June 05, 2013

COOKING WITH...#3. GINGER.






Today, our favourite ingredient is the spicy and tasty Ginger. With Ginger, you either love it or you hate it and we love it! Whether its part of you sushi lunch or a classic ginger ale, this post will inspire and get you using ginger as part of a healthy diet.

Ginger is in technical terms made from the rhizome of a plant. It is a hot fragrant spice which can be kept in different forms such as; ground ginger, pickled ginger, ginger root and of course included in the cheeky ginger snap biscuits :o) Ginger has many healthy benefits as well, after much research it has been proved to help with digestion, bloating and sickness. If you are ever struggling with a sore throat add ginger, honey and lemon to hot water for the best natural remedy.

What do you cook with it?

Ginger is great to add to any dish for a little fresh kick and zing. At home we use ginger in loads of different ways; uncooked in a bean or leafy salad, sautéed with carrots, chicken stock and onion - blended down to make an amazing savoury and sweet chunky sauce and many more. But our most recent favourite recipe when using ginger is.... Thai Beef Stir fry.


It contains our favourite super grain quinoa, which was our first post in this series (Review HERE). You can add and take out ingredients in this recipe to suit your taste and also it makes a tasty vegetarian stir fry without the beef. This recipe feeds roughly for 4 people.

Ingredients:

1 cup of quinoa, 1 cup of water, 2 good size pieces of rump steak, olive oil, 1 small red onion, a handful of spring onions, 1 red pepper, a good handful of beansprouts, pack of fresh green beans, chili, coriander, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger and garlic.

How to cook:
  • Cook the quinoa in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.
  • Cook the green beans in a pan of water for a few minutes, then drain.
  • Rub the steak on both sides and slice into thin strips. Season.
  • Cook the steak strips in a saucepan until medium rare, then allow to rest.
  • In a frying pan or wok place the bean sprouts, red onion and pepper, along with the rested steak and cook until done.
  • For the dressing place the green beans, spring onion, ginger, chili and garlic into a bowl with a handful of coriander and mix together. Season to your liking.
  • Add the dressing to the bean sprouts and steak and serve.
We can't get enough of ginger!
Enjoy!

Becki & Jess
xox

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