Healthy Corner: Turmeric
Benefits of Turmeric
Welcome to Making It Delicious Healthy Corner. This week we will be featuring Turmeric. Also find an article from Forbes about some healthy fall vegetables, my recipe for a great savory pumpkin dish and a side dish designed to give you a variety of vegetables with any meal.
Spice of the Week: Turmeric
Turmeric is routinely added to mustard blends and relishes. It also is used in place of saffron to provide color and flavor. Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor.
Check out the Top 10 Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin.
If you want anti-inflammatory effects you need to get 500 to 1,000 milligrams of curcuminoids per day. When using the spice on its own, the common rule of thumb is that there are 200 milligrams of curcumin in one teaspoon of fresh or ground turmeric (though it varies a bit depending on the source and origins).
Great ways to incorporate Turmeric into your diet:
1-2 teaspoons into any soup recipe
add to your sautéed vegetables
add 1/2 teaspoon to the water while cooking rice
1 teaspoon into your smoothie
add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon to you cheese sauce while making Mac -n- Cheese (homemade or box)
add 1/2 teaspoon to your pancake batter
Dietitians: Stock up on healthful fall fruits, vegetables
Dietitians say there are many healthful fall foods to stock up on, including squash, eggplant, apples, leeks, beets and cranberries. Registered dietitian Mia Syn says eggplant is a good source of fiber, antioxidants, potassium and vitamin B6, and can be grilled, roasted, stuffed or tossed in a salad.
My Medley of Vegetables recipe is a great way to add a variety of vegetables to any meal.
Cash in on the health benefits of Pumpkin by recreating my Savory Pumpkin Pasta at home.
Food for Thought:
"Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand." - Sophocles, Ancient Greek Tragedian
"Don't plan it all. Let life surprise you a little." - Julia Alvarez, Dominican American Poet & Writer
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