Holiday Spices and a a Holiday Tea Recipe

Holiday Spice and Everything Nice

Don’t forget spices when you are planning your holiday fare. They provide a rich, warm flavor and aroma that enhances many dishes.

Here are 5 spices you won’t want to forget.

Cinnamon is a popular spice that comes ground or in rolled sticks. It is a sweet or savory spice. Add it to home made apple sauce or poached fruits.
Nutmeg can be used grated or milled. It is wonderful when added to a banana smoothie to add an egg nog flavor to a more healthful beverage.
Ginger is the world’s favorite spice according to many cooking authorities. It comes in many forms: dried, fresh, or candied. Dried ginger powder makes a welcome addition to sweet potatoes or winter squash. Fresh ginger is a wonderful addition to stir fry dishes and fresh vegetables. And candied ginger makes a great garnish for pumpkin pie.

Cloves are an ancient spice. They come in a dried form as a whole or ground spice. They should be used sparingly because the flavor is very strong. They make a delicious addition to fruit tea. It is a good idea to insert them into orange rinds before adding to your holiday tea.

Allspice tastes like a mix between cinnamon and nutmeg with just a touch of cloves. It is natur’s own holiday spice blend. It can be used for roasted vegetables, rice, and jerk seasoning paste. A slight amount added to chicken, shrimp or fish can bring an island flavor to many favorite dishes.

Mulled Holiday Tea
Ingredients:
3 quarts simmering water
3 red fruit tea bags
3 regular tea bags
1 orange, cut in quarters and studded with 4 whole cloves
1 lemon, cut in quarters 1/2 cup cranberries
2 cinnamon sticks
Directions:
1. Simmer water in a large pot on the
stove.
2. Add all ingredients and turn the heat
to low.
3. Heatforafewminutesuntiltheteais
steeped.
4. Remove the tea bags.
5. Serve hot to your guests.
Serves 12. Each 1 cup serving: 2 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein
Banana Nog
Ingredients:
4 bananas, peeled
1-1/2 cups skim milk
1-1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt 1/4 teaspoon rum extract pinch ground nutmeg

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients except nutmeg to
blender or food processor.
2. Puree until smooth.
3. Pour into 4 fancy serving glasses and
top each with a pinch nutmeg.
Serves 4. Each 1 cup serving: 198 calories, 2g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 7mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 26g sugars, 9g protein.

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