The Prodigy Plant: How Turmeric Can make Your Dishes Heartier and Healthier

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By: Rachel Tallant

I’m sure you have heard of the “golden” spice, that does wonders in everyone’s kitchen. But what’s the big secret behind turmeric? From the ginger family, and originating from India and Southeast Asia, turmeric has been used in many Asian foods like curry, for which it is the main ingredient. Its warm and bitter taste can also be used for a variety of other dishes. In addition to being spicy, turmeric has got some serious superpowers in aiding your health. 

How is it beneficial to your health? — What makes it so special?

For thousands of years, turmeric has been used in botanical medicine. What makes it so valuable is that its main active ingredient is a chemical called curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant and has potent anti-inflammatory effects.  Turmeric is commonly used for pain, inflammation, osteoarthritis, depression, liver disease, high cholesterol, heartburn, memory skills, itching, stress, and inflammatory bowel disease.  With all these uses under its belt, it has been proven that using turmeric can match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects!

How you can use it in all your recipes:

Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea) 

Just in time for the cold weather, a delicious hot cup of golden milk can warm you up and be good for you too. With turmeric as the main ingredient of this cozy drink, it’s perfect for someone with a cough or cold. This blend of coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and cloves can be your new antioxidant chai tea. 

Turmeric Spice Muffins 

Another fall favorite are these spicy and flavorful muffins. This recipe fights the issue of having fruit or veggies added for children with texture issues, but still has the healthy benefits from this superb spice. With a beautiful yellow-orange ombre and fall spices galore, this recipe creates the perfect turmeric treat. 

Turmeric Chickpea Hummus

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A staple in a lot of healthy homes, hummus is great for a quick snack with some chopped veggies or pita chips. With the special edition of turmeric soak chickpeas, this healthy dip is ideal for any occasion. 

Turmeric Red Lentil Soup 

Full of aromatic and tasty spices, a creamy lentil soup is perfect for this time of year. This comfort food recipe is ready in 30 minutes, and features many delicious spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric, and paprika. 

Turmeric Ginger Honey No-Churn Ice Cream 

If you’re not tired of autumn spices yet, try this ice cream recipe with no ice cream maker needed! Including honey and whipped cream, this is a sweet treat sure to boost your mood!


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