9 Turmeric Recipes That Will Nourish Your Body And Your Soul

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I've never been a huge fan of Indian food, so naturally, I was hesitant to give the turmeric craze a fair shot.

While I personally may not be that into its stand-alone taste (or the hard-to-wash golden stain it leaves on my fingers after I cook with it), there's no denying the spice's incredible health benefits.

So, yeah, I'd say I'm willing to put my taste buds on the line for a fair trial.

Fair warning, though: This ginger family relative has a distinct, mild taste that may not mesh well with your buds as a standstill component, but combining the spice with some of your favorite daily staples is a game-changer for your meals and your overall health.

Here are a few simple, delicious, kind-of-out-there examples of ways you can implement turmeric into any meal of the day.

1. Turmeric Poached Egg

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My Instagram feed is swarming with food porn and recipe inspiration by the second, and when I saw these golden eggs on Jeannette Ogden's account, my jaw dropped, my mouth watered -- it was a really attractive, but also brilliant "aha!" moment.

The best part? It's super simple to make.

Once you bring your water to a boil, stir in turmeric and vinegar before dropping in the goods, and you have yourself a golden egg for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

2. Turmeric Oats

Balance With B's chocolate indulgence is cleverly health-conscious.

Combining raw cacao powder with turmeric, coconut oil, ginger, cinnamon, and almond milk, your body will reap all the benefits of the Indian spice, while your taste buds endure a party of their own with every sip.

Cheers to that!

3. Turmeric Smoothie

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The Minimalist Baker's carrot ginger turmeric smoothie just sounds so damn healthy, and I promise it's equally as delicious.

Thrown together using only seven ingredients -- among them banana, pineapple, and lemon for a zesty combo -- this baby is nutrient-dense and perfect for post-workout recovery.

4. Turmeric Roasted Vegetables

Cauliflower rice works as either an afternoon or evening staple you can add to the side of almost any meal -- soups, salads, tacos, you name it.

Sautée it with turmeric and accompanying spices, like garlic powder, for a savory dish that's both tasty and good for you.

5. Turmeric Chicken

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I've eaten so much chicken during my life, it's a miracle I'm not sporting a beak and pair of wings by now.

So, as you can imagine, I get pretty bored of the dish every now and then. Spices aren't just suggested when it comes to making chicken -- they're totally necessary to heighten the meal.

Recipe developer and The New York Times contributor Florence Fabricant came up with a golden curry marinade with turmeric, ginger, and scallions to upscale your average wing night, and it is absolutely to-die-for.

6. Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower rice can be an afternoon or evening staple to add to the side of almost any meal -- soups, salads, tacos, you name it.

Sautée it with turmeric and accompanying spices like garlic powder for a savory dish that's tasty and good for you.

7. Turmeric Hot Cocoa

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Balance With B's chocolate indulgence is cleverly health-conscious and yummy AF.

Combining raw cacao powder with turmeric, coconut oil, ginger, cinnamon, and almond milk, your body will reap all the benefits of the Indian spice, while your taste buds endure a party of their own with every sip.

Cheers to that!

8. Turmeric Taco Seasoning

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Turmeric is far from a sweetening spice, so if you're on the hunt for a hint of zest to add to your #TacoTuesday, here's the solution.

Bridget Voorhees of Runner's Edge created this nutrient-enhanced taco seasoning made with turmeric, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin that not only tastes good, but is also way better for you than store-bought mixtures.

9. Golden Milk Latte

I recently tried Gaia Herbs' Golden Milk and was sold on this sweet-yet-savory blend of warm milk and body-nurturing spices.

The powder is 100 percent vegan-friendly, and free of gluten and GMOs. All you'll need to do is warm up a cup of your favorite animal- or nut-based milk, and add one teaspoon of the dry mixture.

Harmonizing turmeric root, dates, ashwagandha root, and vanilla bean in one scoop, it's anti-inflammatory, good for your gut, and a cozy alternative to coffee in the morning or an alcoholic nightcap.