Green tea is an excellent source of caffeine that provides you with antioxidants that can help fight against risks of heart disease, cancer and blood clots. It's also one of those beverages that can instantly improve your mood.
Strictly drinking green tea can be a little boring and monotonous, however, so here are five ways you can use it when you're fixing up dinner or baking a healthy treat to enjoy in the afternoon.
5. Steamed Fish with Green Tea Leaves
Adding green tea leaves takes an ordinary steamed fish dish to new heights. Jasmine green tea leaves with ginger and scallions instead of water and wood chips add a wonderful lightness to the fish. Finish it with other Asian ingredients, like soy sauce, red chile, and more ginger and onions. The green tea leaves will definitely improve the taste of a simple steamed fish meal.
4. Poached Chicken with Green Tea Leaves
Why would you just poach chicken in water when you can add green tea leaves to create a green tea broth? Steep green tea like you would if you were preparing it to drink, then add ingredients that complement the green tea, like lemongrass, onions, Thai chile and garlic, and finish by adding the chicken. Let the chicken poach in the green tea and you'll have a tender and flavorful meal.
3. Green Tea Cookies
Rather than using green tea leaves to make cookies, use matcha green tea powder, which is powdered green tea. Shortbread cookies are best when you're baking with matcha powder. Mix flour with matcha powder and salt, then add the combination to a creamed butter and sugar mixture. Let the dough chill before cutting the cookies into any desired shapes. The cookies will be green because of the matcha powder, but you will definitely enjoy one of these green tea cookies with a cup of tea for a sweet afternoon snack.
2. Green Tea Meat Rub
Summer is almost here, which means it's time to open up the grill if you haven't already. For a fun and different rub on meat, try using matcha powder. Add other ingredients, like olive oil, salt, lemon peel and cracked black pepper. Once you fully coat the steaks, ribs or other meat you prefer, grill just as you normally would for an Asian-flavored dish.
Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese dish made by pouring green tea over cooked white rice and topping it with other ingredients, like mushrooms, bamboo shoots, onions and pickled vegetables. This is a simple way to enhance the flavor of ordinary white rice. You can also add salmon, tofu or chicken if you want protein in the dish. Every time you make ochazuke, you can add different ingredients on top of the rice to spice things up.