Providing food for the family that can be beneficial to their health that they would love to eat is one of the concerns of a mom.
But having variety in the family’s meals can be a challenge. You can add some spice to your family’s meals with turmeric.
So you thought of trying something new for a change, and for some reason, using turmeric came into your mind. Or perhaps, someone recommended this ingredient to you and thought you’d give it a try.
Well, this ingredient can really work wonders for your family’s health, while enhancing the taste of food and drinks.
What Is Turmeric and What Are Its Health Benefits?
Tumeric is a tall plant otherwise known as Indian saffron or golden spice. This plant is related to the ginger family and grows in India, Central America, and Asia.
It is the ground roots of the turmeric plant that is used to produce the bright yellow spice that we put in food for enhancing its taste and color.
For thousands of years, Indians have been using turmeric as a spice and medicinal herb.
Studies have shown that turmeric has many health benefits. What makes turmeric so beneficial for our health is its plant substance, curcumin.
Turmeric is capable of aiding in digestion. It’s an anti-oxidant and is anti-inflammatory. It can improve liver function, kidney function, sugar balance, and brain function as well as lessens the risk of brain diseases.
It can cure arthritis, cystic fibrosis, and toothache as well as prevent teeth infections and abscesses. It can decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s even an anti-depressant.
To fully take advantage of turmeric, you may take a supplement. Another great way to experience the miracles turmeric can bring about is by taking it in naturally through your daily diet.
And below are a list of ways that you can include turmeric in your family’s diet.
Ways to Incorporate Turmeric in Food and Drinks That You Could Try
1. Scramble Some Eggs With Turmeric
Since turmeric is something new that you’ll bring to the table, a good way to begin your experimentation with it is by adding it to scrambled eggs.
It’s a subtle attempt with a mild taste and similarity in the color of the spice and the eggs. And it’s easy to do. Just whisk in a pinch of turmeric along with salt to the eggs when you make scrambled eggs for breakfast.
2. Try Curry
Another way to introduce turmeric to your family’s palate is by trying curry. This is a traditional Indian dish made with curry powder, which is composed of different spices including turmeric.
Doing this can familiarize the tastebuds with turmeric naturally.
3. Combine It to Your Pancake Batter
Make flavorful pancakes for breakfast with a fusion of spices by adding a mixture of turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and cardamom to the pancake batter. A pinch of each would be enough.
4. Sprinkle It on Sautéed, Braised, or Roasted Vegetables
The flavor of turmeric can perfectly complement vegetables like cauliflower; cabbage; collards; kale; potatoes; and sweet potatoes, whether sautéed; braised; or roasted.
Together with salt and pepper, sprinkle some turmeric into the cooked veggies.
5. Use It to Season Chicken or Meat
In the preparation for grilling, add turmeric to the seasoning of your chicken. If you’re not really into chicken, then use it to enrich the flavor of your preferred meat instead.
A mixture of turmeric, paprika, cumin, and allspice can make a flavorful meat dish.
6. Mix It in Rice
You can make a savory rice dish by adding to rice some turmeric along with other flavors that complement it. Sautée with olive oil and butter in medium heat one-fourth cup of diced onions and four minced cloves of garlic.
Then add 1 cup of rinsed jasmine rice and 1 ½ teaspoon of turmeric, and stir them until they’re combined. Pour in 1 ½ cup of chicken broth, and put 1 bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Lower the heat, let the rice simmer until liquid is absorbed, and remove the bay leaf.
7. Add It in Soups
Adding a tablespoon of powdered turmeric in a vegetable or chicken soup brimming with nutrients can add even more healthy goodness as well as a rich golden color to the soup. This can also be used as a remedy for colds.
8. Season Your Salad With It
You can season your salad with turmeric by sprinkling it directly to the salad or adding it to any salad dressing. Also, there are several turmeric salad dressing recipes that you can make yourself.
9. Have a Spice shaker
For an interesting mixture of flavor in your meals, take a saltshaker, and turn it to a spice shaker by filling it equally with turmeric; coriander; and cumin. Then you can use the spice shaker for any meal.
10. Mix Some Sweetness With Turmeric
Treat your family with something sweet. This will especially satisfy your kids’ sweet tooths.
If you’re into baking, you can bake for them muffins like the turmeric banana chocolate chip muffins and berry turmeric muffins. Or you can bake for them turmeric sugar cookies.
Actually, there are several pastries and desserts that you can make with turmeric, even golden milk ice cream!
11. Concoct a Tumeric-Infused Smoothie
Add a twist of flavor to your family’s favorite smoothie by including turmeric into the ingredients. A teaspoon of turmeric would suffice without overpowering the smoothie’s original flavor.
12. Make Golden Milk
There are two methods of preparing golden milk, which are both just easy to do. The first is by combining all ingredients into a saucepan and letting it simmer. The second is by making golden paste, AKA turmeric paste and adding it to milk.
● Method #1
This recipe makes four servings.
Cooking in medium heat, mix together in a saucepan five cups of unsweetened almond milk; four inches of sliced turmeric root or three teaspoons of ground turmeric powder; two inches of sliced ginger root or one teaspoon of ground ginger; two sticks of cinnamon; two pinches of black pepper; and two tablespoons of coconut oil or ghee.
Constantly stir it, and let it cook until it simmers. You may add a tablespoon of honey if you wish.
● Method #2
First, make the golden paste. This recipe fills one jar.
Cooking in medium heat, mix together in a saucepan one-half cup of ground turmeric spice; one teaspoon grated ginger; one tablespoon of ground cinnamon; one-fourth cup of coconut oil; one teaspoon of black pepper; and one cup of water.
Whisk the mixture constantly until the oil melts totally and all is totally mixed. Once it’s done, place the paste in a jar.
After you made your golden paste, you can proceed with making the golden milk. Take a teaspoon of the turmeric paste, and put it in a mug. Then pour hot milk over it, add the sweetener of your choice, and stir it well.
Remember to put the jar of golden paste in the fridge after taking from it.
13. Make Tumeric Tea
This an easy recipe that makes four servings. Boil four cups water. Add one to two teaspoons of either grated, ground, powdered turmeric. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the tea into the teapot, and let it cool for five minutes.
The taste of the tea can be improved and its health benefits can be boosted by adding extra ingredients. Below are additives you can use for your tea:
● Cream, whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or one tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee – These ingredients aid in the absorption of curcumin, since curcumin is fat soluble, and they contain healthy fats that allow it to dissolve properly.
● Black pepper – This ingredient can add spice to the tea, and with the chemical, piperine present in it, the absorption of curcumin can be enhanced.
● Ginger, lemon, or lime – They reinforce antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in the tea and add a distinctive flavor to it.
● Honey – It sweetens the tea as well as provides anti-microbial properties.
14. Prepare Refreshing Iced Turmeric Tea
Your kids might not like to drink tea. But perhaps, they’ll love a refreshing iced tea. It’s just easy to make.
Set the fire to high heat. In your saucepan, combine eight cups of water; 1 ½ tablespoon of turmeric; and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Whisk them all together.
Once it boils, lower the heat, and let the mixture simmer for ten minutes. Remove it from heat, and let it cool. After letting it cool, whisk the mixture once again, and pour it in a pitcher.
Add into the pitcher some ice, juice of two oranges, and honey to taste.
An Extra Advice to Make Turmeric Extra Effective
To make the most of the health benefits from turmeric, it helps to combine it with black pepper or healthy fats.
Studies show that when black pepper is paired with turmeric, the piperine in the black pepper boosts the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. Even curcumin in small doses become very effective.
Also, since curcumin is fat-soluble, consuming it with some healthy fats can also aid in curcumin absorption.
There are so many ways to incorporate turmeric in your family’s meals as there are so many ways it’s beneficial to your family’s health.
Although it has a subtle taste, it can make a great impact on your family’s health in the long run when included in your daily meal.