So if you read our previous post here titled Simple and Light Tomato Basil Soup you will have noticed a link to a great article about the potential benefits of turmeric which I found in a scientific journal.
At the end of this previous post I mentioned that I would make it a point of creating some simple recipes with the use of turmeric, being that I do believe it is a good idea to incorporate the spice into my diet more often.
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Two of the beneficial properties of turmeric that I have read most about are its high anti-inflammatory properties and high levels of antioxidants.
I remember the first time I heard about some of these benefits of turmeric was a few years ago in the book Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey through Ultramarathon Greatness, by Scott Jurek.
I am an occasionally jogger and I don’t think I will ever run a marathon but I was fascinated by the title and I was not disappointed. The book provides a great insight into the athletes journey, diet and lots of inspirational anecdotes.
One of the interesting things he shares in the book is his use of compresses of turmeric paste to heal an ankle injury. I remember being wowed by this information and have been intrigued ever since.
I am not sure for how long turmeric has been used for this purpose, but if you search youtube you will find lots of how to videos on the subject.
Obviously, before using this or any other ingredient specifically for medicinal purposes, you must properly research not only the benefits but any possible side effects and or consult a physician.
Two turmeric recipes:
I haven’t experimented a whole lot but I did manage to put together two super simple recipes using turmeric as one of the few ingredients that make up the recipes.
If you are a follower of our PSS_FOODBLOG Instagram profile, or PSS_FOODBLOG Twitter Profile, you will have noticed that I reference my small home garden quite often. That is where I obtained the inspiration for the recipes.
One of these recipes could be prepared as a simple dessert and the other could be a side dish, or both could be served as snacks or even appetizers.
The first recipe is Banana with Mint and Turmeric and the second is Chunky Guacamole with Tarragon and Turmeric.
If you know these ingredients, you probably already got the sense that both recipes are are also light and refreshing, and this is because these two fresh herbs tend to add a refreshing tone to any food.
With these recipes you could choose to enhance the turmeric spice flavor by adding more of it, or if you wish, you could increase the amount of the herbs to mute it by a bit.
The fresh herbs are usually available at local grocery stores or you may be able to find them at your local farmers market, if not, feel free to substitute a dry version of the herb.
Banana with Mint and Turmeric
1 small fresh banana, at desired ripeness, mashed or cubed
6-10 small fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ tsp – ½ tsp turmeric powder
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of black pepper
- In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients.
- Cool for a few minutes in the refrigerator if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
Chunky Guacamole with Mexican Tarragon and Turmeric
1 medium avocado, cubed
1 Medium Tomato, cubed
2 green onions, sliced (optional)
6-10 leaves fresh Mexican Tarragon, chopped
½ tsp – 1 tsp turmeric
salt and black pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl mix all ingredients.
- Serve and enjoy!
The effort to create these two recipes was minimal but the results were great, and I suspect that substituting other delicious fresh herbs will work just the same.
One of the things that is recommended is to not omit the black pepper in the recipes as it is an ingredient that greatly enhances the benefits of turmeric.
What do you think? Be sure to use our comment section if you wish to share other simple turmeric recipes.
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