Turmeric gets a lot of health hype in the media these days. It boasts anti-inflammatory properties, acts as a strong antioxidant in the body, may lower your risk of heart disease and some research even suggests it may improve brain function.
What is really behind all of these health benefits is curcumin, the compound in turmeric that is responsible for the bright orange color. It is this beautiful hue that always intrigues me to cook with it. Before we even take a bite of our food, the first interaction we have with our meal is how it appears on the plate or in the bowl. When the food we are eating looks beautiful, we often feel more satisfied after having eaten it. Choosing ingredients with rich colors are an easy way to make the food you eat beautiful (and, BONUS, the deeper the colors, the more health benefits that food likely contains). Eat the rainbow :)
This recipe was born from the turmeric honey I keep on hand to make homemade "wellness toddy's" that I try to copy from Prasad (my favorite vegan restaurant in Portland). To make the turmeric honey, I stir 1 heaping tablespoon turmeric into 1 cup of honey. I then use this in some hot water with lemon and freshly grated ginger to create the most nourishing hot beverage. Maybe this will need to be on the upcoming blog roll...
Anywho... after a long run this weekend, I was drawn to the turmeric honey for the anti-inflammatory benefits and ended up making a delicious bowl of turmeric oatmeal. You only need 3 ingredients to make this recipe. The toppings are up to you! I am in a festive holiday mood these days, so pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, tangerines and shredded coconut were my seasonal picks.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup turmeric honey*
- Toppings optional: pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, tangerines (use any toppings you desire)
*To make a large batch of turmeric honey mix 1 cup honey + 1 heaping tablespoon turmeric. If you prefer not to do this, just mix in 1/4 cup honey + 1 teaspoon turmeric to your cooked oatmeal.
- Bring 2 cups rolled oats + 4 cups water to a boil on the stovetop, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached.
- Stir in turmeric honey.
- Dish up and top with your desired toppings!