Spices can be so much more than flavor savers. In addition to the highly praised superfoods we’ve come to know and love, there are also some super spices that offer fantastic health benefits — like turmeric. Turmeric has recently taken the spotlight, and it’s not just because of its gorgeous golden hue. This herbaceous plant plays a key part in Siddha medicine due to its amazing medicinal properties. While this antioxidant acts as an anti-inflammatory, its earthy flavor shines in savory foods; these 15 glowing turmeric recipes prove it.


1. Yellow Split Pea, Kale and Potato Curry: A warm bowl of wholesome curry is all you really need to slip into a state of contentment during the cooler months. With cumin seed, a pinch of garam masala and turmeric, this good stuff is perfect with warm naan, over rice or on its own. (via Blissful Basil)


2. Turmeric Oatmeal: Starting your day with this wholesome and blissful oat bowl will surely set you off on the right foot. Turmeric adds an extra hit of wellness to this bowl’s already healthy fruits and fibers. (via Lauren Caris Cooks)


3. Apple Kale Quinoa Salad With Pumpkin Turmeric Dressing: This super gorgeous fall salad is full of nutrition and, best of all, it’s easy to throw together. Despite all those pretty ingredients, the star here is that brilliant dressing. Though it’s creamy, it’s still healthy thanks to the use of Greek yogurt and the addition of pumpkin and turmeric. (via As Easy As Apple Pie)


4. Beer Battered Fish Tacos With Chimichurri Slaw: The use of turmeric doesn’t have to be obvious, which is awesome because you can take advantage of its benefits by throwing it into just about anything. Here, turmeric is mixed into the mouth-watering beer batter on these fish tacos. Pure brilliance! (via What Do You Crave?)


5. Turmeric Sweet Potato Pasta Salad: This versatile spiralized sweet potato noodle salad makes for a perfect side *or* entree. You can adorn it with your fave protein, or keep it light and simply drizzle some vegan turmeric ginger dressing on top. However you choose to eat this, you’ll be getting a solid dose of feel-good. (via Jar of Lemons)


6. Turmeric Hummus: Hummus is by far one of the best snacks around. How can anything compete with what is essentially a healthy dip? This flavorful chickpea spread shines even brighter with the addition of turmeric; this is a hummus twist you don’t want to miss. (via Carolyn’s Pantry)


7. Avocado Turmeric Chicken Salad Sandwich: If you brown bag it to work throughout the week, then you know how boring packed lunches get after a while. However, this tasty chicken salad ‘wich brings lunch to the next level with creamy avocado and a dash of healthful turmeric. (via Home. Made. Interest.)


8. Savory Turmeric Pancakes With Lemon Yogurt Sauce: Say goodbye to your usual pancakes topped with fruits and syrup. These swoon-worthy savory cakes are where it’s at, and you’ll find turmeric in both the cakes and the sauce for a double whammy of wellness. (via Hello Glow)


9. Lemon Chicken Biryani: This fab one-pot meal is the perfect solution for your healthy weeknight needs. Fluffy and fragrant basmati rice cooks alongside tender chicken and is kicked up with spices like turmeric. For extra texture, you can add crunchy cashews and almonds. (via The View from Great Island)


10. Turmeric Tahini Roasted Cauliflower Salad: Both cauliflower and turmeric have been gaining momentum over the last year, and it’s no wonder why; they’re nutritious, delicious and healthy AF. So, throwing them into a salad together seems natural. (via Naturally Ella)


11. Rainbow Chard and Sweet Potato Curry With Turmeric and Ginger: When you’re hankering for a hearty bowl of veggies and spiced flavors, this colorful curry has got you covered. It brings all the gusto with the health benefits of turmeric and its alluring appearance. (via Lucky Star Anise)


12. Turmeric Cauliflower Broccoli Gratin: This cheesy-licious dish is full on AH-mazing. Turmeric boosts the health factor while a rich white sauce with Parmesan brings that comfort we crave. This GF dish is the perfect low-carb side or entree. (via Skinny Fitalicious)


13. Turmeric Roasted Chickpea Carrot Salad With Apple Cider Tahini Dressing: This wholesome and glowing salad brings you a dish that has all the flavor and all the healthy. Veggies are tossed in turmeric, then roasted to perfection before being tossed in a tangy dressing. (via Cotter Crunch)


14. Healing Carrot Soup With Turmeric and Ginger: It’s one thing when a soup is considered comforting, but when you can also consider it healing, that brings things to a whole new level of awesome to the kitchen. This stunner of a dish pampers your bod with fiber, minerals and phytonutrients. (via Hello Glow)


15. Glowing Vegan Turmeric Oatmeal: This simple and healthy oat bowl takes a measly five minutes to put together, so you can be devouring it in no time. Spiced with ground ginger, cinnamon, maple syrup and turmeric, this breakfast delight will help keep you up and at it throughout the flu season. (via The Pretend Baker)

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