Ground turmeric

  • Soup: Any soup recipe tastes good when you add 1-2 teaspoons of tumeric. It adds a deep golden color to the recipe.
  • Curry or stew: Turmeric brings warm flavors to any curry or stew. Add 1 teaspoon of the ground spice when you saute the vegetables.
  • Rice: Add a pop of color to rice dishes. Add ½ teaspoon turmeric to the water when you cook the rice
  • Smoothies: 1 teaspoon gives a subtle turmeric flavor. Add up to 2 teaspoons to intensify the flavor. Include coconut oil in your smoothie to boost the turmeric absorption.
  • Tea:  Add ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric to your mug before you add the hot water when you brew tea. 
  • Pancakes: Add ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric to your dry pancake mix. The color will turn a beautiful golden yellow.
  • Hummus: Combine ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric with 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds to use as a hummus topper. 
  • Lentils (or other legumes): Cook your legumes with onions, olive oil and 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric. Serve them plain, or combine them with cooked quinoa for a more substantial meal. Make patties out of the legume/quinoa recipe for vegetarian burgers.
  • Mac and cheese: Stir ½ teaspoon of turmeric into to your cheese sauce.

    tumeric root
    Tumeric root – image by Foodism360

Fresh Turmeric

If you want to use the fresh root, the first step is to peel it, then grate with a  microplane grater. Wrap any extra you don’t immediately need tightly in plastic wrap – it will keep in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days.

  • Marinades: I teaspoon freshly grated turmeric root adds a kick in marinades for chicken, fish and beef. 
  • Salad Dressing: Stir a small amount of grated turmeric into salad dressings.
  • Stir Fry: Add 1-2 teaspoons of fresh turmeric to your stir-fry while you sauté the vegetables.
  • Egg Dishes: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of freshly grated turmeric into egg dishes such as a scrambled egg mixture,frittata or quiche recipe. In addition to the health benefits, the turmeric enhances the color of the eggs.
  • Smoothies or Fresh Juice: Add a 1-inch piece of turmeric root to smoothies. 
  • Yogurt: Top plain Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, a pinch of sea salt and a teaspoon of olive oil for a fabulously healthy yogurt bowl.
  • Pumpkin Recipes: Stir in 1 teaspoon of the freshly shredded spice to the batter and bake as usual to intensify the flavor and color of pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins or a pumpkin loaf.