Many people will eat Turmeric in curry but what most people don’t realise is, it’s a superfood. When eaten as part of a healthy diet, it has been scientifically proven to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. The spice is one of nature’s superheroes as it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It could also help with symptoms of arthritis and depression.
Many researchers have also found that it can reduce the spread of cancer and can help with the death of cancer cells. Turmeric has an active compound called curcumin which can offset the effects of many carcinogenics including additives used in processed foods. The spice can also help with skin conditions and it’s a brain food too.
There is more evidence to suggest that curcumin may help to protect against Alzheimer’s. It can significantly reduce inflammation as well as protein plaques in the brain that are common traits of an Alzheimer’s suffer. For me, I use turmeric in curries but I have made a few recipes that aren’t savoury too. Here are five recipes that might pleasantly surprise you.
My son Ted is 6 years old and has always been a bit of a fussy eater. As a mum with a fussy eater I’m always trying to think of new ways to get a few greens into his stomach. There are lots of foods he says he doesn’t like or won’t eat. Even ones I don’t think he’s tried yet. Although, what I don’t think Ted has realised is I do love a challenge. Even when it gets hard, I do try to keep my cool and I simply ask him to try it.
While I was making this dish Ted was in the kitchen watching me make it. He asked me what it was called. I told Ted it was a curry pesto but he called it ‘Green Lantern’ Pasta. I find making a pesto with pasta a brilliant way to get little green veggies into his digestive system. I know experts will tell you not to hide vegetables but when you can’t get one inside your son’s stomach then this is a great meal for the whole family to try.
Spices are a brilliant way to protect the body’s system at any time during the year but especially in the winter months. Firstly, they are an anti inflammatory that are loaded with antioxidants which help with wholeness and healing.
These spices work to keep the body’s immune system fighting fit during the colder months. Plus it can help with lots of other conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cholesterol. In the winter months these are the best spices to protect against coughs, colds and flu. Plus this drink is a delicious little treat that can be enjoyed all year round.
When it was just my husband and I we would occasionally treat ourselves to a Fish and Chip supper from the local takeaway. For those of you that don’t live in the UK Fish and Chips is a huge part of our culture. Many years ago people would buy fish and chips from the local takeaway and they would wrap it in newspaper.
Nowadays they don’t do that anymore and most of the stock is brought in frozen from a local warehouse. So one night after work we had an event to go to in a small town on the way home. We had been told by certain people that the fish and chip shop up the road from the event made the best chips. So we decided to give it a try.
When we entered the takeaway we were greeted by a friendly couple who owned the business. My husband asked for his usual, sausage in batter and a portion of chips. Then I ask for a fishcake and chips. To our surprise the lady asked if we would like a homemade fishcake and of course I said yes. It was the best fishcakes and chips I have ever tasted and this then inspired me to start making my own.
In recent months I have made a couple of types of fishcake that we have all enjoyed. I have never really thought about adding spices or using a different type of fish. So I thought that a spicy mackerel fishcake may taste good and they were delicious.
When I was a child I really enjoyed eating my greens. My parents tell me I was a great eater and I would eat most, if not all, foods. As long as I can remember I have loved greens and I could eat vegetables all day long. My salad eating habits have lead my lovely husband, Howard, to nickname me ‘Rabbit’.
So when I learned about smoothies and drinking your greens I was intrigued. I wanted to learn more and start making my own. A few years ago my husband bought me a Nutribullet for a birthday present. (And no, this is not an advert for Nutribullet, just part of the story). I was really excited to be able to start making my own smoothies and this is one of many.
My favourite takeaway was always an Indian and I would normally always order a meat dish like a korma and a side of rice. Since giving up processed foods and sugar it’s very rare that we order a takeaway. Nowadays, I much prefer experimenting and inventing my own takeaway dinners.
There were several items I would never have thought to try on a takeaway menu. We are creatures of habit, aren’t we! Then the other night I was out for dinner with friends and I ordered an Indian meal. Bombay Potatoes was part of that dish and it was so yummy. It inspired me to try my own version at home.