Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family, commonly used in Indian cuisine and usually found as a ground spice, but also available fresh. Turmeric contains curcumin which reduces inflammation. It’s helpful for those with arthritis because it relieves joint pain or discomfort. It also has benefits for digestive issues, skin health, prevents cold and flu, and can work as an antiseptic to help heal cuts and wounds. Turmeric is an orange vegetable, and orange-hued fruits and vegetables have inflammation-fighting powers thanks to the antioxidant-rich carotenoid pigments that give them their rich color.

Turmeric really is a miraculous, wondrous plant! If you feel that you could really use its anti-inflammatory benefits this holiday season, here are some recipes from our Food Monster App you can make during the holidays as your own treat, snack, lunch, or as one of the dishes of your holiday dinner. Enjoy!


1. Sunshine Turmeric Latte

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This luscious Turmeric Latte really takes the cake. If you’ve tried turmeric lattes that have been cropping up at cafés, you are going to absolutely love this homemade version by Buffy-Ellen Gill. With its blend of silky smooth sunflower seeds and coconut milk, a spicy intoxicating medley of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and black pepper, and a dash of natural sweetness from dates, you can bring a touch of the local café to your home.

2. Coconut Turmeric Dal

Coconut Turmeric Dal

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Liz Martone‘s creamy Coconut Turmeric Dal is nutty, savory, creamy, and warming with every bite. Not to mention, it’s packed with protein from lentils and vitamins from the addition of spinach! Pair with rice or any other grain, such as quinoa.


3. Coconut Turmeric Cheesecake Pots

Coconut Turmeric Cheesecake Pots

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Turmeric lattes are a delicious mixture of coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, and are one of the popular ways to enjoy turmeric. Kelly Fielding‘s recipe essentially applies the flavors of a turmeric latte, but in raw Cheesecake form! This sweet, creamy, and delicious dessert is a breeze to make and has the added benefits of turmeric and bananas.


4. Tahini Turmeric Cookies

Tahini Turmeric Cookies

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Katarina Hawk‘s Tahini Turmeric Cookies are gluten-free, vegan, and free of refined sugars so you can enjoy them with all their health benefits and no guilt!


5. Energizing Turmeric Tea

Energizing Turmeric Tea

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Defeat the mid-day slump with Laura Peill‘s Energizing Turmeric Tea, with warm spices and creamy coconut milk!

6. Thai Roasted Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry

Roasted Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry

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Chilly autumn weather is perfect for enjoying warm and spicy food for the soul, and the curry in this recipe is just that! Made with roasted sweet potato, zucchini, Thai curry paste, red lentils, chickpeas, and a few other ingredients, Ella Suihko‘s fragrant Curry is sure to satisfy! Make sure to serve this dish with plenty of bread for dipping, you don’t want to miss out on any of the deliciousness!

7. Cauliflower Gashi

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Gashi is a thick coconut based stew from the coastal region of Mangalore, India. Cauliflower is mild and soothing on its own, but it can stand up to its share of assertive spices. In Rinku Bhattarachya‘s recipe, the cauliflower is lightly sautéed in a blend of savory and fragrant spices (fenugreek, cumin, coriander, black pepper, and cinnamon) and then simmered until fork tender. Serve with either your choice of rice or piping hot naan.


8. Goan Sorak Curry: Spiced and Tangy Coconut Curry

Coconut Curry

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This Goan Sorak Curry by Freda Dias is a mildly spiced and slightly tangy coconut carry, that is perfect with some steamed rice!

9. Sweet and Spicy Golden Chia Pizza

Golden chia pizza

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The neat thing about Harriet Porterfield‘s Sweet and Spicy Golden Chia Pizza is that the gluten-free pizza crust is so easy to make – no kneading necessary! This crust is thin, crisp, and able to withstand being overloaded with toppings. The sauce is sweet, spicy, and slightly sticky. It’s a simple recipe: Just grab some chickpea flour, turmeric, and chia seeds and we’re half-way to pizza time.

10. Indian Lentil Burgers With Dill Yogurt Sauce

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Tired of ordinary, plain burger patties? Then you must give Preeti Pandey‘s well spiced Indian Lentil Burgers a try! Each patty has a good blast of protein from the lentils and a great earthy sweetness from the beet. Packed with herbs and spices, it’s definitely a meat-free meal that will be asked for over and over.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects

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