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!
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)
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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