This is a super-easy IBS recipe you can make in a few minutes. The turmeric and pepper add that little extra spice that livens up the avocado and pasta. And it’s healthy, too. In fact, every ingredient does more for you than just taste good. I’ll explain why below the recipe.
Ingredients (for one person):
Rice pasta – about 1 ½ - 2 cups fusilli spirals
½ teaspoon olive oil or flax oil
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Pinch of black pepper
Sea salt to taste
Boil rice pasta according to package directions, using lots of water so it doesn’t get gummy. This usually takes about 10 minutes.
While the pasta is cooking, the next step is to...
...pour the olive oil into a bowl large enough to hold the cooked pasta. Stir in the turmeric and the black pepper, making sure the turmeric is well blended into the olive oil. If your system can handle more oil than this, you can up the amount you use to between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon. You can also add a few shakes of cumin (1/4 teaspoon) if you like that flavour. It goes well with turmeric.
Cut the avocado into bite-sized pieces or, if you want to make this look like the photo, into slices.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it with a strainer, then pour a little cold water over it to keep it from sticking together. Shake off excess water.
Toss the pasta in the turmeric and olive oil mixture until it’s well-coated. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste, and either mix in the avocado pieces or arrange the slices on the top.
If you’re making this for others who don’t have IBS, put dishes of olives, walnut pieces, and cayenne pepper flakes on the table for them to add in to their pasta. And a salad.
Since this is an IBS recipe containing soluble fiber, you may be able to eat the salad (insoluble fiber) AFTER you have eaten the pasta. But if you’re in a sensitive state, don’t take a chance.
Why rice pasta and avocado?
Both are soluble fiber foods. Soluble fibre absorbs water and bulks up in your intestines where it relieves both constipation and diarrhea. So this recipe should be easy on your digestion. Avocadoes also contain vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, potassium and even a little bit of protein.
Like ginger, turmeric has long been used as an aid to digestion. Indian Food Forever says that a mixture of turmeric, ginger, black pepper and cardamom will not only help you to digest better, it will eliminate flatulence. Turmeric also helps to curb stomach acidity.
Turmeric is an antioxidant and one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatories that we know about. Why is this good? According to Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, inflammation can stimulate the growth of cancer cells. But both turmeric and ginger block that. (Okay, I know cancer and IBS aren’t related, but you want to be as healthy as possible, right?)
Inflammation is a factor in many chronic health problems like arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and a raft of others, so the less you have of it, the better you’ll feel.
Why pepper and oil?
Dr. Servan-Schreiber says that black pepper activates the turmeric and allows your body to absorb it 2,000 times better! (Yep, that’s two thousand, not a typo.) Besides the pepper, dissolving the turmeric powder in a little oil helps, too.
Why sea salt?
I love salt, but I don’t like all the additives in regular table salt that apparently keep it from clumping together. One iodized salt I looked at even contains sugar! How weird is that?
Sea salt, on the other hand, contains minerals which are something your body can use for your benefit.
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