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Viridian Nutrition Clear Skin Project: Moroccan Style Veggie Tagine Recipe

Thursday July 20, 2017

 



 In the last of our series of blogs on the Viridian Nutrition Clear Skin Project, here’s a recipe from the Clear Skin Cookbook by author and nutritionist Dale Pinnock.

Moroccan Style Veggie Tagine

INGREDIENTS:
1 large red onion - finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
1 medium courgette - sliced
200g cooked chickpeas
1 400g can of chopped tomatoes
1 large handful of dates
1 and a half teaspoons of cinnamon powder
1-2 tablespoons of Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

 

METHOD: 

Saute the garlic and onions, in coconut oil, with a pinch of salt, until the onion has softened. Add the courgettes and the dates, and continue to sauté until the courgettes begin to soften. At this point, add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, and cinnamon. Simmer until the sauce becomes a fragrant, sweet, thick delight. Serve with couscous or quinoa, and a good side salad. Serves 2-4.

BENEFITS:

Onions and garlic
Onions and garlic, like all the alliums, are incredibly rich in organic sulphur. This essential mineral is vital for skin health. It is a key constituent in the protein matrix that supports the skins structural integrity. These compounds also assist in normal cellular detoxification pathways, helping tissue to breakdown and remove waste materials. This in itself can give the skin an extra glow.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a very rich source of a potent antioxidant compound called lycopene. Whilst most commonly associated with prostate health, lycopene is actually a great antioxidant for the skin. This is because it is a member of the lipid soluble carotenoid group of compounds. These substances can actually begin to accumulate in the subcutaneous tissue, where they help to protect the collagen matrix present therein, from free radical attack, maintaining elasticity and strength.

Chickpeas
Chickpeas are a good source of the mineral zinc. This vital metal is of prime importance in skin health. It is used by the sebaceous glands to regulate sebum production. If skin is too oily, adequate zinc can help to reduce sebaceous secretions. If the skin is a little dry, adequate zinc intake can increase skin lubrication. Chickpeas are also a great source of fibre, thus working as an internal housekeeper for the digestive tract. Fibre helps to keep the bowel moving, and as such helps to remove waste materials from the body. Keeping the digestive system moving is key to glowing vibrant skin, as even a slight accumulation of waste in the GI tract can lead to 'auto toxicity' - essentially reabsorption of our own waste products, which will make the skin look dull and tired, not to mention leaving you feeling far from healthy.

 

 



Coconut oil
As well as being a heart healthy cooking oil option, Coconut oil in this dish works as a potentiator. To really drive home the carotenoids, such as the lycopene in the tomatoes, it is ideal if we can consume them with a high quality fat source. As they are fat soluble nutrients, when they are ingested with a high quality, easily absorbed fat source, they are much more rapidly and fully absorbed and send happily on their way to fatty tissues, than if they were consumed in isolation. They literally form a complex with the fat and are carried across the gut wall with droplets of fat.

 



For more recipes to boost skin health, read the Clear Skin Cookbook by Dale Pinnock



If you like to know more about our Clear Skin Project CLICK HERE.

 

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