DANIELLA CHACE

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Creamy Basil Hummus

Holy Basil Hummus

Garlic Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast

Holy Basil Pesto

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Holy Basil Hummus

1 (16-ounce can) garbanzo beans

1 cup chopped fresh holy basil

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup tahini

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons EVOO

4 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse and drain garbanzo beans. Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender until creamy. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil. This creamy hummus is the perfect dip for crudités (chopped fresh vegetables).

Udi’s DHA Oil can be used in place of the olive oil to boost the EFAs.

Any kind of basil can be used for this recipe and all provide nutrients that suppress breast cancer.  Basil leaves contain phenolic compounds that reduce breast cancer development by arresting the cell cycle; regulating carcinogen metabolism and ontogenesis expression; inhibiting DNA binding and cell adhesion, migration, proliferation or differentiation; and blocking signaling pathways. 

Eugenol, also found in basil, induces apoptosis in breast cancer cells. 

Holy basil, has inhibitory activity against breast cancer cell development. 

Serves 6

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 

Calories 267 Fat 17 Carbs 21 Fiber 6 Protein 9

Garlic Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast

4 cups of popped popcorn 

Topping:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon salt

Combine olive oil and garlic and heat gently in a saucepan (or in a glass in the microwave for about 30 seconds) to infuse the oil with the garlic. Pour the garlic oil over popcorn and toss well. Sprinkle turmeric, yeast, and salt over popcorn, toss and serve.

Serves 2

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 

Calories 180 Fat 14 Carbs 13 Fiber 2 Protein 2

Holy Basil Pesto

This bright and aromatic dip is delicious and contains concentrated amounts of the breast-cancer-fighting nutrients ursolic acid and rosmarinic acid found in the Holy basil (Tulsi) leaves. 

2 cups fresh holy basil leaves

1/2 cup cooked chickpeas

1/2 cup walnuts 

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

3 cloves garlic

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon iodized salt

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency. Stop and scrape down the sides if needed.

Substitutions:  If you don’t have access to fresh holy basil, use sweet basil. Use as much garlic, salt, and pepper as you like. Use canned chickpeas or pre-cook dried chickpeas yourself. Use fresh lemon juice which is about how much juice can be collected by squeezing 1/2 lemon.  Pine nuts or almonds can be used rather than walnuts. The nutritional yeast is a key ingredient as it gives the pesto a cheesy flavor without having to use parmesan cheese which is used in traditional pesto recipes.

Use a dip for vegetables, spread on rice crackers, toss with rice pasta, and spread on teff tortillas or tomato slices.  It will keep in an airtight covered container for about 4 days in the fridge. Snack on it throughout the day and aim to eat about 1/2 cup total per day.

Serves 4