Turmeric is a spice which should find a space in ALL homes. Traditionally it was used for a number of health-related issues and today it proves that it is still worth our attention. I promised a reader that I would share some ways to use Turmeric in recipes and today I will keep that promise.
Let me first invite you to take a second look at an article I wrote a few days ago about Turmeric. Please read and then return to this page for the recipes.
I would also like you to take a look at an infographic I created which was shared yesterday on my Facebook Page. We will use this infographic as our Table of Contents for this post.
Adding Turmeric to Soups
I will share with you a simple vegetable soup with some turmeric added for the health benefits and the bonus being a beautiful color and a delicious meal. I also love one-pot meals, especially those that I spend a little time standing and laboring in the kitchen.
What you will need:
- A 1-inch piece of Turmeric peeled and, finely chopped
- 2 large carrots scraped and diced
- 2 lbs pumpkin peeled and diced
- 1 large cho cho peeled and diced
- 1/2-inch ginger peeled and finely chopped
- 1 sprig scallion finely chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
- 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 4 cups of water
- Salt to taste (at least 1/2 teaspoon)
- 1 can coconut milk (I remove the husk, cut and blend the coconut meat/flesh, strain and use the milk)
- 1 lime
- 1 piece freshly cut mint or parsley (used for garnishing)
- Heat oil in a large enough pot (medium heat).
- Add onions, scallion, turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes.
- Add water, cho cho, pumpkin, carrots, curry, and salt.
- Cover pot and boil. Turn down flame after it starts to boil and cook for about 20 minutes.
- Cool and blend small portions until the entire stock is smooth.
- Return the soup to the large pot (low flame).
- Add coconut milk, cayenne pepper, and lime juice. Simmer for about 6 minutes.
- Taste and add salt, if needed.
- Serve with a piece of parsley or mint on top of the soup in a bowl.
If you look carefully at the ingredients used in this soup, you will notice a lot of diabetic-friendly ingredients-turmeric, carrots, pumpkin, cho cho, ginger, garlic, coconut oil and others. Please feel free to modify this soup, based on your preferences and taste. Cho cho may not be in your country, but maybe you could substitute with another vegetable that you like.
Please notice that we are using plant-based foods to make this soup. Research has led us to accept that these foods are great for persons with diabetes and that they will prevent diabetes in others.
It’s Tea Time with Turmeric
You will need:
- 1 tsp grated Turmeric (if you wish you can use the powder)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 lime or 1/2 lemon (use the juice)
- Pour the water into a pot and boil.
- Add turmeric and honey. Boil for 2 minutes.
- Pour into a cup and add the lime juice.
- Mix and drink.
Note that the turmeric and the lime or lemon are good to lower blood glucose. I would suggest checking your glucose one hour after you drink this hot beverage to see if there is an immediate effect. Note also, that for the most parts you will have to consume it over a period of time to see the effect.
Turmeric in Vegetables
Please watch the video below for a vegetable recipe with turmeric (Ginger Glazed Carrots with Turmeric and Fresh Thyme). Thanks to Jacob Burton for sharing this video on Youtube.
Please note that most vegetables are good for diabetics. They are low on the glycemic index and will cause a gradual spike in our blood glucose. This makes it easier for us to control diabetes and if carefully included in a complete lifestyle change, we could eliminate diabetes.
Lemon Turmeric Rice
You will need:
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp curry powder
- 2 tsp finely chopped onion
- 2 tsp finely chopped scallion
- 1 tsp olive oil
- A pinch of red pepper flakes
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
- 2 cups brown rice
- Water to cover rice
- In a saucepan, large enough to cook the rice, add the olive oil (low flame).
- Add the turmeric powder, curry powder, onion, scallion, pepper flakes and lime or lemon juice.
- Saute for 1-2 minutes.
- Add rice, salt and enough water to cover the rice (about 1 cm coverage).
- Cover pot, and steam until cooked.
- Enjoy with your choice of protein and vegetable.
Turmeric Scrambled Eggs
You will need:
- 6 eggs (beaten)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp finely chopped onion
- 1 tsp finely chopped scallion
- 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 3 leaves of parsley
- Heat the oil in a large enough skillet (medium heat).
- Add the turmeric, onions, scallion, garlic, and tomatoes (saute for 2 minutes).
- Stir so that it will not stick.
- Add the beaten eggs and stir.
- Add salt and black pepper (stir so that it will not stick).
- Turn off the flame when cooked to liking.
- Serve with parsley leaves on top.
- Enjoy with toast or coconut flour pancake.
The debate about eggs continues, but it has been found that eating eggs in moderation lowers blood glucose and hardly affects cholesterol. The secret is in how the eggs are prepared. The preferred methods are boiling, scrambling and poaching.
Garlic and turmeric are also known to be healthy choices for diabetics and hence my inclusion of said ingredients in the scrambled eggs recipe above.
Eating Meals Prepared at Home
This page also supports the view that persons who eat more meals which are prepared at home are less likely to develop diabetes. It is customary for people to say that they do not have enough time to prepare meals at home and also that they do not know what and how to cook.
This website, over time, seeks to offer assistance to such persons and also to share and hopefully exchange recipes with those who are more “comfortable” in the kitchen. It is hoped that as we continue to write and read about foods which are given to us by Mother Nature to control and possibly eliminate diabetes, then those who are struggling to make the change, will be motivated to make the correct choices to be healthy.
This posting was specially done for a regular reader who asked for some ways to incorporate turmeric into her diet. Todays’ focus was on using turmeric in a vegetable soup, in scrambled eggs, to make a delicious rice, as a nice addition to spruce up your vegetables and to make a delicious hot beverage (tea).
Most of the ingredients used in all the recipes are diabetic friendly, making these recipes suitable for the entire family. The recipes are also versatile, in that the ingredients can be substituted for other favorites without sacrificing the taste.
Turmeric has many health benefits and as such, it should be found in all homes and it should be an ingredient in recipes used throughout the week.
You are encouraged to share your thoughts and recipes in the box provided below so that we can rid our lives of diabetes.
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