Turmeric!

Tonight was my first experience with fresh turmeric!

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It is similar looking to ginger and packs a punch of flavor as well.  Turmeric is used from a dye to a super food in fighting cancer.  It is also the principal ingredient in curry powders.  I thought I would roll with the curry theme for my dinner tonight.

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Curry with Fresh Turmeric

  • 1 yellow onion
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 delicata squash
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fresh or dried turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pasta serving of choice
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 and de-seed the squash then cut into small pieces.
  2. Rub with olive oil and place in over for 30min
  3. chop onion and add it to the olive oil heating on the stove in a large wok or pan
  4. add crushed garlic to the onions once they are translucent
  5. cut bell pepper into small pieces and add it to the onion
  6. once the pepper is soft add the yeast – water and let simmer
  7. cook pasta to taste
  8. add the kale when there is 5min left on the squash
  9. add the squash hot out of the oven and cover everything with the sauce.
  10. Serve the pasta and top with the curry veggie mix

I’m not sure if I could taste the added turmeric over the curry, but whatever the case this dish was delicious!  Curry and squash is a very nice combo.  Let me know if you find turmeric near you!

p.s. I am trying to get back to blogging recipes – mainly dinners.  Sorry for the lighting, I am just trying to get these amazing flavors out there!  Thanks for still reading!

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Integrative Nutrition Conference

When I boarded the Amtrak train and headed north to NYC, I had no idea what to expect from my first Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Conference.  I had never really ventured out of my comfort zone, and I tend to make grand plans that alway fall short.  When I signed up for the conference in July I knew I would not let myself back out of this one.

When we arrived on Saturday morning Joshua (Creator and Founder of IIN) asked us to think of our intention for the weekend and what we wanted to get out of this experience.  To put it simply, I wanted to be more confident in what I was doing.  I have received mixed support about my adventure into health coaching, but I have a passion for bringing an organic lifestyle to everyone.

Over the two days we heard from vegans and real food (raw milk, pasture animals) lovers, got some banging recipes for kale and quinoa, learned about the connection between hormones and food, understood the relationship between advertising dollars and what we put in our mouthes, and we ever learned some moves to show off at and Indian wedding.

It was amazing to see leaders in their field speaking live, especially my hero Marion Nestle, but it was the graduate testimonials that really lit a fire inside me.  If they could go out and change the world, why couldn’t I?  Between each session graduates took the stage and told the audience what they were up to.  Each of them had a unique story and seemed so in love with what they were doing.  These grads were given the same tools as me and they have created amazing businesses from independent programs to working with hospitals and schools.

At the end of the conference Joshua revisited his original question about what our intention of the conference was and whether we achieved it.  I would have to say, yes!  I have the tools, skills, and brain to do anything.  If so many people can make a difference, why can’t I?  I just need to believe in myself.

You can see more about my mission to make organic approachable to everyone at Grow Your Health.

Believe.