Last week, I was able to attend an event at Sprouts Farmers Market focusing on the many benefits of turmeric. A few hours away from home is a rare occurrence for me. It was fun to explore the Denver Sprouts, meet other bloggers and the bonus of the evening was getting to meet a friend, Donna Currie.
For my produce and meat, I shop almost exclusively at Sprouts, they have incredible service (the meat department will provide any service you request), their selection is great and they are conveniently located. I liken it to a Trader Joes meets Whole Foods with great prices.
Turmeric has many health benefits that you can discuss with your physician. Studies have focused on inflammatory illness relief, the reduction of colon polyps and more, if you have wish to take a turmeric supplement, please speak to your health professionals.
I love to add turmeric to different dishes for color and for health reasons. At the event, I learned about a product Golden Milk by Gaia. This product is a mix of turmeric, black pepper, dates and herbs. It is delicious in warm milk in the evening to help with restful sleep. Myself, I’m not a person who loves hot beverages so I thought it would be wonderful to add to macaroni and cheese, soups, and even warm rice puddings.
You know me and macaroni and cheese, I had to try to make a somewhat healthier version to try the Golden Milk blend. I added pureed carrots to the cheese sauce
to add more nutrients to the dish, more color and flavor, a tablespoon of the Golden Milk blend and lots of black pepper. We all loved it.
Since the carrots added more volume to the cheese sauce – I didn’t need as much for the macaroni and cheese. I had about a quart of carrot cheese sauce remaining and I re-purposed that sauce into a soup. For that, I added the quart of carrot cheese sauce, a quart of corn broth (I had in the freezer but you can use vegetable broth or even chicken broth), and a 1/2 cup of water into a soup pot. I brought that to a simmer and added some black pepper, a dash of garlic and onion powder and tasted it for seasoning. Next, I added two carrots, sliced, a handful of broccoli florets chopped, and a bag of cheese tortellini and let that simmer for about ten minutes. The result was quite delicious but wasn’t very photogenic as you can see from the picture below (I tried to make it as tiny as possible).
Now for the more photogenic macaroni and cheese:
Many thanks to Sprouts for this experience and the wonderful goody bag!