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    • Kami McBride

    • December 17, 2013 in Columnists

    Wishing you a season full of good cheer and good health

    Many of you will be making food for potlucks and parties. Why not make something that is delicious and helps to keep people from getting sick?

    The following recipes are loaded with herbs and spices that enhance immunity and help to make your body stronger in resisting colds.

    I hope you enjoy these holiday recipes, they are crowd pleasers and healthy!

    Enjoy the very best of the winter season,

    Kami McBride


    image003Cilantro Jalapeno Cranberry Spread

    4 cups fresh cranberries

    1/2 cup chopped green onion

    1/2 finely minced small jalapeno pepper

    1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

    10 drops liquid stevia

    1 cup minced cilantro leaf

    4 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root (smallest hole in the grater)

    2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

    ¼ cup orange juice

    Mince cranberries into small pieces, I use a blender or Cuisinart

    Add remaining ingredients, stir well, cover and let sit several hours before serving

    Serve as a salsa with chips or as a spread on crackers and cream cheese

    I love this appetizer because it is full of anti-oxidants, herbal digestive aids and the ginger and jalapeno are anti-microbial herbs that keep away colds!


    image004Anti-Plague Pesto

    3/4 cup olive oil

    1 cup arugula

    1 cup parsley

    1/4 cup fresh rosemary

    2 tablespoons fresh lavender leaf

    3 garlic cloves

    1/4 cup sunflower seeds

    1/4 cup parmesan cheese

    1 green onion

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    Pesto is a great condiment to bring as an appetizer or an addition to a main meal. Since basil is no longer in season, I love making my winter pestos with arugula. The markets are full of delicious, fresh arugula. Take advantage of this tasty, digestive enhancing winter green.

    This pesto packs an anti-microbial punch. Just eat it and you won’t have to worry about whatever flu is going around. The rosemary, lavender and garlic are all great herbs for cold and flu prevention.

    I use this pesto as one of my main winter wellness foods. It is a delicious garnish on just about any savory dish. I love it with eggs for breakfast!


    image005Holiday Chai

    2 cups honey

    3 tablespoons cinnamon

    2 tablespoons coriander

    1 teaspoon clove

    1 teaspoon cardamom

    1 teaspoon ginger

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    All herbs need to be powdered. Mix them well into the honey

    Store in a glass jar in a cabinet, no need to refrigerate

    Just add one tablespoon (or more) of the honey chai mixture to one cup of hot water, add your choice of milk and enjoy!

    This chai honey mixture is stable for at least one year

    I love making this honey chai base because it is so simple to turn into a delicious cup of chai. All of the spices used in this mixture or anti-cold herbs that help you stay well.


    image006Do you have your own copy of The Herbal Kitchen? The Herbal Kitchen makes a great gift! Use herbs to make all of your food healthier!

    You can buy it here: The Herbal Kitchen





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