Welcome to my food with turmeric blog. Here you’ll find a collection of some of my favorite and most popular recipes, as well as simple ways to incorporate this superfood into your daily routine. To start, here’s my recipe for cooking up a quick and healthy dinner!
Food With Turmeric Recipe
Some foods are like decathletes, you can use them in countless ways. Cauliflower is one of these foods — showing up in everything smoothies and pizza crust. But some foods, regardless of their nutritional value, are trickier to find uses for. Enter turmeric.
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and mood booster. Turmeric can have positive effects on your weight, your cancer risk and risk of brain diseases. But we’ll miss out on these benefits if we don’t know what to do with this pretty orangey spice or if we only use it in a recipe here and there. Below find some ways to incorporate it into your diet on a regular basis. Oh and turmeric’s benefits are magnified if combined with black pepper. That’s why you’ll see pepper mentioned in many of these suggestions. Just don’t overdo it with the last one…
1. Golden milk
Golden milk (known more recently as a turmeric latte) is turmeric and other spices heated with warm milk, generally a dairy free milk. Although a stovetop is the traditional way to make this tasty drink, you can cheat and add water from a tea kettle to your spices and finish with a little coconut milk.
2. Turmeric Smoothies
Don’t confuse turmeric with curry powder. Turmeric is one of the spices in curry mixtures. On its own it’s not that strong. Try a quarter teaspoon in smoothies. Here’s one of my favorite recipes.
Sunshine Smoothie Serves 1
- 1 cup sliced, raw carrots
- ½ cup unsweetened, carrageenan-free coconut milk
- ½ large or 1 small (tennis ball-sized) orange, peeled and separated into segments
- 1 tsp coconut or MCT oil
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ½ cup ice
- 1 packet or scoop of collagen, hemp or pea protein
- Optional 5 drops liquid stevia
- Add all ingredients, coconut milk first, to a powerful blender and blend. If needed, add additional coconut milk to thin it out.
- Pour into a glass, feel instantly boosted by the sunshine-y color.
If you’re an egg eater, turmeric is super easy to add to scrambled eggs or egg muffins.
4. Salad dressing
Please, please tell me you’re DIY for salad dressing. Most bottled dressings are sugar bombs. Plus, homemade is easy and so much tastier. I shake it up in a mason jar. Try olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, turmeric and optional Dijon mustard or lemon juice. Add an optional splash maple syrup or few drops liquid stevia to sweeten it up.
Add a little turmeric to your hummus recipe, or add it to store-bought hummus.
6. Tuna Salad
I like making tuna and chicken salad with avocado mayo. A little turmeric (and also a little chopped red onion) adds that little something extra.
Ways to Eat & Drink Turmeric
1. Add it to scrambles and frittatas.
Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs, a frittata, or tofu scramble. If you or your family are new to turmeric, this is a great place to start because the color is familiar and the flavor subtle.
Get a Recipe: Southwestern Tofu Scramble
2. Toss it with roasted vegetables.
Turmeric’s slightly warm and peppery flavor works especially well with cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables.
Get a Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin
3. Add it to rice.
A dash of turmeric brings color and mild flavor to a pot of plain rice or a fancier pilaf.
Get a Recipe: Fragrant Yellow Rice
4. Try it with greens.
Sprinkle turmeric into sautéed or braised greens like kale, collards, and cabbage.
Get a Recipe: Cabbage in Mild Yogurt and Mustard Seed Curry
5. Use it in soups.
A bowl of vegetable or chicken soup feels even more warming when it’s tinged with golden turmeric.
Get a Recipe: Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup
6. Blend it into a smoothie.
While fresh turmeric root is especially great in juices and smoothies, a pinch of ground spice is good, too. The slightly pungent flavor is usually well masked in smoothies.
Get a Recipe: Superpower Morning Smoothie (the recipe doesn’t call for turmeric, but you can definitely add it!)
7. Make tea.
Simmer turmeric with coconut milk and honey to make an earthy and comforting beverage. aka the pervasive and wildly popular “Golden Milk.”
Get a Recipe: Turmeric-Ginger Tea
An Additional Tip: If you’re looking to get the health benefits of turmeric, pair it with pepper. Herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt tells us, “To get the most out of your turmeric add 3% black pepper to the mix. Black pepper improves the bioavailability of turmeric, making smaller doses more effective.” This works out to about 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper to 1/4 cup of turmeric. To make it easy, I simply premix pepper into my jar of turmeric.