5 Ways to Eat And Drink Turmeric

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If you have an extra bottle of turmeric in your cupboard that you are wanting to use up or simply want to add this spice into your diet on a more frequent basis because of everything you have heard about its health benefits, try these recipes below. These are wonderful ways to eat (and drink!) one of the healthiest spices ever!

Tofu Scramble

Ingredients :

  • 1 package tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ¾ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric

Press tofu gently with paper towels to remove excess moisture, then place in a bowl and mash with a fork until its texture is crumbly. Heat oil in skillet and saute vegetables until soft. Add all spices expect the turmeric. After a minute, stir in the mashed tofu and 2 Tbsp water and cook mixture for a 1-2 more minutes. Serve immediately with tortillas, avocadoes and green onion.

Fragrant Yellow Rice

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse rice, then add the rice, water, spices and salt to a pot and bring to boil over a high heat. Cover, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let set for 10 minutes, then uncover and removed the bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cloves. Add oil and stir, then serve.

Cauliflower “Steaks”

Ingredients :

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut cauliflower from top to base into three thick “steaks”. Season with salt and pepper to taste on both sides. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in skillet and sear the steaks until golden brown, then gently transfer to a baking sheet. Whisk the remaining Tbsp of olive oil in with the spices and baste the cauliflower, then cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Works great over rice, couscous or quinoa.

Morning Smoothie

Ingredients :

  • 1 large handful of leafy greens like spinach or kale
  • 1 peeled and frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed oil
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Put all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.

Turmeric-Ginger Tea

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • Soy milk and honey, to taste

Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Add spices, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add soy milk, then strain into a tea cup. Add honey to taste and enjoy.

These simple recipes are not just delicious. They are also a great way to add more turmeric to your diet and start enjoying the health benefits of this powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which is such a powerful treatment for some many ailments and conditions.

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  • Daphne Pleasonton

    You left out the turmeric in the smoothie. Can you tell us how much please.

  • Elljai

    Morning Smoothie … How much turmeric?

  • Chrispy

    What's wrong with tumeric in a curry? And what about people who don't want to drink soy milk or consume tofu?

  • Lee

    Thank you for taking the time to put this article, and the recipes, together. I really appreciate it. With all due respect, I've been reading on numerous natural health sites that soy milk is unhealthy. As I understand it, soy is only to be consumed in an unprocessed, fermented state. Can you please address this? Thank you very much.

  • pam

    There is no Turmeric listed in the morning smoothie!!???

  • Teresa D Campbell

    Hi Mike, how much Turmeric should be in the Morning Smoothie recipe? Thanks!

  • Luke D

    One of the recipes calls for Soy Milk.
    Everyone knows by now, and especially the health ranger does, that Soy products are a no no.

  • mwing

    There is no turmeric in the morning smoothie???

  • FunkyGypsy

    The smoothie doesn't have turmeric in the ingredients?

  • i love your recipe and i want to try them.add more recipe and this is very good job.