friendly

Broccamole

What's Broccomole? It's a delicious dip that mimics guacamole, but without avocado. I substitute broccoli for the avocado, hense the name Broccamole. Why would I want to do that? Well, avocado is a histamine containing food, and something I have a problem with. While I can tolerate very small amounts of it occasionally, I love the stuff so much that I can't stop at only a single serving. So I avoid it.


What's a histamine food? Histamine is a chemical which occurs naturally in certain foods, and is one of the chemicals that's released in the body as part of an allergic reaction, causing the typical allergy symptoms of itching, sneezing, wheezing and swelling.
They play a major role in our immune system, and act as a neurotransmitter, affects the rate we burn calories, and regulates our appetite. There are many foods that naturally contain histamine, such as bacon, cheeses, pickled foods, and avocados to name a few. We all have an enzyme (diamine oxidase) which breaks down any histamine that we absorb from a histamine-containing food. So while these foods don't affect most of us, for those people who have a low level of that enzyme, it causes problems. When they eat too many histamine-rich foods they can suffer ‘allergy-like’ symptoms such as headaches, hives, itching, abdominal pain, and inflammation. This is called histamine intolerance.

For more details, and to see a list of some of the most conman histamine containing foods, check out this informative article.


Thus began my quest to create one of my favorite dips, that didn't contain avocado. I found quite a few recipes for mock guacamole, but some of them contained some pretty uncommon ingredients, that I didn't think would mimic the real deal very well. I finally found one that sounded good, and after tweaking it a bit, came up with this delicious version that taste great, and looks just like guacamole. It contains everything you would normally put in guac, except the avocado of course, and is very adaptable. You can increase or decrease all of the ingredients except the broccoli to suit your taste, and are rewarded with a delicious dip that you can eat with sweet potato chips, plantain chips, or fresh veggies!

Broccamole

Ingredients

1 - 16 oz bag frozen broccoli (Use fresh if you have it)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup lime juice
3 - 4 tablespoons pure olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)

Directions

Place the broccoli in a steamer basket over boiling water, Cover and steam for 10 - 12 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked a little more than al dente.
Place the broccoli in a food processor, along with the garlic, cilantro, lime, and sea salt.
Pulse about 10 times to break up the broccoli into smaller pieces then blend for 30 seconds.
Slowly pour in 3 tablespoons of the olive oil as the food processor runs, and blend for 30 more seconds. If the mixture seems a little dry, add the other tablespoon of olive oil, and blend until smooth. The mixture should have a pureed consistency.
Spoon into a serving dish and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, to allow it to cool down, and the flavors to mingle.
Serve with sweet potato chips, plantain chips, or as a dip for fresh veggies.

Slightly adapted from Grazed and Enthused


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14 comments:

  1. This is genius! We have avocado allergies at our house, so this is perfect. Thank you for inspiring me :-)

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    1. You're welcome I actually prefer the taste of this version even better than my regular guacamole.

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  2. Wow, this is great! I don't have an allergy to avocado but, like you, I can rarely stop at a reasonable serving size. And while it's good fat, it adds up over time. This would be a great sub!

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    1. That's what I thought too Meg, to much fat, whether good or bad, adds up calorie wise.

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  3. We make a ton of dips using different beans and veggies and things as a base, but I hadn't thought to try it with broccoli before! Pinning to explore this soon!

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    1. I never thought of substituting in recipes much Lisa, until I developed food allergies and intolerance's. When someone craves something bad enough, they can get pretty creative with recipes.

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  4. This is really interesting; I didn't realize avocados are a histamine food. This definitely looks like a delicious alternative. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring me Mel. :) I was surprised to find out avocado is a histamine food too.

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  5. I love this idea! So yummy! I will try soon, thanks for sharing!!

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    1. It's delicious Christine, I hope you enjoyed it.

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  6. Hi April,
    What a great idea, I can't wait to try your Broccamole, looks like it has great flavor! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Oh my is it good Miz Helen, and a great way of getting more of this healthy vegetable into our diet.

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  7. Looks just as delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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