This pumpkin pasta sauce hides anti-inflammatory gifts
Once pumpkin-spiced everything hits the shelves, all bets are off. Fall is here, and it’s a special time for decadent desserts and memorable occasions — making it the easiest time of year to forget your anti-inflammatory diet. But this year is going to be different.
By adding this pumpkin pasta sauce to your holiday recipe book, you’ll be giving better gifts than you realize. That’s because pumpkin is high in beta carotene, a strong provitamin. When the body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, it gives this pumpkin recipe the power to prevent neck or back pain. Sounds better than gifting someone a new sweater, right?
Maybe you can’t stick a bow on it, but this pumpkin pasta sauce packs more than twice your daily amount of vitamin A. Along with anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin A supports the immune system, helping to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. It’s also good for your heart, eyes and brain. Get a taste of this savory combination of anti-inflammatory foods:
Anti-inflammatory pumpkin pasta sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon shallot, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage (more if desired)
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (if desired)
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 box pasta, cooked
- On low-medium heat, sauté the minced shallot and garlic in the olive oil.
- Once fragrant, add the sage, basil, sea salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook until oil absorbs, or about three minutes.
- Add vegetable broth and pumpkin. Stir mixture, then add coconut milk.
- Heat mixture until bubbling, then switch heat to low. Simmer until sauce thickens.
- Add to your favorite cooked pasta and enjoy! Try veggie-based noodles, like zucchini or chickpea, for an added anti-inflammatory boost.
These ingredients will go a long way — and have you thought about using this pumpkin sauce for a healthy holiday pizza? With these new anti-inflammatory dishes up your sleeve, this season should be joyful, not painful. If a healthy diet and other conservative treatments have done little to relieve your chronic neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute for your free MRI review.*