For many years I suffered with terrible period pains. I have a condition called Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS) which means I can have irregular and painful periods. Since switching to a sugar free diet I can honestly say my periods are less painful and they are now regular. They aren’t perfect but they are regular.
Nowadays I’m so thankful I gave up processed foods and sugars as I don’t think it was helping my hormones. Instead of cooking with packet food I started making my own sauces, biscuits and cakes, etc. One spice I have loved using a lot in my cooking is cinnamon. It’s a very fragrant spice that makes the food your cooking flavoursome.
Cinnamon is a spice the comes from the bark of a tree and it’s scientifically known as cinnamomum. The spice has been used throughout history and it dates back as far as Ancient Egypt. Once upon a time it was considered extremely rare and it was given as a valuable gift to Kings. Today the spice is cheap and it’s available in most supermarkets. It can be added to various recipes.
Cinnamon is a delicious spice that can be used in both savoury or sweet dishes. Plus it’s great for the body and can help with many ailments. The spice is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon is high in substances with powerful medicinal remedies. It can help reduce the risk of heart disease and it can help to improve sensitivity to hormone insulin.
Insulin is a key player in our body’s wellbeing as it can help to regulate the metabolism and energy use. Many people are resistant to the effects of insulin. The resistance is a sign of more serious conditions like type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon can greatly help to reduce insulin resistance and in turn helps the hormones to do their job. When eaten as part of a healthy diet it can help the body to thrive and more importantly it can help us to stay alive. Here are five cinnamon savoury and sweet recipes for you.
Every Sunday morning you will find my little family devouring pancakes for breakfast. On a Saturday I will ask my husband and son what kind of pancakes they would like to try this week. My husband Howard will occasionally ask for my Salted Caramel Pancakes but my son Ted will quite often bin that idea. Ted will nearly always ask for Raspberry Pancakes.
So normally it will be raspberry pancakes for our Sunday morning breakfast. As we had chocolate chips in the house I decided to ask Mr Ted if I could add them to the pancake mix. Ted was more than happy for me to add this ingredient. I was a bit concerned that the chips would melt but thankfully they stayed intact. Plus I was pleased Ted agreed to adding this ingredient as they were yummy. We enjoyed these pancakes and we know you will too.
Chicken is a meal that we all enjoy. My husband Howard and son Ted love a roast chicken dinner on a Sunday. I do too, but occasionally I like to try different meals. When I started planning Lavender month in May I didn’t really consider adding it to main meals.
However, we had not tried it with chicken. As chicken is a fairly plain meat that goes in lots of dishes, I thought it might work. Instead of adding the lavender to the sauce, I thought I would add it to the bottom of the baking tray. I felt the lavender would infuse the chicken. Also my little family wouldn’t be picking lavender from their teeth.
The strong flavours from the marinade and infusion of the lavender made this a delicious dinner. We ate this meal with garlic and herb roast potatoes (recipe coming soon) and green beans. Everyone loved it and it’s a meal we will be eating again.
Salmon is a tasty fish and we always eat a lot of it in our family. It’s packed full of flavour and goodness. There are so many health benefits to eating fish. Firstly, it’s a great source of protein, it’s high in vitamin B and rich in omega 3 fatty acids. As a mum of a boy who loves fish, this makes me happy to know my child is getting all of these health benefits in one meal.
Herbs and spices can also make a meal that bit tastier. Plus they have many health benefits too. Herbs and spices can lower blood sugar levels, improve brain function and they can fight infection and boost immunity. So putting herbs and spices in your fish dishes not only makes a delicious dish but can be a very powerful meal for the whole family.
During the colder months on a Saturday lunch time I like nothing more than cooking myself chips and making a yummy dip. Normally I make sweet potato chips and a hummus. The other day I fancied a change. In recent months I have been experimenting with a spice called ‘Sumac’.
Sumac grows in subtropical temperatures. It can be found in East Asia and Africa. This spice has a light, tart and astringent flavour. It can be used in lots of soups, stews and curries. I felt it would help to add extra flavour to this dip. So when it was combined with other spices in the guacamole it worked well. One I will definitely be making again soon.
Our biscuit barrel is always full with homemade biscuits and I really enjoy thinking of new flavours. At the moment vitamin C is high on our well being agenda. We are trying to eat plenty to keep us fit and well. So, touch wood, we are fighting fit for winter.
My son Ted and husband Howard are not great at eating whole oranges. So any way I can find to feed them the foods they won’t eat is a bonus. Oranges are packed full of vitamin C and they can help to protect the immune system. With the threat of the virus still hanging around I want us to be fit and healthy if it does come back. Hence, these delicious biscuits.
These 5 ground cinnamon recipes are all delicious. They are a great way to use cinnamon in your recipes and they are all adult and kid friendly too. My little family and I really enjoy all of these recipes and we know you will too. However you decide to eat these dishes, as always, please enjoy. xxx