As the days grow colder, out comes the slow cooker for those hearty stews and soups — and we’ve got five zingy spices to make them sing
Falling leaves blanket parks and pathways in orange hues … and autumn is here! The change of season also heralds refreshing variations to your summer cooking routine. As the days grow shorter, out comes the slow cooker ready for hearty stews and wholesome soups. Autumn spices return to centre stage with these soul-warming meals, bringing punchy, health-filled flavours packed with nutritional benefits.
Spices don’t just provide exceptional antioxidant content — they’re also a delicious way to add flavour without sugar, fat and salt. So, why not bring a little zing to your autumnal meals with these spicy, dietitian-approved tips: • Cinnamon Sprinkle over porridge, fold through your baking, or stir into warm milk for a soothing drink. • Black pepper Crack this spicy flavour booster over slow-cooked meat or warm soups and stews. • Cloves Add to a curry or stew, or pair with cinnamon in a hot tea. • Ginger Grate into a marinade for beef or fish, or use to flavour soup. • Allspice Dust over vegetables for roasting, or use as part of a warm, reduced-fat milky drink.