This recipe was inspired by a conversation between famed cardiologist turned famed dietician, Dr Steven Gundry, and Shawn Stevenson of The Model Health Show podcast. Shawn Stevenson is a fitness and nutrition expert who used food as medicine to cure his "incurable" spinal disease and went on to launch The Model Health Show to inspire others to use food to solve their own health challenges. In this episode, Dr Steven Gundry talks about the link between a healthy gut microbiome (the good and bad bacteria in your gut) and longevity. In particular, he focuses on the dangers of consuming corn. There are many problems with corn. For instance, corn is sprayed with Roundup, which kills the gut microbiome. Corn also has been genetically modified by introducing a lectin into the crop to resist insects by paralysing them, but this lectin is also harmful to the human body. For these reasons and others, Dr Gundry recommends cutting corn completely out of your diet.
UTENSILS YOU WILL NEED
- a food processor
- a pressure cooker or pot
- 2 grams of high quality green tea leaves with no stem
- 7 to 8 peeled Roma tomatoes (and de-seeded if you are concerned about the lectin content)
- 1 small red onion
- 2 stalks of spring onions
- 5 sprigs of coriander
- 1 peeled and de-seeded jalapeno
- 1 large garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of cumin powder
- salt to taste
- monkfruit sugar to taste
- water to thin salsa, if desired
- a bowl of mixed wild herbs for dipping
1. Place tea leaves, tomatoes, spring onions, red onion, coriander, jalapeno and garlic in food processor to roughly chop ingredients.
2. Transfer ingredients from food processor to pressure cooker or pot, and add lime juice, chilli powder, cumin powder and water. Cook for around 15 minutes to allow tomatoes to break down a bit.
3. In Yunnan, China, ethnic minority groups eat tomato salsa by dipping local wild herbs in the salsa instead of the corn chips that are customary in America. This is your chance to explore what grows wild in your part of the world and substitute corn chips for something much healthier to dip into your salsa.