Satisfy Your Pasta Cravings Guilt-Free with This Delicious Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

I have a love/hate relationship with pasta. I love that it’s so easy to prepare, it’s very versatile, and honestly, I crave carbs. However, I hate what carbs do to my waist and thighs.

Thankfully, there’s a great alternative to pasta – spaghetti squash. This large yellow squash can satisfy your pasta cravings… guilt-free. It is a terrific low-cal/low-carb substitute for that pasta we all love, but try so hard to resist.

One cup of spaghetti squash is about 30 calories/7 grams carbohydrates, as compared to 220 calories/43 carbohydrates for a cup of spaghetti noodles. Plus, it’s rich in fiber and contains small amounts of every essential vitamin, particularly vitamin C, B-6 and potassium.

Why “Spaghetti” Squash?

Once you’ve cooked the squash, use a fork to separate the inside fibers into strands, which look much like spaghetti. It’s as versatile as spaghetti, too. Try using it instead of pasta for any of your favorite pasta recipes.

A Vegetable Never Tasted So Good

Spaghetti squash actually tastes great! The strands of ‘noodles’ soak in seasonings more readily than pasta, providing a deeper flavor. Always mix the sauce thoroughly into the squash to fully absorb the flavors.

How to Prepare the Squash

You can bake, boil or microwave the squash. I recommend baking it as boiling can make it mushy and microwaving too dry.

Preheat your oven at 350 degrees. Cut the squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and place the squash face down in a baking dish with about ½ inch water. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until you can easily scoop out the strands.

You can prepare the squash a day or two ahead and refrigerate it. Mix the squash with any of your favorite sauces, or simply with butter, salt and parmesan as a side dish. Following are two of my favorite recipes.

Inside Out Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 cooked spaghetti squash
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • Pinch of sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups grated Jarlsberg cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs (panko, Italian or crushed Ritz crackers)
  • 2 Tbsps butter

*You can add in diced ham or crumbled sausage if you want more protein.

Directions

Cook the spaghetti squash as instructed above. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large sauté pan, cook the bacon. Once it is very crisp, remove the bacon and oil, leaving about 2 tbsps of bacon fat in the pan. Cook the onion with a pinch of sugar, ½ tsp nutmeg and s/p in the bacon fat until soft, about 10 minutes.

Mix the cooked onion and crumbled bacon with the spaghetti squash. Stir in the eggs and cheeses until well blended. Melt the butter in a dish, stir in the bread crumbs and sprinkle over the casserole.

Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a knife comes out relatively clean.

Baked Italian Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 cooked spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 lbs ground beef or sausage (I often use turkey sausage)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • S/P to taste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes*
  • 1 bottle of your favorite marinara or tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ½ cup and ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (grated enhances the flavor more than shredded)
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs (panko, Italian or crushed Ritz crackers)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Cottage cheese*

*Optional

Directions

Cook the spaghetti squash as instructed above. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and add onion and sugar. Cover and reduce to low, simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the onions caramelize.

Add the ground beef or sausage, breaking it up into small pieces. Cook until browned. Add the garlic, herbs and s/p and cook for an additional minute.

Add the marinara sauce to the meat and stir to combine. Add in the diced tomatoes and red wine. Let the sauce simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes (or more depending on how much time you have).

Mix the spaghetti squash, sauce and ½ cup parmesan in batches into a casserole dish.

Melt the butter and mix with the breadcrumbs and ¼ cup parmesan. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the sauce is simmering.

Top with cottage cheese and parmesan cheese.

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Are We Over-Estimating Our Alzheimer’s Risk? It Depends… 

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We seem to be inundated with stories of doom and gloom on the likelihood of our acquiring Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. In fact, if you listen to the varied and disparate reports we seem to be inundated with lately, none of us will escape the onslaught.

However, are we taking it all too much to heart and living our lives in fear of something we may never experience?

A lot of the fear around Alzheimer’s is based on the little knowledge supplied to us by the media, and we all know that’s a dangerous thing. So, let’s start by defining dementia.

Of course, none of the information in this article should be considered medical advice. And, you should definitely talk with your doctor if you have any questions about dementia, in general, or Alzheimer’s specifically. That said, I hope that you find this information useful as a starting point.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is a chronic and persistent disorder of the mental processes. It’s caused by brain injury or disease, with patients displaying personality changes, impaired reasoning and memory lapses/loss.

It used to be associated with mental illness, insanity, lunacy – to the point that patients were often committed to a local mental hospital.

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

It’s important to understand that Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, but the term is sometimes (incorrectly) used to describe all forms of dementia.

Many organisations use “Alzheimer’s” in their name, to indicate that they specialise in dementia, either as a charity or a research body or some other organisation.

It’s a little like vacuum cleaner and Hoover. In many parts of the world, we vacuum our floors (I know, not strictly the correct use of the word), but in the UK, they Hoover the floors. It’s the brand name of the product associated with the task rather than the function of the tool.

The Four Main Types of Dementia

Rather than go into all of the details here, I thought that it would be useful to link to resources on each of the main types of dementia.

The signs and symptoms of each of these branches of dementia are slightly different. It’s also possible to develop a combination of the different types of dementia. Naturally, diagnosis can prove to be difficult.

The Real Risk of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease that represents between 60% and 80% of all dementia diagnoses. The WHO (World Health Organisation) predicts that by 2050 there will be 115 million cases worldwide, which represents 1.3% of the world’s population.

The majority of these cases will be women, who are more likely to have Alzheimer’s.

But, the percentage of people who have any form of dementia is much lower than we think. Are we creating stress and anxiety for ourselves by becoming fixated on the possibility that we may become demented?!

Can Anxiety Cause More Harm Than the Disease?

So, this provokes the question: Can our anxiety harm us more than the disease itself? The answer is, no. Although, a recent study has shown that stress and anxiety can increase the risk of depression and dementia.

Additionally, chronic stress can cause the brain’s Hippocampus to atrophy. The Hippocampus is important for long-term memory and spatial awareness.

What We Should Not Believe

Here are a few things that we should not believe:

  • Being overweight protects you from dementia.
  • Aspartame causes dementia.
  • Grazoph Temuna, which is promoted online as a cure for Alzheimer’s, is NOT a cure – for anything.
  • Certain vitamins and nutrients can reverse Alzheimer’s.

What We Should Believe

Current research shows that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are caused by age, genetics, medical conditions and lifestyle choices.

Overall, the science leans more heavily toward genetics than any of the other supposed factors, although, there are types of dementia such as Korsakoff’s, which are directly attributable to excess alcohol.

It’s best to eat a healthy diet and live an overall healthy lifestyle to protect against heart disease, cancer and stroke. Your best diet is a healthy heart diet. After all, “What’s good for your heart is good for your head.”

When you start investigating all things dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to see why there is so much confusion. There is so much conflicting information and so many different types of dementia to consider. No wonder it is often so hard to diagnose.

Editor’s note: None of the information in this article should be considered medical advice. Please talk to your doctor if you have any questions about dementia, in general, or Alzheimer’s, specifically.

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The Feminine Experience of Retirement: What’s Your Stand?

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Female baby boomers are the first generation to retire who are well-educated, healthy, energetic, and with well-paid careers. Consequently, many agree that the boomers’ retirement will be different from the retirement of previous generations.

Changes Brewing for Baby Boomers

The current stereotype of grandma baking cookies for lots of grandchildren is becoming less realistic. The traditional mindset about the needs and activities of mature adult females may no longer be valid.

As Lim S.G. notes in “Rethinking ambition: Women on the edge of retiring,” an essay in Women Confronting Retirement: A Nontraditional Guide, compiled and edited by N. Bauer-Maglin A. Radosh, for professional women especially:

“…moving from regulated work to free work, ambition need not take a back seat but instead finally moves into the forefront, where it will prompt us to ask not what the institution wants but what we want out of our lives and the work we can and wish to do” (p. 124).

Retirement is the time for both sexes to find fulfilling activities. But barriers and stereotypes remain for older women. They have been carers of the family. Society and culture expects them to continue or expand that role in retirement.

The Designated Caregiver

Retired women are often the designated caregiver for two sets of individuals: grandchildren and parents/children/spouse with health or aging issues. Caring has been an integral part of the female life span.

While men’s life span often follows this path: born, learn, earn, retire, and die, women’s life span is more likely to be: born, learn, earn some, care, earn some more and care, retire and care, die.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that women may feel they have little choice and may become trapped in that caring role. Caring may take over their retirement and stop them from finding fulfilling activities.

Although it is difficult to say no to a request to care for someone who needs it, it is a viable answer. I babysat my school age grandchildren for a few years once a week after school. They have grown beyond that and I do miss seeing them weekly.

I was a small part of their life and knew what was happening, but it was not an overwhelming responsibility. If I was travelling, I would give plenty of notice and their parents would make other arrangements.

On Your Own Terms

It is important to recognise that caring can be a positive benefit to the carer, but it must be on one’s own terms.

I know someone whose child asked her to care for her grandchildren for 2 weeks. She thought about it and said no, she wasn’t interested in caring for toddlers for that length of time. She did not feel comfortable caring for children that young given their needs.

Women, whether married or single, should plan for their own retirement needs, besides planning for finance and health care needs. Women should explore how to achieve emotional/social wellbeing in retirement. Some elements could be:

  • researching to find their unique passion and purpose,
  • considering what legacy they want to leave behind,
  • what communities they would like to serve,
  • and what are their boundaries about caring.

Baby boomers have different expectations for retirement. They will challenge the expectations of retirement as they have other phases of their lives. Female baby boomers are equal to this challenge, but also need to decide if, how, and when they are available for caring for others.

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Is It Time to Move? 6 Questions to Help You Decide if It’s Time to Pull Up Your Roots

life after retirement moving house

My neighbor across the street lost her husband about a year ago. The huge house she now inhabits is an awful lot of work, as is the yard. The other morning after a seven-inch snowfall, our mutual neighbor was clearing her driveway, as he usually does, as I was digging out my own.

Her kids have helped with yard sales and company, but her place is Just. Too. Big. My neighbor to the north of five years ago, Marge, sold out and moved after her husband died. It happens.

I am facing much the same decision myself, albeit for different reasons. While I love my precious home of some 13 years – the longest I have ever lived in one place – I’m getting ready to sell. A smaller mountain town is in my immediate future.

When Memories Are Too Much

For 10 of those 13 years, I was involved with a man in a relationship which, putting it gently, caused me serious pain. This past year he moved in. That was a mistake. Good intentions aside, it simply didn’t work out.

Now this house, which radiates with a thousand memories, acts like an echo chamber in all the wrong ways. Just like both of my female neighbors, the house is no longer a sacred space. As much as I’ve put into the decorations, gardens, the hard work to make it my home, it doesn’t feed my soul any more.

But that’s not all.

When Is It Time to Move?

The loss of your primary relationship isn’t the only reason, although a big house and all its attendant responsibilities are certainly part of it. The other piece is when you have reached a point in your life when living somewhere new might be the kind of jump-start to reinvigorate your life.

Whether that’s setting up shop abroad in a much cheaper place to live or simply moving to a smaller city or town for a better quality of life, a move might be just what the doctor ordered.

Is It Worth It?

You might ask whether all the work a move entails is always worth it. That depends. On one hand, if we’ve been living in a place for decades, as I have in Denver since 1971, my web of connections, caregivers, and friends is both broad and deep.

I’ll be leaving the relative safety of knowing my way very well around town and all the pleasures that come with rich familiarity in my community.

On the other, that very familiarity has made me a bit stale. Combined with the massive influx of people to my state (more than five million since I moved here), Denver, and its lovely mountains, has irretrievably changed.

I can no longer safely ride a horse without being nearly run into by mountain bikers, cyclists, and others who are angry at me for using a trail that I’ve used for years. The mountains are overrun, to say nothing of the traffic.

It’s time. At least for me. It’s a quality of life issue.

I love smaller cities, the intimacy of those places. Others may prefer the sophistication of larger cities and the convenience of facilities and health care. I prefer acreage and trees around me but close enough to an airport to head out to the rest of the world.

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Part of the decision is whether you and I are running from, or running to, someplace new. And, if we are considering this, what expectations are we carrying?

Wherever we go, there we are. A new location isn’t going to make me happier. That only comes with the hard work I’m willing to invest in making new friends, getting involved in my community, and being available. What I love about the idea of shifting to a new place is all the hard work involved.

I have harbored dreams of a mountain home for decades. Selling my home in Denver allows me to realize that dream. I have to forfeit a lot to have it, but given that I’m 66, I don’t have a lot of time left to me to fully realize that dream while I’m hale enough to enjoy it.

The sale of my house will afford me much-needed extra cash. I can buy a nice home and land outright. Those options are, in part, driving my decision. That, and I love the adventure of making myself vulnerable in new worlds.

When I’m too comfortable, as I am now, I stop growing. A big move pushes me to expand.

The Questions to Ask Before You Decide

If you’re thinking about pulling up stakes and moving, let’s be clear it’s for the right reasons. Let’s ask:

  • Do I think a new place will make me happier?
  • Do I expect to leave my troubles or hurt behind me?
  • Will moving to a new place offer me a different kind of life, one that I want?
  • Will a shift provide me with options I don’t currently have?
  • Am I willing to put the work into making this new place a real home?
  • What are my expectations, and are they reasonable?

Moving is both a matter of the heart and the pocketbook.

For my part, the moment I knew it was time for me to leave was when I was speaking with my best friend’s husband. They’re thinking of moving too but are leaning towards staying. As I listened, I realized that if I stayed it would be for fear-based reasons.

That’s when I called the realtor. She’s coming tomorrow at 2 pm. I’ve already started packing.

I can’t wait.

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6 Reasons Living Alone Makes You Feel Rich

Single Woman Living Alone

Welcome to another installment of my “living like a millionaire on a retirement budget” series. No matter what our financial situation, we all have budgets. Living beautifully — or luxuriously can hinge on changing a perception or making an attitude adjustment.

Living alone is like being rich. Wow what a thought!

Today I want to celebrate people who live alone. As I said in my article on being single, living alone brings up a different set of challenges than family or partnered living. Singles often feel excluded and yet, so many of us live alone.

Loneliness is a cause for depression among all age groups, not only the elderly. The reason why loneliness is prevalent amongst retired people is that we don’t have the community of school mothers, or the social networks we create from working. Perhaps we’ve moved to a new place and are just beginning to make friends.

So I offer up these tips to celebrate solitude with a positive mindset. Ready? Here’s how living alone is like being rich.

I Command. Everything Is My Way

When I think of a wealthy person, I think of someone who has the freedom to do whatever she wishes because she’s not held back by financial restraints. She can also get things done exactly how she pleases because, “money talks.”

Well when you live alone, you can adopt this same behavior for an abundant, life embracing mentality. Just think, you have no negotiations, and no justifications to make for your tastes or desires. The flowers I like. The furniture this way. I can watch the shows I want at the hour I want to see them. I can channel flip if I feel like it.

I spend my money however I want to spend it. I can dress exactly how I want, in whatever makes me feel fabulous. I overhead two women in the dressing room yesterday: “I can’t buy this. Ralph wouldn’t like it.” Enough said.

I feel free. There is nothing to weigh me down, hold me back. No support duties. Everything I do is for pleasure: my pleasure.

Time Is On My Schedule

The super-rich own their planes and fly whenever they want to, not on some airline’s schedule. While I don’t own a plane, nor can I force an airline to fly when I feel like it, there are many things I can determine on my own schedule. I can sleep as late or as early as I want I, not connected to someone else’s schedule.

If I wake in the middle of the night I can play Candy Crush on my iPad, or listen to a Maisie Dobbs novel on Audible. (I love being read to! Now that’s a luxury!) I often check in the with NY Times in the wee hours to see what’s going on in the world before anyone in my time zone. Sometimes I get up and make myself a cup of tea to bring back to bed.

Managing my life entirely on my own schedule is endlessly positive. I can travel without having to consider another person’s vacation schedule or finances. I can eat whenever I want, speaking of which…

Eating a La Carte

What I want, when I want it. I’m not catering to anyone’s tastes, just my own. Every meal is considered: what do I feel like eating? I do watch my weight, but I do it beautifully. Restaurant chefs should take a lesson from me when it comes to crafting a lusty salad. One morning a week I take myself out to breakfast to mingle with cafe patrons and feel the beat of the working city.

Yesterday I got inspired by GBBO and baked all afternoon. That evening, I brought the cake to a dinner party, making me most valued guest. If I want gummy bears and cheese popcorn for dinner, so be it. I had a hankering for Greek spinach pie and made one, savoring it for two days until it was gone.

There is no “what’s for dinner?” which I heard for umpteen years. This is pleasure and freedom. If I want company I invite a friend for dinner. No one ever says no.

I Am Free

To do whatever I want, whenever I want to. I can move to a new city. I can spend the entire day reading a book or writing blog posts for you, interspersed with watching knitting tutorials on you tube. The ability to be spontaneous is a luxury, don’t you think?

I mean, think of all the years you said, “I can’t, because…” Now I can go to a movie on the spur of the moment. I can decide to bake a lemon drizzle because I’d like to have some for tea time. I can leave the house a mess if I want to. There is no one to yell at me, no one to disappoint or displease. I can be indulgent with no guilt.

I Am the Star of the Show

I am the star of my life. The writer, director, heroine. I am free to discover exactly who I am, at my own pace.

All The Money I Have I Can Spend On… Me!

I’m not sending anyone to college anymore, covering someone else’s medical bills, paying someone else’s car insurance. Of course I’m on a budget, we all are. But I can be more generous with myself in many small ways.

I live alone, and I know that sometimes it can be lonely and scary. I’m not denying that. I’m not saying that living alone or with someone is better than the other. Life has its circumstances. At our age, we are complex people with baggage — good and bad — from our past. But you can live alone and have a good social life with support and backup systems in place.

Bottom line: I get to do what I want, when I want to do it. And that sounds pretty damn luxurious to me.

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5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Financial Future After 60

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Women are more likely than men to underrate themselves when it comes to investing. Yet women are usually in charge of household budgets, are more willing to save for the long-term and are better bargain hunters.

So why do we feel uncomfortable when it comes to taking charge of our investments, be they a 401(k)-retirement plan, an Individual Retirement Account or a stock portfolio?

Friends give me these reasons:

“I am just not interested… that’s something my spouse takes care of.”

“We like our financial guy… he seems to be doing a good job for us.”

“I met with my financial adviser, but I never asked questions. I thought we were on track.”

“I feel over my head when it comes to the stock market and bonds. I’m clueless.”

Yet most women over 60 will someday be financially on their own either because of divorce or the death of a spouse. Why not get involved now, take charge of your finances and be ready for the future when you may need to manage on your own? Here are 5 ways to take charge.

Ask About Investment Management Fees

If you still are on the job, make sure you are getting the best performance from your 401(k) plan or Individual Retirement Account. Annual management fees should be 1 percent or lower.

If retired and living on your nest egg, the same goes. The goal is to make your money last as long as you do. Mutual fund management fees are a huge factor in how much you accumulate from compound reinvesting during your work life and how much your nest egg will keep earning for you in your later years.

Check Up on Financial Advice Costs

Are you using a financial adviser to guide your investment strategy? Ask about upfront commissions on investment products or funds offered to you. Anything more than 1 percent deserves a clear explanation.

Why not go with dividend-paying individual stocks or low-cost index funds? The reality is that most “managed” funds do not have the performance of a cheaper S&P 500 Index fund but instead tend to have higher management costs and weaker performance. That’s a big negative in the longer-term.

Banish Your Insecurities

Investing is rewarding. Start learning by doing. Wealth coach Deborah Owens gives women an “F” when it comes to finances because of the myth that “financing and crunching numbers are too complicated.”

Owens encourages women to get beyond the fear and take on “calculated risk” with their money. Sitting on cash is not an investment strategy.

To get the most bang for the buck, put time into improving your investment knowledge and skills, ask questions about management fees and commissions, and don’t just hope for the best without bringing your retirement picture into focus.

“Your ability to build wealth is directly related to your ability to take calculated risks,” Owens says. That’s both now and in retirement.

Build a Portfolio

Set up an individual online investment account. Do the research. Start small. Use low-cost online brokerage firms. Put money into an S&P 500 stock index fund and/or a few blue-chip publicly traded companies with a stock dividend of about 3 percent.

Reinvest the dividends. Don’t panic in a market downturn. The reinvested dividend money is buying more shares at a cheaper price! Meanwhile, keep an eye on business news. Shifting markets may require adjustments. The goal is to balance risk with a record of performance over time.

Candace Bahr and Ginita Wall with Wife.org encourage women to take on financial responsibility and remind us that for most, “A man is not a financial plan.” In their “Five Steps to Building a Portfolio,” they recommend reading “how to” books on saving and investing, using rating reports and reading financial news to gain confidence.

Get Real About Retirement Income

Figure out where your income in retirement will come from by first looking at your Social Security account. What are your benefits at 62, 66 or 70? What income will you have from tax-deferred retirement savings or investment income? Will you inherit money from your mother?

Will you work longer to delay retirement and increase your Social Security benefit? Can you catch-up by putting more money in your nest egg? Answers to these questions will help you know where you stand and what you must do before quitting the job. The trick is to bring household expenses in line with expected retirement income.

Plenty of women have made the transition from work to retirement. I see them managing their money, traveling, starting up new relationships and getting the most from life. Taking charge of their finances is a key element of their confident future.

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You Won’t Believe the Health Benefits of These 10 Herbs and Spices

Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

Most of us truly enjoy adding lots of spices and herbs to our cooking. It may or may not surprise you that spices not only add flavor to our meals but also offer incredible health benefits.

Did you know that herbs and spices are not the same thing? I never knew this till quite recently. I thought the answer was far more exotic, but in actuality it is quite simple.

Herbs are simply the leaves of the plant while spices come from the roots, bark and seeds. Some plants can be used as both, like cilantro. Cilantro is what we call the leaf of the cilantro plant, while coriander is the name of the seeds.

Next time you add a spice or an herb to your cooking routine, you can think of the wonderful health benefits you are enjoying.

You may grow your own spices and herbs or use the dry version, the most popular for ease and shelf life. Having an herb garden is a fun hobby and provides you with fresh herbs, always superior in taste and texture.

Here are 10 of my favorite herbs and spices, but the actual list is much longer.

Basil

Many people use basil in their daily food preparation. This herb is often associated with tomatoes as the two love each other. Basil livens up many Italian dishes as well as casseroles, soups and salads. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals.

Coriander / Cilantro

There is definitely a difference in texture and taste between coriander and cilantro. Coriander comes from the seeds and cilantro from the leaves of the same plant.

Cilantro is commonly used to flavor many Mexican salsas, soups and other dishes, while the coriander seeds are a different and tasty addition to soups, salads and curries.

Adding chopped cilantro to a healthy dip of sour cream and a little mayonnaise will greatly increase the flavor. Cilantro is rich in Vitamin K and potassium and is reported to help strengthen the bones.

Cumin

Another popular spice for Mexican dishes, soups and stews is Cumin. Try adding a teaspoon or more of cumin to deliver a pungent and delicious taste to chili and curry dishes. Cumin is an excellent source of B vitamins and is an aid to digestive health.

Fennel

A fresh fennel bulb, has a distinct licorice flavor. It looks like celery but possesses a totally different taste. I add this particular spice along with other herbs in curry dishes and sometimes soups and salads.

Fennel has a lot of dietary fiber, acts as a diuretic and can help keep balance in your digestive system. Try some Fennel tea when you have a stomach ache or constipation, and I have proof that it really works.

Garlic

I absolutely love garlic, though it often does not love me back, given its ‘bad breath’ fame! Garlic adds a lot of culinary excitement to a variety of dishes, both in flavor and depth.

It is reported to be a great boost for the immune system, containing anti-bacterial properties as well as lots of vitamins and minerals.

Ginger

Ginger is mostly known for its anti-nausea support. It often helps you avoid that really sick feeling during a long car ride or boat ride if you are susceptible to motion sickness. I grate or slice fresh ginger root and add to many sauces, curries, soups and stir-fries. It is loaded with lots of vitamins, minerals and vitamin B complex.

Oregano

There are several types of oregano available. If you have a green thumb you might want to experiment growing a few different types. It is very hearty and grows easily, and you’ll always have some handy to spice up your cooking.

Oregano is integral to Italian and Mexican dishes. It can be used for respiratory issues and also aids digestion. Happily, many farmers are getting on the bandwagon and are now using oregano for their animals in lieu of traditional antibiotics.

Rosemary

I love the aroma of chicken baking with lots of Rosemary spread all over. The flavor it adds to meat, pork, lamb and many veggies is delightful. This spice blends well with a variety of other spices.

Rosemary possesses anti-inflammatory properties, aids digestion and circulation, as well as a host of other conditions. To boot, it is reported to nourish dry and dull hair.

Tarragon

Tarragon is the main spice in Béarnaise sauce. This aromatic herb is popular in meat dishes and herb butters. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals, as well as vitamins A and C. It is considered an herb as the leaves are primarily used.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an amazing spice that fights inflammation, offers brain support and can ease aching muscles. To get the most benefit from Turmeric there should be a large percentage of curcumin in the blend you purchase.

Check the Turmeric you buy as there are many blends on the market and most lack curcumin. Purchase a well-known brand and best choose organic. I use fresh, raw turmeric root in cooking or purchase the best organic brand. When using Turmeric always add black pepper as it activates the potency of this herb.

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