This golden spice has been given lots of attention because of its anti-inflammatory benefits. Curcumin, the potent component of turmeric, has substantial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to relieve arthritis pain and manage diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis and a variety of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. This Indian staple has even been used to speed the healing of wounds. Two teaspoons a day provide 10 percent of your daily value of iron and 17 percent of your daily manganese, so try adding this splash of color to lentil curry or even scrambled eggs. Suggested recipe:
Spicy Chicken with Broccoli
1 pound chicken
1 large head broccoli
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 heaping tablespoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
- Slice the onions into strips. Slice the chicken also into strips. Cut the broccoli into bite size chunks.
- Mix the garlic and ginger together into one chunky paste.
- Saute the onions in the oil until softened. 5 minutes.
- Add the ginger and garlic paste. Cook 1 minute.
- Add the turmeric, cumin and cayenne pepper mix.
- Add the chicken and broccoli and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the broccoli has reached your desired texture. Add the juice from the lemon and mix.
- Serve over rice.
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