Try preparing these 4 delicious dressings to incorporate more vegetables in your diet!
Ginger is a flowering plant originally from Asia well-known for being one of the healthiest species on the planet. It contains gingerol, used in alternative medicine to aid digestion, reduce nausea and help fight common flu. Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and it can also help lower the risk of infections. Apart from having all these health benefits, it has a delicious peppery and sweet taste that makes it very versatile: try adding ginger to smoothies, dressings, cookies, savory dishes –you name it! What’s more, it can be used fresh, dried, powdered as an oil or juice.
Here are some ideas for nutritious anti-inflammatory dressings:
Cashew carrot ginger dressing
This recipe is great to dip your favorite crudités:
- 1⁄4 cup carrots, peeled and sliced into chunks
- 1⁄4 cup cashews, soaked overnight
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 to 2 Tbsp water
Simply add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until you get a smooth mixture –if you notice that it is too thick, try adding some more water.
Sesame ginger sauce
Loaded with fiber, this sauce is perfect to pour over your veggies to boost the flavor of all your salads!
- 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 ½ tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp distilled white vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- Juice of two limes
Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and simply add it to your favorite salad!
Ginger garlic paste
This recipe is a great marinade and can be added to stir fry.
- 7 oz peeled and diced ginger
- 7 oz peeled garlic
- 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
- 2 to 3 Tbsp oil
1. Put the ginger, garlic, and salt in a blender
2. Grind the ingredients to a fine paste, adding oil as needed.
3. When the mixture becomes a fine paste, store it in a clean, dry glass jar.
4. Keep the jar in the refrigerator.
You can try adding chilies to make spice things up a little!
- 1 cup of Gingerbeer
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1 large Vidalia onion minced
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 1 tsp Black pepper
1. In a large saucepan add the ginger beer, garlic, and onions.
2. Cook uncovered for seven to ten minutes.
You can use this to marinate vegetables, fish, or other proteins overnight before cooking.
Now that you know these 4 simple recipes with ginger, you can try adding it to all your veggies!
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