Super Food: Turmeric

Some of the newest food trends involve incorporating foods into the diet that have healing powers. I always educate my patients that no single addition of a healthy food or single elimination of a poor food choice from the diet immediately makes one healthier. Rather, we should focus on consistent healthy changes overall. Incorporating power-foods in the diet such as coconut oil, kale or chia seeds will not hurt you; however you may not get the full benefits of these nutritious foods if you continue to eat McDonalds and pizza throughout the week.

Spoon of Turmeric Powder with fresh Turmeric RootThe super food in today’s recipe is turmeric. I recently began researching turmeric and its beneficial effects on the GI system, specifically in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The health benefits actually come from the compound curcumin that is found in this Indian spice. Curcumin is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects in the body, when consumed as a part of a healthy diet. The downfall of turmeric is definitely its ability to create a nasty stain on clothes (just like mustard), so be careful not to spill it on clothing! The meat mixture in this recipe was so darn delicious; it can be used as an Indian-themed taco dish or simply enjoyed on its own.

Chorizo Stuffed Peppers

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 pound chicken chorizo
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 medium-large zucchini, diced
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 bell peppers
  1. Heat oil in large pan for several minutes. Once oil is heated, add turkey and chorizo and cook until browned over medium heat.
  2. Once meat is brown, add onion, zucchini and spices. Continue to cook on low-medium heat until vegetables become tender.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the tops of peppers off and remove the white ribs of the pepper from the inside. Once, meat mixture is cooked, spoon mixture into each pepper until filled to the top.
  4. Pour about 1 inch of water in crockpot and place peppers upright in water. Cover and set crockpot on high and cook for 1.5-2 hours until peppers are tender. Serve warm with your favorite green vegetable.

*Tip: For a quicker and similar meal, you can always slice peppers up and sauté them in some coconut oil and then serve meat mixture over sautéed peppers.

Chorizo Stuffed Peppers

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