Grab some jars—not only are spices tasty and fragrant, they're also amazing little health boosters.
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Spice-alicious recipes for fall
One of the best parts about fall is that comforting, delicious aroma of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger wafting from just about everything in the kitchen. But spices are so much more than just flavor enhancers. Ginger is warming and aids circulation, cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, and nutmeg and cloves can help soothe an aching gut. Read on for simple, satisfying salads, entrees, and sweets you'll love, inside and out.
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Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta
Zap a craving for something sweet and creamy with this no-sugar-added dish, perfect for dessert or even breakfast. Bonus: It’s on the table in 15 minutes.
Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is this dish’s secret ingredient (trust us on this one). Combined with cinnamon, cumin and tahini, it’s rich and flavorful. Serve it with rice and a steamed green vegetable so the piquant sauce takes center stage.
Ingredients: Chicken, cinnamon, cumin, tomatoes, chilies, dark chocolate, tahini.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger mix with black pepper for a lamb dish that’s full of Moroccan flavor. This deceptively easy dish is perfect for company; serve it with couscous (ready in 5 minutes) and sautéed carrots.
Ingredients: Lamb, onions, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, honey, onions
Carrots and ginger make a classic combo, and this warming soup is the perfect marriage of the two. Plus, a bit of garlic ups the immune-boosting factor. This soup is quick to prepare and freezes well, so keep some on hand for all the colder months ahead.
Toss that takeout menu: You can have a savory Asian-inspired stir-fry on the table much faster, and it will be healthier, too. Generous amounts of ginger and garlic flavor this super-quick weeknight favorite, perfect with brown rice and steamed or sautéed snow peas.
Who says chillier weather means you can’t enjoy luscious fruit? Citrus is packed with vitamin C and disease-fighting phytochemicals. In this salad, tangy grapefruit and sweet orange combine with a touch of honey and spicy citrus for a refreshing snack, breakfast or even an ice cream topper.
Wake up salmon filets with a few always-in-the-pantry ingredients and a bit of fresh ginger. This healthy dish, loaded with omega-3s, is easy enough for a weeknight but special enough to serve to guests. Try it with brown rice and sautéed spinach or a salad with carrot-ginger dressing.
Nothing warms you up on a chilly night quite like soupand one flavored with ginger has even more warming power. Vegetables and rice noodles give it heft, and fresh cilantro and mint make it extra-tasty.
Ingredients: Rice noodles, shrimp, shitake mushrooms, carrots, ginger, cilantro, mint
Olive oil DUSAN ZIDAR/Shutterstock Stick to small bottles unless you’re heavy-handed. Once opened, olive oil can go rancid in as little as three months (even though the bottle might say it will last longer). Fresh olive oil smells like green, ripe olives and has a bright, peppery taste with a kick; be wary of a […]
Sweet potatoes mama_mia/Shutterstock Sweet potatoes shouldn’t be relegated to Thanksgiving-side-dish status; they deserve a starring role in meals thanks to their life-lengthening properties, according to Kansas State University researchers. They reported that the colorful tubers (the eye-popping purple variety in particular) contain high levels of anthocyanin, a compound found to reduce cancer risk and increase life span. […]
Healthy Eating Jill WaldbieserAug 27 You’re never too young to start eating for your arteries—blockages can start early. Science shows that these foods could be your ticker’s best friend. Keep your heart healthy Tinydevil/Shutterstock The number one killer in the United States is heart disease: According to the CDC, 610,000 people die from it every […]