Quick Turmeric Vegetables

This recipe is part of The Simply Nourishing Recipe Collection. It makes for a quick mid-week dinner, the perfect side dish and a great base for many other scrumptious recipe ideas – make it your own.

On Monday night I came home feeling famished and in need of a quick meal so that I could sit down to the latest episode of Game Of Thrones. Having seen so many recipes with turmeric lately, I was inspired to make my own and this was what I came up with. It was simple and delicious. If you want to know how to use turmeric powder in cooking, this recipe article is a great way to start learning.

The specs

  • This recipe is: gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and Paleo-friendly.
  • Time to make: 15 minutes.
  • Serves: 1 person
  • If you want to get creative: Add fresh kale, spinach or cauliflower to make a bigger batch. Onion, garlic and chilli flakes would also make great additions to this recipe – I’d add these after the pumpkin and before the broccoli and corn. I imagine ready-to-go chickpeas and/or quinoa (or your favourite rice) would work well added this dish to increase the protein, keeping you fuller for longer and not craving a sugary dessert – I’d add these when you add the ghee and turmeric. Topping this meal with a dollop of natural yogurt and sprinkle of coriander would also be super delish!
  • If you want something more simple: For a simple turmeric recipe, simply roast chickpeas and cauliflower in ghee and turmeric for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Tips:
    • Place lid on pan during cooking to cook faster.
    • Keep the pumpkin skin on and cook the broccoli stalk too – these are parts nutritious!
    • Make roasted turmeric pumpkin seeds for a simple nourishing snack later in the week – here’s how: Simply toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with a bit of organic, grass-fed butter or ghee, a pinch of turmeric and/or paprika and salt. Spread seeds across a tray lined with a sheet of baking paper, and roast for about 45 minutes or until golden brown – stir occasionally. Pumpkin seeds are a source of iron, zinc and the health promoting amino acid ‘tryptophan’ which is the building block of serotonin, which helps you sleep!
  • Nutrition:
    • Pumpkin is a source of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E – good for your skin and eye sight. It also contains minerals such as calcium and potassium.
    • Ghee is a source of medium-chain fatty acids that help to maintain your immune system and energy levels, plus your gut, heart and eye health.
    • Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that’s great for a variety of reasons. It’s super power is it’s ability to help ward off cell-damaging free radicals, strengthening your immune system, digestion, bone health and more.

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The Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup diced pumpkin
  • Fresh corn kernels removed from 1 cob
  • 1 small head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 tbs ghee
  • 1 tbs turmeric powder
  • 1.5 cups water

Instructions: 

  1. Place the saucepan on the stove on a high temperature and add 1/2c water
  2. Wash and chop your vegetables accordingly
  3. Add the pumpkin and rest of the water, and allow the water to come to a boil (aprox. 5 minutes)
  4. Once pumpkin looks like it’s getting soft, reduce the heat to medium, add broccoli and corn and stir vegetables (approx. 2-3 minutes)
  5. Add the ghee and turmeric, stirring and cooking for another 3-5 minutes depending on how fast your vegetables are cooking
  6. The food is ready to serve when your pumpkin is soft but not soggy and your corn and broccoli are bright in colour and soft but still a bit crunchy.

Do you have a question or comment about this recipe, or your own simple recipe using turmeric that you’d like to share? Pop it in the comment section below. I love hearing from you, and read and respond to everyone. 

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*This recipe is part of The Simple Nourishing Recipe Collection, by Carly Taber.

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