Spices make our dishes complex and tasty but they’re an important part of a wholesome diet as well. Besides being delicious the spices in our foods may be helping our bodies combat against common diseases and ailments. There are five spices essential to your spice cabinets that aren’t just a great addition to your favorite dinner but for your overall health.
1. Turmeric: Known for its bright yellow color turmeric is a member of the ginger family and found in practically all curry spice blends. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Studies have even shown that turmeric may help to protect your body against certain types of cancers. Next time you’re making a stir-fry, add turmeric into the oil before the vegetables are added.
The holidays are here, which means endless eating, family time, lots of shopping and of course, plenty of tasty desserts. One of our favorites is gingerbread! You can't go wrong. Whether it's in a latte, loaf or cookie, gingerbread tops our list for seasonal favorites. This Triple Crown Gingerbread recipe featured in “Gluttony: More is More” by Nan Lyons is the perfect recipe for moist, flavor-filled gingerbread.
Lookin' to spice up your egg scramble? Don't know what to do with those tough collard greens? Satisfy your need for green and sweet tooth at the same time with this hearty recipe!You will need:
- beaten eggs or egg whites (however many you fancy)
- chopped collard greens
- diced zucchini (about 1/3)
- diced Bosc pear (half)
- diced peach
- finely diced onion
- fresh lime zest
- freshly grated ginger
- dried marjoram (or oregano)
- black ground pepper
This recipe was indeed created with a cold, autumn night in mind. Preferably spent in front of the fire place, but we'll take what we can get. Originally made with kabocha squash, a few changes were made and butternut squash was subbed in for its prevalence in local grocery stores and farmers markets. Feel free to use your squash of choice, but stay away from the spaghetti variety. Winter squash, like butternut, is one of the more versatile vegetables of the season – use it in lasagnas, soups, soufflés, and add it to baked goods for moisture and a hint of earthy sweetness.
This easy to prepare dish - butternut squash simmered in coconut milk with exotic spices - takes advantage of squash's ability to amplify all manner of flavors and textures. Take it with you as a side-dish for your next dinner party or serve it atop brown rice and a lean protein for a hearty, and healthy, meal. Its creaminess and subtle heat will keep you warm and impress your guests.
There are billions of different people on this planet, and there is probably a different type of mule cocktail for each one. This particular flavor is known as the Tibetan Mule and goes down just a little too easy. But when has that ever been a problem? This drink takes a little more effort than popping the cap off of a bottle but it is so worth it. its not too sweet (and it doesn't cost 15 dollars per glass) and its a great way to treat your friends.
4 chunks of pineapple
2 tsp lime juice
1 oz pineappple infused vodka
1/2 oz sake
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
- 8 whole star anise
- 1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne or sparkling wine