Do you ever make something so simple that it almost feels silly to dedicate something such as, oh I don't know, a whole blog post, to it?! This happened to me just last week. I recently have been buying Japanese Sweet Potatoes at the market, and have really been loving their flavor. For the majority of my sweet potato eating life, I've kept it orange in style, but I was ready to branch out and try something new. The flavor of these is much different, to me, a little sweeter as well. The skin is a bright purple, and the inside is an off white.
I made these chips with one of my favorite spices- turmeric. Turmeric has the potential to do all kinds of things like reduce inflammation and speed healing. And then, there's THIS turmeric, this highly potent organic powder of bright umber-orange from Pure Indian Foods — the best turmeric out there, bar none.
Pure Indian Foods Organic Turmeric Powder is 100% ground turmeric root. No GMOs, no added salt, no preservatives, no trans fats, no colors or dyes, no MSG, no flavor enhancers. The one and only ingredient is the best-quality turmeric root they could find, with absolutely nothing else added to it.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
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. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.
Best of all, the flavor of turmeric goes well with so many things, which is why I was so inspired to create such a simple recipe with it.
So load up on the turmeric, and enjoy these tasty potato strips!
For this recipe you will need:
1 large Japanese Sweet Potato
1 tbsp Kasandrinos Olive Oil
1-2 tsp Pure Indian Foods Turmeric
1 tsp Real Salt (to taste)
With a veggie peeler, create long strips of evenly sized potato slices. These will be thin, wide, and look a little like scraps. I turned my potato every few slices to keep the sizes similar.
Cover strips in Kasandrinos olive oil, about 1 tbsp, to coat. Next sprinkle on a generous amount of Pure Indian Foods Turmeric, a pinch of Real Salt, and mix with your hands to cover evenly. (Your hands might get a little yellow- use a bowl and spoon if necessary:)
Bake at 300 for about 15 minutes, check and turn up the heat, flip and cook until almost not flexible, golden brown. Remove from heat, and the strips should firm up a bit, to a nice crisp.
Enjoy with a homemade aioli, or mix some of your favorite spices into Primal Kitchen Foods Mayo for a dip!
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