The health benefits:
Spring onions (also known as shallots and scallions in some countries) are a part of the onion family and contain histamine lowering, anti-inflammatory quercetin which can help reduce allergies. Like garlic, spring onions also possess antioxidants that convert to allicin when crushed or cut. Allicin has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Spring onions are also one of the richest sources of vitamin K, which is vital for skin health.
Black beans are surprisingly high in anthocyanins (an antioxidant more commonly associated with brightly coloured vegetables and fruits). Studies have shown, however, the humble black bean is notably rich in this antioxidant, as well as the flavonoid quercetin (which is known for its anti-histamine properties). Black beans are also rich in nutrients like molybdenum, folate and copper.
- 2 medium-large sweet potatoes (peeled)
- 1 batch of Cashew Nut Butter or Vegan Mozzarella
- 3/4 cup of finely chopped shallots
- 2 cups of finely sliced red cabbage
- 2 x 425 gram can of black beans
- 1 x 425 gram can of lentils
- 1 -2 cloves of fresh crushed garlic or garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of good quality sea salt (such as Celtic sea salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ascorbic acid or citric acid
- 3 teaspoons of maple syrup
- 1.5 cups of filtered water
- 1 bunch of baby cos lettuce
- rice bran oil or sunflower oil for cooking
Preheat the oven to 220°C (430°F).
Boil the kettle then cover the raw cashew nuts in a bowl with boiling water to soak.
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into thick chips and place onto a baking tray so they are not touching each other (this will stop them from becoming too soft). If needed use another baking tray. Cover the chips with 1-2 teaspoons of rice bran or sunflower oil.
Place the sweet potato chips into the oven, the chips should take a total of about 30-40 minutes. Turn them over halfway through as they begin to lightly brown.
At this stage, the sweet potatoes should be cooked, remove from the oven and either keep in the tray (be careful as it will be hot) and add other ingredients on top or move to a different serving plate. Any leftover cashew cream can be served in a bowl alongside the loaded fries for additional topping.
Top the sweet potato with the bean mixture, cabbage, cashew cream and shallots. Serve alongside the baby cos lettuce cups as this can be used to scoop the mixture inside and top with some addition cashew cream.
At Eczema Life, we recommend nutritionist Karen Fischer's low food chemical program (The Eczema Detox) along with additive-free supplements for skin health and wellbeing. Click on the images to view more details:
Food photos and recipe by Katie Layland