Utilizing Spices When You Cooking

Spices not only add a depth of flavor to food, but they had incredible health benefits as well. Here are just some of my favorites that get used in everything from savory dinners to delicious desserts. You may recognize some of the spices listed below, others you may not, and hopefully you take away something new about these spices you didn’t already know.

 
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Cinnamon

Flavor Profile: Sweet or Savory

Naturally helps regulate blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance.

Pepper

Flavor Profile: Savory

High in Manganese and fiber, antioxidant, and even shown to discourage intestinal gas.

Cayenne

Flavor Profile: Spicy and Savory

Improves circulation, helps lower cholesterol and heart disease, relieves headaches and is a possible remedy for pain and osteoarthritis.

Paprika

Flavor Profile: Savory

Aids in managing autoimmune symptoms that effect the brain, lungs, sinus, adrenals and gastrointestinal track, and has anti-cancerous properties.

Ginger

Flavor Profile: Spicy, Sweet and Savory

Anti-inflammatory and soothing to digestive track.

Cumin

Flavor Profile: Savory

Anti-cancerous properties, detoxifying, and possibly reduces hypoglycemia (under research).

Turmeric

Flavor Profile: Savory

Anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, boosts the immune system, lowers LDL cholesterol, its antibacterial properties treat acne and decreases inflammation, which benefits type-2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and arthritis.

Cardamom

Flavor Profile: Savory

Natural breath freshener, and contains phytonutrients good for brain function, the production of sex hormones and regulation of the metabolism.

Coriander

Flavor Profile: Savory

Lowers blood sugar and blood pressure, good for digestion, urinary track infections and healthy menstrual function.

Clove

Flavor Profile: Spicy, Sweet and Savory

Natural breath freshener, immune booster, fights colds, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and promotes healthy digestion.

Bay Leaf

Flavor Profile: Savory

Anti-cancerous, fights off candida, and promotes wound healing.


Healthful Chicken Curry

Serves 8

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  • 3 large Chicken Breast, cut into cubes

  • 2 cans Coconut Milk

  • 1 cans Diced Tomatoes

  • 16 oz Chicken Broth

  • 3 Tbsp Curry Spice

  • 1 tsp additional Turmeric

  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

  • ½ cup Red Onion, diced

  • 2 Garlic Clove, minced

  • ½ Tbsp + 1 Tbsp Sea Salt

  • 2 large Carrots, chopped

  • 2 Celery stalks, chopped

  • 3 Red Potatoes, cut into cubes

  • 1 cups Green Peas

  • 1/2 head Green Cabbage, cut into chunks

  • 1 cup Broccoli Florettes

  • 3 cups Water

  • 1.5 cups Jasmine Rice

Chop potatoes and place in a separate pot with enough water to cover 1 inch above potatoes. Bring potatoes to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, then drain and set aside. Meanwhile, chop garlic, onion, carrots, celery, cabbage, broccoli and chicken. Place onion and garlic in a large pot, add olive oil and bring to a simmer. Simmer until onions begin to change color (about 1 minute). Add ½ Tbsp salt, curry spice and turmeric, stir until evenly coated. Add chicken and cook until pieces sear on all sides, stirring occasionally. Stir in canned tomatoes, coconut milk and chicken broth. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, green peas, cabbage and broccoli and an additional 1 Tbsp sea salt. Stir together and bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. While the curry is cooking, simmer jasmine rice in 3 cups of water until fluffy. Scoop about ½ cup of cooked rice into a bowl and serve curry over rice using a ladle.


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What Is Black Pepper Good For? Received From: https://foodfacts.mercola.com/black-pepper.html

Ruggeri, Christine. (2018, May 27). Cayenne Pepper Benefits Your Gut, Heart & Beyond. Received From: https://draxe.com/cayenne-pepper-benefits/

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Price, Annie. (2016, Apr. 4). Control Blood Sugar, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure With Coriander Seeds. Received From: https://draxe.com/coriander/

(2017, Dec. 13). Cloves Help Improve Your Oral Health And Immune Function. Received From: https://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/cloves.aspx

Kyra, Oliver. (2017, Apr. 3) Bay Leaf Benefits For Digestion, Wounds, Diabetics & More. Received From: https://draxe.com/bay-leaf/