Thanksgiving is fast approaching (a daunting thought for chefs and party hosts). Spend time and add in these healthy and filling side dishes that add in some powerful yellow spice. Sneak in all the health power you can this holiday season.
Cauliflower For Higher Health
Cauliflower is not only amazing on its own simply roasted in the oven, it makes an excellent side dish for any fall feast. Turmeric and Cauliflower are a pair that work together to combat some pesky prostate issues for our male friends. It is also extremely high in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. It provides essential support to the antioxidant system and the bodies detox system. Cauliflower contains antioxidants that help activate our bodies detoxification systems aiding our removal of toxins and any damage they can cause.
This easy dish will take only a couple of minutes and you can fill your plate with these florets instead of a stuffing.
Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower
Recipe from Tastespotting
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1½ teaspoons turmeric
1 head cauliflower, cut into extra small florets, about the size of marbles (save all parts of the stems for something else like mashed faux-tatoes or pureed soup)
½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
black pepper to taste
chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, ginger, and turmeric. Add cauliflower and toss until florets are evenly coated. Season with salt and black pepper.
Place cauliflower in a single layer on lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast until brown at edges and tender, about 20 minutes. Toss with fresh cilantro right before serving.
Learning to love Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts are one of those produce items that always seem to sneak their way into a fall meal. They are fairly easily to make and go well with several different flavors. Try roasting your Sprouts this year with turmeric to enhance the benefits. On their own, they are a good source of fiber, Vitamins A, C, K and B Vitamins. They are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids and are packed with disease blocking phytochemicals. Combine all this with benefits of turmeric and you’ll be feeling better after your dinner than you did before. Brussels Sprouts have 4x more of a specific antioxidant that supports our bodies detoxification system than cauliflower.
Turmeric Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 2 cups (5-6) of brussels sprouts (cut the stems and wash them carefully)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (try to look for cold-pressed olive oil)
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- black pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Mix 1 tbs olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, 1 tsp turmeric and black pepper in a bowl. Toss in the brussels sprouts to evenly coat each piece. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the skin crisps. Remove from the oven and serve.
Recipe adapted from Health and Wellness Warrior
Post Dinner Support
After a big meal, like most thanksgiving meals tend to be, rather than load up on egg nog, a glass of wine or sugary desserts, help your body by soothing your stomach with a glass of turmeric tea. A warm glass of tea is a beautiful addition to conversation around the dinner table with friends and family. Making a big pot of this will help you and your loved ones digest your meal and feel a bit lighter .
1/3 cup / 80 ml good, raw honey
2 1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric
lots of freshly ground black pepper
Work the turmeric into the honey until it forms a paste. You can keep this on hand, in a jar, for whenever you’d like a cup.
For each cup of tea, place a heaping teaspoon of the turmeric paste in the bottom of a mug. Pour hot (but not boiling water) into the mug, and stir well to dissolve the turmeric paste. Add a big squeeze of juice from a lemon, and a good amount of black pepper. Enjoy! Stir now and then as you drink so all the good stuff doesn’t settle to the bottom, or top off with more hot water as you drink it.
Recipe from 101 Cookbooks
How are you planning on lightening up this big meal? We would love to know your favorite way to incorporate turmeric into your holiday meal.