Ginger has a long history of medicinal purposes, so make sure it’s your go-to ingredient when you’re in the thick of a nasty cold or flu bug. From comforting soups and hearty stir fries to refreshing lemonades and ginger-laced cookies, we’ve got a variety of recipes that will have you on the road to recovery in no time.
15-Minute Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry
Although you’re probably not in the mood to crawl out of bed to whip up a meal, this speedy dish is ready in minutes and contains many beneficial ingredients to help you combat that nasty cold and flu. Toss baked tofu in a homemade Asian marinade, along with chopped veggies and a generous chunk of fresh ginger. Find more inspiration with these dinner recipes ready in 15 minutes or less.
Asian Noodle Salad with Sweet Ginger Dressing
If you’ve got a hankering for a healthy meal-sized salad, this superfood version of traditional chow mein will knock your socks off. It’s loaded with plenty of crunch, thanks to the bright veggies, and comfort, with the generous helping of noodles. But it’s the sweet and zesty ginger dressing that truly brings it all together.
Sweet Heat Chicken Thighs
An all-in-one meal made in a Dutch oven? Sign us up! This scrumptious dish will last you for days, which is ideal when you’re lying on your couch binging Netflix while you heal. The kale, butternut squash and ginger will work wonders on your seasonal cold and flu.
Slow Cooker Red Thai Curry Soup
Thai curry is all about the layering of flavours, so letting it simmer in your slow cooker will create a rich, complex dish that you’ll savour as you battle a cold – especially considering its generous portion of ginger and garlic. If you’re taking a sick day or working from home, let this cook on low for four hours. You can thank us later. Find more slow cooker curry recipes.
Vegetarian Cauliflower Fried Rice
This deeply satisfying cauliflower fried rice dish requires plenty of peeled and minced ginger that will add a healing touch to your sick-day lunch.
Ginger Steak Salad
This hearty salad will cheer you up with its flavour-packed marinade and positively scrumptious ginger- and soy-based dressing. You just might find yourself on the fast-track to recovery after you’ve gobbled it all up. If this is still too much, opt for one of these healthy 10-minute meals instead.
Carrot, Red Lentil and Ginger Soup
Heavy on the garlic and ginger, this hearty meal-sized vegetarian soup will help you combat that nasty cold and flu. Make a large portion so you can save some for the next day’s lunch.
Thai-Glazed Chicken Lettuce Wraps
“Wrap” up the last of that flu bug with this easy-to-make lettuce wrap packed with chicken breast, minced ginger, bell peppers and shredded cabbage. Don’t forget the homemade ginger-garlic glaze – it’ll ward off illness and vampires.
15-Minute Asian Rice Salad
This comforting salad will provide some of the nutrients and proteins you need for a full recovery. Sliced mushrooms, shelled edamame, shredded carrots, baby arugula and a generous chunk of ginger will all help you get back to your best self.
Ginger-Soy Chicken Wings
We don’t know about you, but when we’re in the midst of our road to recovery, our hunger can suddenly catch up to us and take us unawares. These oven-baked chicken wings simmered in a ginger-soy marinade will fill you back up in no time. Make a large batch and keep the leftover chicken for the following day.
Pork Chops with Ginger Sauce
If you’re officially on the mend and feeling a little restless, get moving around by prepping this simple pork chop dinner that you’ll have on the table within 20 minutes. Ensure you’re feeling healthy again by adding plenty of that homemade ginger sauce.
New Year Green Smoothie
Despite its name, you can enjoy this healthy concoction any time of year. The sweetness of the apple juice offsets the grainy texture of the kale, while the frozen blueberries and ginger add a nice kick with every sip.
Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger Syrup
We’ll bet this bright and refreshing medley of citrus, berries and fruit topped with an easy-to-make ginger syrup will become a breakfast or snack staple in your household.
Bourbon, Peach and Ginger Jam
We’re 100 per cent here for this southern-inspired gem loaded with the complementary flavours of peaches, lemon, ginger and bourbon. Toast has never tasted so good.