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
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
1. Simmer water in a large pot on the
2. Add all ingredients and turn the heat
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
4 bananas, peeled
1-1/2 cups skim milk
1-1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt 1/4 teaspoon rum extract pinch ground nutmeg
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.
Tomato Avocado Guacamole
4 ripe avocados, seed and skin removed
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, grated
1 Roma tomato, finely diced
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
dash ground cumin
dash hot pepper sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Mash avocado with lemon juice and garlic in a heavy, shallow bowl
until avocado is smooth, but with just a few chunks left.
Stir in the remaining ingredients, taste, and adjust seasonings.