Turmeric is perhaps one of the most researched plants on the planet. It’s beneficial properties – mostly anti-inflammatory have been the subject of thousands of peer-reviewed and published studies. So if you’ve heard good things but you’re not sure how to use this super spice, read on.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric
Turmeric (also known as C. longa) has a long history of safe use as food and it has long been used as in anti-inflammatory treatment in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%.
Most of the studies on turmeric use extracts containing mostly curcumin with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day. It would be near impossible to reach these levels, you simply could not consume that many turmeric lattes.
And while the science is encouraging, more research is required to understand effective dosing, safety, and mechanism of action required for the use of turmeric in the treatment of human diseases.
Good news though, the beneficial effects of turmeric traditionally are achieved through dietary consumption, even at low levels, over long periods of time. Below are 10 ways to get more turmeric in your diet, every day.
FYI, turmeric stains! If you’re using fresh turmeric root wash your hands to avoid looking like an umpa lumpa. Stained your bench? Make a paste with lemon juice and baking soda. It’s super effective at removing turmeric stains – naturally.
How to substitute fresh turmeric for powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder is equal to 1 tablespoon of fresh. 2 inches of fresh turmeric root is around 1 tablespoon of turmeric root grated.
Make turmeric tea tonic
Clean your insides with this anti-inflammatory tonic. Add 3-4 peppercorns to increase the bioavailability of curcumin so that your body actually can use it.
Add it to scrambles
Use a pinch of turmeric in your scrambled eggs, tofu or chickpeas like we did here.
Toss it with roasted vegetables
Turmeric’s slightly warm and peppery flavour works especially well with cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables so next time your baking roasted vegetables, sprinkle a bit of turmeric on the tray. Or make yourself some super baked fries below.
1kg agria potatoes
2 tablespoons Ceres Organics Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Ceres Organics Ground Turmeric
sea salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary and thyme, optional
Preheat oven to 230°C. Cut your potatoes into wedges. The thinner they are, the crispier they will be.
Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add the oil, spices and herbs and toss to combine. Arrange on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Give your fries a bit of space so they are not overcrowded.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until browned, flipping potatoes halfway through for even baking. Once their done, toss with fresh rosemary and thyme and additional sea salt and pepper.
Make golden grains
It’s the side that will go with pretty much anything. Stir a dash of turmeric into white or brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat – any grain really. It doesn’t add much flavor, and changes things up a bit and give a bit of colour to boring dishes.
Blend it into smoothies
Worried about the taste? Don’t be. The slightly pungent flavour of turmeric powder is well masked in this golden coconut smoothie. You won’t even taste it, but your body thanks you.
Whisk or blend into dressings
Super charge your dressings. This super quick turmeric tahini dressing will make any salad or Buddha bowl glow. Put it on everything!
¼ cup Ceres Organics Unhulled Tahini
1 tablespoon Ceres Organics Apple Cider Vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Ceres Organics Tamari
½ teaspoon Ceres Organics Ginger Powder
1 teaspoon Ceres Organics Ground Turmeric
pinch of Ceres Organics Garlic Powder
½ teaspoon Ceres Organics Maple Syrup
⅓ cup filtered water
Whisk to combine. Keep your dressing in a jar in the fridge. It will last for a week.
Fortify your mac & cheese
If you’re feeling nostalgic, the original TV dinner – but better. Grab the recipe for this vegan mac & cheese here.
In curries, Dhal and so on
Curcumin is also fat soluble, so the coconut oil in this warming turmeric Dhal helps absorption much like pepper corns help increase the bioavailability of the active compound. It’s also gluten- and dairy-free.
Add it to noodles, and other sides for a super quick meal
For a quick side, sauté some fresh greens like kale, spinach, chard and so on in some olive oil with turmeric. Simple.
Turmeric latte or golden milk
You can use any kind of milk for this recipe (dairy, goat, nut, oat). To make the paste, simply bring ½ cup filtered water to a low simmer and then mix in ¼ cup of ground turmeric, stirring constantly until it makes a thick paste (this can take 5-10 minutes).
To make the golden milk, mix ½ teaspoon of paste with 1 cup of milk in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in about ½ teaspoon of coconut oil before drinking. Don’t forget a few grinds of black pepper! Store the remaining turmeric paste in your fridge for 2 weeks.
Where possible choose organic turmeric
Conventionally grown turmeric like other crops are irradiated, grown with pesticides. Pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things. Besides the negatives environmental impact of pesticides on the planet – more about that here, pesticides cause a number of severe health effects in humans ranging from respiratory problems, to cancer. So where possible buy organic turmeric for the people and the planet.
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