7 Health Benefits of Cardamom and Recipes

Cardamom, a member of the ginger family, is most often used to flavor food in Indian cuisine and one of the key ingredients in Chai Tea. Scientific analysis of cardamom has revealed that cardamom is an excellent dietary source of limonene, a chemical usually found in the skin of citrus fruits. More studies have showed that consumption of limonene boosted antioxidant activity and increased consumption of cardamon can offer many health benefits. Here are 7 health benefits of cardamom and reasons why to add more cardamon to your diet:

1. Cancer protection-Cardamom has phytonutrients and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging.

2. Lowering Blood pressure-As a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure.

3. Aid in digestion-Cardamon seeds reduce mucus buildup caused by heavier foods—especially rich desserts—and contain natural carminatives, which reduce gas. Cardamom is also alkaline, making it a natural antidote to acid.

4. Detoxification-Cardamom is a diuretic and will help the kidneys get rid of body toxins and excess fluids.

5. Anti-inflammatory–Like ginger and turmeric, its relatives, cardamom has some anti-inflammatory properties that limit pain and swelling.

6. Cold and Flu–This spice is said to help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms.

7. Blood Clots–Cardamom is said to help prevent blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation.

Here are 5 great looking recipes you must try!

Orange Cardamom Rice Crispies from Spa Bettie

Baked Alaska with Cardamom and Vanilla from Ideas Magazine

Cardamom Oat Blondies from Evil Shenanigans

Ginger and Cardamom Cookies from SP Cookie Queen

Cardamom Wedding Cookies from Today’s Nest

St. Patricks’s Day Dip and 9 other St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

One more week until St. Patricks’ Day so here’s a super easy St. Patrick’s Day Dip made with Greek yogurt plus nine other St. Patrick’s Day recipes favorites. How are you celebrating? I’ll be in Phoenix!

Clover Cookies via Martha Stewart

Irish Coffee Ice Cream via the Bojon Gourmet

Irish Soda Bread via Simply Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies via Sweet Sugarbelle

Irish Brownie Bombs via Bakers Royale

Kiwi Orange Creamsicles via Desserts for Breakfast

Green Smoothie via Ingredients, Inc.

Bok Choy Salad via My Recipes

Irish Stew via Taste of Home

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Who is invited to a Christmas Cookie Swap or is in the baking mood? My daughter, Leigh and I made this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, and we have been craving them ever since. These are the classic Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies, and they make a great holiday food gift or cookies to leave out for Santa. Feel free to use dark chocolate chips and add nuts if you wish.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe with a Twist


This past weekend I had the craving to make homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. I asked my friend, Nancy, “What is your latest favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe? She told me that she takes any favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and she adds cinnamon to it. My daughter, Leigh and I headed to the kitchen and made five dozen of these Chocolate Chip Cookies. We were invited to a football party that day so we brought a few dozen. Our friends later texted me that zero were left. I used the famous Nestle Tollhouse recipe and added one teaspoon cinnamon and that was it. How easy is that? They were moist, soft and even better the next day. Try this Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with a a little twist!

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

A friend recently passed me this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cookies, and she told me to try them. I am always willing to try any new flourless or gluten free recipe, especially when it comes to dessert.  She was absolutely correct when she said they were simple as can be. If you’re on a gluten-free diet or trying to watch your flour intake, these are perfect for you. Feel free to double the recipe because they go really fast. Just be sure to store them in a cool, dry place. These cookies would also be wonderful served on Passover so stash this one away for next spring.

10 Best S’mores Recipes

My two boys just came back from being at camp for two weeks, and the first question I asked was, “Did you have s’mores”?  S’mores have been a summer favorite since I was a young child, and my most recent  S’mores Ice Cream Pie recipe was a hit with my kids and neighbors. I looked up the history of s’mores because we all have our childhood memory of enjoying them. Apparenly the history is somewhat unknown, but the first recipe was found in a publication of the Girl Scouts in 1927 by Loretta Scott Crew who made them at a campfire for the scouts. It is unknown when the name was shortened, but recipes for “Some Mores” are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1973. I am amazed at all of the incredible ways to make S’mores. Take a look at 10 best S’mores recipes from some of my favorite websites:

S’mores Cupcakes via Brown Eyed Baker

S’mores Rice Krispie Treats via Glorious Treats

Frozen S’mores via Woman’s Day

 

S’mores Bars via Endless Simmer

Campfire S’mores Style Cake via Sweetapolita 

S’mores in a Jar by Paula Deen

S ‘Mores on a Stick via Kraft

S’mores Milkshakes via Ingredients Inc.

Giant S’mores Cookies via My Baking Addiction

Father’s Day Inspiration: Ideas and Recipes

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so I thought I would share some very unique and fun Father’s Day recipes and ideas from some of my favorite sites including this recipe from my site: Grilled Steak with Mushrooms via Ingredients, Inc. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and an even better week ahead!

Greek Yogurt Pancakes via How Sweet It is

50/50 Burger via Spoon Fork Bacon

Sweet Potato Fries via The Art of Doing Stuff

 Corona Beer Popsicles via Bakers Royale

Golf Cupcakes via Martha Stewart

Father’s Day Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Campfire Bars via Sweetened with Honey

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Snowmen Cookies by Callye of Sweet Sugarbelle

When I first saw Callye’s incredible blog, The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle, I was in awe. My daughter, Leigh, and I couldnt decide which cookie to make first. Every time she posts, it’s the first thing I post on Pinterest. I look forward to her incredible inspirations weekly, and I truly believe she is one of the sweetest, most humble and most talented cookie decorators out there. I’m so honored to know her, and I’m so excited that she was willing to show a new creation for Snowmen Cookies to my readers at Ingredients, Inc. She will be on the Martha Stewart show on December 12th on the Hallmark Channel so check her out. Take it away Callye, and thank you so much!

Hi, I’m Callye, and I love to decorate cookies. I am here today to show you how to make snowmen Cookies with an easy to find Christmas ornament cutter. These cookies are simple enough for even a beginner.

To make these cookies you will need:

If you need help with coloring and preparing icing, click HERE.

If you need help with outlining and flooding cookies, click HERE.

Begin by outlining and filling the snowman’s face.

Then, quickly use tweezers to make a face with candy pearls.  Work one cookie at a time so that the  beads will stick in the wet icing.  Let the faces dry for about thirty minutes.  Next outline and fill the blue portion of the hat.

At this point, let the cookie dry for four to five hours.  When the base is dry, use a #13 tip to add accents to the hat and orange twenty-second icing for a nose.

Let the cookies dry completely, preferably overnight.

Show up to your next Christmas party with a plate of these.  You will be amazed at the reaction you get.  It’s one of the most rewarding feelings.

This is the perfect time of year to try a little cookie decorating. If you’d like to know more, please come visit my blog, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, where I write about my cookie decorating fun. See you soon!


Chocolate-Coconut and Toffee Bars

Need a great dessert or sweet snack to feed a crowd? A friend of mine passed me a version of a recipe which I tweaked to create these Chocolate-Coconut Toffee Bars. These remind me of  a cross between S’mores and Hello Dolly bars, but these are a little less fattening.  I used low-fat graham crackers as the base with a toffee layer topped with coconut, pecans and dark chocolate. They are so easy to make, and the kids loved them (especially for a study break snack).