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Kanchan Koya PhD  Celebrating food, SPICES, health #Momlife 🎈 Creator @buzzfeedtasty 🌟 Molecular Biology PhD > Founder @SpiceSpiceBaby #getsmartaboutspices Cook📙💥👇🏽

It’s always so fun and such an honor to talk and teach about spices, health, baby and kids food, easy and delicious recipes and more but especially so when the hostess is the fabulous, talented, and inspiring @ali_rosen who has written an amazing cookbook herself. Her post and our chat is in my bio if you wanna watch. And love that she chose to showcase 3 no-cook recipes from the Spice Spice Baby cookbook because spiced, healthy, and delicious grub can be #momlife approved aka quick and easy 🙌🏽🎈#spices #health #kids #family #cookbook #womensupportingwomen #mompreneur | #spicespicebaby

Whenever people ask me what my favorite spice is, I respond by saying it’s like asking a mama to pick a favorite child. Impossible! I love them all! But actually, I may have found a favorite (shhh don’t tell the other kids 😆) and that, ladies and gentleman, is Urfa Biber.

Urfa Biber (also called Urfa pepper) comes from Turkey and belongs to the Capsicum anuum pepper family. It has a gorgeous burgundy hue and a mesmerizing smoky, salty, tangy, sweet, and slightly hot flavor that builds rather than hits you in the face. It’s complexity is unparalleled in my humble opinion and after purchasing a jar at the amazing spice shop @la_boite in NYC, I just cannot get enough.

Moreover, if flavor isn’t reason enough, all chile peppers contain capsaicin, a compound with tremendous health boosting properties, like 1) inflammation-fighting, 2) anti-obesity, 3) anti-cancer, and 4) digestion boosting effects. Yes the more spicy the pepper the greater the capsaicin content but milder peppers like paprika also contain compounds in the capsaicin family with these benefits.

Urfa roasted eggplant with olive oil and salt might be the simplest and tastiest thing I’ve cooked in a while. Stay tuned for more Urfa pepper experiments. And get your hands on some if you can 🙌🏽💥

#urfa #spices #favorite #thenewhealthy | #spicespicebaby

Sometimes, when you follow your heart, and deviate from the ‘plan’, the naysayers, doubters, and skeptics will have a lot of opinions. And boy do they have the power to hold you back, if you allow it! But don’t allow it. Trust your passion and your heart, respectfully ignore the doubters, and you may just find yourself living your dream. I spent the day @buzzfeedtasty today shooting spicealicious, healthy, and tasty (obv 😉) videos for many to watch (hopefully!) and resisting the urge to pinch myself. I am here. I am following my heart. You can too ❤️💥#buzzfeast #tastytalent #dream #do #mompreneur #foodislife #followyourheart | #spicespicebaby

This Easy Chicken Curry from page 124 of the Spice Spice Baby cookbook was a dish I grew up eating at my grandma’s house and to now watch my kid and his friends devour it over lunch is literally everything ❤️🙏🏽💥🙌🏽💯#spices #food #culture #heritage #spicespicebaby

A common question I get asked is what spices to offer babies and toddlers and my answer is whatever spices you like to eat yourself! Ok maybe hot spices like cayenne can wait (though some cultures offer those pretty early on too) but all aromatic and flavorful spices are fair game🙌🏽. This sweet paprika dusted wild salmon may not look terribly kid-approved but both my 20 month and nearly 6 year olds inhaled it in seconds as did the rest of us.

Here are 3 spice recommendations for babies and toddlers though honestly this is just the tip of the iceberg so don’t afraid to spice it up with even more of nature’s magic:
💚Cardamom: Sweet, floral, peppery, luxurious. Perfect with poached and puréed pears, bananas, peaches, rice porridge, oatmeal, pancakes and muffins. It’s healing powers include fighting nausea, cancer, bad bacteria, boosting digestion, and protecting heart health.
💚Turmeric: Earthy, lightly peppery, and mostly unnoticeable except for its vibrant hue, turmeric is truly gold when it comes to spices. A potent anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, brain health boosting, gut healing, mental health stabilizing spice, it works well in so many dishes. My kid-approved favorites are rice, lentils, scrambled eggs, savory or sweet oatmeal, popcorn, fried fish, roasted cauliflower and coconut popsicles!
💚Sumac: Bright, tangy, sour, literally my toddlers’s fav on sunny side up eggs, this gorgeous spice is so dang good for you with it’s potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers, diabetes, cancer and bacterial fighting powers. We love it with eggs, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cauli, hummus, chicken, salmon, and really on and on.

Other spices we use on the regular for the littles would be Ceylon cinnamon, paprika (sweet and smoked), cumin, coriander, nutmeg, clove, black pepper, saffron and fennel. What about you and your little ones? What’s your most used spice? —
#spices #babies #kids #eattheworld #makemewhole #thenewhealthy | #spicespicebaby

Is it really fall in NYC?!! 😳🍂🍁I may not be ready but my taste buds surely are, especially when it comes to this Pumpkin Apple Bread from the First Bites cookbook by the lovely and talented @mydiaryofus 💥❤️Seriously everything Leigh Ann makes is #goals and we love our copy of her cookbook for quick and healthy pancakes, zucchini whole grain muffins, buckeye energy balls, Asian chicken salad, this delicious bread that gets inhaled in my sons lunchbox every single time and so much more. Up your #backtoschool and #family table game, follow @mydiaryofus and grab a copy of her awesomely delicious cookbook guys - you will love her recipes! 🙌🏽😍#cookbook #healthykids #yummy #firstbites #gogetit

💥🎉🎉You guyssss I’m so excited to have teamed up with the lovely @dr.organicmommy (PhD in pediatric neuropsychology (#NBD 😉) and full of the most invaluable advice on raising children, healthy food, parenting, non-toxic living etc etc. she’s plain awesome and we are giving away my Spice Spice Baby cookbook and a @planetbox whoooooooop 🎉🎈
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4. Comment with your favorite school lunches! 🎈🎉 Open to U.S. residents only. Entries accepted until Monday at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be contacted through direct message. This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. #backtoschool #giveaway #lunchbox #cookbook #ohyeah | spicespicebaby

They say your vibe attracts your tribe so I am very thankful for my vibe because my tribe here on the gram has been nothing short of 💯 As we head back to school then , here are 4 #badass #women who have not only mastered the art and science of the lunchbox but also inspire me daily with their wisdom and general awesomeness. Grateful for them and grateful for all of you ❤️From left to right I would like to introduce you to 💥💥💥💥@thefamilyfoodproject @mydiaryofus @lalalunchbox @mamamakesfood if you don’t follow them already, well you know what to do 😍💕#follow #womensupportingwomen #inspiration #moms #tribe | #spicespicebaby

💕Tuesday Introductions💕Is that a thing? 😂Either way I thought I’d say hello to my new followers and share some of who I am and why I’m here 🤗

🙋🏽‍♀️My name is Kanchan. In India, that means gold ☺️
🙋🏽‍♀️I grew up in India where golden (turmeric) milk was shoved down my throat when I was sick. I didn’t love it but my grandma didn’t give me a choice LOL.
🙋🏽‍♀️I have always been a foodie. I would pretend I had my own cooking show in our kitchen while everyone was on their afternoon siesta. I vividly remember being 8 years old and teaching folks how to chop cabbage in one ‘episode’ 😆
🙋🏽‍♀️I’ve also always been fascinated by molecular biology. The fact that a string of chemicals make up our DNA which contributes so hugely to who we are is mind blowing to me.
🙋🏽‍♀️I did a PhD in molecular cancer biology at Harvard medical school and it was the hardest thing I had ever done until I became a mum (which feels harder) #truth 🙋🏽‍♀️I believe food is our most powerful medicine and also our greatest joy. To combine the two as part of my job is a serious dream come true.
🙋🏽‍♀️I love spices and want you to too! Watching kids eat a spiced curry or turmeric popcorn or cinnamon oats makes want to 💃🏽💃🏽🥂🥂
🙋🏽‍♀️Speaking of 🥂red wine is my fav beverage after water and it’s frankly never too early for wine o’clock in my books.
🙋🏽‍♀️I was a chubby kid and made fun of and hated it. Unwanted weight gain is a seriously debilitating problem of our time and I feel like it’s my mission to help people feel lighter in body and mind using my scientist and foodie skillz.
🙋🏽‍♀️Chaat (an Indian street food) is my all time fav.
🙋🏽‍♀️I feel more at home in Brooklyn NY than I have anywhere else.
🙋🏽‍♀️I’m terrified of snakes and hope I never ever encounter one.
🙋🏽‍♀️I pretty much love every single food except cooked carrots which make me want to 🤢 #hello #introduction #mom #foodie #scientist #thisisme | #spicespicebaby

Sweet corn with manchego cheese, jalapeño, a splash of lime, blistered cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and white pepper from the Spice Spice Baby cookbook was featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette @pittsburghpg this week so I definitely wanted to whip it up today (link to the article in my bio 💥🙌🏽) #grateful #labordayweekend #bbq #eatyourveggies | #spicespicebaby

Fresh strawberries and finely chopped lemon verbena topped with good ice-cream. Labor Day dessert sorted 🙌🏽

A recent study showed that the equivalent of 3/4 cup of 🍓 per day in animal models reduced gut inflammation and improved the composition of the microbiome. Human trials to come soon.

But I mean I’m not waiting for the trial data because strawberries are 💯 whether beneficial or not. Love that about #foodismedicine always #delicious

Speaking of strawberries, can you believe it’s officially the end of summer? What will you miss most? Tomatoes and rose o’clock for me 🙋🏽‍♀️🥂

#strawberry #summer #laborday #dessert #thenewhealthy | #spicespicebaby

When @amnewyork features a recipe from your first ever cookbook and your hubby manages to snag the last copy on the subway #celebrate #author #mompreneur #nyc | #spicespicebaby Click the link in my bio for the full article 💥💕

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