Gaga for Ginger PLUS Meal Recap!

Ginger is AWESOME

ginger-newGinger is a flowering plant whose rhizome is used as a spice and traditional folk medicine. It’s used in many Southeast Asian cuisines in savory dishes, and here in the Western world it’s used as a sweet spice. (Oh hello pumpkin pie!)

I LOVE ginger: fresh, dried, in tea, pie or stir fry, and even as a home remedy for upset tummies. In fact, it’s this final usage that prompted me to talk about ginger on the blog today. There are times when my tummy feels… well let’s just say it feels a bit icky. And the idea of that ickyness becoming potentially worse terrifies me. (The television show MythBusters even found that ginger pills helped the most out of all the seasickness remedies they tried!) About a month ago my tummy was bothering me at work so I waltzed on down to the local tea shop (which coincidentally is in the building our shop USED to be in) and said hello to the owner. I told her I was specifically looking for ginger tea, and she pointed me in the direction of Ginger Root Herbal Tea. I take a tablespoon of crystals and put them in one of these cool teabags made for loose teas and dunk it in a cup of boiling water.

IMG_20150717_185431861Right now, I’m casually sipping on a warm cup of Trader Joe’s Ginger Pear Flavored White Tea. If I have fresh ginger, I’ll just slice it up and throw it in some boiling water to steep. This is my favorite way, actually, it’s the most potent. I know some people like to juice ginger into their fruit and vegetable juices, too! There are a ton of unproven supposed health benefits, too, but the only one I can attest to here is that it calms my tummy when I feel nauseous. It’s the only thing that works for me, and it works every time! Why do you think we always reach for ginger ale when we’re sick?!

Food, Glorious Food

I haven’t been posting a lot about my dinners lately, so I figured I’d give you a recap of what I’ve been eating lately. Absolutely everything is under 600 calories a meal, and almost always under 500!

Ham & Cheese Pockets w/ Broiled Asparagus
Eggplant Pizzas with Ham & Ricotta, Tossed Salad
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Homemade Sloppy Joes on King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls with Broiled Corn on the Cob
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Sweet Potato “Pancakes” with Greek Yogurt and Sliced Strawberries
Pork Chops with Broiled Peaches, Tossed Salad and Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette
BBQ Beef Tostada w/ Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salad
Collard Green Wrapped Chicken Burritos
Collard Green Wrapped Chicken Burritos

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Here’s Bingley being SUPER CUTE at my work:

Is that the face of existential angst or what?
Is that the face of existential angst or what?

5 thoughts on “Gaga for Ginger PLUS Meal Recap!”

  1. I am going to echo the same sentiments as above. My first thought was, please come to Richmond
    and cook for me. I love the healthy choices and great variety of your meals (and I’m getting tired
    of cooking.) So feed me too, please! And Bingsley is so perfectly sweet I just want to hug him.

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  2. I love the way fresh ginger smells! Your food pictures are awesome!! How do you make those Eggplant pizza boats??


  3. A: Broiled Peaches? That sounds great! Also “sweet potato pancakes” sound awesome. You will have to give me that recipe so I can see if I can shelbify it. 🙂

    Ginger + honey “tea” is also the power combo for congestion and sore throat. Have used it to that end enough times that I have a little container of powdered ginger in my desk at work “In case of emergency”. 🙂 I didn’t know it was a tummy tamer, though. Much healthier than my ‘tummy taming’ soda. I don’t even like soda, but I’ve been keeping sprite in the back of my fridge for tummy emergencies most of my life. A trick my dad taught me when I was very, very small. Will have to keep ginger in mind, though, for sure.


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