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Thank Heaven for Turmeric Ginger Tea

 

Photo Sep 14, 3 48 31 PMThere’s a heat wave in LA. And this refreshing drink is my saving grace. It is also a bit of an apothecary, as this tea, made with gorgeous golden turmeric and ginger root are both known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Besides the health benefits, I drink this tea all day, because it is so good! I make it in concentrated batches, and dilute them with water and ice. Though this tea would be wonderful warm as well, with a little almond or coconut milk. I know the black pepper is kind of a weird ingredient in this recipe. The simple answer is that black pepper helps the body absorb turmeric. I didn’t want to bog down this blog post with a lot of healthy talk – but there’s plenty of information on the internet about how super healthy these ingredients are and why.

Now onto the recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2-1 tspn turmeric powder, or freshly grated turmeric
  • About 1 inch chunk of peeled and sliced ginger root
  • A few dashes of black pepper
  • Honey to taste


PREPARATION:

Combine the water, turmeric, ginger and black pepper in a pot. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly, add honey to taste. Pour the concentrate through a tea strainer into a container, such as a mason jar. For a cold drink, add a little of the concentrate to cold water (ice optional). It’s really up to you to choose the water to tea ratio. I make it with about a quarter cup of tea to 1 ¾  cups of water. Once the concentrate has cooled, you may store it in the fridge. One large mason jar lasts me a couple of days, and then I quickly make more. Sip and enjoy!

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DIY Carrot Ginger Dressing

I spent my late teens and early twenties consuming so much carrot ginger dressing, that my clothing and hair smelled of it. It was served at dirt cheap venues throughout the East Village in Manhattan, where I lived. Eventually, I wanted nothing to do with it. Now, *cough cough* years later, I suddenly got a hankering for it. So, I decided to give making it a try, and I have to say, it tastes much better than I remember! It had a bite, a perfect amount of nuttiness and tartness, and I think I have a favorite newfound/vintage dressing!

Carrot Ginger Dressing 2
Here’s the recipe that inspired me. And here’s what I did, based on my personal taste preference, and the ingredients that I had in my fridge and pantry:

Ingredients:

  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 big chunk of ginger (about an inch)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • About 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • About 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • About 1/8 cup olive oil
  • A dash or two of Salt, Pepper and Cayenne Pepper
  • About 1-2 tablespoons water, to desired consistency

Directions:

Combine all ingredients but the water in a food processor or powerful blender. After everything is blended, add 1 tablespoon water. If you desire a runnier dressing, add another tablespoon of water.

I added the carrot ginger dressing to a salad I made with a couple of chopped radishes, a few slices cherry tomatoes, a chopped Persian cucumber, chopped hard boiled egg, a quarter avocado, sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

photo 4Carrot Ginger Dressing

St. Paddy’s the Healthy Way

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you feel like skipping the booze and mint milkshakes this year, but still want to give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, why not make a Green Lemonade! This continues to be my favorite drink. It’s super healthy, filling, thirst quenching and so tasty, and you don’t need a messy juicer to make it!

Here is the original recipe, and I’ve made some updates to the recipe below.

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Photo by Kevin Pazmino
www.pazminophotography.com

  • 8-12 oz Water or Coconut Water
  • 1 small-medium Apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 chunk (about 1/2″) Ginger
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Big bunch of Spinach
  • About 1/2 cup frozen Pineapple (Trader Joe’s sells frozen chunks)
  • You can add cucumber, celery, substitute kale, chard, collard greens or romaine lettuce. Hell, throw in some unsweetened coconut, half a banana and make it a smoothie. I’m getting ahead of myself…

Grab your preferred instrument for blending (I used my beloved immersion blender), and rev her up! I love spinach because it pulverizes quite easily. The tougher greens make it more chunky.

Get your St. Paddy’s energy on!

 

Healthy Delectables Kicked My Cold in the A$$

There’s  a bug going around. I caught it. It was in my head, and my nose felt like it weighed 100 lbs. So, I dedicated a day to kicking my cold in the butt with some healthy delectables. I started out the day with a packet of Emergen C in hot water, with lemon, cayenne and honey. I had three of those throughout the day. The rest was captured on my camera below.

Fresh Squeezed OJ with Fresh Ginger

Fresh Squeezed OJ with Fresh Ginger

Get Well Salad

Get Well Salad

I squeezed about 4 cups of orange juice (with the huge chunks of pulp), and added about a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger. Gave me an instant boost of energy! (I have this cool attachment on my kitchen aid, for citrus juicing, and I have one of those old school ones that just requires a bit more work. It doesn’t need to be hard or expensive to have freshly squeezed juice!)

For lunch, I wanted to use what I had in the kitchen. That morning, I followed a pang to throw the sweet potatoes that have been sitting around for awhile, almost growing those little buds, into the oven. So I chopped up the now cooled baked sweet potatoes, and threw them into a salad with arugula, mache, avocado, grated beets, green onions, roasted almonds, mushrooms, a hard boiled egg and blanched asparagus, tossed in a yogurt and green onion dressing (yogurt may cause the mucous to thicken, like other dairy products, however the good bacteria offers many healing benefits, so I chose to use it).

Feeling better!

Feeling better already!

Get Well Soup

Get Well Soup

For dinner, I made a chicken flavored broth with lots of garlic and green onions, tofu, carrots, mushrooms, bok choy, spinach and cayenne. It was warming, spicy and cleared the sinuses. And I feel a lot better!

It’s good to have essentials in your kitchen like cayenne, garlic, ginger, broth, Emergen c, and my favorite cold killer, Umcka (you can find it in the cold/flu section in health food stores). Having lots of fruit and veggies around (or a good friend who will pick some up for you when you’re bed ridden) will keep you well fed, and on your way to forgetting you ever came down with anything.