How to make red pepper chili flake and roasted garlic infused olive oil from The Moment, great for spreading on pizzas, bread, or salads, very versatile recipe that helps with inflammation

Chili Olive Oil

We initially started to research chili and garlic olive oil when we were making our LA pizza. It is an essential part of the recipe, and we wanted to make the best version that we could. Turns out, it’s really easy, and has exponential payoff. It’s full of flavor, looks beautiful, and as we all know, there are lots of benefits from olive oil (read all about it here). But we haven’t talked about chilis or garlic yet. So, in case you need another reason to make our chili oil olive, other than that it’s crazy delicious, here are some more:

Red Pepper Flakes– Like most spices, red peppers add spice and flavor without added calories, fat, or sugar. In 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, there are only 6 calories and 1 gram of carbohydrate. Red Pepper Flakes have some vitamins and minerals too, like Vitamin A (which is beneficial for improving skin, hair, nails, and eyes), Vitamins C, E, and B-6, and the minerals iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. If you have pain or inflammation in your body, eating more crushed red pepper may help, thanks to capsaicin which is responsible for reducing pain. Crushed red pepper is thermogenic in nature, which means it produces heat in the body and stimulates the metabolism. A study also found that people who consumed hot red peppers ate fewer total calories per day and had a diminished interest in food. And last, but not least, eating red peppers can help with cardiovascular health. Researchers found that the antioxidants in red pepper strengthened the immune system’s ability to reduce oxidative stress and prevent oxidative diseases such as cancer, inflammation, heart disease, and decreased immune function. In addition, capsaicin in hot peppers promotes circulation, which may prevent hardening of arteries and reduce the risk of a heart attack.

Garlic – Garlic contains a compound known as allicin, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, prevent blood clotting, and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties and anti-microbial affects. Garlic is low in calories, but high in nutrients, containing manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium, and fiber. Garlic supplementation is known to boost the function of the immune system. Garlic supplementation, or eating raw garlic, helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold.

Garlic also contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

For those who have trouble with garlic and spicy, we also included a recipe for garlic infused olive oil. It’s also really easy, but has tons of flavor.

Chili Olive Oil with Garlic infused recipe the moment wooden spoon

Chili Olive Oil

Ingredients:

¼ cup Red Pepper Flakes crushed

2 cloves of Garlic (or more depending on your taste)

1 cup Olive Oil

Instructions:

For prep, all you need to do is remove the garlic’s peel and press garlic through a garlic press. If you don’t have a garlic press, finely mince. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil to a deep sauce pan. Simmer for 5 minutes. It will smell amazing. Remove from heat and let cool. It will keep for a few weeks in a tightly sealed jar, but most likely, you will want to put it on absolutely everything: salad, bread, pizza, are all good options.

Garlic infused olive oil still life garlic mason jar recipe on The Moment

Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Ingredients:

2 cloves of Garlic (or more depending on your taste)

1 cup Olive Oil

Instructions:

Remove the garlic’s peel and smash the cloves against the back of a knife. Pour the olive into a sauce pan and add the garlic. Simmer until you see little bubbles. Let cool and pour into a tightly sealed jar. You can leave the garlic in or remove it.

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