A main tenant of healthy living is having routines and tools in place to fall back on. It is inevitable that our lives are never going to be perfect, and they shouldn’t be, sprinkled with late nights out, too many cocktails, fries instead of salads, days spent on the couch instead of in the gym, but it is important to find your way back to balance. After a long weekend in Austin, Texas, really enjoying all the city has to offer (hello hibiscus margaritas, two stepping bars, and live music until the wee hours of the morning), I came back home really feeling the effects of the break in my routine. While it was certainly worth it, my stomach and my body had a different perspective. That is where this healing turmeric grain bowl comes in. The healing turmeric grain bowl is a dish I developed for the exact purpose of reviving myself after a break in my healthy living routine. A combination of detoxifying veggies, inflammation-cooling spices and oils, toxin-blasting antioxidants, and blood sugar balancing grains, this bowl is everything needed to heal the body system and bring you back into balance.
I love to eat foods for a purpose, and this healing turmeric grain bowl is the perfect example of this. Eating it is one of my main tools for staying balanced, keeping my digestion sound, and my body nourished and toxin-free. Based on its carefully chosen nutrient-rich components, it truly has the power to restore health to the body. So if you are like me and love to let loose from time to time, use this healing turmeric bowl to bring you back to health. I personally love eating it for breakfast (despite the disgusted look on my husband’s face when he sees I am eating cabbage for breakfast), but it can also be eaten for lunch or dinner. The healing turmeric grain bowl is also an excellent choice for anyone looking to reduce inflammation levels, detoxify (especially the liver), normalize bowel movements, calm digestive issues, or restore nutrition and energy to body.
Healing Turmeric Grain Bowl
makes 1-2 bowls
*¼ c cream of buckwheat, uncooked
2 tbs nutritional yeast
1 tsp turmeric
¼ tsp black pepper
2 tsp – 1 tbs nama shoyu
1 tsp oil (flax, hemp, olive, coconut)
1 c cabbage, finely sliced
1 tsp coconut oil (to coat pan)
2 tbs raw walnuts
¼ c cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
zest of ½ lemon
*if you cannot find cream of buckwheat, feel free to replace with quinoa.
To make cream of buckwheat:
Follow box instructions. Takes about 5-10 minutes.
To make the tomatoes:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with olive oil and a little sea salt. Roast tomatoes for about 20 minutes until their skins shrivel.
To make the cabbage:
Coat a sauté pan with coconut oil. Turn on medium heat and add cabbage. Add a splash of water to the pan and cover. Cook for about 5-10 minutes. Stir every few minutes to ensure the cabbage does not burn. Cabbage is done when it is soft and tender.
Add cooked buckwheat to a bowl. Mix in the nutritional yeast, turmeric, black pepper, nama shoyu and oil until blended.
Plate with cooked cabbage, roasted tomatoes, walnuts and lemon zest. Enjoy!
Want to know more about these healing foods? Check this out…
Turmeric (active component curcumin)
Curcumin is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and alleviate symptoms of arthritis. Evidence is also mounting – with 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer – that turmeric may be comparable to pharmaceuticals for its effectiveness against cancers, specifically of the colon, breast, esophagus, oral cavity, prostate and liver.
*black pepper increases the ability of the body to absorb and utilize curcumin, making it a necessary part of the healing bowl recipe.
Walnuts are a nut rich in healthy fats, phytonutrients and vitamins. The most notable are omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Walnuts provide an unusually high level of vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol. Particularly in studies on the cardiovascular health of men, this gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E has been found to provide significant protection from heart problems. Phytonutrient research on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of walnuts has moved this food further and further up the ladder of foods that are protective against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and type 2 diabetes. Walnuts, being rich in omega 3 fatty acids, are known to improve immune, brain and nerve health, reduce inflammation, improve memory and cognition and play a vital role in cardiovascular health.
Cabbage is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, a main vegetable group known for its detoxifying and anti-cancer effects in the body. Eating cruciferous vegetables daily is an important part of keeping the body toxin-free. Compounds found in cruciferous vegetables including fiber and DIM, help detoxify, pull and move toxins out of the body. Most notably, this vegetable group can help clear chemical residues, heavy metals, and potentially harmful hormone compounds especially xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are compounds that are found in a wide range of foods and packaging materials we are exposed to. This includes non-organic meat, dairy and produce, plastic water bottles and Tupperware, and personal care and household cleaning products. Eating cruciferous vegetables like cabbage can help clear these xenoestrogens, also promotes healthy estrogen balance as well as protects against hormone-sensitive cancers.
Flax oil, much like walnuts, is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. For this reason, it also helps to reduce inflammation in body, promote hormone balance and fertility, improve cognition, concentration, memory, and decrease the risk for metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions and support healthy nerve, brain and eye health.
Despite its less than appetizing name, nutritional yeast is a delicious food powder king in the world of vegetarian, plant-based eating. It is rich in B vitamins, including the critical B12, as well a protein. It is used to create a cheesy flavor, or cheese-like substitute when cooking dairy-free. I love using nutritional yeast to boost daily protein intake and B12 levels, especially when not consuming animal products. B12 is essential for nerve health, creates energy, protects the heart and bones, and promotes a healthy mood.
Buckwheat is a lesser known gluten-free grain that contains not only all the essential amino acids (protein), but very important trace minerals. It is a great source of manganese, copper and magnesium. It helps promote healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels, lowers the risk for diabetes, heart disease, gallstones and breast cancer.