♫ Baby it’s cold outside ♫ which means we’ve gotta keep the internals warm and thoroughly nourished. Gingers incredible immunity-boosting capabilities just got pretty darn delicious.
The magic of the ginger root lies in its gingerol content (the oily resin from the root). There are 115 different bioactive compounds found in ginger, many of which are hugely beneficial for overall health, but none quite as potent as gingerol. Gingerol’s therapeutic benefits have been used in medicinal remedies since records began. Chinese and Indian culture have been using ginger to treat the body for over 4,700 years for ailments such as nausea, ulcers, arthritis and a compromised immunity. The fiery root has also proven to improve diabetes, fight bacterial and fungal infections, aid in digestion, lower cholesterol, reduce pain and inflammation and speed recovery time.
Nº1 Immunity-boosting Recipe
Ginger Shot Superpower!
Serves: 1 Recipe by: Ella at deliciouslyella.com
- 300 grams (10 1/2 oz.) of ginger
- 1 sliced lemon
- 3-4 lemons
- 2 Tbsp of honey
- 1 small tea bag
- Juice the 3-4 lemons and set aside. Peel and slice the ginger into small pieces.
- Boil the ginger and sliced lemon in 1.5 litres (6 1/3 cups) of water for 30-45 minutes with the lid on.
- Turn off the heat and add the tea bag, the honey, and lemon juice. Leave to rest for 30 minutes before straining it to remove the sliced ginger and lemons.
Note: If stored in the fridge, the concoction should be good for a week.
Nº2 Immunity-boosting Recipe
Miso Aubergine & Noodles
Serves: 2 Recipe by Hattie Ellis
- 150g/5½oz rice noodles
- 150g/5½oz mangetout
- 3 spring onions, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 lime, juice only
- 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaf
- 1 large aubergine, halved lengthways, flesh scored in a criss-cross pattern not piercing the skin
- 2 tbsp white miso
- 5cm fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
- 1 tsp runny honey (or vegan alternative)
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- salt, to taste
- Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the noodles according to packet instructions.
- Place the mangetout in a metal colander and set above the boiling water to steam with a lid on, ensuring the water doesn’t touch the colander, for 2 minutes. Drain the noodles and toss with the mangetout, spring onions, sesame oil and seeds, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and the coriander. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Heat the grill to high and line a baking tray with kitchen foil. Put the aubergine on the tray, skin-side up, and grill for 10 minutes, or until the skin has hardened and the flesh is soft.
- Meanwhile, mix the miso, ginger, honey, soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of lime juice together in a small bowl.
- Turn the aubergine over and push the miso mixture into the grooves. Grill for 5 minutes, flesh-side up, checking after 3 minutes that the miso is grilling evenly. It should be patched with brown but not burnt.
- Cut the aubergine into thick slices and place on top of the noodles. Serve immediately in two warmed bowls or divide between two lunch boxes.
Nº3 Immunity-boosting Recipe
Serves: 2 Recipe by: Alice Hart
Creators notes: A savoury lassi – ginger-spiked in this case – is both warming and refreshing. You can drink them at breakfast time, but they are equally handy for quelling fiery curries. If you’d prefer a sweet version, swap the cumin seeds and salt for a pinch of ground cardamom and sweeten with jaggery, honey or brown sugar.
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 200ml natural yoghurt
- 200ml cold water
- A handful of ice
- 1 heaped tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
- A pinch of salt
- Toast the cumin seeds in a dry frying pan then crush in a mortar and pestle.
- Blend everything in a liquidiser and serve in tall glasses.
Nº4 Immunity-boosting Recipe
Serves 4 Recipe by: Andy Waters
Creators notes: Simple ginger jam recipe and you will be left with a ready-made accompaniment that will keep for a few months. It is the perfect partner to white fish and also goes nicely with chicken and pork.
- 250g (8 3/4 oz) stem ginger
- 125g (4 1/2 oz) caster sugar
- 125ml (4 1/4 fl oz) water
- 1 green chilli, small
- Peel and roughly chop the ginger in a food processor until you have 100g (3 1/2 oz) of ginger pulp in total
- Place the ginger in a saucepan with the sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 30-45 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Add the minced chilli 10 minutes before taking off the heat
- Pour into a sterilised jar and seal immediately. The jam will keep for 2-3 months
Nº5 Immunity-boosting Recipe
Healthy Gingerbread Loaf (with Gluten-free option)
Serves: 10 slices Recipe by: Monique at ambitiouskitchen.com
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to warm
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk will work)
- Optional: Coarse sugar or sparkling sugar, for sprinkling on top
For the glaze:
- 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- For the topping:
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons shelled pistachios
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×4 loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, add coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, egg, and almond milk. Whisk together until smooth and well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour batter into loaf pan.
- Sprinkle with a little coarse sugar (this will create a beautiful loaf and a delicious crunch on the outside).
- Bake loaf for 35-45 minutes or until tester comes out clean. In pan 10-15 minutes before removing and to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
To make topping: Add white chocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips) and coconut oil to a small bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until chocolate is smooth and melted. You can also melt it in a small saucepan over very low heat. Drizzle over the cooled loaf and top with dried cranberries and pistachios. Cut into 10 slices.
To make gluten-free: Use 1 cup almond flour, 1 cup gluten-free oat flour and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar instead of the whole wheat pastry flour. Bake as directed above.
To make vegan: I think using a flax egg (1 flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water) would work well!
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