A staple in multi-cultural cooking for millennia, ginger is the spice that gives life to a whole host of dishes and drinks. This strange looking root has also been used medicinally for more than 2,000 years, and as its health benefits are becoming more and more widely known, it seems there is no end to ginger’s physical rewards.
Already famous for its anti-inflammatory properties and stomach-soothing effects, ginger can settle brain inflammations, colon issues and cure a variety of gut problems … But, that truly is the tip of the iceberg. Ginger has been shown to be more effective against certain bacterial infections than antibiotics and can even alleviate the effects of gamma radiation.
Aside from its worth in the kitchen and medicine cabinet, it’s been proposed that ginger could even help to cure cancer. Studies have shown that ginger could be useful in the fight against certain types of cancer cells, as the spice tricks the unwanted cells into digesting themselves, thus destroying the cancer.
Now that it’s known just how incredible ginger is for us, it’s a given that we should be trying to incorporate more of it into our diets. Much of the western use of ginger focuses on cakes, cookies and home baking. Although eating ginger cookies alone may not be enough to cure cancer, it can certainly be a good start to improving your health! Just be careful not to rely on tons of sweet treats alone, since excess sugar and oils can offset health-boosting effects.
We’ve compiled a couple of our favorite ginger-based dishes below, all of which are quick, easy and delicious for a more wholesome approach to your wellbeing. Read on for the recipes and make a start on spicing up your life.
Vegan ginger snaps
There’s no need for vegans to have to miss out on the joys of ginger snap biscuits; whether you like them crispy, chewy or dunked in your tea, nothing can compare to the unique comfort that these traditional biscuits can bring. Whether you want to enjoy these yourself or give them away to friends and family as personalized gifts, this superb recipe is guaranteed to please.
Chewy and delicious ginger snap biscuits. Image: veganbaking
200 g (or 1 cup) flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1⁄2 tbsp ground ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
115 ml (or 1/2 cup) rapeseed oil
4 tablespoons treacle, or molasses
4 tablespoons soy milk
200 g (or 1 cup) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Sift the dry ingredients (except the sugar) into a bowl and set aside
2. In a large bowl mix the oil, soya milk, treacle and sugar and beat until blended.
3. Stir in the pre-sifted dry ingredients and mix well
4. The dough will be sticky and you may need to wet your hands to work with it
5. Roll the dough into little balls (the size of about 1 tablespoon) and flatten out (the thinner
the biscuit, the crisper it will be)
6. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for around 10 minutes at 180C until golden
Healthy and delicious. Image: Girl Interrupted Eating
Ginger asparagus with chili, garlic and sesame seeds
A delicious and healthy fix, this vegetable dish is a great way to top up your five-a-day. The balance of sweet, salty and sour here is incredibly delicious. You can serve with rice to soak up the tasty sauce, or even add tofu for an extra protein fix.
2 handfuls of purple sprouting broccoli cut into chunks
2 handfuls of spring greens cut into strips
6 asparagus spears, halved
3 tbsp of sesame seeds
2 cloves of garlic
1 red chili
1 large thumb of ginger
5 tbsp. of pure soy sauce
Juice of one lime
2 tbsp of sesame oil
1. Fry the sesame seeds until golden in half of the sesame oil and then pour onto a plate
2. Gently fry the garlic, chili, and ginger in the rest of the sesame oil
3. Add the vegetables and the soy sauce
4. Continue to fry until the broccoli is soft
5. Squeeze over the lime juice once frying is finished
6. Place the vegetables in large bowl over the rice and scatter over the sesame seeds
This article was written by Ella Jameson, a freelance writer and blogger. Ella contributes to a wide variety of websites, blogs and magazines. She lives in Brighton, UK. Follow her on Twitter at @JamesonElla.