Five Ways to Sneak Ginger into Your Menu

If you’re looking to spice up your meal planning, look no further than ginger root. You might be familiar with it as a popular flavor in South and East Asian cuisines, but ginger has an incredibly versatile flavor profile.

Its flavor is bright, zesty and warm. Though it packs a punch on the palate, many people love it for its supposed health benefits. Ginger is a common home remedy for soothing nausea, settling upset stomachs and clearing out sinuses. Whether for flavor or health, if you’re looking for a way to add ginger to your diet, we’ve got you covered with tips and a little inspiration.

Fresh Vs. Ground

There is a big difference between using fresh and ground ginger root. Depending on which you use, the flavor intensity may be impacted. Ground ginger has more concentrated flavor, so you can use less of it when subbing for freshly grated ginger root. If subbing fresh ginger for ground ginger in a recipe, use more.

Don’t fear buying an entire ginger root. You can store fresh ginger in your freezer and grate it as needed for recipes. Conveniently, Homeland Stores regularly carry both fresh ginger root and ground ginger. Pick up both to decide which you prefer using!

Morning Smoothies

Ginger is a surprisingly great way to freshen up your daily smoothie. It’s a great addition to green-based smoothies featuring a base of spinach or kale. Don’t believe us? Try adding 1 tablespoon of fresh-ground ginger with 2 cups kale or spinach, 1 cup frozen pineapple, 1 cup frozen mango, 1 cup ice, a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 cups water or almond milk. The vitamin-packed smoothie will help you start your day on the right foot. The zesty taste of ginger and sweet fruit mask the more bitter-tasting, but good for you, greens.

Teas

Ginger tea is believed to have soothing benefits. If you’re looking for something that may help ease nausea or settle an upset stomach, a cup of ginger tea may help alleviate symptoms. Homeland has a wide selection of tea blends, including ginger. Check out brands like Yogi, Twinings and Tazo. Remember to always consult with your doctor before using ginger or any other natural supplement to treat an underlying condition.

Soups, Curries and Stews

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up a bland soup, ginger is a wonderful addition to meat or vegetable broth-based soups. If you’re congested from a stubborn cold, look up recipes for ginger chicken soup. The spice of the ginger may help temporarily alleviate congestion.

If you want to try your hand at international cuisines, try making a spicy green curry at home or vegetable fried rice with fresh grated ginger.

Rubs and Marinades

Throw together a quick marinade perfect for salmon or chicken with 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, 4 cups olive oil, 2 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1 teaspoon minced garlic. Want to showcase ginger more predominately? A simple lemon and ginger marinade will bring roasted chicken to life.

If you want to experiment with dry rubs, work ground ginger into a blend with other spices like coriander, cumin, garlic powder and paprika. The flavor can complement steak, pork, chicken and even vegetables.

Sweet Treats

Gingersnaps, anyone? Or maybe it’s gingerbread you’re craving. Ginger is a classic dessert flavor perfect for spicing cakes, pies, cookies and more. Pair ginger with molasses to create crunchy or chewy spice cookies or add a dash to your next pumpkin pie or peach crumble for a zesty element.

Homeland’s Wide Selection of Specialty Spices

Employee-owned and operated, Homeland is here for all your cooking and meal planning needs. We have a wide selection of spices and extracts perfect for flavoring any meal. Need something specific? We’d love to help you find it. Call your local Homeland store to see what is readily available or ask your local Homeland about submitting a special item request!

Seven Surprises You’ll Find in the Frozen Food Section

You may not know this, but March is frozen food month. How long has is it been since you strolled through the frozen food section?

If it has been a while, it’s time to schedule your next visit to the grocery store. You’ll be surprised–you might even gasp–at the increased variety of frozen food options for sale.

While we don’t want to spoil your adventure through the icy aisles, here are a few suggestions for how to use the frozen food section at your local Homeland store.

Fast, Nutritious Breakfasts

Do you have time to bust out the cookware every morning and make a nutritionally balanced breakfast? If your answer is yes, we applaud you. However, if you’re like most of us and your answer is no, there’s help for you in the freezers.

You want something hearty to keep your stomach from rumbling during that 11 a.m. meeting. Try the Jimmy Dean Delight breakfast bowls! With turkey sausage, egg whites, diced potatoes and cheddar cheese, all you’ll need is a piece of fruit and you’ve got breakfast on the go.

Staying full while keeping your midsection trim is a delicate balancing act. The Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich–with bacon, egg and cheese–is only 200 calories.

Fruits for Your Smoothie

It’s never easy to cram all the recommended servings of vegetables and fruits into your day. Smoothies help slip in more servings, while hiding some of the less exciting flavors.

An entire cup of frozen strawberries adds 60 calories to your smoothie. They also hide some of that spinach flavor in that recipe you found on Pinterest.

How much do you know about blackberries? Did you know they’re higher in antioxidants than blueberries? They’re lower in sugar than blueberries and higher in fiber, too. Adding frozen blackberries to your smoothie not only adds nutritional value, but they’ll make it a pretty color.

Dinners for the Whole Crew

Slapping dinner together during the week after sports practices and dance classes is a chore none of us want. The frozen food section has what it takes to feed the whole family in a delicious way.

You might be familiar with Stouffer’s family sized meals–like the five-cheese lasagna. However, have you seen the stuffed peppers? All you do is pop the tray in the oven and cook for about an hour.

Another option for a quick and delicious dinner for the whole family is Bird’s Eye Voila Family Skillets. The sweet and sour meal has white rice, chicken, carrots, red and green bell peppers, pineapple and diced onion drizzled with sweet and sour sauce. The fajita skillet has seasoned chicken and rice with onions and bell peppers with a special fajita sauce.

International Dinners for Two

Are you looking for a date night dinner for two? The frozen food section will help your taste buds travel the world without ever leaving the house.

When you stop by the freezers on your next trip to the grocery store, you can bring home P.F. Chang’s beef and broccoli or shrimp lo mein. You’ll be ready to clean out those Chinese take-out menus stuffed in the junk drawer after one bite.

Bertolli chicken parmigiana and penne will bring a taste of Italy to your table in 15 minutes or less. You’ll not only be able to share a tasty meal, but you’ll be bingeing your favorite Netflix selection in no time.

Diet Friendly Versions of Your Guilty Pleasures

Special diet plans require you to stop sneaking guilty pleasures into your grocery cart. Have you tried substituting your favorite items with something from the freezer?

We don’t blame you for being a tater tot junky. However, if you’re trying to cut carbs, those taters aren’t always your friend. Try substituting veggie tots when you stop by the frozen food section. They have options of frozen tots made with broccoli and cauliflower.

If your lifestyle includes gluten-free foods, pizza is often hard to find. At Homeland, you can find several brand options for gluten-free frozen pizzas such as California Kitchen, Freschetta, Udi’s and Glutino.

Desserts

While the modern day frozen food section has fresh fish to thank for its existence, we believe the freezers are so big because of the desserts. Ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and pre-filled ice cream cones are available in various shapes and sizes.

From tubs of Hiland Neoplitan ice cream to pints of Halo Top, no matter what type of ice cream you’re looking for, you’ll find it in the dessert aisle. Don’t forget to snag some cones for a special treat.

Your pie-loving friends will rejoice when you serve Edwards Cream Pies from the freezer section. Triple coconut crème, Georgia-style pecan pie or lemon meringue–just remove your choice from the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator before you start making dinner. When it’s time for dessert, you’ll be a hero.

Game Day Snacks

Are you planning to spend hours watching the college basketball playoffs during March? Remember to stock the freezer with plenty of game day snacks. Rivalries between friends are less intense while sharing a plate of mozzarella sticks.

Meatballs, taquitos, tamales and tiny pizzas atop bagels are all waiting for you in the frozen food aisle. They say variety is the spice of life, but we don’t know if that’s true. What we do know is whether you win or lose, basketball is more fun with snacks.

What’s on Your Grocery List?

Are you feeling inspired yet? We hope so. The frozen food section is crammed with options, no matter what’s on your list. Don’t forget to see what’s on sale, there’s plenty of frozen foods on the list in celebration of Frozen Food Month.

If you’re feeling pressed for time, why not try Instacart? Jump online and share your list with us, someone will do all your shopping for you and even deliver the items directly to your front door. What more could you expect from an employee-owned company, built in the heart of the USA?