Fresh TurmericWhat’s so great about turmeric? Well, thanks to its curcumin content, which is responsible for its finger-staining yellow hue, a lot actually. Traditional medicine has touted its anti-inflammatory properties for centuries and modern research suggests it may even be helpful in fighting diabetes.

Turmeric also contains high levels of antioxidants that can help protect against heart disease and give your brain a much-needed boost. Adding a teaspoon of golden turmeric not only means more goodness in your diet, it also adds a delicious aromatic flavor to your dishes.

Here are five recipes to get you started!

  1. Tropical Carrot, Ginger, and Turmeric Smoothie. Start the day right with a turmeric-boosted fruit smoothie! It’s as simple as prepping your fruit and blending with ice for a refreshing breakfast drink. The pinch of salt makes all the difference to the flavor!
  1. Turmeric Broth With Chicken And Ginger Dumplings. This flavorsome turmeric broth is the definition of a nourishing meal. Enhance store-bought chicken stock with ginger, star anise and turmeric for an intense base to the dish. Add as much chili as you dare!
  1. Yellow Pepper And Corn Salad With Turmeric Dressing. You can occasionally find fresh turmeric in supermarkets or health food shops (try New Leaf) so if you can get your hands on the real deal, use it! It’ll make a real difference to this punchy jalapeño, ginger and turmeric dressing.
  1. Curried Lentil Stuffed Squash. This gently spiced dish ticks all the boxes: the lentils are a good source of protein and also high in fiber, there’s plenty of fresh veggies, plus the immune-boosting properties of turmeric! Serve with a little plain yogurt and enjoy.
  1. Grilled Clams with Aleppo Pepper, Turmeric, and Lime Butter. Forget about impressing guests, try your hand at this clam recipe and you’ll dazzle yourself with how good it is! The combination of Aleppo pepper, turmeric and lime zest is a winning one but if you can’t find Aleppo pepper (look in Middle Eastern stores) ordinary crushed red pepper flakes will work just as well.

What do you make with turmeric? Share your recipes in the comments below!