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So you’ve been thinking of ways to incorporate chaga into your cooking?
Sounds like a great idea and it’s not so surprising, as the benefits of chaga can only be described as amazing. Its properties and their ability to assist with a variety of medicinal purposes are now well known.
So where do you start? Firstly, get your hands on some and have a look at a few of the below.
The internet is great as a source for recipes. If you haven’t given it a go, it is highly recommended.
Looking for a meal and drink ideas for alternative food is no exception, in fact, due to supplements like chaga, incorporation into meals is not a common thing so the web is great for forums, ideas, and opinion on what works and what doesn’t.
Have a look at some of these to inspire further research and investigation.
Try these out for fun, and you will reach your goal of incorporating this kind of herbs into everyday food.
This can be a delicious way to introduce chaga into sweet dishes and desserts.
Take the following:
- Chaga Powder
- Cocoa powder
- Coconut oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Pinch or two of salt
Combine all in a bowl. Approximately the same amounts of chaga powder and cocoa powder can be used. Mix until you think it’s the right consistency then cut with a cookie cutter. Make all kinds of shapes and decorate with whatever you like.
Put in the refrigerator and they will set.
Iced Tea Chaga Style
Make up some chaga tea just as you would normally if you were having it hot. Make a little more so you can have a nice cold jug full of iced tea.
Leave it to go completely cold and then put in the fridge.
Once cold, combine in a jug with a few drops of vanilla and top with either sparkling water or ice cold coconut water.
Use whatever you like. Mix thoroughly. Complete with slices of lemon and ice cubes.
A refreshing drink at any time of year.
Smooth Chaga Smoothie
In a blender, combine:
- chaga powder,
- half a frozen banana,
- a few frozen berries of your choice
- two cups of your favorite milk. Try almond milk, rice milk or just plain regular milk.
- Add maple syrup or honey for a sweet kick.
Blend unto smooth. Pour into a long glass, garnish with a cut strawberry and enjoy with a friend.
Chaga Chai Latte
Put down that hot chocolate and try this instead.
In a small pan, bring to a boil 1 cup of chaga tea and add the following.
Don’t worry too much about measurements. Everyone’s tastes vary, so it’s all about trying and seeing.
- Small piece of peeled ginger
- One Clove
- One Cardamom pod (adds something inexplicable)
- A few whole black peppercorns
- A clove is optional, but don’t add too many. They overpower everything if given
Add a half a cup of milk to the pan and let infuse.
Drain and pour into your favorite mug. Add honey to sweeten if you wish.
Somewhere in the world it is a cocktail hour so far be it for us to offend the grand tradition of mixing drinks to our heart’s content with a view to relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
To begin, try infusing chaga into vodka. Make sure it is a very good quality vodka as that can make all the difference.
Infuse for a few weeks and you will have a mildly flavored spirit ready to make into chaga martinis and other mixed drinks.
Keep in mind alcohol can be omitted from any drink. Try making some ‘mocktails’. They are usually cream based and delicious, for an alternative beverage.
Let’s face it, we cook out a lot of nutrients in food, so why not add some back when we can.
Adding supplements to your regular health regime can be of benefit due to added nutrients that may not always be available through many foods we consume.
With the use of your imagination, you can unite chaga with your other ingredients, both sweet and savory, with some very exciting results.
Experimentation is what it’s all about.
Cooking is a great leveler. It brings people together, creates a sense of community and in particular, is attributed to making us feel pretty good.
Have some fun with it, knowing you are doing something great for your mind and your body.