May 6, 2015

Papaya seed dressing / dip

As the frosty weather sets in my thoughts are not far away from the shores of Hawaii which has been a location that I enjoyed my honeymoon, a picturesque destination wedding and a babymoon. It is a place where I notice a sweet smell in the air that instantly relaxes me. Before I’ve even set foot on the sandy beaches I feel happy and in holiday mode.

Sometimes when reality bites and my mind drifts back to the frosty present; I seek inspiration so I created this recipe that shakes up our typical mid-week meal of roast chicken.

Tonight I’m using papaya as there is an abundant source right now at the grocer with good prices. The recipe even uses the seeds (which you should eat, not waste!) to make a Hawaiian style dressing to liven up some warm potatoes that they will almost be doing the hula!

The remaining papaya will form part of an exotic breakfast in the morning with passionfruit, shredded coconut, berries, yoghurt and granola – too easy.

Papaya has so many health benefits and its surprising that it doesn’t occur to me to eat it more often. The flesh is high in Vitamin C, Folate and fibre and the seeds are beneficial for the liver, digestive system and a general anti-inflammatory effect. Apart from discarding the skin which is not inedible but not recommended this is a sustainable fruit.

There are some warnings though regarding papaya seeds for some people; please see http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-enzyme-side-effects-warnings

This dressing is delicious and versatile making a great dip on potatoes/wedges, chicken, leafy green salads, pork, burgers and more!

Papaya dressing

Papaya dressing

Ingredients:

1 ripe papaya seeds scooped out (approximately 2-3 Tablespoons)

1 cup papaya flesh

1/2 red or white onion

1/4 cup cilantro

1 good-sized clove garlic

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Juice from a lime

1 1/2 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup macadamia nut oil or olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional: 1 avocado which makes dressing creamier and thicker.

1. Blend all ingredients in a fine nutri-bullet, vitamix or thermomix and serve.
Enjoy!

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