Spiced for Your Health

Curcumin, contained in the common spice turmeric, may help mitigate a wide range of health issues. Ongoing research is examining the power of this traditional spice to confirm its potential to maintain health status and help you live well longer. We suggest spicing up your menu with a few new dishes featuring traditional curry spices.

Try adding turmeric any time you cook Asian, Indian and African dishes, such as rice, vegetables, chicken and fish curries, stir-fry, stews and casseroles.

This recipe for curried rice salad is a good option for a serving of whole grains. We suggest using extra virgin olive oil in place of the sesame oil. The average curry powder does not contain much curcumin, so to boost the healthful content of the dish, try using ½ teaspoon each of turmeric and cumin powders instead of the curry powder.

Legumes are a healthy source of plant proteins and fiber. Try a Three Bean Cassoulet that uses three different bean varieties and is just 10% fat. Incorporating curcumin makes for a tasty variation that can boost the benefits even more—omit the bay leaf and substitute turmeric, cumin and coriander (½ – 1 tsp each) for the parsley, basil and thyme.

Try some Lowfat Indian Cuisine like masala and lemon rice to envigorate your taste buds.

Curried cauliflower with chick peas combines a cruciferous vegetable, legume and curry. What could be healthier?

Take a look as Eating Well highlights cauliflower, the skinny starch. Pairing well with many flavors, this healthy cruciferous veggie is a great source of Vitamin C, folate, fiber, and Vitamin K (essential for blood clotting). Their collection contains several curried recipes for full flavor and good health.