What can you do with Za'atar?
I love going to ethnic markets and leisurely walking up and down each aisle looking for unfamiliar foods, especially spices, to add to my repertoire. It was at a local Middle Eastern grocery store that I discovered Za'atar. This is a common spice blend in the Middle East that can vary by the particular area. Typically, it is a combination of ground dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt.
What can you do with Za'atar?
While many people think that yams and sweet potatoes are the same thing, they are acutally quite different. Yams are usually longer than sweet potatoes and not as sweet. They can be used in the same ways as sweet potatoes, hence the confusion. Try them boiled, mashed, grilled, roasted or baked and you'll find them a deliciously starchy and filling vegetable.
Because the starch in yams are made up of complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber, they don't spike blood sugar levels so they are considered a low-glycemic food. What are the benefits of eating yams?
OK, I'll admit it - in the A-Z Blogging Challenge I had a hard time coming up with a plant food for the letter X. I chose Xylitol because technically it comes from a plant, either corn cobs or birch trees. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners but this one is so much better than the most common ones on the market (the pink, blue or yellow packets) that I thought it deserved a mention.
As a low calorie sweetener, Xylitol has a wonderfully sweet taste, with no unpleasant aftertaste that you get with other sweeteners, like stevia. It can be used as a sweetener and is found in certain brands of toothpaste, mouthwash and nasal spray as well as chewing gum and mints. Here are some more facts about xylitol that you may not know:
I like to take my cues from nature. If a food resembles a part of the body, it is not unusual to find out that it is beneficial for it. For example, carrots are good for eye health and if you slice a carrot and look at the cross-section, it looks like an eye.
If you look at a walnut half, it looks like a brain - and guess what? Walnuts are very beneficial for brain health. Let's look at that more closely.
Like saffron, vanilla bean comes from a flower, this time an orchid. Also like saffron it is one of the most expensive spices on the market, and a little goes a long way.
Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world - even more popular than chocolate - and is mainly used in sweet dishes like cakes, candies, puddings, ice cream, sauces and custards. While we mostly enjoy vanilla for the flavor and aroma, this is a powerful spice that can lift the mood - helping with depression and even acting as an aphrodisiac. Let's take a closer look at how to select, store and use vanilla.
Ume-what? What are those shriveled little pink balls? Umeboshi (pronounced oo-muh-boh-shee) is a salty and tart Japanese condiment made from unripened plums pickled in a brine.
I first heard about these strange fruits when I read Alicia Silverstone's book, The Kind Diet. The book promotes a vegan lifestyle and breaks down ways of being vegan into three categories. The 'Flirt' is someone just starting to dip a toe in and try eating vegan. The 'Vegan' is already eschewing any animal products, and the 'Superhero' follows a vegan and macrobiotic diet. This 'Superhero phase is where umeboshi plums come in. They are considered a medicinal food, an alkalizer, a digestive aid, and an appetite stimulant. It can be used as hangover relief or simply for when you're not feeling so well.
How do you use Umeboshi plums?
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