It’s no secret by now that super-healthy turmeric has become the anti-inflammatory ingredient in kitchens from Boston to the Bay Area. But it all started in Bombay, as the brightly colored spice has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
Many studies have shown its promise in fighting a number of serious health conditions (though more studies are needed to determine its full potential), so more Western MDs like it, as much as healthy cooks do. So how do you get more of it?
From easy breakfasts to make-in-jiffy dinners, here are 18 yummy, healthy dishes to make using turmeric. —Marissa Gold
Add an extra dose of flavor and nutrition to your basic hummus.
Savory Paleo Granola
This nut- and seed-based granola is Paleo-friendly, in addition to offering the added health benefits of turmeric.
Lemony Eggless Egg Salad
It’s vegan, but even your egg-loving friends will like this dish.
Cajun Shrimp Guacamole
Full of satisfying flavor—and makes a crowd-pleasing party dish.
Locali’s The Mystic “Milkshake“
This tasty turmeric vegan milkshake (yes, you read that right) was a huge hit with our readers.
Turmeric and Coconut Porridge
The perfect winter breakfast for when you’re craving something other than oatmeal.
Spiced Golden Turmeric Milk
This soothing milk is super-charged with antibacterial honey, anti-inflammatory turmeric, and coconut oil to help the body absorb all of the goodness of the curcumin.
Green Mango Spa Smoothie
Start your day with this clean green smoothie and you’ll feel like you’re in the waiting room at a five-star spa.
Vegetable Cornmeal Fritters
For the vegetarian who’s tried every burger alternative, these fritters are a super-satisfying dinner.
Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin
A perfect healthy entrée for non-meat-eaters.
When you think you’ve figured out every way to cook tofu…think again. This flavorful sauce is something deliciously different.
Detox Dal Winter Soup
Just three main ingredients (mung beans, carrots, and Swiss chard) make up this warming, healthy soup.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Turmeric provides mac-and-cheese’s trademark color in the absence of actual cheese—and with all of these yummy flavors, you won’t miss the dairy.
Turmeric Lentil Soup
This low-fat soup is filling thanks to fiber-containing lentils, and you’ll love the extra dose of flavor from the spices.
Spicy Broccoli Dal
This yummy dish isn’t just a great way to get your veggies—the energizing, sinus-clearing spices can also help when you’re fighting off a cold.
Curry Chickpea Burgers
A surprisingly easy and quick recipe filled with tons of healthy ingredients—from coconut oil and oats to carrots and chickpeas.
Middle Eastern Cabbage Rolls
On a clean eating kick? This simple dish is a great, light snack or meal.
Kichari, a classic Ayurvedic dish made with rice and lentils, is the base for this delicious veggie burger.
Gluten-free? No problem. This grain-free tabbouleh uses minced cauliflower instead.
Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp with Mango Slaw
Yum! When you spot some great-looking shrimp at your local grocery store, this is a great way to cook them with tons of flavor.
Steamed White Fish in Ginger and Turmeric
Thanks to the combined powers of turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, and coriander, this simple dish is an anti-inflammatory, gut-healthy powerhouse.
Homemade Chicken and Noodles
If chicken noodle soup were a little less soup-y, you’d get this favorite comfort food dish. Make it with the noodles of your choice (you can easily make it gluten-free by opting for brown rice or quinoa). Bonus: Kids love it too.
Need a refresher on Turmeric 101? Check out our Superfood Guide.