Friday, November 20, 2009

Spice up Your Holiday with healthy flavors!

Common everyday kitchen spices can help your health. They can do things from increasing vitamins and mineral, protecting you against E- Coli and other bacteria, and even help to aid digestion. After all the rich and heavy meals of the holidays we can probably all use some good digestive aids.
Herbs not only add flavor but healing properties.   Learn the phrase "let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food".  I love this phrase and repeat it often to my kids.  This way you can enjoy food that not only tastes great, but helps you feel great.
Here are some helpful spices:
  • Almonds:  help acne, asthma, cancer, cough, dermatitis, and more.
  • Capers: helps with arthritis, cancer, cataracts, fractures, and sciatica.
  • Cinnamon:  relieves Bronchitis, diabetes, fever, heartburn, herpes, pain, PMS, and rheumatism.
  • Ginger: helps with indigestion, diarrhea, flatulence, sore throats, and stomach aches.
  • Peppermint: helps digestion, PMS, nausea, and stimulates circulations.
  • Oregano, marjoram, basil are all used in foods and help in many ways, I'll post this soon. 

Here is a great dish for Thanksgiving.

Sweet Potatoes Casserole    

15 minute prep and 1 hour bake time serves 10-12

• 6 large Sweet potatoes
• 1 pineapple chopped in small pieces (reserve the juice) If you do not have time, you could use a 20 oz can (but remember the metal content in cans)
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/3 cup chopped pecans
• 1 to 3 tsp coconut oil

Bake sweet potatoes on cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 1 hour or until done. When cool enough to handle cut potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh and discard the skin. Mash the potatoes in electric mixture or hand mashing, until smooth. Add pineapple, with juices, and cinnamon and oil. Mix well. Spoon mixture in casserole dish or 9 by 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake covered for 40 minutes.

This is a delicious dish with much less fat as traditional casseroles, and same great taste.

You can even add raisins to the dish for even more added flavor.

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