I use turmeric from fresh grated/ blended root and also turmeric powder. This super antioxidant, anti-inflammatory herb boasts of an impressive list of health properties from decreasing pain to soothing the gut and supporting the liver. It enhances dishes, sweet and savoury and is a great way to enjoy food that is healthy and tastes good.
1. Make a Sunrise Shape Up Smoothie with it – this super antioxidant smoothie is not just great to help keep your weight in check, it also helps to keep you young.
2. Add a crushed thumb piece of turmeric to bone broth to fortify it.
3. Stirfry cabbage with 2 pips of chopped garlic, sprinkle of black pepper and ½ tsp of turmeric powder.
4. Make a marinate or curry base with fresh turmeric. I often prepare this in advance and keep single serves frozen in the freezer.
2 stalks lemon grass (just the white part), roughly chopped
1 clove garlic peeled
1 thumb piece ginger
2 thumb pieces turmeric
3-4 kaffir lime leaves
1 handful chillies (optional if you want it hot, and can tolerate the nightshades)
Blend all the ingredients in a strong blender until crushed and well mixed. This can be frozen and used in curries or marinates for chicken, fish or meat.
5. Season toasted vegetables with olive oil and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder. This works well with vegetables that taste quite bland like cauliflower, kumara and potatoes.
6. Make a golden milk with turmeric.
7. Blend some turmeric in your salad dressing to give it some colour and make it more interesting.