Not only can spices add zest to your meals, but their rich chemical compounds can also boost your body’s ability to ward off disease. Plus, they can aid digestion and help reduce pain and regulate blood sugar. Adding new spices to your diet can be as simple as sprinkling a little into your go-to dishes and favorite snacks. And spicing up your diet may lead you to new cuisines and taste adventures. Be sure to replace your spices every six months or so for the most flavor and healthful phytochemicals.
When you think of dishes from Hawaii, what do you think of? You might think of a luau, of course, which is a classic notion of what a big, fun meal from Hawaiian culture looks like. You probably also think about fish—that’s a natural, given the islands’ accessibility to the sea. But have you ever heard of poké?
Poké is gaining popularity in more places than the Hawaiian islands, as foodies (and everyday people) continue to look for interesting food and ways of cooking. And poke fits the bill on both counts.
The typical poké uses raw fish, but you don’t have to. You can basically use whatever you want—make it vegetarian, for example. The great thing about this dish is that it’s generally packed with good-for-you ingredients, and it’s filling, too. So how can you make your own poké at home, and what might you like to try in it? This graphic gives you some insights.
This is part of a ‘How to Maximize Flavor’ series by Cooksmarts, which include a “Guide to adding flavor with Aromatics” [Infographic], a “Guide to using Fresh Herbs” [Infographic] and “5 Sauces you can use on Everything” [Infographic].
Understanding how to combine and balance flavors is an incredibly important cooking concept, and it’s especially evident in Asian food. Maybe this is why just about everyone enjoys Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, or Japanese cooking.
by Health Perch
Turmeric may be the answer to a number of ailments. From digestion troubles to healing wounds—Chinese and Indian medicine have been using turmeric since the seventh century A.D. Today research is being done to understand the health benefits Turmeric may have.
Turmeric is made from the dried rhizome’s of the turmeric plant. It’s available in many different forms such as tea, powdered spice, and as a capsule. Learn more about the turmeric plant and how it can help you.