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Spicy Tuesday – Maple Syrup Vinaigrette – Ginger

The pictures in todays post are from our class at Buford Highway last week. We love touring and tasting the market and the opportunity to share its bounty with others. This is one of the recipes we highlighted during the class. It’s a great way to spice up either veggies or fruit! It also shows a super way of using sugar appropriately – a little goes a long way to mellow the bright heat of the ginger.

And speaking of ginger, it’s our herb of the week. Ginger is very helpful when you have an upset stomach, nausea, or GI issues. It is also an herb with many immune boosting plant chemicals. Fresh ginger is good to keep in your freezer so you can pull it out and use a little within certain recipes!

Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar

¼ Tsp Sea Salt

3 TB Maple Syrup

2 Tsp Grated Fresh Ginger

½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Add all the ingredients to a jar and shake well. Serve with roasted root vegetables like sweet potatoes and red onions, parsnips, turnips, etc. or dried it drizzled over a fresh fruit salad.

***Roasted Veggies

Choose three or more veggies; toss them with a little olive oil or spray well with olive oil spray. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper, (add a sprinkle of any spice or spice mix that you like), and place in a PREHEATED 400F oven until soft and brown on the edges, about 45 minutes for root veggies.

 

Spicy Tuesday – Gingery Sweet Fruit Salad Dressing – Ginger

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Just four, yes FOUR ingredients can turn your plate of sliced fruit into a dish that will leave you wanting more! We used this Gingery Sweet Fruit Salad Dressing for the recent STARS Luncheon for the oncology medical team. Because its still warm weather here in Atlanta, we wanted a sweet side dish that could also substitute as a light dessert. This was a big hit with our wonderful team, we hope you like it too!

Ginger brings spice to the dressing, and coconut sugar provides the sweet. You may not have seen this kind of sugar in the store until recently, but with the interest in all things coconut, it’s making a big showing. Dark and pungent with a faint flavor of coconut, it’s popping up on sugar shelves everywhere. Coconut sugar is made from the sap of a coconut palm tree. Its been used for thousands of years in Asia where lots of coconut palms grow. It should not be used 1 for 1 with regular granulated sugar for baking – it is much more moist and will produce a dense wet brown baked good. There are some recipes out there that take its moist nature into account. But remember its not “health food”, its just sugar.

Ginger is an herb that we use often for many, many reasons. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. In fact, in a recent study, people who ate 2 grams (1 gram is about the size of a quarter) of ginger daily for 11 days had less soreness after their heavy workout exercise routines. Ginger is also very helpful for any GI issues such as nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach.

Gingery Sweet Fruit Salad Dressing

1” Ginger, peeled and grated

1 Jalepeno, Red or Green, ribs and seeds removed and chopped

Juice and Zest of a Lime

¼ Cup Coconut Sugar

Mix all the ingredients together until the sugar dissolves.

Spicy Tuesday – Easy Ginger Spiced Granola – Ginger

Here in Atlanta, we have lots of friends and family getting ready for a big event this weekend, The Peachtree Road Race. With almost fifty runs, it has become a Fourth of July tradition. Our recipe this week can provide a to-go snack for those racers leaving home early in the morning, or breakfast for the rest of us as we wait for their triumphant return.

Just a little crystallized ginger provides a lot of flavor for this better-for-you granola. It adds zing and nutrition, too. Ginger is commonly used for motion sickness or an upset stomach. In fact there is one study in particular that proved that ginger was far superior to Dramamine for motion sickness! Sometimes before a run like the Peachtree Road Race, a small amount of a snack like this can help sustain your energy. Ginger is also known to help morning sickness for pregnant women and chemotherapy patients.

Ginger Spiced Granola

3 Cups Oats

¼ Cup Uncooked Millet
(Optional)

¼ Cup Sesame Seeds

¼  Cup Chopped Walnuts

¼ Cup Chopped Almonds

1 ½ Tsp Cinnamon

¼ Tsp EACH Mace 
and Cardamom

¼  Cup Maple Syrup

¼  Cup Orange Juice

Zest of 1 Orange

½ Cup Your Choice of Dried Fruit

2 TB Finely Chopped Crystallized Ginger

Step One Preheat the oven to 300F. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients except dried fruit and ginger. Drizzle in the maple syrup and stir well. Add orange juice and zest, stirring so all ingredients are coated.

Step Two Spread the mix out onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring checking about every 10 minutes so nothing burns.

Step Three Remove from oven, add the dried fruit and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Spicy Tuesday – Double Ginger Molasses Cookies – Ginger

The holidays are the time for sharing sweet treats with others. And just because you are invited to a cookie swap, doesn’t mean you have to bring a cookie that is full of sugar, butter, fat and calories with the group.

How about trying a cookie like this? Granted, not health food, but a little-better-for-you, due to the reduced butter, less sugar and the wonderful spicy ginger that makes these cookies sing with flavor!

Ginger is helpful in eliminating gastrointestinal distress. In a recent double-blind study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine for motion sickness! We use it a lot in our cancer fighting kitchen for nausea during chemotherapy treatment. Ginger is also a anti-inflammatory because of compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.

Remember it’s all about portion control when consuming cookies (2 cookies / serving for these) but rest assured, you are getting some health benefits from the ones below.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Makes about 40 Cookies

6 TB Unsalted Butter, softened

2/3 Cup Raw Fine Sugar

¼ Cup Molasses

1 Large Egg

2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

2 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Ground Ginger

1 Tsp Cinnamon

½ Tsp Mace (or freshly ground nutmeg)

¼ Cup Minced Crystallized Ginger mixed with ¼ Cup Raw Fine Sugar

Step One Beat the butter with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add the 2/3 cup sugar, beating well and molasses and egg – beat well.

Step Two Combine the flour, soda and spices, (except for the crystallized ginger-sugar mixture), together in a bowl. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and stir until well blended. Divide the dough in half, wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.

Step Three While the dough is freezing, preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare 3 sheet trays with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the freezer and create about 24 (1 inch balls) Roll the balls in the crystallized ginger mixture and flatten the cookies with a glass to ½ inch. Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.

Why these cookies are better-for-you:

Less Butter

Molasses instead of lots of sugar

Spices including ginger

Spicy Tuesday – Ginger – Ginger Treats

What’s better than a treat? We can’t think of many things… That’s why we love this week’s herb and its recipe. Sweet and satisfying, easy to make and share, too! Aromatic, pungent and spicy Ginger was the inspiration for these small indulgences. Ginger is as an herb used in cuisines around the world. Though we may think about using it fresh, dried or crystallized it can also be used as a juice or oil.

It lends its name to its genus and family, which also includes turmeric, one of our favorite spices. Ginger can improve the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It can also help reduce the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time. And ginger can help with nausea as well so keep some fresh ginger in your freezer and pull out a chunk when you need it.

These treats are no-cook, so it’s a great way to get even the smallest kiddo in the kitchen. It’s also a great way to teach the family about portions and how foods like this are to be eaten occasionally during the week, not after every meal. Make sure to hand out aprons for everyone – It’s a very hands-on!

2 Oz Dark (At least 60% Cocoa Solids) Dark Chocolate

2 Cups Dried Cranberries

¼ Crystallized Ginger

1 Cup Dates, pitted

1 Cup Toasted Walnuts

¼ Cup Pomegranate Molasses***

1 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds

Step One Place the chocolate in the bowl of the food processor, fitted with the knife blade. Using the pulse feature, chop the chocolate finely. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

Step Two Place the cranberries, ginger, dates, walnuts and pomegranate molasses in the processor. Turning on, chop the mixture well, scraping down the side as necessary. When chopped, add in the chocolate and pulse a few times to get it incorporated.

Step Three Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls, pressing down to make sure they are firm. Roll in the sesame seeds and serve. One ball is just the right portion size and a yummy treat!

***No pomegranate molasses? Use honey instead!