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A Spice A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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Written by Chris
Published on 2nd January 2018 at 13:56 • No comments yet, be the first!

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Herbs and spices have been used for centuries as natural healing remedies. This month's blog helps you incorporate them into your everyday meals!

Turmeric Tuesday - Turmeric Golden Sauce

For this week's Turmeric Tuesday, we focus on Turmeric 'Golden Sauce'. Used over roasted vegetables or served with falafel, turmeric golden sauce may be the ticket to treating common issues such as heartburn and bloating and it might also help to improve your memory!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 4

  • Heat rating: 0/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 60g Tahini
  • 100ml Freshly boiled water from the kettle
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • A pinch of salt

Spices

Method

  1. Whisk or blend the tahini with freshly boiled water, turmeric, the juice of the 1/2 lemon and salt to a smooth sauce.
  2. Serve with roasted vegetables or falafel

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Saffron Tea

Got a case of the winter blues? Saffron, aptly nicknamed the 'sunshine spice' contains mood-boosting properties. Grab a cuppa and shake off your winter gloom with some Saffron tea.

  • Total Time: 5 mintues
  • Serves: 1

  • Heat rating: 0/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 250ml Boiling water

Spices

Method

  1. Soak Saffron strands in a splash of water for 5 minutes
  2. Top up with boiling water to make a cup of Saffron tea

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Fennel Seeds

fennel seeds

Fennel after meals may be able to help with cases of flatulence, bloating and cramps. It can also help freshen breath! You might want to keep some seeds handy for emergency relief...

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1

  • Heat rating: 0/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 1 Tsp demerara sugar

Spices

Method

  1. Lightly toast fennel seeds in a dry pan then mix with demerara sugar
  2. Eat a few pinches after a meal to aid digestion and freshen breath

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Star Anise Broth

According to Chinese medicine, Star Anise can act as a remedy for the flu. And what better way to warm the body and soul than with a Star Anise broth.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 2

  • Heat rating: 4/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 500ml Beef or vegetable stock
  • 2 Roughly chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 Tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • Rice noodles for 2
  • 250g Thinly sliced steak or tofu
  • Fresh coriander, mint, beansprouts and lime wedges to garnish (optional)

Spices

Method

  1. Simmer beef or vegetable stock with star anise, ginger, garlic, sugar and fish sauce in a covered pan for 30 minutes
  2. Soak rice noodles as per the packet instructions, strain and divide between 2 bowls
  3. Strain the broth then (discarding the star anise and ginger etc) add steak or tofu and red chillies
  4. Top the noodles with the broth then add fresh coriander, mint, beansprouts and lime wedges as you prefer

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Cinnamon Tea

cinnamon tea

Once highly prized by ancient Egyptians, cinnamon's sweet but spicy fragrance and flavour may be able to boost your concentration and aid memory!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 1

  • Heat rating: 0/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 250ml Freshly boiled water
  • Honey to taste

Spices

Method

  1. Break up cinnamon quill and cover with freshly boiled water.
  2. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes then strain and add honey to taste if you prefer.

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Turmeric Tuesday - Turmeric Noodles

Since this spice boasts a long list of health benefits, we've dedicated Tuesdays to Turmeric. Turmeric is said to have antioxidant properties, which may help slow down the ageing process! Stirred in with noodles is a great way to add this spice to your day.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Serves: 2

  • Heat rating: 1/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 1 Large thinly sliced onion
  • 2 Cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 200ml Water
  • Precooked noodles for 2
  • 250g Shredded chicken or tofu
  • Choice of coriander, beansprouts and/or peanuts to garnish (optional)

Spices

Method

  1. Fry thinly sliced onion and finely chopped garlic in oil for 10 minutes or until soft and beginning to brown.
  2. Add turmeric, salt and water and simmer for 5 minutes then stir in precooked noodles for 2, shredded chicken or tofu and top with your choice of coriander, beansprouts, chilli flakes and peanuts.

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Moroccan Harira with Cumin

Moroccan Harira

Did you know that Cumin contains Calcium, necessary for strong bones and teeth as well as Vitamin A, which helps boost the immune system? Get a taste of these benefits with a bowl of delicious Moroccan Harira!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4

  • Heat rating: 3/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 1 L water
  • 1 Finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tin of chickpeas
  • 1 Handful of green lentils
  • 1 Handful of couscous or rice
  • 250g Diced lamb (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Handful roughly chopped fresh coriander or parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Spices

Method

  1. Simmer water with onion, chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, green lentils, couscous or rice, diced lamb (optional), ground cumin, chilli powder and salt for 1 hour in a covered pan until the rice and lentils are tender and have thickened the soup.
  2. Stir in roughly chopped fresh coriander or parsley and the juice of 1 lemon to serve.

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Chilli Kale Crisps

Chilli Kale Crisps

Contrary to popular belief, some studies suggest that the spicy sensation from chillies may actually aid in digestion, rather than cause irritation. Either way, these Chilli Kale Crisps are a healthy treat that's difficult to resist!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 2 

  • Heat rating: 3/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 100g Kale
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • A big pinch of salt

Spices

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
  2. Mix kale with oil, salt and chilli powder or flakes.
  3. Bake for 3 minutes or until beginning to brown and crisp around the edges.
  4. Serve as a snack.

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Ginger Salad Dressing

Ginger has an excellent reputation as an aid for good digestion and as a remedy for an upset stomach. It's even easy to add to salads with a simple Ginger Salad Dressing.

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4 as a side

  • Heat rating: 2/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 2 Cloves of finely grated garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy or fish sauce
  • 400g Thinly sliced salad veg and herbs of your choice

Spices

  • 1 Tbsp finely grated Ginger

Method

  1. Make the dressing by mixing grated ginger with grated garlic, the juice of 1 lime, a pinch of sugar and soy or fish sauce.
  2. Stir into salad veg and herbs of your choice.

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Hungarian Paprika Lecso

Paprika contains carotenoids and flavonoids which may help protect collagen and therefore prevent wrinkles. Eat your way to younger looking skin with a Hungarian Paprika Lecso!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 2

  • Heat rating: 1/5
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 1 Thinly sliced onion
  • 2 Thinly sliced peppers
  • 2 Cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 Roughly chopped tomatoes
  • Big pinch of salt

Spices

Method

  1. Fry onion, peppers and garlic for 10 minutes or until soft and sticky.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, paprika and salt then cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down to form a sauce.
  3. Can be served with a hearty bread.

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Turmeric Tuesday - Turmeric Latte

Turmeric has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a healing spice to treat colds or even depression. Today's Turmeric Tuesday features a Turmeric Latte - the perfect way to kick start your day!

  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 1

  • Heat rating: 2/5
  • Dietary: Contains dairy

Ingredients

  • 250ml Milk
  • 2tbsp Honey

Spices

Method

  1. Warm the milk with the turmeric, a pinch of cracked black pepper and honey until the milk is just about to boil
  2. Remove from the heat and serve in your favourite mug

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