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Spice-Powered Recovery Recipes for Long COVID: A Flavorful Healing Journey

Recovering from long COVID requires a holistic approach, and the healing power of spices can play a significant role in aiding your journey back to well-being. In our previous blog post, we explored the benefits of spices like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Now, let's take a culinary adventure and discover three delicious recipes that harness these aromatic treasures to enhance your recovery process.


Golden Turmeric Smoothie

Ingredients:

- 1 ripe banana

- 1 cup coconut milk (or any preferred milk)

- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

- 1/2 teaspoon ginger (freshly grated)

- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

- A pinch of black pepper


Instructions:

1. Blend banana, coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, and honey until smooth.

2. Add a pinch of black pepper to enhance curcumin absorption.

3. Pour into a glass and enjoy this refreshing and anti-inflammatory smoothie.



Ginger-Infused Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

- 1 onion, chopped

- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced

- 3 celery stalks, chopped

- 4 cups chicken broth

- 1 teaspoon ginger (freshly grated)

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Fresh parsley for garnish


Instructions:

1. Heat olive oil in a pot, then sauté onions, carrots, and celery until softened.

2. Add chicken breasts and cook until no longer pink.

3. Pour in chicken broth and add freshly grated ginger, salt, and pepper.

4. Simmer until flavors meld and chicken is fully cooked.

5. Garnish with fresh parsley and savor the comforting and immune-boosting soup.



Cinnamon-Spiced Baked Apples


Ingredients:

- 4 apples, cored and halved

- 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil

- 2 tablespoons honey

- 1 teaspoon cinnamon

- A pinch of nutmeg (optional)

- Chopped nuts for topping (e.g., walnuts or almonds)


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Mix melted butter, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.

3. Place apple halves in a baking dish and drizzle with the spice mixture.

4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until apples are tender.

5. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top and serve these warm, fragrant baked apples.



Garlic and Oregano Roasted Vegetables



Ingredients:

- Assorted vegetables (e.g., bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, broccoli)

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 teaspoon dried oregano

- Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

2. Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and place them on a baking sheet.

3. In a bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

4. Drizzle the oil and spice mixture over the vegetables and toss to coat evenly.

5. Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and slightly caramelized. Enjoy these flavorful roasted vegetables as a side dish or over a bed of grains.



Cayenne-Spiced Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cous-cous, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth

  • 1 cucumber, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring couscous and water (or vegetable broth) to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and water is absorbed.

  2. Fluff the cooked couscous with a fork and let it cool.

  3. In a large bowl, combine diced cucumber, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and parsley.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.

  5. Add the cooled couscous to the bowl of vegetables, pour the dressing over it, and toss to combine.

  6. Serve this vibrant and cayenne-spiced couscous salad as a refreshing and nutritious meal.


Conclusion


Elevate your long COVID recovery with these spice-powered recipes that not only tantalize your taste buds but also support your healing journey. From the vibrant turmeric smoothie to the comforting ginger-infused chicken soup and the indulgent cinnamon-spiced baked apples, these dishes are infused with the goodness of nature's remedies. Incorporate these flavorful creations into your diet and savor the delicious path to renewed well-being.

Remember, always consult your healthcare provider before making dietary changes during your recovery process.





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