18 Healing Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Get More Curcumin Into Your Diet
The first time I truly came across turmeric was in India.
I learnt that it was a key ingredient in curry powder. In fact, it’s the turmeric powder that makes curries so bright yellow in color.
But what’s amazing about turmeric is that it’s not only used to make your Paleo food taste good, it also has medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
The benefits of turmeric come mostly from one compound it in…curcumin (a type of curcuminoid).
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and also has great anti-inflammatory effects. So it’s not surprising that it’s good for you to get more of it into your Paleo diet. One of way doing that is to make some of the Paleo turmeric recipes we have below.
But before I get to those Paleo turmeric recipes…
Let me quickly run through why turmeric (and in particular curcumin) is so healthy for you. Scientific studies suggest that:
- It has antidepressant properties,
- It may aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s,
- It could lower your risk of heart disease,
- It has potential anti-cancer properties,
- It may be beneficial for treating osteoarthritis.
But what exactly is turmeric…
What is Turmeric?
You probably know turmeric as a yellow powder that comes in a spice bottle. But this healing Paleo spice is actually a root (similar to ginger).
Take a look at the photos below – there’s the turmeric powder I have in my pantry and the fresh turmeric root it comes from.
In some supermarkets and Asian markets, you can buy fresh turmeric root and use that instead of the dried powder to flavor dishes. I love using the fresh root to make turmeric tea (you can get my recipe for that below).
How to get more turmeric into your Paleo diet?
As I explained above, curcumin is one of the great compounds in turmeric, but only around 3% of turmeric powder is curcumin. This means that you need to eat a lot of turmeric to start experiencing all the benefits.
So there are 2 ways you can get more turmeric into your Paleo diet:
- >Enjoying more Paleo turmeric recipes. That’s why we put together this list of healing Paleo turmeric recipes, so you can start enjoying more turmeric in your daily dishes.
- Add a turmeric supplement to your daily routine. You can boost your turmeric intake even more and make sure you’re able to absorb the curcumin into your body (because otherwise you wouldn’t get all the benefits) by adding this turmeric supplement into your daily routine. And eat a few peppercorns when you’re taking the curcumin supplement to increase its bioavailability.
Paleo Turmeric Recipes
We’ve put together a ton of healing Paleo turmeric recipes for you to try. From teas to curries, you’ll find lots of uses for your turmeric powder and for your fresh turmeric roots.
Click the green button below to download this entire list so you can refer back to it whenever you want to try a new recipe.
Table Of Contents – Paleo Turmeric Recipes
- Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Drinks
- Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Mains and Sides
- Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Sweet Treats
- Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Pastes
Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Drinks
This tea has such an amazing color and the spices give it a warming feeling! Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making this drink popular with anyone suffering from arthritis. The cinnamon and nutmeg add a satisfying flavor, so it’s also a great bedtime drink.
This nourishing drink is more like an infusion than a tea, yet it still has all the goodness of turmeric and ginger, making it a wonderfully reviving drink if you are not feeling too great. Turmeric tea has long been used in Indian households as a remedy for colds and tummy problems, but with the addition of the lime you get a much fresher flavor.
Honey and lemon are used in many countries to ease colds and sore throats, so just imagine how adding turmeric and ginger would boost the effect! You end up with a warming cup of goodness that can help to make you feel relaxed and revived at the same time.
Turmeric tonic is a fantastic way to start the day off healthy! It has a sweet and slightly earthy flavor but has added freshness thanks to the lemon. Turmeric and ginger have both been shown to aid digestive health and adding the black pepper releases the active ingredients in the turmeric. If you feel the need for a bit of spice in this drink you could add a little cayenne too.
– Primally Inspired
Ingredients: fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, pure vanilla extract, pure raw honey, coconut milk, boiling water.
If you find fresh turmeric difficult to find then you can use powder, but this will not give such a full-bodied taste, so it is worth searching it out.
– Savory Lotus
Ingredients: banana, pineapple chunks, coconut milk, fresh turmeric, ginger, coconut butter, cinnamon powder, hemp seeds, collagen peptide, ice cubes, black pepper (optional).
Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus
This smoothie is so creamy to taste that you just won’t believe it is dairy-free! It has a real tropical taste from the banana and pineapple and has a bit of spice from the ginger and cinnamon. This would make the perfect pick-you-up for a delicious and nutritious breakfast and, if you choose to add the black pepper, you will help with the release of the goodness from the turmeric.
Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Mains and Sides
– Satisfying Eats
Ingredients: Himalayan salt, granulated garlic, ground cumin, granulated onion, paprika, ground black pepper, ground turmeric, dried oregano, bacon, chicken thighs, bacon grease, onion, green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, garlic, cauliflower, homemade chicken stock.
The spices in this dish give the whole meal a real Eastern flavor, and the yellow color of the turmeric makes it look amazing! Spicy coated chicken and flavorful cauliflower rice go so well together and make a perfect family meal. If you have kids who are fussy eaters, you might find it helpful to color their veggies with a natural ingredient like here, as that often makes them more attractive.
– Healthful Pursuit
Ingredients: coconut oil or avocado oil, onion, garlic, fresh ginger, turmeric, unsweetened full-fat coconut milk, water, lime zest, lime juice, broccoli, cauliflower, sea salt, ground pepper, wild Alaskan salmon filets.
Turmeric gives a wonderful color to vegetables and makes them more attractive, even for fussy kids!
– Primally Inspired
Ingredients: chicken wings, cloves garlic, turmeric powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, lemon, bacon fat or olive oil, cilantro, pepper, cayenne pepper.
Turmeric has such a strong yellow color that it makes a perfect coating or marinade for meats or veggies, and that’s what makes these wings look so golden and good! Ideally it would be a good idea to marinade these overnight so that the chicken can absorb the flavors. The smoky flavor from the paprika also helps to turn these wings into a must-have for barbecues and parties.
– So Let’s Hang Out
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, coconut oil, ground ginger, turmeric, cloves, sea salt, black pepper, flat leaf parsley, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, salt, olive oil.
Turmeric and ginger make a great coating for meat and vegetables as the colors they give are amazing! These roasted sweet potatoes come out golden and delicious, they taste great, they are easy to prepare and the tahini sauce gives them just that little kick of spice. You can either pour the sauce over the sweet potato cubes or serve it separately as a dipping sauce.
– Cooking In Sens
Ingredients: bacon, garlic cloves, onion, cabbage, salt, pepper, cherry tomatoes, bay leaf, turmeric, water, cider vinegar.
Cabbage and bacon are very popular partners, but adding the tomatoes as well helps give this dish a little twist. This recipe is a great one for using up vegetables that are past their best, and partnered with the bacon, gives you a fantastic light and delicious lunch. Vegetarians could also enjoy this meal – just omit the bacon.
This dish has to be one of the best Paleo sides ever! The golden cauliflower florets look so good and can be teamed with even the plainest of mains to brighten up the plate. This is a great way to introduce eating turmeric to doubtful family members, and we all know how good turmeric is for us. Roasted cauliflower can also be used to garnish soups and makes a very appealing side for a dinner party.
– The Nourished Caveman
Ingredients: turkey carcass or back bone raw, turkey necks, apple cider vinegar, celery, carrot, whole peppercorns, Celtic sea salt, ginger root, fresh turmeric root, butternut squash, turkey meat.
Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman
Once winter hits us there is nothing more satisfying than a big bowl of homemade soup! This one has the added benefits from the turmeric and ginger, which boost the immune system and can help you fight off all those annoying illnesses the kids bring home! Turkey soup is warming and satisfying and can help sustain you even on the coldest days.
Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Sweet Treats
When you are using turmeric, one of the best ways to get the benefit of its curcumin is to add black pepper, but it also gives these little treats a delicious hint of heat. If you want to make sure that the kids get a good amount of turmeric then these are the perfect sweet treats to give them. The ginger also helps if someone has a cold – or man flu!
– My Heart Beets
Ingredients: almond milk or milk of choice, ground turmeric, ground cardamom, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, black pepper, almond flour, honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice.
Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets
If you are a bit doubtful about trying turmeric, then these popsicles are a great introduction. They are easy to eat and you can start off with less turmeric until you get used to the flavor. These are great for sore throats and colds, but please remember that turmeric stains! If you are giving these to a child, make sure their clothes are well-protected.
Chia seeds need a bit of time to swell and absorb the flavor in this pudding, so ideally make it the night before. This is a creamy, sweet, and nutritious pudding which does not need to be served for dessert – add in some fresh fruit of choice for a refreshing breakfast dish which has a bit of spice from the cinnamon and ginger.
Paleo Turmeric Recipes – Pastes
This paste is a great base to use to get more turmeric into your Paleo diet. Turmeric has many health benefits including being anti-inflammatory and can even help to control cholesterol. Try adding a couple of spoons of this golden paste to soups or stews, or mix it with hot milk to make a nourishing drink.
– Craving 4 More
Ingredients: yellow squash, coconut butter, ground coriander, ground turmeric, sea salt, pepper.
The color of this crème is amazing! It is rich and golden because of the squash and turmeric and would make a great addition to a dish of roasted vegetables or it could be served as a dip for crudités and would be very impressive at a party. In order to release the curcumin from the turmeric we would suggest you add a little black pepper, giving you access to more of the health benefits of this spice.
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