Turmeric – How you can use natures ‘gold dust’

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Amazing benefits of turmeric

Gold dust we can all afford!

Always a girl to break the rules, I am breaking BLOGGING tradition and giving y’all my Top 5 at the beginning of my post!

Hopefully, you will find it so AWESOME you will want to read on and learn all about this fabulous spice – Turmeric.

You know how blogs usually give ‘blurb’ at the beginning, as bloggers we do our best to engage our readers and make them scroll down to the ‘good bit’ – well sometimes you just want to know the ending before the beginning?!

Since treading the road of recovery from anorexia, I am introducing more foods into my diet and trying to heal my self-inflicted ‘poor’ digestive system. I am pleased to have stumbled across Turmeric.

I know, I know Turmeric and it’s amazing benefits are being blogged about everywhere at the moment. Well, let’s just assume I am a late starter! Here goes!

Top 5 (could easily be 10) Turmeric Usages

Turmeric & Ginger Lemonade

I was skeptical about this recipe, but was actually impressed! I decided to use sparkling water, rather than lemonade – we all know how full of sugar lemonade can be. If you don’t, read the label next time you’re in a grocery store – it’ll shock you.

Turmeric lemonade is refreshing and super healthy. It’s packed full of anti-inflammatory fighting goodness and makes a change from drinking water!

Serves 2 – Grab a pitcher and mix 2 cups of sparkling water with 1 tsp of ground or freshly grated turmeric, 1 tsp freshly grated ginger, 1 tsp honey (add more if you like it sweet) and finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Leave in the fridge to stew for a couple of hours, mix well before serving and enjoy! 

Turmeric Coated Roasted Eggplant

Turmeric roasted eggplant
EGGPLANTS

I am a Brit at heart, so to me, Eggplants will forever be known as Aubergines! BUT for you guys – Eggplant it is.

The purple squishy, squeaky vegetables are my new ‘best’. They are so incredibly diverse to cook with and they are also packed full of lovely healthy stuff! Eggplant is high in fiber, potassium, folate and Vitamin B6.

All the nutrients work together to keep our immune systems topped up! Eat them with their skins on and the nutrients only increase.

Serves 4 – Thinly slice 2 large eggplants, coat them with coconut oil and 2 tsp of turmeric powder and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook in the oven on 200D, 400F or Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes. Remove and serve! Easy, healthy and delicious.

Steamed green beans with cinnamon & turmeric

Throughout my eating disorder, green beans were one of my only food friends. They were always allowed in my diet and I like to think of myself as a green bean connoisseur!

I literally lived off green beans for three years, every day for lunch and dinner! It’s amazing that I actually still like them.

Steaming the green beans ensures all the nutrients are kept in them, I literally steam for 4 minutes to ensure they are left with a tasty crunch.

Green beans are high in protein, packed full of iron, folic acid, and calcium and let’s face it we know any vegetables that are dark and green are usually good for us.

Green beans are high in protein, packed full of iron, folic acid, and calcium and let’s face it we know any vegetables that are dark and green are usually good for us.

green-beans
Delicious Green Beans

Serves 4 – Take 1/2 lb fresh green beans and top and tail (basically trim the ends) them. Steam for 4 minutes and mix with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1 tsp of ground turmeric. Season well and serve. Crunchy, spicy and full of veggie goodness.

Homemade chicken burgers with turmeric & chili

There is something about chicken mince that freaks me out, maybe it’s the pale color of the meat, but ever determined to give chicken mince burgers ago I decided to add my own color.

Turmeric has such a gentle flavor that it lends itself to be blended with lots of other ingredients.

Adding fresh chili to the burgers, not only give you a kick of heat but bump up your intake of digestive improving spices. The burgers are easy, tasty and colorful.

Serves 4 – 1lb organic (if you can) chicken mince, 2 tsp ground turmeric, 1 medium fresh chili (as hot as you like), seasoning and 1tsp melted coconut oil (optional). Add the turmeric, chili, seasoning and melted coconut oil to the chicken mince and using your hands, mix until well combined. Form into whatever sized patties you choose. Lay them on prepped oven tray and place in oven for 25 minutes on 200D 400F or Gas Mark 4. NOTE: Please make sure you wash your hands after handling raw chicken mince. Serve with burger rolls and a side of green beans or eggplant – recipes above!!

Tantalising ‘oven roasted’ Tomato Turmeric soup

Oven roasted tasty tomato turmeric soup
Oven roasted tasty tomato soup
Oven roasted tasty tomato turmeric soup
Oven roasted tasty tomato soup

Living in Spain gives me access to the tastiest, freshest and sweetest tomato! I literally buy lbs at a time and then have to figure out what to do with them. It’s just started to chill off, so it made me want to hunker down and think about making soup!

Soup is so easy, quick and filling. whenever I make it I always curse myself that I do not make it more often.

Tomatoes are one of the best fruits (they have seeds, so they are classed as a fruit – whatever!) for fighting off free radicals, closely linked to causes of various types of cancer. Free radicals make their way into our bodies each day; through the air we breathe, the food we eat and all the toiletries and fake ‘stuff’ we use too. No scare mongering here, it’s just facts.

So this soup will load you up with free radical fighting, anti-inflammatory fighting goodness.

Serves 2 – 1lb fresh organic ripe tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic crushed, 2 tsp ground turmeric, seasoning, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, a handful of fresh cilantro (optional). Wash tomatoes and place them in an oven-proof dish with the crushed garlic for 20 minutes on 200D 400F, Gas Mark 4. Once cooked, squash with a fork until a thick soup consistency and add turmeric, balsamic vinegar, and seasoning. Mix well and let it cool. Once cooled add to blender with fresh cilantro and blend until smooth. Heat and enjoy – You can also eat this cold as a Gazpacho soup too. 

Sweet Potato turmeric ‘Tater Tots’

Turmeric Tater Tots
Turmeric Tater Tots

How would mid-week meals survive without sweet potato? – They are the candy of the potato world.

I have always wanted to make tater tots, I love the name! It’s so American and I always put on a fake ‘American’ accent to say the words! Sorry, BAD American southern accent!

These were a breeze to make and it really is like popping little bits of candy goodness in your mouth. Sweet potatoes are super charged full of nutrients. They are high in fiber, Vitamins and Beta Carotene – Also known as Vitamin A which helps keep our immune systems in tip-top condition.

Serves 4 – 2 large sweet potatoes, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1 tsp melted coconut oil, seasoning, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Pierce the skin of the sweet potatoes and roast or microwave until soft. Cool slightly and scoop out the golden flesh into a bowl. Add cinnamon, turmeric, seasoning and coconut oil and mix well. Shape into little ‘tater tots’ and place on an oven tray, they will be a little sticky to handle. Drizzle with olive oil and cook until crispy – around 45 minutes on 200D, 400F or Gas Mark 4. Serve with your homemade chicken burgers – Recipe above y’all!

What is Turmeric?

If you have made it this far, YAY as you can now learn a little something about this ‘wonder spice’.

Traditionally used in Indian cooking as an added ingredient to curries and spice mixes, it is a spice which has been around for thousands of years. It is a long lost relative of ginger and they actually look similar in their root forms.

Also known as ‘curcumin’ it’s also used in medicine, particularly in China, Indonesia, and India.

As well as being used in recipes it is used in some other weird and wonderful ways;

  • Brighten teeth (Sprinkle ground turmeric over toothpaste or make your own)
  • Treat Dandruff (Mix with coconut oil and massage into hair, leave for 15 minutes and rinse)
  • Soothe a stomach ache (Try the homemade lemonade recipe above)
  • Dye your clothes (Add the ground powder to warm water and place your clothing in for an hour)
  • Turn your boiled eggs golden for easter. (Boil your eggs in ground turmeric mixed into the boiling water)

I really love this fabulous golden spice; although as with all natural spices, it can have adverse side effects. Please do your own research to ensure you are safe to start consuming or brushing your teeth with it!

Have fun and let me know if you find any more quirky usages – I wanna know!

 

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