There are lots of tasty things coming up in today’s post, so let’s get straight to it.
1. Recipe of the Week. Back in the days when I was learning to cook healthier meals, my go-to dinner was a stir fry of some sort – typically chicken or fish with whatever vegetables my family had in the fridge. Given the choice, I would have had the same dinner every night of the week, and now that I only have to cook for myself, sometimes I do!
While I always enjoy a good stir fry with chicken, cod or tempeh, none of those will ever beat salmon. Specifically, some nice ginger-infused salmon that flakes perfectly with a little prod of the fork and melts in your mouth. (Can you tell I’m quite passionate about this?) But just like any good movie, the star always has a supporting cast. Say hello to them all:
Shiitake mushrooms are a rare find in my fridge but when I feel like a treat, I’ll spend that extra $1.50 for a little box which almost always gets used up in a single meal. Shiitakes are a surprisingly good source of plant-based (non-heme) iron, and they’re known for their immune system boosting superpowers too.
Then we’ve got broccoli, the commonly detested food amongst children but one I’ve always loved. (Random tangent of the day: As a kid, my mum and dad would serve my sister and I broccoli with this melty cheese sauce all over it. I think I usually had about twice as much cheese sauce as broccoli but at least I was getting my greens!)
All these great things come together in a delicious Shiitake Mushroom and Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger Poached Salmon, a meal that sounds kinda complicated but doesn’t take much skill at all to make. And if you think poaching is a flavourless way to cook, just you wait and try this…. the ginger-miso broth infuses so much flavour without a ton of extra sodium, and it pairs really nicely with the stir fried veggies.
2. Healing teas from Traditional Medicinals. If you’re a long-time reader or if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably know that I’m a big tea fan. I’ve been known to spend small fortunes at David’s Tea and many of their blends have made their way onto the blog for reviews. (Having said that, it’s actually been quite a while since I’ve been and I need to rectify that situation ASAP.) Anyways, not long ago I was contacted by a representative for Traditional Medicinals, a company that specializes in herbal teas, who asked if I’d be up for trying some out. I’m never one to turn down tea, so of course, I agreed.
It only takes one look at Traditional Medicinals’ website to see that they know their tea! There’s everything from digestive and detox teas to relaxing teas and teas for kids. The samples I received included the following:
Each one has at least one key ingredient that helps with a particular ailment or health issue. Here’s a quick summary of the 4 I’ve currently got*:
- Organic Ginger Aid: Relieves indigestion, nausea and motion sickness, gets digestive juices flowing.
- Organic Roasted Dandelion Root: Gets the juices flowing, stimulates the liver and aids in digestion. This tea helps the body break down fats during digestion and carry away waste.
- Organic Throat Coat: This tea’s throat-soothing properties come from slippery elm (which I first encountered while trying to solve my digestive issues – apparently it’s quite versatile!), as well as licorice and marshmallow root.
- Organic Nighty Night Valerian: Helps with relaxation and higher quality sleep. This blend contains valerian (a relaxing herb used by the ancient Greeks for occasional sleeplessness) passionflower (believed to calm and soothe the nervous system), and lemon balm.
So far, I’ve tried all but the Throat Coat tea because I figure I should save it for the next time I’ve got cold. As for the others, I’m impressed! The Organic Ginger Aid is my favourite, and that’s probably because I have a growing love for ginger in all forms (especially these.) As for the Roasted Dandelion Root, it might not sound very appetizing, but I actually really like it! This brew has a bit of a green-ness to it, but the taste was one that I quickly acquired.
I drank the Nighty Night tea after dinner last night and found it average in comparison to the other two, but I feel pretty well-rested this morning so perhaps it helped? None of them seem to have flavours as strong as some of the loose leaf teas in my stash, but I still really like them and they’re perfect for situations where you don’t have a steeper.
Oh and one last small detail I love is the words on the end of each tea bag. It’s the little things, right?
So tell me…
- What was the last new-to-you, wellness-related product you tried? It could be anything – a fruit, vegetable, snack, fitness class, gym gear – anything!
- Do you have an all-time favourite tea?