Spice up your spring!

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Melissa Hehmann has great recipes for Spring -- with spices that will make your meals more fun and memorable. Experiment with different herbs and spices. More and more research is finding that dried and fresh herbs and spices may have health benefits. Plus, with using herbs and spices, you can decrease the amount of sodium in meals.


S Spice up your Spring with Turmeric

McCormick Curry Powder:

·         A blend of spices, including Turmeric, used to make Indian dishes.

·         Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and perhaps even anticancer properties.

Creamy Cashew Curry

Serves: 4

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 Tablespoon McCormick curry powder, to taste

2 1/2 cups Silk Cashew milk (creamier than skim milk with fewer calories, great option for those with milk allergy)

1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews, plus additional for garnish

4 cups chopped veggies (cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, etc.)

McCormick salt, to taste

2 cups Minute brown rice, prepared according to directions on package

1.       Sauté onion, garlic & ginger in olive oil for 5 minutes.

2.       Add curry powder and Silk, mixing well. Simmer for 5 minutes.

3.       Finely grind cashews in blender or food processor. Add to Silk mixture along with veggies.

4.       Cover; simmer until veggies are tender, about 7-10 minutes.

5.       Salt to taste. Serve over rice with additional cashews.

Per serving: 280 calories, 13g fat, 38g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 7g protein.

Adapted from: Silk.com

 Spice up your Spring with Ginger

Ginger:

·         Grows in warm climates and often found in Asian cuisine.

·         Ginger has quite a few antioxidants and may help relieve gastrointestinal symptoms.

·         Contains anti-inflammatory properties and may protect against certain cancers. 

Shrimp & Asparagus Stir Fry

Serves 4

½ pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

½ cup Chicken Stock

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons corn starch

½ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Ginger, Ground

1 Tablespoon oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Sesame Seed, Toasted

1.    Bring large pot of water to boil on medium heat.  Add asparagus; cook 2 minutes or until bright green.  Rinse under cold water; drain well. Set aside.

2.    Mix stock, soy sauce, cornstarch and ginger in a small bowl until well blended. Set aside.

3.    Heat oil in wok or large skillet on medium heat.  Add garlic, stir fry 1 minute or until fragrant.  Add shrimp; stir fry 2 minutes until shrimp turn pink.

4.    Stir stock mixture.  Add to wok; stirring constantly, bring to boil on medium heat and boil 2 minutes or until thickened.  Add asparagus and sesame seed, stir fry until heated through.

Per serving: 150 calories, 5g fat,, 5g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 21g protein.

Source: McCormick

 Spice up your Spring with Garlic

Garlic:

·         Garlic is a wonderful seasoning to add aroma, taste, and added nutrition to your dishes.

·         Can reduce risk of atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque on artery walls.

·         Boost immunity, anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce risk of certain cancers.

Tuscan Chicken

Serves 6

¼ cup flour

2 Tablespoons McCormick Gourmet Tuscan Seasoning, divided

½ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt

¼ teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, coarse ground

1 pound thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

¼ cup wine

4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 1 ½ cups)

1 cup Chicken Stock

2 Tablespoons drained capers

2 Tablespoons shredded Parmesan Cheese

1.       Mix Flour, 1 teaspoon of the Tuscan Seasoning, sea salt and pepper in a shallow dish.  Coat chicken evenly in flour mixture.

2.       Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat.  Add half of the chicken; cook 3 minutes per side until golden brown.  Remove from skillet; keep warm.  Repeat with remaining chicken, adding remaining 1 tablespoon oil if necessary.

3.       Stir wine into skillet, stirring to release browned bits in bottom of skillet.  Bring to boil.  Stir in tomatoes, stock, capers, and remaining 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons seasoning.

4.       Cook and stir on medium heat 5 minutes until tomatoes are slightly softened.  Spoon sauce over chicken to serve. Sprinkle with cheese.

Meal ideas: Serve with Earthbound Farm Tuscan Greens

Per serving: 305 calories, 14g fat, 11g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 31g protein.

Source: McCormick