I bet you have cinnamon in your pantry. Do you ever use it?
You might sprinkle cinnamon onto your oatmeal and…that’s about it. But cinnamon can elevate sweet and savory dishes, lending its warmth to everything from desserts to lamb dishes. In fact, it’s a versatile ingredient that’s used in cuisines around the world.
And cinnamon isn’t just for flavor. It’s known for its medicinal properties, too.
Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a powerful ingredient that contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, and it can help:
- Prevent free radical damage
- Ease chronic inflammation
- Reduce the risk of dangerous yeast overgrowth
- Control blood sugar and blood pressure
The benefits of cinnamon are impressive, right?
To get the most out of this super spice, check the expiration date to ensure your cinnamon is still in its prime. If it’s expired, purchase a fresh jar of organic cinnamon. Store in a cool, dry place and enjoy.
1 Ingredient, 3 Recipes
Utilizing one spice for multiple dishes decreases food waste and encourages you to explore new recipes. Below are three healthy and mouthwatering ways to get more mileage out of your ground cinnamon.
- Homemade Almond Butter with Honey and Cinnamon
Upgrade your snacks with creamy, homemade almond butter, boasting sweet and comforting notes of cinnamon. Slather it on apples, celery sticks, and rice cakes. Scoop it into protein shakes or just eat it off the spoon!
- Moroccan Slow-Cooked Lamb
Bring dinner guests around the table with tender chunks of lamb simmered in fragrant spices. This recipe features cinnamon sticks, but you can substitute about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon for every stick. Start small and add more as needed.
- Cinnamon and Cumin Pork Tenderloin
This Paleo-friendly recipe isn’t short on flavor. Succulent pork is seasoned with a cinnamon-cumin rub. It’s then browned and baked in a homemade sriracha and honey sauce. Serve with cauliflower rice and leafy greens for a complete meal.
Do you wanna talk about spices some more? Follow @OfficialChefT on Instagram to learn how to spice up your meals–and Eat with a Purpose. Chef T’s favorite ground cinnamon is from Vietnam and is considered by many to be the world’s finest cinnamon, demanded by savvy cooks and bakers everywhere.
Source: Dr. Axe