Turmeric has been growing in popularity, and it’s no wonder why. This amazing root has so many health benefits. It’s said to have anti-inflammatory benefits, prevent cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, and even prevent cold and flu. Sounds like something you’d want to have every day, right? Just a little bit goes a long way, so it’s easy to find ways to include turmeric in your everyday diet — and there are so many different ways you can do that.
Turmeric is popular in a lot of Indian foods, like this Spiced Coconut Dal, curries, and this South Indian Mashed Pumpkin. You may have also come across turmeric in a recipe for tofu scramble. This Sweet Potato and Tofu Scramble Mega Breakfast Burrito and this Creamy Chia Cheddar Sauce both use just a pinch of turmeric as a natural yellow food coloring. It can also be used to give desserts color; this Orange Mango Mini Cheesecake wouldn’t have its gorgeous orange-colored swirl if it weren’t for turmeric. You’ve probably heard of golden milk, too — a drink made from warm, spiced non-dairy milk combined with turmeric paste. Well, this Tasty Turmeric Latte puts a new spin on it. Turmeric has a distinctly warm, peppery flavor but when you use just a little bit in sweets, you can’t taste a thing. If you love the taste of turmeric, another thing you can do is check out the Food Monster App, a food app available for both Android and iPhone where you can find all kinds of turmeric recipes from golden milk lattes to turmeric-infused curries.
1. Creamy Mushrooms and Spinach With Turmeric Quinoa
Whenever you crave something nutritious and quick, this Creamy Mushrooms and Spinach With Turmeric Quinoa by Annabelle Randles is here for you! Mushrooms and spinach are cooking with a light yet creamy sauce while turmeric-infused quinoa adds a unique twist. This dish is delicious served with fresh coriander and cashews sprinkled on top.
2. Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
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Crystal Bonnet‘s Tropical Turmeric Smoothie is like sunshine in a glass. Made from bananas, mango, and orange, its tropical flavors are also boosted with anti-inflammatory turmeric. Top this with shredded coconut and cinnamon for simplicity, or get creative with fresh fruit and coconut whipped cream for a breakfast that’s more like dessert.
3. Cheesy Turmeric Oat Crackers
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Cheese with crackers is delicious. But have you ever tried cheese baked intro crackers? In Gunjan Dudani‘s Cheesy Turmeric Oat Crackers, herby nut-based cheese is folded into turmeric-spiced oat-based dough and then baked. The result is some seriously cheesy and zesty crackers. Snack on!
4. Sugar-Free Turmeric Power Bars
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Anarki Tjon Affo‘s Sugar-Free Turmeric Power Bars contain no added sugars or syrups — the only sweetener is bananas! This makes them the perfect treat for when you’re trying to cut back on sugar. Turmeric gives them their golden color, but with goji berries raisins, peanut butter, cinnamon, and nuts acting as the base, the taste is undetectable. Grab one of these on your way out the door so you have a tasty, filling snack on hand.
5. Rich Pineapple Curry
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The inspiration for Molly Patrick‘s Rich Pineapple Curry hails from Malaysia. Traditionally served with prawns and made with plenty of oil, this version is oil-free and uses tofu (because tofu is boss). Any dish in Malaysia or Indonesia that has the word “Lemak” in it is guaranteed to be rich and delicious. This is no exception.
6. Spicy Turmeric Twice-Baked Potatoes
If you want a change of pace and a little spice to your regular twice baked potatoes, Karielyn Tillman‘s Spicy Turmeric Twice-Baked Potatoes are just for you! They are very flavorful with the spices of turmeric and cumin and a little spicy from red pepper flakes. This recipe uses two potatoes, which could be a meal for two or a side dish for four. And don’t worry if you’re not a fan of white potatoes; these can be made with sweet potatoes, too!
7. Persimmon and Turmeric Cheesecake Slice
Turmeric really is one of nature’s greatest superfoods — it is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, boosts your immunity, and assists with a variety of ailments. Kelly Fielding‘s Persimmon and Turmeric Cheesecake Slice combines all the goodness of turmeric with perfectly ripe persimmons, resulting in a dessert that’s both delicious and good for you. It’s just the right amount of sweet and citrusy, so enjoy it while the weather’s warm!
8. Nourishing Ayurvedic Kitchari
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Kitchari is a staple comfort food of India, especially during times of fasting. Courtney West‘s Nourishing Ayurvedic Kitchari is rich in both fiber and protein, so if you need to hit the “reset” button, definitely make this easy and nourishing meal. It’s also really easy to make, so instead of going for takeout, try making this!
9. Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower and Kale Salad
Taryn Fitz-Gerald‘s Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower and Kale Salad is a perfect way to combine two powerhouse cruciferous vegetables — kale and cauliflower. With a slight heat from the cauliflower to compliment the zestiness of the massaged kale, this salad is definitely a winner!
10. Turmeric Coconut Milk Vegetable Curry
Molly Ashworth‘s Turmeric Coconut Milk Vegetable Curry is so delicious; creamy coconut milk is simmered with tangy shallots, garlic, and turmeric. As the flavors of the coconut milk and spices mingle, an assortment of fresh vegetables is thrown into the pot and cooked until tender. This simple, but flavorful recipe is ready for the dinner table in just 30 minutes! This dish is best when served hot, over a bed of fresh rice.
11. Turmeric Falafel
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Chickpeas are wonderful and falafel is one of the best ways to eat them. One of the great things about Florian Nouh‘s healthy Turmeric Falafel is that you can mash them and form them into balls to top salads, or use them as a sandwich filling. They’re moist and fluffy, and with a teaspoon of turmeric and just a teaspoon of olive oil, they are flavorful, but not too heavy.
12. Turmeric Glow Lemonade
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Shannon Leparski‘s Turmeric Glow Lemonade is a game-changer, mostly because it’s so lemony and a little bit spicy with a touch of sweetness. Refreshing and thirst-quenching like no other. You can mix this up in 30 seconds. Drink it any time of day, when your body is thirsty for a drink that’s a step up from water.
13. Turmeric Cauliflower Pilaf Vegetable Bowl
Jessica Meyer Altman‘s one-dish Turmeric Cauliflower Pilaf Vegetable Bowl recipe is light, but hearty! Cauliflower is shredded in a food processor and then cooked with Indian spices and fresh vegetables to create a light and fluffy “pilaf.” The soft cauliflower pilaf pairs with sweet bell peppers, greens, mushrooms, and other vegetables for a meal that’s as healthy as it is satisfying.
14. Coconut and Turmeric Roasted Potatoes
Turns out, coconut flour makes a delicious coating on roast potatoes. Who knew? Tomi Makanjuola‘s Coconut and Turmeric Roasted Potatoes make a fantastic and healthier option if you’re craving a side of fries with your meal. Or, hey — you could make an entire snack out of these guys. They’re that good.
15. Slow Cooker North African Couscous
Root vegetables are dominant in African cuisine. Add that to the spicy laden flavors of North Africa and you get some really good food. Ginny McMean‘s Slow Cooker North African Couscous is rich in flavors and so easy to prepare. Vegetables and spices go in the crockpot. At dinner, serve over infused couscous.
So, what are you waiting for? Try including some turmeric in your meals today and make one of these recipes! For more, be sure to download our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes!
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