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Tasty Recipes to Add Turmeric to Your Life

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    Turmeric 101

    Maybe you've heard of turmeric before, or have seen the bright orange-yellow spice in the grocery store, but you still aren't sure if it's worth all the hype, or even what it tastes like. This super-powered spice is getting attention for its possible health-boosting qualities as well as its unique taste.

    The main active component of turmeric is curcumin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, says registered dietitian Hannah Mason. One study even found it to be just as effective as ibuprofen at relieving pain from osteoarthritis. "Curcumin may also be effective at preventing colon cancer, stomach upset, and diabetes. However, more human research is needed," Mason says. Meaning it's too early to make any turmeric-based promises.

    To get your dose of turmeric, you could take a supplement—Mason says they are generally recognized as safe and have few side effects. But if supplements aren't for you, or you just want to taste what turmeric is all about, try these 10 recipes that are not only filled with turmeric's nutritional goodness but also delicious.

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    Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

    Turmeric has the magical power of turning everything (including your mouth, sometimes) a crazy yellow hue. Cue: cauliflower, the perfect blank canvas for a little dash of color and spice. Simply toss cut cauliflower in EVOO, turmeric, and other favorite spices before baking, and you have the perfect side dish for any meal.

    Get the recipe: Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

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    Turmeric Latte

    This spice is seriously versatile; pair it with some cinnamon, honey, coconut oil, a dash of salt, and steamed vanilla almond milk, and voilà—a semisweet, refreshing drink that beats a cup of boring black coffee any day.

    Get the recipe: Turmeric Latte

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    Orange, Mango, Almond, and Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

    Berry-hued smoothie bowls seem incredibly boring when compared to this golden beauty. It gets its color from a banana, orange, mango, and turmeric, and its crunch from sliced almonds and hemp hearts sprinkled on top. Basically, the breakfast of your dreams.

    Get the recipe: Orange, Mango, Almond, and Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

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    Easy Yellow Rice

    If you're a little apprehensive about using turmeric and want to start with something simple, look no further than this rice recipe. Adding turmeric, cumin, and a bit of butter to your regular rice is a big flavor upgrade with barely any extra work.

    Get the recipe: Easy Yellow Rice

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    Turmeric Chickpea Veggie Burgers

    These veggie burger-cake hybrids look fancy but are done in 15 minutes flat—just pulse in a food processor, dip in flour, and pan fry. All other veggie burgers will taste inferior after you've tried these with their flavor-boosting turmeric. Serve on a bun or salad, or eat with a fork like a little veggie "crab" cake.

    Get the recipe: Turmeric Chickpea Veggie Burgers

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    Spice Kale Scramble

    Adding turmeric to your diet is as simple as tossing it in your morning eggs. Add some kale, and it becomes a filling breakfast or lunch. Or go ahead and have breakfast for dinner.

    Get the recipe: Spiced Kale Scramble

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    Turmeric Roasted Cashews

    As if cashews weren't delicious enough on their own, you can make your own flavored, roasted nuts without the added sodium that you'd get in a packaged version. Add sesame oil, some seaweed (for umami flavor!), and turmeric for a healthy homemade snack.

    Get the recipe: Turmeric Roasted Cashews

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    Turmeric Breakfast Muffins

    Turmeric adds a flavor twist to these oat, banana, and blueberry muffins that make them perfect for a non-boring breakfast treat. The optional granola crumble is just the figurative "cherry on top." (But you could totally add real cherries—why not!)

    Get the recipe: Turmeric Breakfast Muffins

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    Turmeric Stir-Fry

    Bored with your usual stir-fry sauce? Scared of the ingredients in bottled versions? There's a simple way to add a kick of flavor without any extra calories: turmeric! It pairs well with bell peppers and broccoli, like in this recipe, but also goes well with any veggie/protein/grain combo you want to try.

    Get the recipe: Turmeric Stir-Fry

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    Herbal Turmeric Boost Balls

    If you don't love the taste of turmeric but still want its health benefits, try popping one of these superfood snacks. They have a dash of coconut sugar that will give you energy pre-workout, mask the turmeric a bit, and crush your craving for sweets.

    Get the recipe: Herbal Turmeric Boost Balls


Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital assistant editor for Shape and Fitness. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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