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

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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