Need a lil' spice in your life to some of your old and blah meals?
In a world of bland recipes that lack bold and flavorful ingredients, let's add some spice and heat to your favorite dishes with some HOT HONEY!
That's right; we're talking hints of delicious spice with that healthy sweetness from honey to spruce up your uninteresting dishes that will not only taste super delicious but will also nourish your body with this clean eating goodness! So let's get right into it- HOT HONEY EXPRESS!
WHAT IS SPICY HONEY?
As always, I like to cover the basics. Hot honey is an infusion of honey with a spicy element like chili peppers. Spicy honey can be used as a base in dishes, as a condiment or sauce, or simply as a drizzle to finish off any dish, to add a little pizazz and heat.
Honey has so many wonderful healing properties for your body, so when you add honey to your diet, it is actually loaded with medicinal benefits like:
natural seasonal allergy relief
rich in minerals
soothes sore throats and respiratory tract
Spicy foods, like chili peppers, are also wonderful aids in healing the body naturally (which is what Hypegirl Healing is ALL about!), and some of the powerful effects of spicy foods on the body may include:
helping aid in a healthy metabolism
promoting a healthy and functioning circulatory system
balancing your gut flora and supporting healthy digestion
effective pain reliever
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor and I am speaking purely on my own personal experience, research, and journey towards healing naturally with all-natural wellness practices. If you have any questions about what might work best for you, please make sure you consult with a doctor before trying alternative remedies and therapies mentioned here or in any of my other blogs.
HOT HONEY RECIPE
Now that we've covered the basics and why you may want to introduce spicy honey into your clean eating foods, let's dig into this super simple recipe! Keep in mind that this recipe is a baseline recommendation, as everyone's spice tolerance varies. If you are sensitive to spicy foods, you may want to add fewer chili peppers to your recipe, and if you love spicy anything, add more to your sauce. Let's begin:
1 cup local honey
2-3 chili de Arbol, sliced in half and seeded
pinch red pepper chili flakes
In a medium-sized saucepan, add your honey and bring to a simmer over medium to medium-low heat.
Add in chili pepper halves and let simmer in the honey for about 5 minutes.
Turn off heat; add honey into a glass jar and let it cool uncovered for 2-3 hours.
Tightly secure lid and enjoy!
NOTE: Arbol chilis are Mexican chilis that are fairly spicy (about a 7 on a scale of 1-10). If you are trying out spicy food for the first time, try a milder chili like jalapeno or reduce it down to 1 Arbol chili pepper. Also, you can omit the chili flakes to keep them on the milder side. Here's an awesome guide from Chili Pepper Madness to find the right chili pepper for your spice level.
VARIATIONS: if you are a chili pepper connoisseur, use the above recipe and sub out the Arbol chili with another spicy chili pepper like habanero, or add in more red pepper flakes and increase the number of chili peppers in your spicy honey.
WHAT IS GOOD WITH HOT HONEY?
I know, some of you might be thinking "chili peppers and honey?"
Trust me; it's such a treat for your taste buds, giving them a one-way ticket straight to heaven with the spicy and sweet flavors that hit your taste buds all at once!
Adding hot honey into your clean eating dishes will ONLY make them taste even better, so here's a few items that I am obsessed pairing my hot honey with:
roasted brussel sprouts
grilled lemon chicken
roasted green beans
baked sweet potatoes
freshly diced pineapples with a squeeze of lime juice
Don't forget about the drinks! Pair all these delicious dishes with refreshing mocktails, sure to cool the heat from the chilis in the most irresistible way! I like to keep things classy and sassy here at Hypegirl Healing, so trust you'll always get a side of health and healing with a solid serving of DELICIOUS!
DOES HOT HONEY NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED? (HOW TO STORE)
Once you've let your hot honey completely cool, I find it best to store at room temperature, since honey will solidify in the refrigerator. For a longer shelf life, storing in your refrigerator is the way to go. If you choose to store your spicy honey sauce in your fridge, you'll need to pull it out one hour before use.
Keeping with the holistic healing theme here at Hypegirl Healing, the foods you eat will help keep you healthy. Adding hot honey into your diet will not only boost the flavors of so many dishes you make at home but will also help heal and nourish the body, and it's a win-win solution that I hope you'll try!
I'd love to see how your spicy honey recipes come out, as well as all the recipes you start using your hot honey with, so share with me all that hot honey goodness and come on back here to learn more useful ways to begin healing naturally with Hypegirl Healing!
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