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Coriander, A.K.A. Cilantro

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (306)
Coriander is a bright green plant that can be used as an herb or spice.   Coriander leaves are commonly known as cilantro.  The fruit of the plant contains two seeds, which create an excellent spice when dried.  Coriander has been used for at least 7,000 years and often as a digestive aid and stimulant.  Coriander has also been referred to as antidiabetic , anti-inflammatory, antianxiety, antimicrobial and cholesterol lowering. Coriander works to stimulate the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids within the liver, which is likely what reduces cholesterol and improves the digestion of fat.

Coriander is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium.  It is also rich in many vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, and vitamin-C.  Cilantro is one of the best herbal sources of vitamin K which helps to build bone mass and protect neuronal damage in the brain. (http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/)

Tips
1.     Use cilantro in place of basil to make a pesto. 
2.     Add coriander seeds to a pepper mill for a fun twist to the diner table. 
3.     Add ¼ tsp. ground coriander and 1.2 tsp. cinnamon to decaffeinated black tea. 
4.     Add coriander to pancake and waffle mixes for a unique flavor. 
5.     Make a batch of cilantro chutney using 1 bunch chopped cilantro with ½ cup shredded coconut, 2 T. fresh mint and ½ diced jalapeno pepper.     
(The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Murray, Michael. Atria Books, New York, New York, 2005.)

Ginger Cilantro Sauce

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM Comments comments (202)
For thousands of years, ginger has been valued for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties, even mentioned in the writings of Confucius.  Ginger helps to promote the elimination of intestinal gas, soothe the intestinal tract, and inhibit anti-inflammatory effects.  Ginger tea is proven to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine. It can also help relieve anxiety, lower high blood pressure, soothe migraines, relieve arthritis pain, and lower cholesterol levels. 

Try this simple recipe for Ginger Cilantro Sauce 

Reduce ½ cup of orange juice to 2 tablespoons.  Add to blender with ½ cup raw unsalted almond butter, 1 ½ tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons tamari, 1 teaspoon cane sugar, ½ teaspoon chili paste, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, and 2-3 tablespoons of minced ginger.   Transfer to bowl and fold in ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves and ¼ cup of chopped cilantro.

Sauté your favorite vegetables and brown rice.  Add ginger cilantro sauce to warm through.  Plate and garnish with slivered almonds and a sprig of cilantro.

References: 
Murray, Michael.The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. (2005) New York: Atria Books.
Bauman, Ed. Flavors of Health. (2012) Penngrove, CA: Bauman College Press.