Ginger is another one of those super foods that seems to cure every ailment. Ginger can be sharp tasting, but if used in moderation it can provide a sweet and spicy zing to a lot of dishes. I use it a lot when I cook Asian style meals - combining garlic, ginger, and soy sauce is like the trio of garlic, basil, and tomatoes in Italian cooking. Ginger is also incredibly good for you - it can help upset stomaches, relieve gas, and tame inflammation.
Chewing on crystalized ginger and eating ginger snaps has had a long tradition of being effective with easing nausea.
In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract).
Some research shows ginger can reduce inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis. Ginger has naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds known as COX-2 inhibitors which are also found in NSAIDs including aspirin and ibuprofen.
Cooking with Ginger
I find that peeling and then grating ginger is the best way to incorporate it into dishes. That way I get the flavor of the ginger as it melts into the food as opposed to a chunk of it between my teeth.
While I really like ginger, I have a hard time drinking straight up ginger tea. Luckily Yogi Tea makes a few teas that combine ginger in them so you still get their benefits without the super strong ginger taste.
I've also started adding ginger to a smoothies to incorporate more of it in my diet.
Here are some other recipes that you can try with ginger in them!
This recipe takes only about 15 minutes to make! You'll be glad you skipped take out to make your own fresh Japanese style Pan Noodles!
This soup has all the delicious ingredients of a samosa, and the warm and comforting aromas of a savory soup. It looks a little complex, but its super quick and easy to put together!
Pho is SO EASY to make! There are three key spices to really get that familiar and comforting flavor of pho and the rest is super simple to put together. Make this recipe and you’ll have a steaming bowl of goodness in no time.
This soup is full of delicious veggies, sour lime juice, creamy coconut milk, crunchy bean sprouts and you can make it as spicy as you like it with thai chiles! It has a lot of ingredients, but its actually super easy to put together!
Sweet, spicy, crunchy, and savory - this recipe has a little of everything! It can easily be made in under 15 minutes, with about another 10 minutes of chopping!
I love this soup - its perfect for a chilly winter night and is super quick and simple to put together. You can have it as spicy or salty as you’d like with additional Sriracha and Soy Sauce!
Korma is one of my FAVORITE things to get when I go out for Indian food. Its a little spicy, saucy, and so delicious. I've made a new version with a few substitutes that makes this a super tasty dinner on those cold winter nights!
There's something about the flavors of Thai Yellow Curry that I just love - the creaminess of the coconut milk, the spices that warm you from the inside out, and the slow cooked veggies make me just happy. Forget takeout - here's how you make Thai Yellow Curry at home and just wait until you see how easy it is!
This is a super easy recipe you can put together on a weeknight for dinner. The spices blend together with the chickpeas making it a super filling and delicious meal, and the green chutney adds a little sweet and a little sour to balance out all the flavors!
Curried noodles and veggies? Yes please! Yet another Fast Food Friday recipe you can make in under 30 minutes! Healthy, delicious, and super satisfying, you'll be happy you skipped take out and made it yourself!