You may have noticed that many restaurants are adding menu items that incorporate new flavors that add a bit of global flair – often with delicious results. New food trends like Korean barbecue, curry-infused cocktails, and ginger-spiced seafood are just the tip of the iceberg. Consumers are enjoying more world flavors, and you may find that your favorite eatery has some interesting new menu items that are delicious and healthy, too. What you may not know is this trend is being driven, in part, by more health-conscious eating and the belief that some of the herbs and spices have some benefits beyond just great new flavors. Here are four that are becoming more common in dishes with Indian, Asian and Mediterranean flavors.
Loved for its zippy flavor that’s adaptable to both sweet and spicy recipes, ginger is loaded with gingerols which some say help ease arthritis pain and inflammation. It’s a great addition to Asian stir fry recipes as well as cold noodle dishes, and add a little zip to teas and citrus-based recipes.
Your mother may have encouraged you to eat garlic to hasten the end of a cold, but it’s also said that garlic can help with hypertension. Aside from possible health benefits, garlic is delicious and used throughout the world in a diverse range of dishes.
This amazing, fragrant herb has a woodsy flavor and scent that’s similar to lavender. It’s a great complement to pork and chicken dishes and imparts a fresh, earthy flavor to food. Studies hint that it can help boost your mood and help seniors ward off cognitive decline.
A mainstay of Indian food, this bright yellow spice is derived from a tuber that’s similar in appearance to ginger but has an earthy, mellow flavor. It includes curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that is said to help ease inflammation and fight cancer.
The best part of this tasty trend is that it’s easy for you to add these flavors to your everyday meals. Here are two great recipes that are a delicious addition to your menu.
Ginger Noodle Salad – Get the recipe HERE!
Roasted Vegetable Pesto – Get the recipe HERE!
Want to Know More?
Eating a little bit healthier can be even easier with these herbs and spices, and you can find out more in this article from EatingWell.com. Click HERE.