Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. Its role in easing digestive problems and healing painful joints is undisputed. It brings relief from coughs and colds and strengthens your immune system. Read more about ginger.
Garlic is used widely as a flavoring in cooking, and also as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, and “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), cancer, fever, coughs, headache, stomach ache, sinus congestion, gout, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, high blood sugar, and snakebites. It is also used for fighting stress and fatigue, and maintaining healthy liver function. Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic. Diallyl sulfide, a compound in garlic, was 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics in fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, according to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The Campylobacter bacterium is one of the most common causes of intestinal infections.
Take a look at some quick and healthy meals with ginger and let us know what you think! We didn’t indicate the exact amount of ingredients on purpose, so that you can experiment and find just the way you like it.
Spicy Fragrant Ginger Rice Recipe
Fresh cilantro leaves
Cook basmati rice. When it is nearly ready, take the lid off the pan and quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chilies and fresh cilantro leaves. Cook for 2-3 mins more and that’s it! The burst of flavor and fragrance guaranteed!
Ginger and Garlic Potatoes
Boil 4 potatoes. Cut them into cubes, and toss them with a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic, a teaspoon of finely chopped ginger, 1 green chili, salt and fresh herbs. Enjoy!
Ginger Lemon Rice (or Pasta, or Couscous)
Basmati rice (pasta or couscous)
Grate some ginger and squeeze some lemon over freshly boiled rice, couscous or pasta for a tasty kick and loads of antioxidant benefits.
Ginger Garlic Linguine Recipe
Green onions, finely chopped
Fresh gingerroot, minced
Dried or fresh basil
Grated Parmesan cheese
Cook linguine. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onions, ginger, basil and cayenne in butter for 3-4 minutes or until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook 1 min longer. Drain the linguine, add to skillet and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. (You may leave out the basil and the cayenne)
Cover photo by Brian Child