Fresh Turmeric Spinach with Avocado and Kumquats
This was lunch today. It was not a really fancy dish, but I wanted to share it with you because it is a great example of how eating Autoimmune Paleo does not have to be boring or dull.
I buy turmeric at my local co-op when it is in season. I estimate the selling season from Feb-June. Turmeric looks like ginger root except a bit darker and more petite. I use fresh turmeric for sauces, fresh juice and ferments. It is a fantastic anti-inflammatory in liposomal form and use it extensively in my autoimmune nutrition practice for clients. For cooking, I try to use it with fat which increases its absorption. Today I sauteed turmeric in coconut oil and a tub of pre-washed organic spinach. I served it with avocado for some extra fat and kumquats that are in season right now in California. Citrus and greens are naturally high in folate which is helpful for those with MTHFR gene snippet. In fact, eating at least 1 1/2 cups of cooked green vegetables every day can potentially provide enough folate to help those with heterozygous MTHFR gene keep their methylation pathway supported to a strong degree.
I find that buying the pre-washed tubs of spinach and arugula are easy ways for me to make quick lunches and dinner. I do buy fresh bundles of kale and chard too, but I love keep things super easy when I am having an especially hectic day and pre-washed greens help me to do that. How many times have you looked at a bag of greens and thought "what am I going to do with this?" Personally I am a bit tired of fresh ginger with my greens, so I am constantly on the hunt for new ways to eat the foods I am required to for my health day after day after day and things like fresh turmeric with a splash of fresh lemon juice help me to keep my food interesting.
If you find fresh turmeric, prepare yourself for it to be twice the cost of fresh ginger. Places like Whole Foods should carry it. But, you don't need to buy much. Just a few knobs of it. I store it in a little baggie in my fridge. You can also freeze Turmeric if you don't think you will get through it all. When you use frozen turmeric, just grate it frozen into whatever dish you are preparing. I don't even wash it unless it has visible dirt on it. That is because the skin of turmeric is rich in lactic acid bacteria. Although today I did cook it, (so perhaps killed all that lovely gut healthy bacteria) I do use it raw in teas, fresh juices and salad dressings. You can easily use a microplane zester or the fine grate on a hand held grater to add it to dishes. It is earthy, a bit floral and subtle. Just a little boost of taste. Careful though; it will stain clothes! It that happens, try putting whatever has a turmeric stain on it out in the direct sun for an afternoon, it will help to fade it. xo
- 1 5 oz. tub of pre-washed organic baby spinach
- 1 Tbls coconut oil
- 1 tsp. fresh grated turmeric
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- salt to taste
- 1/2 avocado for garnish
- 3-4 kumquats or 1 mandarin for garnish
- Heat coconut oil and turmeric in skillet for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add spinach one handful at time and stir in more handfuls as it wilts and cooks down. Add lemon juice. As soon as it all has wilted, serve with half of a slice avocado sprinkled with salt and sliced kumquats or mandarins if you don't have kumquats!