Though we’ve had unseasonably warm weather this winter, my boys have still traded their fair share of winter flus, colds and fevers. So, in order to keep myself out of the rotation (if I get sick, who is going to make the chicken soup?) I’ve infused my diet with my favorite funny looking, great tasting, and super-healthy immune boosting ingredient: ginger. While ginger is relatively new to my palate (you don’t find much ginger pasta in Northern Italy), I’ve made every effort to include it in one dish a day (or more). With only one cold to speak of (and what is winter with out one cold?), the benefits are showing. So, I wanted to share this magic root with you. Invigorate your taste buds and give your health a boost. Come and ginger with us!
In Ayurvedic medicine, a form of holistic medicine developed in India many centuries ago, ginger is known as the “universal remedy”. And it’s no wonder as this little plant contains a pharmacy’s worth of health benefits. Gingerol, the active ingredient responsible for ginger’s pungent and delicious taste, is known for preventing nausea, vomiting and morning sickness. But that’s not all, ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, helps boost the immune system and improves circulation. So why not include this lovely root in your shopping cart.
The easiest way to integrate ginger into your everyday life is by brewing up a simple ginger tea. Wash a one-inch piece of unpeeled ginger and grate it, or slice it thinly. Place the ginger into a glass container with 3 or 4 cups of hot water and let it steam. When a little cooled down, add the juice of half a lemon (to preserve its vitamin C) and enjoy. If you prefer sweet, add a little honey, though I think the taste is just as delicious without.
Another way to add ginger to your life is to include it in any soup, stir-fry or marinade you make. Start with a little amount and work your way up, as the taste can be strong for unsuspecting children (and adults). Or, marinate a piece of salmon for an hour or two (or overnight, if you have the time) in a sauce made of one-inch piece of ginger, some minced garlic (two cloves or more if you prefer), two tablespoons of soy sauce and sesame oil. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes and serve with a side of rice. Whatever way you choose to add ginger works, just as long as this ugly little root is making its way into your diet regularly. Let us know about your favorite ginger recipes. Come and cook with us!