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Top 10 Healing Herbs and Spices

15 Dec

“Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food.” ~Hippocrates

Roasted Curried Cauliflower courtesy of NomNom Paleo. Find the recipe here.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower courtesy of NomNom Paleo. Find the recipe here.

As I watched “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” I remembered how many healing herbs and spices are present in Indian cuisine. Herbs and spices not only add flavor and pizzazz to vegetables and meats, but they serve as a halo for your health too. There is a reason why some of the oldest cultures in the world use these spices and herbs in their daily cooking. I listed them below in no particular order, but for the benefit of eating to your good health. Cheers!

1. Cayenne: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cancer-fighting properties, increases metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

2. Garlic: antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, increases heart health and wards off vampires

3. Tumeric: aids digestion, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties

4. Ginger: aids digestion, anti-inflammatory and soothes upset stomach

5. Oregano: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant

6. Cinnamon: increases heart health, stabilizes blood sugar levels, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and high in fiber

7. Cloves: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial

8. Coriander Seeds: aids digestion, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and calms mood

9. Sage: increases brain power and mood, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stabilizes blood sugar levels and cancer-fighting properties

10. Rosemary: decreases fatigue and increases brain power

 

Word of Caution: as awesome as these herbs and spices are, it is always critical to consult your doctor or health care practitioner to ensure they don’t interfere with your medication or health issues. For example, some of their healing properties do include thinning the blood and dilating blood vessels.

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Orange Ginger Chicken

20 Jan

This Asian delight satisfies taste buds minus the salty, bloated feeling from the rice and soy sauce. Plus, it is packed full of fiber, vitamins and minerals from all of the veggies and it is soy-free, dairy-free, grain-free and low glycemic. Flavor-free? Why of course not, Silly!

 

IMG_1880Ingredients for Chicken:

2 lbs  chicken breast

1/3 cup coconut aminos

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

zest of one orange

1 orange, juiced (about 1/4 cup)

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 tsp fresh ginger (or 1 1/2 tsp ground)

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

30 turns black pepper

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 cup frozen peas

2 red bell peppers, diced

sea salt to taste

broccoli or cabbage slaw

cashew pieces to garnish

2 green onions, chopped, to garnish

 

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Cauli-rice

Ingredients for Cauli-rice:

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tsp olive oil

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 green onion, chopped

sea salt to taste

 

1. Pre-heat oven to 325°. (This can also be cooked in a slow cooker). Place chicken in the dutch oven (or slow cooker).

2. In a separate bowl, mix coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, orange zest, garlic, ginger, sea salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Pour over chicken.

3. Bake for 2 hours (or 4-5 hrs in the slow cooker). About 20 minutes before chicken is finished cooking, place cauliflower florets in food processor and pulse into rice-sized pieces. Place garlic and olive oil in saute pan and saute for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, green onion and 1/4 cup water to pan and steam for 5-7 minutes until cooked. Salt to taste and set aside.

4. When chicken is finished, add bell peppers and peas (or remove from slow cooker and place in large saute pan) and cook until liquid is reduced and peppers are soft.

5. Serve chicken over cauli-rice, slaw and garnish with cashew pieces, chopped green onions and a dash of coconut aminos.

 

Serves 6

 

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Bell