Garlic and ginger are two of my most loved super foods with amazing health benefits. Our family incorporated the healing properties of both for colds, viruses, and stomach viruses when we used to get sick more often. We now use them simply because we enjoy the taste and the anti-inflammatory properties of both.
When we feel like we have a sickness coming on, these are both part of my regular routine of healing with food for just about any type of virus.
We used both quite often while healing ourselves from leaky gut. Garlic was one of the foods I used to fight candida and ginger was great for digestion and acid reflux. If you aren't already incorporating these super foods, I highly recommend that you do.
Garlic is known to be a protector. It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal (including anti-mold), anti-parasitic, and rich in phytochemicals. Garlic alone is one powerful food.
Add the restorative properties of Ginger, which is great for stress-related illnesses such as adrenal fatigue, acid reflux, and digestive issues, and you have one powerful immune building saute'.
I love making a big batch of this as a side or addition to my salads during the week. The combination of ginger and garlic simply can’t be beat and adds a punch to any meal. Loaded with healthy hormone balancing purple cabbage, carrots and sesame, this makes for a great side along a tempeh of meatballs.
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
Sea salt and black pepper
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
2 large carrots, shredded
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
To toast your sesame seeds, heat a dry sauté pan on low flame. When the pan is hot, add the sesame seeds. Toast for about 2 minutes until golden. Remove the sesame seeds from the pan so that they don’t continue cooking. Set aside to use in the final step.
Next, take a sauté pan and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions. Sauté until soft. Add purple cabbage, salt, and black pepper. Allow the cabbage to soften. Next, add ginger, shredded carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. When the cabbage and other vegetables are soft to your liking, turn off the flame and top with toasted sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.
Making vegetables exciting will strengthen your ability to maintain a healthy diet that encourages energy and healthy digestion. So many people fall off the wagon because they think healthy eating has to be bland. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Eating well isn’t about encouraging boredom and blandness, it’s about nourishment on a deeper level, and pleasing your taste buds and your body at the same time.
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