New Year, Old Traditions: Cooking with Turmeric

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Turmeric. No, I did not just sneeze… although inhaling this peppery spice may have that effect!

If you’re not familiar with turmeric – what I consider one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence – make 2017 the year you get turned on to its unique flavour.

And if you know someone of East Indian descent, like my mother? Well, they put that yellow stuff in EVERYTHING.
_DSC1055I find it amusing that turmeric is often identified as a new food trend, since I’ve been exposed to it since birth. Every stir-fry, vegetable dish and curry my mom has ever created always included a pinch (or punch) of turmeric. My mom will say she adds it for colour, but a brief online search will show the properties of this herb go well beyond its cosmetic use.

(Remember, always consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting a new regime – even when it includes natural foods!) 

The best part? Even if you’ve never used it in your cooking it’s very easy to incorporate! Turmeric has a pepper-like aroma and taste. In stews, soups and curries, you can start with a teaspoon and add more to taste. On eggs, vegetables or other savoury dishes, simply sprinkle and enjoy.

Here’s an easy, no-fail way to take on the turmeric trend: Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric, Cumin and Cilantro.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 head of cauliflower—halved, cored and cut into 1-inch florets
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, turmeric, cumin and red pepper flakes.

On a baking sheet, drizzle the cauliflower with the spiced oil and toss well to coat; season with salt and pepper. Spread the cauliflower in an even layer.
_DSC1049Bake for about 30 minutes until browned and tender. Transfer the roasted cauliflower to a serving bowl and sprinkle with cilantro. Serves 2.

Have I inspired you to give turmeric a try? Do pop into your local Walmart Supercentre this month, and start the year off on a healthy note! From the freshest produce to a wide selection of herbs and spices, you’ll find everything you need at Walmart.
_DSC1061bTo coax you into trying this recipe, I’m giving away a $50 Walmart Canada gift card! Simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the New Year Meal Challenge program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.