A super foods go, ginger, or ginger root, has been on our radar for a long time. But outside of cakes and biscuits, what can you do with it that tastes really good, gives a burst of heat in winter AND packs a real super food punch to your diet? Easy, just take a look at Qooton’s brilliantly healthy ginger recipes.
A Word About Ginger Power…
Ginger is the underground stem of the Zingiber official plant. Thia gnarled root has been used for millennia in natural medicine to calm the digestion, reduce inflammation, quash nausea including morning sickness and cease diarrhea, ease sore muscles, relieve upper respiratory infections, restore hair loss, and soothe burns—among st other things.
In fact, in one study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used drug for motion sickness. Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating. Moreover, some believe that certain key antioxidants that are present in fresh root ginger could also be instrumental in slowing the growth of cancer cells.
So: how should this zingy, zesty super food be cooked? Ginger recipes are best when they embrace the root’s natural flavour and ginger is wonderful, in terms of both flavour and health benefits, in combination with a high-protein meat, like the ginger chicken recipe, or with flash-fried ingredients, for example in a traditional Chinese stir-fry. However you want to roll, try out some of these healthy ginger recipes which deliver a tasty pep-up and a true health boost at the same time.
Top Ginger Recipes: A True Tonic
This time-honored tonic is great for colds. One of those super-easy healthy ginger recipes which is a really soothing pick-me-up.
1-inch piece ginger root (or more, to taste), peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 whole organic lemon
1 teaspoon honey, or to taste
1 oz whiskey (optional)
In a small pot over medium heat, heat the water, ginger, lemon juice, and honey. Strain the mixture into a mug and add the shot of whiskey, if using.
Zinger Ginger Rice
This tasty zesty rice makes a great vegetarian main, or a side dish with a difference. One of those healthy ginger recipes that you will keep using time and again.
2 cups brown rice
4 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 large handful of spinach
1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
3 carrots, in medium batons
A large handful of mange tout
3-4 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
4 tablespoons soy sauce
- Cook all the brown rice according to package instructions and set aside.
- Heat some of the oil in a pan and scramble the eggs, and set aside.
- Once you have cooked both eggs and rice heat oil the remaining over a medium heat in a large pot or skillet. When the oil is nice and hot, just before the point of shimmering, add ginger.
- Leave the ginger to sizzle for about a minute until it becomes fragrant and then add all the chopped vegetables. Sautée until they are cooked through and tender, but still retain a bit of bite.
- Now add the reserved cooked brown rice and scrambled eggs to the ginger and vegetable mixture and stir well to combine.
- Season the whole dish with rice vinegar and soy sauce, and then mix thoroughly.
Ginger-Infused Kale Soup
This is a great, ginger-infused soup is healthy but filling and delicious – and so simple to make!
200g kale, chopped
50g courgette, roughly sliced
500ml organic stock
2 garlic cloves, sliced
A large piece ginger, sliced
½ tsp ground coriander
Small piece of fresh turmeric root, peeled and grated, or ½ tsp ground turmeric
A pinch of salt
1 lime, zest and juice
A bunch of parsley, roughly chopped (some to garnish)
A tbsp sunflower oil
Put the oil in a saucepan, add the garlic, ginger, coriander, turmeric and salt, fry for 2 mins.
- Add 3 tbsp water and the courgette; make sure you coat the slices, then add most of the stock and leave to simmer for 3 mins.
- Add the broccoli, kale and lime juice with the rest of the stock and cook again for another 3-4 mins until the vegetables are soft.
- Sprinkle with parsley, take off the heat. Pour into a blender and put on high speed until it is a gorgeous green.
- Garnish with lime zest and the parsley, then serve, with a wholemeal roll on the side.
Healthy Pork and Ginger Stir Fry
This is one of those beautiful healthy ginger recipes that takes zingy Asian flavours and turns them into a brilliant midweek supper.
2 nests medium egg noodle
2 tsp cornflour
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sunflower oil
250g/9oz pork tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
thumb-sized piece ginger, finely chopped
2 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
100g mange tout
1 tsp sesame seed
Boil a good-sized pan of salted water and cook the noodles according to the pack instructions. Meanwhile, mix the cornflour with 1 tbsp water. Stir in the soy sauce and honey, and then set the mixture aside.
Next, heat the oil in a wok over a high temperature. Add the pork and sauté for 2 mins until browned all over. Add the ginger, garlic, pepper and mangetout, and cook for 2 more mins until just starting to meld their flavours.
Turn down the heat and then add the soy sauce and honey mixture, stirring and cooking until the sauce bubbles and thickens. Share the drained noodles between 2 dinner bowls. Top each bowl with a generous serving of pork and veg, then scatter over the sesame seeds. Hey preston, ginger heaven!
A ginger lassi is of the most delicious traditional healthy ginger recipes; both warming and refreshing, at any time of year.
200ml natural yoghurt
200ml cold water
A handful of ice
1 heaped tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
A pinch of ground cardamom
A pinch of brown sugar
Blend everything in a liquidizer and serve in tall glasses.