Turmeric is known as one of the healthiest natural foods on Earth. Its amazing health benefits make it the ultimate Paleo spice. To spice up your paleo diet, here are the tastiest turmeric recipes on the web!
While Turmeric is famous for its ability to decrease inflammation in the body, this unique spice also has the ability to improve brain functioning, lower the risk of brain and heart diseases, and to alleviate arthritis. Turmeric’s powerful antioxidant capacity also helps in preventing certain types of cancer.
If you’re unfamiliar with turmeric and its uses, you’ve probably already tried it in Indian curries or Vietnamese stir-fry. The flavor of turmeric is warm and peppery with subtle hints of ginger, which makes actual slices of fresh ginger a great accompaniment to almost any turmeric dish. On its own, turmeric can taste bitter, so a little added sweetness from honey or maple syrup gives it a nice balance.
It’s also important to note that turmeric transforms anything to a bright yellow-orange, which looks especially great in soups, smoothies or teas.
To help get you started with adding turmeric to your daily intake, here’s a list of 40 Paleo turmeric recipes from around the web. Since so many turmeric recipes center around chicken, this list attempts to branch out with a solid mix of breakfast foods, snacks, smoothies, and even desserts. If you find that you truly love the taste and enjoy reaping the benefits of turmeric, check out the recipes that use turmeric as the main ingredient, like the DIY supplement turmeric “bombs,” or the turmeric bites made from coconut oils and butters.
This list will make it easy for you to find new and exciting ways to add nature’s most beneficial spice to every meal!
Creamy Cauliflower Dip
Paleo’s answer to hummus is found in an unlikely place: steamed cauliflower. Blend it up with tahini, olive oil, garlic, turmeric and other spices for a replica that will amaze you!
Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Dip
Turmeric Coconut Latte
Blend this mix of (non-coffee) ingredients in before adding it in your French press for a brightly-colored antioxidant drink.
Recipe: Turmeric Coconut Latte
Spiced Zucchini Beef
This quick and easy dinner is chock full of healthy spices, including paprika, cumin, cayenne, sesame seeds, fennel seeds and maca powder.
Recipe: Spiced Zucchini Beef
Ginger Turmeric Chicken
Roast a whole chicken with a Thai-inspired twist: covering the whole shebang with a spice mixture of garlic, salt, ginger and turmeric.
Recipe: Ginger Turmeric Chicken
Ginger Carrot Soup
The refreshing flavors of ginger, turmeric and carrot shine brightly in this velvety blended soup.
Recipe: Ginger Carrot Soup
Turmeric Plantain Chips
Tired of kale trips? Try crisping up these plantain slices to amp up your snack routine.
Recipe: Turmeric Plantain Chips
Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp with Cabbage-Mango Slaw
Try this well-balanced, sweet-salty dish with sautéed shrimp and crispy slaw.
Kale and Mushroom Ghee Frittata
Bake up this easy and healthy frittata for a satisfying breakfast boasting long-lasting energy.
Recipe: Kale and Mushroom Ghee Frittata
Creamy Turmeric Sauce
Dollop this thick sauce onto burgers, use as a dip for veggies, or add a little extra spiciness to your curries.
Recipe: Creamy Turmeric Sauce
Bake up these morning time treats that aim to add a little extra turmeric boost to your breakfast or snack.
Recipe: Turmeric Scones
Detox your body with this super nutritious egg scramble recipe.
Recipe: Nourishing Scramble
Healing Chicken Soup
Bounce back from the sniffles pronto with this chicken broth infused with garlic, ginger and, of course, turmeric.
Recipe: Healing Chicken Soup
Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken
It only takes about five minutes to prep this whole chicken for its day-long stretch in the crockpot with a can of coconut milk, fresh ginger and garlic.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken
This comforting chowder boasts lots of healthy veggies and enough bacon to gain the approval of any New Englander.
Recipe: Cauliflower Chowder
Spicy Indian Chicken Stir-Fry
These marinated chicken strips and stir-fried veggies makes for a delicious and beautiful one-pan dinner.
Recipe: Spicy Indian Chicken Stir-Fry
Fermented Cabbage, Carrot and Sweet Potato
Fermenting your own foods is not as hard as you think! Just submerge these veggies in a broth of their own liquid and let it sit for a few days in a cool, dark place.
This citrusy chicken thighs bake with whole orange slices for a bright take on a weeknight dinner.
Recipe: Orange-Spiced Chicken
Ante up your nutrient intake with this combo of Brussels sprouts, carrots and sweet potatoes mixed with coconut oil and spices.
Recipe: Roasted Vegetables
Also called “Golden Milk,” this blended and heated tea is best consumed right before bed.
Recipe: Turmeric Tea
Smoky Turmeric Chicken Wings
Use this smoky marinade to spice up anything from drumsticks to thighs, but it’s especially great on chicken wings.
Recipe: Smoky Turmeric Chicken Wings
Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie
Reduce inflammation, boost digestion and cleanse your blood with this super-charged tropical smoothie.
Recipe: Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie
Asian Inspired Minced Beef
This protein-packed meal gets a savory sweetness from the coconut and honey.
Recipe: Asian Inspired Minced Beef
Mango Turmeric Smoothie
Ginger, toasted coconut and cinnamon are here to help you out of your smoothie rut, pronto.
Recipe: Mango Turmeric Smoothie
Tropical Carrot, Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie
A pinch of salt makes everything taste better, including savory smoothies.
Turmeric Lime Chicken
This easy recipe involves frying chicken thighs with whole lime halves for a bracing citrus note!
Recipe: Turmeric Lime Chicken
Thai Yellow Curry With Prawns
Yellow curry slightly sweet and salty with just a hint of spice. The flavors of ginger, garlic, and turmeric are the standout stars of this dish!
Recipe: Thai Yellow Curry With Prawns
Savory Indian Pancake
Make this spicy takeout favorite a Paleo staple at home with this easy recipe of almond and tapioca flours, cilantro and serrano peppers.
Recipe: Savory Indian Pancake
Satisfy your craving for salt with this healthy snack containing chives, lemon and homemade mayo.
Recipe: Sardine-Stuffed Avocados
Feel like you need an extra dose of turmeric? DIY your supplement and roll a healthy amount of turmeric with coconut oil, ghee and sweetener of your choice for a frozen treat that beats a pill any day.
Recipe: Turmeric “Bombs”
Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower
Stuck for dinner inspiration? This roasted turmeric cauliflower dish is so simple and makes a wonderful side dish to go with anything.
Recipe: Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower
Roasted Butternut Squash
Smoked paprika, garlic and turmeric points the humble butternut squash towards a new savory direction.
Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash
Creamy Broccoli Soup
This healthy and satisfying soup is thickened with avocado to deliver a refreshingly bright green color to your dinner.
Recipe: Creamy Broccoli Soup
Paleo Tortilla Chips
Fry up and then bake these delicious paleo tortilla chips that only have four ingredients
Recipe: Tortilla Chips
Raw Coconut & Turmeric Chocolate Truffles
These delicious chocolates are rolled in shredded coconut and turmeric for a beautiful treat that can last up to five days in the fridge. That is, if you can let them sit there for that long…
Baked Chicken Nuggets
The tangy flavor of these childhood favorites comes from a surprise ingredient – organic dill pickle juice!
Recipe: Baked Chicken Nuggets
Turmeric & Candied Ginger Ice Cream
Turmeric and ice cream is a match made in heaven, and if you’re lusting over the root like I am, you will die for this vibrant dessert.
You had us at chorizo, but a mixture of both chicken and beef chorizos? Now we’re just plain intrigued.
Recipe: Chorizo-Stuffed Peppers
Chicken Tikka Masala
There’s something irresistible about creamy, tender, spicy pieces of tikka masala, and this Paleo version fits the bill.
Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala
Almond-Crusted Baked Cod
Spruce up boring old pieces of Pacific cod with almonds, dill, bell peppers and a dash of turmeric.
Recipe: Almond-Crusted Baked Cod
Turmeric Tomato Detox Soup
This warm and healthy broth, made with vegetable stock, tomatoes, and apple cider vinegar, can be poured right into a cup for you to sip on. Why bother with a spoon?
Recipe: Turmeric Tomato Detox Soup
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