As millennials, we are always in search of new and exciting culinary finds. I have found one, turmeric! I was lucky enough to try Frieda’s fresh turmeric root over the last few days and where has this been all my life? So, so, so good and super unique.
I must admit, I was completely intimidated by this ginger like root, so I did a little research. I knew it was a key element in one of my fav dishes, curry, but I didn’t know much beyond that. Where better to start than with the source, Frieda’s Specialty Produce. I found wonderful information; they really have their turmeric down. What is turmeric exactly? The Frieda’s gang explained, “Turmeric (pronounced TER-muh-rihk), or yellow ginger, is a staple of Southeast Asian and Indian cuisines. It’s an intensely orange-colored version of its cousin ginger but without the spicy flavor. Instead, turmeric is slightly peppery and earthy. Its bright orange-yellow color is what makes curry and mustard powders yellow!” They also have guidelines on the taste, how to choose the best turmeric, and of course yummy recipes. We will come back to those later.
I also found that this little orange root packs a punch in many ways. Millennials are not only looking for something new and out of the box, but we want something that is good for our bodies. Turmeric fits our demands folks. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, “The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models. Even more potent than its volatile oil is the yellow or orange pigment of turmeric, which is called curcumin. Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin.” They also highlight turmeric’s amazing contribution to cancer prevention. Now that I can really get into, how could you not?
So now we know about turmeric and how awesome it is for us, let’s get our cooking on. I tried all of the recipes on Frieda’s website, and ALL of them were amazing! With so many picky eaters in my house, I knew it may be a challenge for their little taste buds to try the bright orange goodness, I guessed wrong. They loved the Turmeric Chicken, and I mean loved it! Thank you Frieda’s! Check out Frieda’s recipe…you won’t be disappointed.
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon grated Turmeric Root
1 teaspoon grated Ginger Root
Juice of 1 lemon (like Seedless Lemon)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound chicken breasts or thighs
Mix all ingredients except chicken in bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup of mixture. Add chicken to marinade and massage into chicken until evenly coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Line baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Add chicken to baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. Turn chicken, brush with reserved marinade, and bake 8-10 more minutes, or until juices run clear when pierced with fork.
Analyzed to serve 4 with boneless, skinless chicken breast and 1/4 of marinade. Calories 160, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 210mg, Total Carbohydrate 1g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 1g, Protein 23g
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