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!
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.
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.
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!