Too Tasty to Throw Turmeric #forgottenfruitandvegseries

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We have had an interesting few weeks, amidst ‘Too Tasty To Throw’ app development as we finalise the product, the triplets and our family are just coming off two weeks of gastro and one week of another virus. So, our mission has been to build our immune system to stave off further illness (at least whilst we get this app off the ground!).

Welcome the humble whole turmeric to our forgotten fruit and veg series. Many of you may use powdered turmeric, knowing some of its immune boosting benefits, but the whole root always seems a bit tricky…well, let us help you out. Our passion is to make sure nothing from the turmeric plant is discarded, as you don’t know what to do with it, and you receive maximum health benefits.

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When it comes to using turmeric in your cooking, you have two choices – the punchy fresh turmeric or a more mellow powder. The fresh turmeric’s stronger flavour lends itself to smoothies and sautes, whilst the powdered version is easy to use for a pop of colour and less intense flavour hit in things such as rice, roasted vegetables and soups. Both the powdered and fresh form have significant health benefits but the fresh form doesn’t lose any of the plant’s essential oils and this means the health benefits are more readily available. This is also why it stains your hands when using, so be careful! It is very similar to ginger in handling and preparing, so make sure you avoid the dry and shrivelled looking roots and prepare it by peeling and cutting into cubes, matchsticks or grating. You can store the freshly prepared turmeric in the firdge in an airtight container for a few weeks or freezer for a few months. I prefer to grate and store in the freezer so I can easily add to a variety of recipes.

So, if we know how to prepare it, what are the benefits? Turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems. These include:

Prevents cancer
Relieves arthritis
Controls diabetes
Reduces cholesterol
Boosts immunity
Heals wounds
Weight management
Prevents Alzheimer’s
Improves digestions
Prevents liver disease

If you are looking for some inspiration, try the recipes below:

Baked potato with turmeric yoghurt and crunchy seeds

Sweet potato
Turmeric root
Mixed seeds
Greek Yoghurt
Onion
Garlic
Kale

Bake the potato in the oven until crispy on the outside and tender inside (roughly 40 minutes) Place the onion, garlic, kale into a pan with some olive oil and gently saute. Then roast the seeds in a dry pan. Grate the turmeric root into some greek yoghurt and mix to form a vibrant yellow spiced yoghurt. Assemble your meal…Baked potato, topped with the kale, onion and garlic, then a layer of yoghurt, followed by the crunchy seeds. And feel the benefits!

Turmeric and ginger tea

Turmeric root grated
Ginger grated
Lemon and honey to taste

Put all ingredients in a teapot and leave to stand for 3-5 minutes. Add lemon and honey to taste and enjoy!

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Anti Inflammatory Turmeric & Cauliflower Soup Recipe

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It’s a great time of year for soups and this recipe from our wellness ambassador, Vladia Cobrdova, is warming, soothing, immune boosting and uses ingredients which are known to be anti-inflammatory.

Place all the below ingredients together in a large pot:

half head of med size cauliflower
1 knob turmeric, with skin
1 knob ginger, with skin
1 large clove garlic
1 tbsp ghee
1 cube veggie stock (or equivalent)
3 cup water
Himalayan  salt
Pepper
1 can coconut milk – but add this at the end of the cooking process

Cook the above for 45 minutes on a slow heat. Add the coconut milk towards the end and heat slowly so it doesn’t curdle. Blend until smooth and serve with a garnish of fresh coriander, a wedge of lime, chilli flakes or freshly chopped chilli – delicious!

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About Vladia Cobrdova:

Vladia Cobrdova is the COO and Wellness Ambassador for aboutlife, a Nutritionist and Author. After being involved in the hospitality industry for years at her home in Czechoslovakia, she moved to Australia where she pursued studies in Natural Health & Therapies. She has been working with the Organic Industry for close to 15 years and knows everything there is to know about operations and business management. She’s seen organics & wellness go from alternative to mainstream.

She has combined her love for real food, business and operations to create what she calls her ‘dream job’ as the Chief Operations Officer of aboutlife. She believes aboutlife is a powerful vehicle for reaching thousands of people at once and making an impact on people’s health on a large scale.

Vladia is the Author of the Wholefoods for Wellness cookbook, which features some of your favourite aboutlife dishes that you can cook at home. She also is the co-ordinator of aboutlife’s popular Wholefoods for Wellness classes held monthly at their 5 stores.

Vladia Cobrdova

You can find Vladia at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vladiacobrdova
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vladiacobrdova
and in an aboutlife store near you: www.aboutlife.com.au