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The Gold Star! 30+ Vegan Turmeric Recipes

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By Lora O’Brien

It’s a new kind of ‘yellow fever’ that’s spreading around the world of nutrition. It has long roots in India, as a spice, Ayurvedic medicine and even a clothing dye, and its benefits are finally being revealed to us here in the West. What am I talking about? Turmeric, of course!

Yep, this yellowish spice – long known as the ‘golden spice of India’, is becoming increasingly popular with health addicts, food bloggers and even doctors for its vast range of (tasty) health benefits.

For example, turmeric is great for detoxifying the body. Its active compounds have been found to improve liver function and reduce the levels of toxins within our bodies, making this the perfect post-holiday spice to pile on to everything.  Introducing turmeric into your morning routine is also a great way to kickstart your day, every day. You can try turmeric tea, either homemade or store bought, like Pukka’s zingy, lemony blend, or even take turmeric supplements (blended with other health boosting compounds like seaweed, ginger and long pepper fruit), for some powerful daily detoxing.

According to nutritionist Francesca Mastrojanni of the White Crane Clinic in London, another great benefit of the spice is its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been proven to be so potent, they’re rivaling some of the strongest pharmaceuticals for reducing chronic inflammation and pain. Thanks to the active ingredient in the spice (curcumin),  Francesca says turmeric can even stop the growth of cancer cells. And if some of your ladies suffer from severe menstrual discomfort, then adding turmeric into your diet can not only release cramping, bloating, mood swings and excessive bleeding, but the soothing spice can help us out through menopause.

My Indian friends tell me their moms used to make them drink turmeric honey milk for colds, fevers and sore throats, and Francesca says that turmeric has antibacterial qualities, so it is also used to heal cuts and burns, and when mixed with some cream, it can take the itch out of insect bites (but be warned – it may stain your skin yellow!).

But that’s not all. No sir – Mastrojanni tells us turmeric can also lower cholesterol to healthier levels, support balanced blood sugar levels, thus avoiding insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, and it protects brain and liver function. I mean, this spice is a doctor in a jar!

Even though it’s often the basis for curry powder, for those not enamoured by Asian dishes, the spice may be new to you, and you may not know how to incorporate it into your meals. But never fear – it’s actually easier to use than you think. Just keep in mind that it goes well with tofu, vegetables, curries, and vegan milks – simply add a pinch to any dish you’re about to eat to profit from turmeric’s health benefits.

To make your life even easier, I’ve found over 30 turmeric recipes from breakfast to dessert that use just enough of this Golden Girl to make a serious difference to your health, even if you only indulge in one of these dishes a few times a week.

1. Turmeric Lemon Detox Water

After you’ve slept, you’ve essentially fasted during the night and your body is crying out for re-hydration when you first wake up. Personally, I always have warm lemon water first thing in the morning – it’s refreshing and great for the skin, so adding in some turmeric and a little ginger only makes a detoxing lemon water into a little potion of greatness. You’ll feel hydrated, and ready to take on the day. And if you find lemon water a touch too sharp, then the turmeric will lessen the sourness and add a slightly peppery flavour.

Get the recipe here

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2. Lemon, Ginger & Turmeric Detoxifying Tea

This lemon, ginger and turmeric tea is just what you need to detoxify the body upon waking. The ingredients work together to help your liver to remove toxins and to cleanse out your system. Tip: be careful when using turmeric to make tea or any other recipe – it can stain white counter tops, so you may want to use a tea bag like these, instead.

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3. Coconut Turmeric ‘Latte’

If you’ve yet to discover the deliciousness of what the Indians call ‘golden milk’, then allow me to give you the perfect recipe for this creamy drink, easily made with turmeric and coconutTip: Our editor has this every day, but sneaks a shot of espresso into it. Which she adores.

Get the recipe here

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4. Anti-Inflammatory Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

If the weather outside is still cold, why not bring a touch of the tropics to your breakfast table? Not only does this look like sunshine in a glass, but it’s going to get your day off to a tasty start. It’s full of fruit and tastes amazing. Personally, I made this without having aloe vera juice on hand – I added coconut milk instead, and it was like I was in the Bahamas, sipping on a pina colada.

Get the recipe here. 

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5. Golden Milk Hot Chocolate

If you’re new on the golden milk bandwagon then you have got to try this new find of mine: golden milk hot chocolate! This will taste delicious and keep you warm and cosy during the evenings. And it has chocolate. Like, what more do you need?

Get the recipe here

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6. Turmeric Glowing Bowl

How pretty is this? Packed with coconut, blueberries, raspberries and other deliciousness, this bowl is the perfect way to start your day. And of course, feel free to throw in whatever you love – for me, that means extra nuts and maybe some goji berries.

Get the recipe here

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7. Golden Milk Breakfast Bowl with Pepita Brittle

Yep, another cereal recipe, but this one is different: it uses golden milk as a basis that soaks into the oats, making them soft and creamy. And that pumpkin seed brittle gives a deliciously sweet crunch to the soft oats.

Get the recipe here

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8. Turmeric Breakfast Muffins

Your typical blueberry muffin gets a healthy makeover with this recipe. Remember what the nutritionist told us about how turmeric keeps blood sugar levels stable? That means these muffins will leave you energised for hours. Blueberries out of season? Frozen will do just fine.

Get the recipe here

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9. Golden Turmeric Milk Chia Seed Pudding

I love making chia seed puddings. You can just make it, throw it into individual jars and store them in the fridge to grab for breakfast or a snack any time. Eat them as they are or add some toppings of fruit and nuts and you’re good to go, go, go! The golden turmeric milk here is store bought, but you can easily make your own by adding 1t of turmeric powder to any kind of milk you love and shaking it up in a Mason jar or stirring well.

Get the recipe here. 

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10. Ginger, Pear & Turmeric Muffins

Muffins have always been a go-to comfort food for me. They’re yummy, especially with a steaming hot mug of something delicious. These turmeric muffins are infused with ginger and pear, giving a sweet spiciness that isn’t overwhelming. Enjoy as a breakfast, a treat or a healthy midday snack.

Get the recipe here

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11. Turmeric Pumpkin Waffle For One

When the weather is still hit or miss its a great idea to pack your food with as many ingredients that will help fight off germs as you can. So these waffles are a super food to make as they have flu-busting cinnamon and turmeric which will help your digestive system whilst also fighting fevers and infections. Perfect to avoid catching any last minute colds! And who doesn’t love a great waffle? You can also serve this for dessert with the turmeric ice cream (recipe below).

Get the recipe here.

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12. Turmeric & Fennel Seed Crackers

I love having crackers on hand: they make a really great snack and alternative to bread if you’re looking to dunk something onto a bowl of soup. These crackers are crispy and will even be tastier when smeared with some hummus, guacamole, or the dip recipe below.

Get the recipe here

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13. Almond & Carrot Pate with Turmeric & Ginger

Raw recipes are so great to make as they don’t require much planning or time. And this raw pate is a great alternative if you’re looking for something to spread on bread or to eat with crackers that’s not actually hummus. It’s full of nutrition, and is packed with vegan protein, too!

Get the recipe here

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14. Golden Hummus with Quinoa Cumin Crackers

I’m totally cheating here. This amazing recipe just looked so damn good, I had to include it – but guess what? There’s no turmeric here. Just make it and add a pinch or up to 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric to it – it works, trust me. And those spicy, cumin crackers…!

Get the recipe here

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15. Quick Cauliflower Dip

Want a low cal dip that’s full of fibre, vitamins and spices? Got 5 minutes? Then make this easy, creamy dip. Since it’s so rich in veg (ok, in cauliflower), I think you deserve to dip some chunky bread or crispy crackers in this.

Get the recipe here.

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16. Turmeric Roasted Cashews with Chia

I love snacking on cashew nuts – it’s a great way to get my vegan protein in. So you can imagine that I was excited to find this recipe for turmeric roasted nuts. Make this one  in large batches and then store in a mason jar to snack on over the next few weeks. Carrying a small pot around them with you can help curb hunger between meals, too.

Get the recipe here

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17. Turmeric Falafels

A list of vegan turmeric recipes needs to include something hearty, and for me, that would be falafels. I love falafels. They’re easy to make, too – this recipe has just five ingredients and two steps towards making them. These are baked instead of fried, lessening the calorie count, but they still taste moist and fluffy inside. You can either enjoy with a leafy green salad or add some into a wrap with a little tahini.

Get the recipe here

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18. Fall Panzanella with Turmeric Dijon Dressing

When it comes to salad, I want texture, I want flavour and I want to feel full after eating it! And this salad checks all of my boxes. Panzanella is a Tuscan salad that is usually made from bread and tomatoes and is traditionally enjoyed during summer. It includes chunks of soaked stale bread, tomatoes and is dressed in an olive oil and vinegar dressing. This one has had a slight make-over and whilst the traditional elements remain the same, I’m excited by the turmeric dijon dressing.

Get the recipe here.

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19. Turmeric Chickpea Cakes with Garlicky Avocado Cream

Dishes like these turmeric chickpea cakes are a really fab for any meal. You can make them part of a salad, throw them into a wrap or use them as you would a hamburger patty, between two buns with all the toppings. Or, just serve them as a side dish to a meal – I love these alongside a nice bowl of soup.

Get the recipe here

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20. Roasted Veg With Turmeric

Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. This is a great dish for winter, since root veggies are in season then. I personally would serve this up as a side dish for winter feasts like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Tip: this is also tasty cold, added to some rocket or mixed salad leaves.

Get the recipe here.

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21. Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower + Quinoa

I love the reboot of cauliflower. It used to be this boring, bland and slightly mushy veg on my plate. But I love discovering just how delicious cauliflower can be when cooked properly and seasoned, and this turmeric roasted cauli is no exception. Make this and sprinkle it onto a salad, or enjoy with some quinoa. And if you hate cauliflower – try this, you may just change your mind.

Get the recipe here

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22. Turmeric Broth Detox Soup

This is a great recipe if you’re looking to seriously detox and cleanse the body. Not only does the turmeric boost immunity, but its powerful antioxidants are great for giving a little love back into our bodies. Make this and feel the ingredients heal you from the inside out. Tip: for even more detoxing or to help you lose weight, use zucchini noodles here instead.

Get the recipe here

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23. Nourishing Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Soup

The creamy texture here comes from a surprising source: cashews! And there’s even some extra cashew cream that adorns this bowl, along with even more protein in the form of crunchy chickpeas. It’s one of those soups that’s really a meal in a bowl!

Get the recipe here

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24. Healing Lentil Soup with Turmeric & Summer Vegetables

If you’re feeling like giving your body a little TLC then this is the recipe for you to go and make now. Its made with an array of healing spices alongside lots of veggies and lentils to make it both nutritious and filling, too. The vegetables are sautéed in coconut oil beforehand making them softer and easier to digest. Sit back, slurp, and wait to feel amazing. Tip: a squeeze of lemon on top of this really does make a delicious addition!

Get the recipe here

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25. Healing Red Lentil Dhal

This recipe is a comforting and hearty dish that is quick to make when you’re in the mood for something warm and tasty. And with the addition of something rather unusual – hazelnuts – it’s also a unique tasting dish, too.

Get the recipe here

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26. Chickpeas in Turmeric Peanut Butter Curry

This is a recipe for those peanut butter lovers out there, like me. This is cheap to make, has bold flavours, is creamy and delicious, and you can even make your own peanut butter beforehand if you have the time. Pack it out with veggies, tofu or beans or lentils and serve it over brown rice.

Get the recipe here

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27. Wild Rice Bowl With Lentil Curry And Spinach

I’m seriously obsessed with bowls. I mean, as in the food concept, not crockery, of course! Good vegan bowl recipes should provide you with everything you need: a protein, a sauce, a green and some carbs. And this one has it all!

Get the recipe here.

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28. Tofu Scramble

Remember at the beginning of this article I mentioned turmeric went really well with tofu? Well, it would just be rude of me to leave you without a recipe with tofu then, wouldn’t it? This is a classic vegan brunch staple.

Get the recipe here.

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29. Persimmon & Turmeric Cheesecake Slices

I love anything that can be made into a cheesecake, so when I found this persimmon and turmeric recipe I was truly celebrating. A cake that is quite literally good for me? This is the stuff dreams are made of. If you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting a persimmon -aka kaki fruit –  then just know they’re deliciously sweet when ripe, and taste like a pear and a peach had a baby.

Get the recipe here

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29. Sugar-Free Turmeric Power Bars

These bars are terrific to have on hand for when cravings strike. They have absolutely no added sugars or syrups, and are instead sweetened with bananas. Turmeric gives these bars that lovely golden colour and the delicious range of textures comes from the mixture of goji berries, raisins and nuts. These are such a great go-to snack when you’re hankering for something a little bit sweet.

Get the recipe here

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30. Turmeric and Candied Ginger Ice Cream

It’s official – turmeric and ginger are a couple. And a beautiful couple they make, too! Here, the ice cream is based on coconut milk again, meaning this recipe is not only vegan friendly, but paleo-friendly too. What I love most is the chunks of candied ginger, but if you like your ice cream super smooth, just add some extra ground ginger instead.

Get the recipe here.

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31. Raw Paleo Chocolate Turmeric Truffles

Turmeric and ginger are one perfect pair; but turmeric and chocolate are also red-hot and gorgeous when coupled up. And the best part? These truffles are so packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, they’re practically a superfood! Tip: these freeze really well!

Get the recipe here.

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32. Turmeric Glow Lemonade

Talk about sunshine in a glass! This turmeric lemonade is easy to make, and is a cheerful, sweet drink to serve at dessert time or when friends come round. Simply throw everything into a Mason jar, shake it up, and sip! Tip: in hotter weather, adding some mint to this is a nice touch.

Get the recipe here

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    AssiaX
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