Nourishing A.Rose Recipes
Spices not only enhance the flavor of food, but they are known to have many health benefits. Turmeric, for example, can help relieve an upset stomach and it also has anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antioxidant properties. Cinnamon helps to control blood sugars and has antimicrobial properties, which helps to prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms. Oregano, Curry, Thyme, Ginger, Garlic, Black and Red Pepper also have many immune boosting qualities, which I talked about here
Here are a few ways to add some spice to your life!
- Replace flavored yogurts, which tend to be high in added sugar, with plain low fat yogurt and blend in 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp on honey, and your favorite fruit
- Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to french toast, pancakes, waffles, or muffins
- Add 1/4 tsp of cinnamon to oatmeal for an extra flavor twist
- Substitute the sugar in your coffee with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract or if you are a tea drinker, try sprinkling some cinnamon in your cup of tea!
- Try adding ground ginger instead of sugar to your green or fruit tea. The soft spiced flavor complements the tea perfectly!
- Add ground ginger on top of your fruit
- 1/2 tsp of ground ginger can be added to your salmon fillet during the last few minutes of broiling or grilling to add some flair
- A sprinkle of ginger on cooked carrots, butternut squash, or sweet potatoes can add a warm sweet flavor to these winter veggies
- Add a pinch of turmeric to scrambled eggs, tofu scramble, frittatas or quiche for a subtle flavor
- Add turmeric to your roasted cauliflower, potatoes, and other root vegetables. Alternately, it can be sprinkled onto your greens (spinach, collards, kale), while sauteing
- A dash of turmeric to rice or a rice pilaf will add great flavor and a nice color to your dish
- Make turmeric tea with 2 cups water, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger powder, and 1 tsp honey or maple syrup to a pot and simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes
- Skip the salt on your eggs and try 1/8 tsp of oregano mixed in with 2 eggs before scrambling
- Add 1 tsp in 2 cups of tomato sauce for an extra flavor boost
- In lieu of butter and sour cream, try drizzling olive oil and sprinkling oregano on your baked potato
- Prepare a grilled cheese sandwich with mozzarella, tomato slice, and 1/4 tsp oregano for an extra special treat
- Sprinkle some thyme leaves on sauteed vegetables with a little black pepper and fresh squeezed lemon juice (delicious on asparagus!)
- Saute mushrooms with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp thyme to bring out the flavor of the mushrooms
- 1/4-1/2 tsp of thyme can be added to soups for a hearty flavor