3 ways to Warm up with Ginger

When you're looking to expand your ginger repertoire outside of Moscow Mules and Gingersnaps, try these 3 delicious sauces: Orange-Ginger Dressing (perfect for a salad), Ginger-Peanut Sauce (noodle night), and Date-Ginger Syrup (a new way to spice up your oatmeal).

  Photo by Vita Marija Murenaite

 Photo by Vita Marija Murenaite

 
 

Cooler months are rapidly approaching and the need for warmth is vital. Ginger is a fantastic warming spice that is also a “functional food.” A functional food is one that has health promoting properties that reach beyond vitamins and minerals. Early studies suggest what has long been suspected, that ginger is effective in alleviating nausea and is also anti-inflammatory. Many culinary and healing traditions incorporate ginger. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, for example, utilize ginger for its warming properties to restore balance and health. Used dried or fresh, ginger imparts great flavor and zing to any dish.

 

Orange-Ginger Dressing

Homemade salad dressings keep vegetables fresh and inviting. The orange juice in this recipe is tangy and bright. Paired with dark kale or spinach, the vitamin C in oranges helps your body to better absorb the iron in the greens. Not getting enough iron can cause anemia and make you feel even colder! Try this sauce over a salad of kale, cucumber, sunflower seeds and avocado.

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1-inch grated ginger

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp olive oil

*hazelnut or sesame oil would totally transform this dressing into something fantastic!

Salt and pepper

Directions

1.     Remove the skin of the ginger with a spoon. Take a cheese grater or microplane and grate 2 tbsp of ginger.

2.     Combine all ingredients, whisking to combine.

3.     Season with salt and pepper.

 

Ginger-Peanut Sauce

Better than take-out! This recipe takes minutes to prepare and is made of common pantry items. Choose to make it as elaborate as you want. A good peanut sauce is always sweetened but can be made with your sweetener of choice. Made of good fats from peanut butter and sesame oil, peanut sauce does not have to be forbidden! This recipe satisfies both adults and children. Try it as a sauce over noodles or dip for chicken or tofu satay.

 Makes 1 cup sauce

Ingredients

½ cup organic unsweetened peanut butter

1-inch grated ginger

1 clove grated garlic

1 tbsp warm water 

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar or lime juice

¼ cup soy sauce (use Tamari to make this recipe gf)

1 tbsp sesame oil

(Optional) 1 tbsp brown sugar

Optional: Bump up the heat with red chili flakes or Sriracha!

Directions

1.     Soften peanut butter with warm water by whisking with a fork. You may need to add more warm water depending on the thickness of your peanut butter.

2.     Stir in remaining ingredients.

3.     May be served warm or cold.

 

Date-Ginger Syrup

Sweet and decadent, this light syrup is delicious for breakfast or dessert. Dates are a wonderful way to sweeten up your dishes with the added benefit of fiber!  Try this recipe for breakfast today over fruit or grains. For an easy dish, simply mix chopped apples and pears into prepared warmed quinoa with a splash of coconut milk and a drizzle of this delectable sauce. 

Serves 4

Ingredients

6 dates

2 tbsp diced ginger

1 tbsp orange zest

Juice from 1 orange

 

Directions

1.     Remove pits from dates.

2.     Place dates in a sauce pan with 1 cup of water.

3.     Turn heat to low.

4.     Add diced ginger to saucepan.

5.     Heat over medium for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6.     Remove mixture from heat.

7.     Stir in orange zest and juice.

8.     Drizzle over fresh fruit or oatmeal!