How to Add Turmeric to Pretty Much Every Meal
Every meal is an opportunity to benefit from turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is having a 24-karat kind of moment. Incredibly versatile and packed with antioxidants and the anti-inflammatory compound curcumin, the healthy gilt-hued spice is showing up in everything from lattes to popcorn. Even if traditional turmeric dishes aren't your taste, you can still get a regular dose of the superfood. No mater what you're making, the spice is easily incorporated. "Turmeric has a great aroma and tastes neutral, so it works in sweet and savory foods," says Brooke Williamson, Top Chef winner and a co-chef-owner of Playa Provisions and the Tripel in Los Angeles. She likes to match it with the heat of ginger, the complexity of licorice, and the sweetness of root vegetables. Her favorite twists:
A Sunny Breakfast
Simmer oats or quinoa in turmeric-spiked coconut milk until tender, then top with golden raisins. (This immune-boosting smoothie bowl also contains the spice.)
Add some oomph to a sandwich by blending freshly grated turmeric into aioli and spreading on crusty bread.
An Easy Dinner
Whisk turmeric, honey, ginger, and other Thai aromatics, such as ground coriander and lime zest, into coconut milk as a glaze for seared scallops.
A Fun Dessert
Whip up turmeric meringues. Fold the ground spice into the cookie batter and bake. (These turmeric latte popsicles are another dessert option.)
A Refreshing Drink
An iced almond milk turmeric latte is the perfect pick-me-up on a warm afternoon. Blend 1 tablespoon chopped fresh turmeric, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 cup almond milk until smooth and frothy. Strain over an ice-filled glass and enjoy.