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  • Writer's pictureMagaly Ariela Stvil

Spice It Up: Cooking Healthy Dishes with Cloves

Introduction: Cloves, those aromatic little spice buds, aren't just for holiday desserts or mulled wine. These small powerhouses of flavor are also packed with health benefits. From improving digestion to providing anti-inflammatory properties, cloves are a versatile ingredient that can be used in various savory and sweet dishes to create healthy, flavorful meals. In this blog post, we'll explore some delicious recipes that incorporate cloves for a nutritious twist on your favorite dishes.

  1. Golden Turmeric and Clove Rice:

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 cup of basmati rice

      • 2 cups of water

      • 4-5 whole cloves

      • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric

      • Salt to taste

  • Instructions:

    1. Rinse the rice thoroughly and set it aside.

    2. In a pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

    3. Add the rice, whole cloves, ground turmeric, and a pinch of salt.

    4. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

    5. Remove the cloves before serving. The rice will have a delightful golden color and a subtle clove aroma.

  1. Apple-Clove Overnight Oats:

    • Ingredients:

      • 1/2 cup of rolled oats

      • 1/2 cup of almond milk (or your preferred milk)

      • 1/2 apple, diced

      • 2-3 whole cloves

      • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

      • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. In a mason jar or a container, combine oats, almond milk, diced apple, whole cloves, and ground cinnamon.

    2. Mix well and seal the container.

    3. Refrigerate overnight.

    4. Before eating, remove the cloves, drizzle with honey or maple syrup if desired, and enjoy your flavorful and healthy breakfast!

  1. Clove-Spiced Butternut Squash Soup:

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced

      • 1 onion, chopped

      • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

      • 4-5 whole cloves

      • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

      • 4 cups of vegetable broth

      • Salt and pepper to taste

      • Olive oil for sautéing

  • Instructions:

    1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.

    2. Add chopped onion and minced garlic; sauté until fragrant.

    3. Add diced butternut squash, whole cloves, and ground cinnamon. Cook for a few minutes.

    4. Pour in the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the squash is tender (about 20-25 minutes).

    5. Remove the whole cloves and use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.

    6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Conclusion: These recipes showcase the versatility of cloves in both savory and sweet dishes while adding a healthy twist. Whether you're cooking up a comforting soup, a nourishing breakfast, or a fragrant side dish, cloves can elevate the flavor and provide various health benefits. So, don't just reserve them for holiday treats—incorporate cloves into your regular cooking for a delicious and nutritious culinary experience.

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