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>Spice Up Your Life

>You can spice up your life with herbs and good food. There are natural products available at places like Vitamin Shop where you can enhance your strength and agility, longevity, sex life, breathing, good health, and vitality.

Did you know that heat and moisture can spoil your spices and cause them to deteriorate? Store them in cool, dry places in tightly covered containers.
But not above your stove.

The picture above shows Pineapple Pulao

It may be cold outside, but it can be warm in your kitchen. Winter is the perfect time to spice up — and warm up — your body with warm spices. They include: cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and turmeric.

Tumeric is a bright yellow spice, a component of curry powder. In addition to its brilliant color and pungent flavor, Tumeric contains a mixture of powerful antioxidants known as curcuminoids. Curcumin, the most important of these, has been used in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Studies have shown curcumin to have far-reaching health benefits. due mainly to its antioxidant, antinflamatory, and anti-platelette, cholesterol-lowering anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Additionally, turmeric has shown promise in some test tube studies in lowering some cancers and autoimmune diseases and multiple sclerosis.
So start the year of right by adding antioxidant rich spices to your recipes, beginning with this colorful, good-tasting rice dish.

Pineapple Pulao

1 1/2 cups basmatti rice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
3 cups vegetable broth, boiling
1/2 cup coarsley shredded carrots
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 cup pineapple chunks, in juice, cut in half, drained, reserving juice.
1/3 cup reserved pineapple juice
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 tsp Bragg Aminos
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Rince the basmatti rice thoroughly in a wire mesh colander, and set aside.
Spray a 4-quart sauce pan with olive oil cooking spray, and add the crushed red pepper (aka, the pizza pepper), garlic and scallions.
Cook on medium high heat for two minutes.
Add rice and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently.
Add broth, carrot and cinnamon stick, ginger, coriander, and turmeric, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat, add pineapple chunks, reserved juice, raisins, aminos and chopped cilantro.
Cover and simmer undisturbed for about 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
Makes 6 servings

Per serving, 1 cup: 222 calories; 0 grams fat; 0 mg chol; Protein, 5 gm; carb 81 gm; sodium 115 mg; fiber, 6 gm