Turmeric has high-kicked its way onto the health food circuit with more panache than a Moulin Rouge dancer, thanks to heavy-weight doctors like Dr. Andrew Weil, Frank Lipman MD , and Nicholas Perricone MD cheering it onto the worldwide stage.
The reason for all this hoopla is the fact that studies have shown that 400 – 600 milligrams of turmeric 3 times a day can help manage stress and inflammation in the body. As well as this, turmeric guards against cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s AND can help relieve symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Oh, and just in case that wasn’t enough, turmeric has also been shown to lower the insulin response to high fat foods by 20%.
So, the results are there and turmeric has come out a winner in the spice stakes. But how do you get it into your diet? Well, here are two incredibly simple ways…
1. Whip up a spiced cauliflower side-dish
The other day I made a chickpea and pumpkin curry and piled it with turmeric, but then, I got greedy. I wanted more. So, I whipped up this cauliflower side-dish that’s packed with mustard seeds, onion, garlic, tomatoes, millet, coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, and of course, turmeric.
Simply brown the onions, garlic, and cauliflower in some virgin coconut oil. Then, throw in the tomatoes, cooked millet (I always have a pre-cooked grain in the fridge so millet was the grain this week. Quinoa, amaranth and brown rice would also work), add your spices, and let simmer for about 15 minutes. YEAH BABY! Anti-inflammatory and delicious.
2. Add it to your salad dressings
I have to give credit to my beautiful husband for this one. Happies, he is the KING of salad dressings. In fact, I think we need to start bottling them because they are just so good. This one here (his latest creation) is a miso, honey and turmeric dressing that is the perfect friend for any green, leafy delight.
To make this, simply add some white miso paste with apple cider vinegar, olive (or coconut) oil, turmeric, honey, and sesame seeds and shake, stir, mix well. Serve on the salad of your choice and smile, you’ve just reduced inflammation and kept your tastebuds happy, too. Hooray!