Funky Super Foods: Turmeric will brighten your day AND ease your pain! (part 4)

More than a pretty spice, turmeric has talents that extend far beyond curry; it’s SUPER healthy and kicking up the flavor in other unexpected ways below.

Check out this looooong list of issues that turmeric helps alleviate, according to WebMD:

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.
Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds and gum disease.

I mean, seriously! You kind of need to be some sort of super-human to not see a reason to make this part of your daily regimen! We’ve been chowing down on this super spice at my house and loving every minute. Below are some great recipes to check out that we enjoyed; I used freshly grated turmeric in all the recipes, but you certainly don’t have to. (I really just wanted an excuse to play around with the spice.)

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea

This fantastic, light-up-your-tastebuds beverage eases your belly stress and simultaneously tastes delicious! Keep this one handy as we head into flu season.

I tried it both hot and cold, and personally preferred the “hot”. Full disclosure, I immediately thought some ginger rum would compliment this nicely (sort of a superfood Moscow mule?), but alas, we had none. If you have some on hand and give it a try, please let me know your thoughts!

Nutritional info (based on 4 servings): Calories 68, Fat .3 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Carbohydrates 20 g, Dietary Fiber 8.5g, Sugars 6.6 g, Protein .7 g

No time to boil water? Get some easy mix in turmeric here

Turmeric Hummus

The Minimalist Baker knows where it’s at with this awesome concoction!

In addition to a great appetizer, it paired very well on a sandwich I made with baby kale and leftover Sticky Chickie (recipe below).

Nutritional Info (2 Tbsp) Calories: 98 Fat: 5.5 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 9.9 g Sugar: 1.6 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 3.5 g

Weeknight Red Curry

Simple, home-cooked and savory meal in under an hour? Yes, please!

This dish is a real keeper. The whole family loved it, single-bowl-style (e.g. no segregated noodles, fish, & broccoli on a plate) the boys loved it all mixed together!

Jonas came up with the idea of throwing in some shrimp, because, well, shrimp! (And he’s got a 30-year-olds palette trapped in an 8-year-old body.) We added a 1/2 lb and it was super tasty.

Nutritional info: Calories 440, Fat 31 g, Saturated Fat 20 g, Carbohydrates 19 g, Dietary Fiber 6 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 26 g

Sticky Chickie

Easy, on hand ingredients, and satisfying. Get ready to put this one in the regular rotation, folks.

The boys kept coming back for seconds, and thirds…. As recommended within some of the comments in the Simply Delicious page, we added in soy sauce (tamari) and a bit of ginger to the glaze – so good.

Nutritional info (2 thighs): Calories 267, Fat 6.8 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Carbohydrates 19.5 g, Dietary Fiber .6 g, Sugars 17.8 g, Protein 36 g

What other tasty dishes have you tried with turmeric? Please share any tasty secrets!