Turmeric is one my favourites spices in the kitchen. In Estonia, we call it kurkum or kollajuur. I could put this amazing spice in almost every dish if it would go together with everything. I like to add some turmeric to my sautéed vegetables and soups and the perfect hot drink for cold nights is, of course, turmeric latte. Such an amazing spice, which is full of all the good I would like to see in my food. I even use turmeric to make homemade face masks. It’s a great ingredient to fight acne, dry skin and wrinkles. It gives you the glowing skin and even helps to fight with damaged skin. If someone is interested, then I can share my homemade turmeric face mask and turmeric latte recipe as well?
Some articles even say that turmeric benefits can beat many medications. I personally have noticed that my skin went better when I started to use more turmeric in my food and on my skin. Probably the main reason is that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory like garlic and ginger, which means that it helps to reduce levels of inflammation in the body and is good for overall health. In addition, it has a good effect on our physical and emotional health. Turmeric works like an antidepressant and keeps our mental health in balance. It’s also such a powerful ingredient to fight autoimmune diseases, diabetes, skin problems, cancer and obesity.
If you don’t like the taste of turmeric, but you would like to use it more often, then I suggest you start small and then you will get used to the taste. Later you might be obsessed with it. The only problem with turmeric is that I usually get yellow hands after playing around with it. 😀 So, if you don’t like to mess up your manicure, then just use gloves or don’t touch it with your hands. However, when you do get your hands yellow, then just wash them with lemon juice. That’s a little trick that I learned some years ago and I have used it ever since. It works perfectly when you get messy in the kitchen with carrots, pumpkin, beetroot, garlic or whatever vegetables in the kitchen. Just make sure that you put some hand cream or oil because lemon will make your skin dry.
I would always like to use turmeric root, but the only place I get it is my local health food store. So, when I don’t have the real turmeric root, then I just use the powder, which is almost as good as the real turmeric root. Hopefully, someday I will have my own turmeric straight from the garden.
Turmeric Chicken with Cauliflower Couscous & Butternut Pumpkin
Serve for 3-4
- 1/2 tsp coconut butter
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- Seasoning: turmeric, dry paprika, cayenne pepper, pink Himalayan salt, black pepper
- ½ chopped and peeled butternut pumpkin
- 1-2 fresh sliced chilli peppers (remove the seeds if you don´t want it too spicy, I like it spicy so I leave them inside)
- 2 chicken breast fillets (butterfly and cut into ribbons)
- 200-250 ml blended tomatoes (about 2 tomatoes) or just diced tomatoes in a tin
- 200 g fresh cauliflower
- Heat coconut butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic. Continue stirring for few seconds. Add chicken pieces and season with turmeric, dry paprika, cayenne pepper, pink Himalayan salt, black pepper and chilli. Add butternut pumpkin and cook until almost golden. Add tomatoes and chilli and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the cauliflower couscous. Blend or grate the cauliflower until it looks like couscous. Heat coconut butter in a different saucepan and then add cauliflower. Season with salt. Stir. Lower the heat and add 3 tbsp water. Season with turmeric, dry paprika, cayenne pepper, pink Himalayan salt. Leave it to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Serve the chicken with cauliflower couscous.