So, you all have heard the buzz around turmeric, right? Yes, of course, you have. You are up to date; in the know! But wait . . . maybe you haven’t. Do not worry . . . I repeat, Do Not Worry! I am here to inform like any good girlfriend should and would.
Circuma longa . . . aka Turmeric. Always a benefit to know the latin name . . . maybe, maybe not. Well, I am sure you have heard of curry or at least, eaten a bowl at one time or another. Turmeric is a common ingredient in curry powder along with several other herbs . . . like cayenne, garlic, cumin and onion. You might be wondering, “why is turmeric so great?”
Time to move onto the health benefits so you too can start adding a pinch of turmeric here and there . . . and your body will thank you!
Turmeric is a root that is a member of the ginger family. They both have a similar shape and consistency. However, the bright yellow almost orange color is a defining characteristic of turmeric powder. Ayurvedic medicine considers turmeric to be a highly restorative food . . . displaying strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-microbial characteristics.
Curcumin, a flavonoid within turmeric, is the antioxidant substance responsible for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects.
Turmeric is a blood purifier. By stimulating the liver, it increases red-blood cell clumping and it increases circulation. Where is this all going? Yes . . . this allows wounds to heal faster and exhausted tissues to rejuvenate. Clean blood corrects both our excesses and our deficiencies in metabolism and bonus . . . increases our energy levels!
And all this blood purification effects our skin too! So if you are interested in “eating for beauty” turmeric is one of your kitchen spice staples. Turmeric makes the skin soft, supple and smooth. By purifying the blood, it helps to counteract pimples, acne, boils and other similar skin imbalances. Hey, this might just be the next new supplement for teenagers! Let’s be honest . . . teenage skin can often be a sight for sore eyes. All those hormones can write disaster in the form of acne all over some teenagers’ skin. Turmeric to the rescue! Turmeric brings color into pale skin, adds juiciness into dry skin . . . affecting the complexion in radiant ways; proving that food surely affects us and shows obvious results. And who doesn’t really want both an inner and outer glow?
Are you ready to stock up on turmeric and begin adding it into your food? Duh, of course! Is curry on the menu tonight? It is a delicious option. But turmeric can be added into salad dressings, smoothies, warm milk drinks, sprinkled on cooked veggies, used in place or in combination of ginger . . . Or to make my GOLDEN NORI ROLL!
This is so simple to make, big on flavor and adds a hefty dose of health benefits to your day! The base of this roll is turmeric-infused brown rice, layered with crisp yellow bell pepper, buttery avocado, purple sprouts, sweet julienned nectarines, spicy minced red onions all mixed up with a hint of sweet, salty, spicy and citrusy flavors! A mouth explosion at it’s BEST! So, start steaming up some brown rice . . . because we are rolling up some kind of deliciousness!
GOLDEN NORI ROLL
makes 2 nori rolls, about 18 – 20 pieces
2 nori wraps
1 cup cooked brown rice, warm
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 avocado, sliced
6 thin strips of yellow bell pepper
small handful of sprouts (I used purple sprouts)
1/4 of a red onion, minced
1/2 nectarine, julienned
*optional squeeze of a fresh orange
In a bowl, mix together the rice, turmeric, soy sauce and maple syrup until combined.
Lay a nori wrap flat and spread a half cup of rice mixture evenly over about 3/4 of the surface. Add in all the other ingredients; layering them neatly on top of each other. Finish with an optional squeeze of fresh orange juice.
Tightly roll the nori up into a cylindrical shape with the ends open. With the bamboo mat around the roll, give a tight squeeze.
Slice roll into about 8 to 10 pieces and arrange on a serving plate.
Serve with soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi paste, if desired.
Just saying . . . I love this meal! It is fresh, healthy and light . . . perfect for a summer meal!
To getting the benefits of turmeric all wrapped up in . . . one Golden Nori Roll at a time! Hugs, M.