Molé! Spice Up Your Life & Longevity

Dry colorful spices with fresh seasoning on rustic wooden background

Do you want to spice up your life while making meals that help you look and feel younger? Get ready for a delicious dish that can do just that – my Turkey with Molé Sauce, which is featured in my latest cookbook – The Age Beautifully Cookbook.

Recently, I decided to create an easy way to help you up the anti-aging ante on your own favorite recipes. I’ve been researching spice mixes so I can boost the benefits in all of my recipes.

Assorted spicesWhere to begin? I started by identifying all the spices in my kitchen cabinet that are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories: turmeric, mustard, garlic, rosemary, parsley, and thyme. These spices not only fit the anti-aging bill, they taste good and are detoxifying and cancer-preventing. They also taste good sprinkled on vegetables, mac & cheese, and scrambled eggs. I next pondered what other spices I could add to make this mix even healthier and came up with dried onion powder, mushroom powder, wheatgrass powder, and paprika. I’m still working out the ratios, but this is a promising mix.

My next challenge was to figure out which spices work best when mixed with grains, such as rice (brown or white), quinoa, farro, or barley. The answer: turmeric, garlic, onion powder, and lemon zest. To add cancer-preventing power, I remembered my trick of boiling soba noodles in green tea. Why not add green tea powder to the mix?

For poultry, I realized that a spice mix combining goji berries, white pepper, and lemon peel would taste delicious, and for red meat, I selected chili powder, ginger, garlic, black pepper, and possibly ground flax seeds, which would boost the good fats. And since black cherries complement red meat really well, I’m researching a good source for dried, ground cherries. Seafood would taste great with a sprinkling of ground moringa leaves, piment d’Espelette (a fancy French type of paprika), and dill, don’t you think?

Finally, I experimented with combining spices for brownies, cakes, cookies, bars, puddings, and sauces. This mix would not contain sugar, because I want people to still be able to add just a teaspoon or two to their recipes. Instead, it would bring flavor and antioxidant power to desserts without adding calories or carbs. The winning mix? A concoction of cocoa powder, cinnamon, brown cardamom, nutmeg, and instant coffee. All these spices are wonderful for the brain and for reducing inflammation. I tested my new FoodTrients Dessert Spice Mix in the following recipe. It worked beautifully.

Turkey with Molé Sauce

turkey-mole-cropped-2Because so many of my FoodTrients fans love crock-pot cooking, I devised this easy recipe that can be made in a slow cooker or on a stove top. Traditional Mexican molé sauces may contain hundreds of ingredients. I’ve kept this one simple. My new FoodTrients Dessert Spice Mix adds antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. I spoon the turkey and sauce into corn tortillas that have been warmed on the griddle.

Health benefits: Turkey contains the FoodTrient selenium, which detoxifies organs and helps skin stay elastic. The tryptophan content in turkey builds healthy neurotransmitters in the brain. Tryptophan is also found in dark chocolate, along with the FoodTrients catechins and flavonoids, which reduce the risk of heart disease. Almond milk provides the FoodTrients omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart and circulation system, and zinc, which increases your resistance to infection. Chile peppers are rich in the FoodTrients zinc and vitamin C, another boost to the immune system.

Variations: You can use chicken instead of turkey or make the molé spicier by adding hotter chiles or more varieties of hot peppers. This dish can be served over rice (preferably brown rice, for added nutrients) instead of with corn tortillas.


1¼ lbs. turkey cutlets or turkey tenders (skinless and boneless)
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup almond milk
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
¼ cup chopped jalapeño peppers
1 Tbs. raisins
2 tsp. FoodTrients Dessert Spice Mix (recipe follows)
2 tsp. raw or brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water
1 banana, mashed
¼ cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Place all ingredients except cornstarch mixture, banana, and chocolate into a crock pot or enamel-covered cast-iron pot with a lid (such as Le Creuset). Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2. Add cornstarch mixture and cook another 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
    3. Remove from heat and stir in the mashed banana and the chocolate chips. Let sit 2–3 minutes, or until all the chocolate has melted. Stir well.
    4. Spoon into grilled corn tortillas or ladle over rice.

Serves 2–3

FoodTrients Dessert Spice Mix


1 tsp. ground cardamom (brown, not green)
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. instant coffee (decaf is fine)
8 tsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)


Place ingredients in a jar. Add lid and shake until well combined. Store in a cool cupboard.

Yields 8–10 servings


About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
What Do FoodTrients Do?
Ai Anti- inflammatories

Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

Ao Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

IB Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

MB Mind

Improves mood, memory, and focus.

F Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.