When I am not busy taking care of my two energetic little boys, or working on an interior design project~ I play in the kitchen! For the last 15 years, I have been juxtaposing new flavors and ideas; it’s finally time to document my recipes...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Curried Carrots

I made too many steamed carrots. Time to spice things up~ lets add a little Indian Flare :) 
This recipe is like candy. Super picky eaters at your house? Leave out the curry!

Steamed Carrots
Handful of raisins
Pinch of mild yellow curry powder
1 tsp. agave syrup
Handful of walnuts
Pinch of salt

Combine ingredients and serve. Yummy cold or hot.
I made these as a side dish, but you could make them a "main".

Main it up
Make the carrots hot. Add a pinch of Cayenne Pepper or diced jalapenos. Then add a handful tofu, beans, or chicken. Serve over warm brown rice with a dollop of yogurt. Fancy it up with some diced cucumbers in the yogurt.


Curry does the body good....

Along with being one of the most flavorful spices, there are many health benefits of eating curry. While curry, or curry powder is actually a mixture a few different spices, one main spice in most curry powders is turmeric. This spice comes from the ginger familiy and  gives curry it’s yellow color. It is thought to be beneficial for many reasons – here are three:

1.Reduces inflammation. Eating curry has been linked with less inflammation of the joints. Studies on rats who had arthritis show that turmeric helped prevent the swelling of their joints which lessens the effect of arthritis.

2.It prevents dementia . Another key ingredient in curry is curcumin (a component of turmeric) which may help prevent dementia caused by Alzheimer&undefined;s disease. Within the brains of people with this disease are amyloid plaques which cause degradation of the wiring in brain cells and lead to memory loss and confusion. Curcumin actually binds to these plaques which can prevent them spreading and stop Alzheimers in its tracks. The Indian population who eats curry frequently has a very low incidence of Alzheimer&undefined;s disease.

3.It prevents cancer. Many studies have found a link between eating curry and lower incidences of cancer. Again, turmeric is thought to be responsible for the disease prevention. Turmeric contains an active compound shown to prevent the progression of certain types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, melanoma, and prostate. This spice is a very potent antioxidant which is probably why it is so effective in preventing cancer

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