Turmeric is a spice that is typically found within Indian and Asian cuisines and cultures. A member of the ginger family, this vibrant yellow spice has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and ancient healing traditions for thousands of years. Turmeric can act as an anti-inflammatory and aide in the management of anxiety and arthritis, as well as muscle soreness. Its main active component is a polyphenol called curcumin, which can benefit the kidneys and metabolic health.
Here is a great way to include turmeric into your week to give your body the replenishment and repair it may need:
- 1 cup red lentils, dry (190 g)
- 1 Russet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
- 2 carrots, cut into slices
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
- 3 garlic cloves, diced
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth (950 ml)
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 large bunch parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup canned diced tomatoes (240 ml)
- 2 cups baby spinach (60 g)
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp sweet paprika
- ½ tsp coriander seeds
- 1-inch ginger piece, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Place a large pot over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery, potato and spices. Sauté everything in a splash of water for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the vegetable broth, tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Stir and bring to a boil before adding the dry lentils and mixing everything well.
- Turn the heat to low, cover the pot and let your soup simmer for 15 minutes until the lentils are cooked and the potatoes are tender, but not overcooked.
- Season with salt and pepper, then add the spinach and let it simmer for five more minutes.
- Turn off the heat, add the chopped parsley and lemon juice and serve your homemade anti-inflammatory soup warm.