May 31, 2022

Tandoori Spice Mix

This spice blend from India gives an exotic twist to summer barbeques! Shake it onto beef, lamb, chicken, shrimp or swordfish before grilling. Benefits: The spices in this mix act as powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories (especially ginger and turmeric which is enhanced by black pepper), antibacterials, and antiseptics (nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon). Cumin may even have potential antidepressant or anti-anxiety properties. Yields about 2/3 cup Ingredients 3 Tbs. ground ginger 3 Tbs. ground coriander seeds 1 Tbs. ground cumin 2 Tbs. Hungarian or Spanish paprika 1 Tbs. ground black pepper 2 tsp. sea salt 1½ tsp. ground turmeric 1½ tsp. ground […]
May 31, 2022

Marrakesh Spice Mix

This sweet and savory blend from Morocco gives an exotic flavor to lamb, poultry and vegetables like carrots and cauliflower. Benefits: Cloves and cinnamon both have antiseptic properties. Cumin contains safranal, an antioxidant that may have some antidepressant properties. Ground spices like these contain small amounts of minerals like manganese, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron for an additional nutrition boost. Yields about ½ cup   Ingredients 2 Tbs. ground cinnamon 2 Tbs. ground cumin 2 Tbs. ground coriander seed 1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper 1 tsp. ground cloves   Directions Mix together and store in an airtight glass jar […]
February 12, 2022

The Caribbean Has a Delicious Spice History

The Caribbean region has long been described as a melting pot, with many cultures and ethnicities represented. The region is made up of over 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays, and is home to more than 43 million people. The cultural diversity present in this region is reflected in its cuisine with influences from African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Latin American, Indian/South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cultures. African culture has left a lasting mark in Caribbean history bringing music, dance, cuisine, and customs while the region was under colonial rule. This influence has undeniably shaped the Caribbean into what […]
June 22, 2021

The Healthy Benefits Of a Variety Of Teas

In the past few years, many of my patients have begun adding a variety of teas to their daily routine and I couldn’t be happier. As I tell my patients, various teas have been used in Eastern medicine for the treatment of many illnesses and conditions as well as to just stay healthy! There are a number of health benefits associated with drinking teas of all types that I would like to share that with you as well. A Tea For All Reasons      As I mentioned above, tea has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries.  For the last several […]
January 26, 2021

Spice Up the Holidays With Cinnamon

The holiday season has begun and nothing puts me in a festive mood more than the aroma of something sweet baking in the oven. For many of my friends, cinnamon is what
November 17, 2020

Sugar Pumpkins Stuffed with Applesauce

Sugar pumpkins are mostly used as decoration in the fall months. That’s a shame because they are the best variety of pumpkin to cook with. Their flesh is less stringy and watery than the larger jack-o’-lantern pumpkins. I like to roast them and fill them with applesauce for a nice holiday side dish. Pumpkins have immune-boosting beta-carotene, and apples have quercetin, which also strengthens your immune system. SERVES 4-6 Ingredients 4-6 small sugar pumpkins Salt or salt substitute and freshly ground black pepper to taste Cinnamon (optional) About 4 cups applesauce Procedure 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. […]
December 10, 2019

Add Life To the Menu With Spice Mixes

As you probably know from history, North America was discovered by Columbus’ expedition in the 15th century because Europe wanted to find a shortcut to India, with whom they had been trading in valuable spices. Back then, spices were mostly used to help preserve food in the days before refrigeration and to mask the off flavor of food starting to spoil. In general, herbs are the fresh leaves of a plant, such as sage, oregano and basil. Spices are usually considered the seed, berry, bark, root or rhizome (creeping root) of a plant. In common practice, once fresh herbs are […]
November 29, 2017

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Bread

For those of you who need (or want) to be gluten-free, one of the hardest things to give up is bread and pastries, especially cinnamon rolls. So we have a recipe for you that combines both of these favorites and it’s gluten free! Ingredients: For the Bread 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (TRY: Cup4Cup) 1 Tbs. baking powder ½ tsp. salt ¾ cup sugar 1 egg 1½ cups milk ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tsp. vanilla extract FOR THE SWIRL ⅓ cup brown sugar 2 Tbs. unsalted butter (melted) 2 tsp. ground cinnamon For the Glaze ½ cup powdered […]
February 28, 2017

A Spoonful of Cinnamon Keeps the Doctor Away

A tablespoon of cinnamon can deactivate viruses before they infect humans, according to a new study of botanic