10 Amazing Vegan Ginger-Based Recipes!

03/11/2013 02:49 pm ET | Updated May 11, 2013

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Ginger is the root of the plant Zingiber officinale, which is native to South Asia but is now also cultivated in East Africa and the Caribbean.

The root has long been used in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine; for drinks in Jamaica, Greece, and the Caribbean; and in traditional Burmese medicine.

The Burmese just might be onto something! Recent research has found that compounds found in ginger root may improve digestion, protect against free radicals, reduce inflammation in the colon, and ease post-exercise muscle pain.

In Western cooking and baking, ginger is perhaps best known for its role in treats like gingersnaps and gingerbread. But this anti-inflammatory spice is as versatile as it is healthy.

Although it tastes amazing in cookies, cakes and breads, ginger also makes an excellent addition to juices, smoothies, stir fries, dressings, and marinades. We've put together 10 of our favorite ginger recipes, ranging from salads and smoothies to cookies and pies. Ready to try one?

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Recipe: Raw Gingersnap Cookies

Recipe: Curried Carrot Ginger and Orange Soup

Gingery Maple Glazed Tempeh

Recipe: Asian Slaw Salad with Miso Ginger Dressing

Recipe: Pan Fried Tofu tossed with Ginger Spinach and Mushrooms

Recipe: Coconut Ginger Smoothie

Green Ginger Super Smoothie

Recipe: Chamomile Ginger Lemon Raw Energy Bars

Recipe: Spicy Gingerbread Cake

Classic Vegan Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Molasses Lemon Cream and Fresh Pears

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