Winter is (mostly) awesome: twinkle lights, Christmas trees, snowball fights. But there are also downsides: namely, stuffed-up sinuses that make a pack of tissues and decongestants your new best friends. To make life a little easier, we rounded up seven ginger recipes that will clear out those sinuses, while also helping you keep your healthy goals on track in the New Year. Bonus: Ginger is also great for decreasing nausea and inflammation.
Is it just us, or are smoothies more filling when served in a bowl? This one is healthy and sure to keep your stomach happy ’til lunch. Blend a banana, spinach, oats, and half an inch of ginger with coconut milk and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Add a few ice cubes, or use a frozen banana to get a thicker consistency, and top with your favorite seeds or nuts (pomegranate seeds make for a pretty color contrast, just saying).
Stir-frying is a year-round favorite: Throw in a protein and all your favorite veggies, and you’ve got a meal in no time. This one calls for tofu, asparagus, carrots, and onions, covered in a ginger-garlic-honey-soy sauce. Serve it over brown rice or farro.
Ginger brings big flavor to this roasted carrot soup that is surprisingly simple to make and perfect for chilly days. Bake carrots in the oven, then blend with garlic, ginger, and vegetable broth, plus half-and-half or coconut milk for a lighter or dairy-free version. The recipe calls for just a teaspoon of ginger, but feel free to add in more to taste.
More than a tablespoon of fresh ginger gives this sweet salmon recipe a kick. Top with sesame seeds and fresh green onions for even more flavor.
Upgrade your classic tomato soup recipe with this creamy, vegan dish that uses coconut milk, tomatoes, chickpeas, garlic, and lots of ginger. Crunchy chickpea croutons, which are baked with paprika, cumin, garlic, and onion powder, add texture and spice.
Even in winter, ice cream is always a good idea. Especially when it’s made with coconut milk, fresh ginger, maple syrup, turmeric, cinnamon, and vanilla extract (a.k.a. ingredients you can feel great about eating).
Shrimp and snow peas can be a bit bland on their own, but are elevated into a delicious meal when paired with ginger, garlic, scallions, lime juice, and soy sauce. Serve over sushi rice, brown rice, or soba noodles for a healthy, Asian-inspired meal.