NOURISHING NELLI | CULINARY MEDICINE | TURMERIC TUNA TACO SALAD
Wow! What a combination this is; a bowl full of anti-inflammatory nutrients, micronutrients, fresh vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish!
With the rise in inflammatory markers used in packaged products and at the majority of restaurants, I think we can all use a little extra love when it comes to aiding the body via anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Turmeric is Native to Southeast Asia, and is a flowering plant belonging to the ginger family. It contains hard rhizomes, referred to as turmeric root, that are used fresh in Indian and Asian cuisine. They’re boiled and ground into a deep orange-red powdered spice.
Turmeric is a huge source of anti-inflammatory nutrients and it’s benefits encompass optimal health. Curcumin, the bioactive chemical compound within turmeric root, is a powerful compound that acts as an antioxidant, which allows it to fight free radical scavengers that can accelerate cellular aging and cause unnecessary inflammation – resulting in disease.
I go to town with a combination of guacamole, fresh citrus, and a hefty pinch or two of turmeric on these TASTY TUNA TACOS!
The taco part of this meal comes at a twist. – using fresh nori seaweed as a taco shell wrap! Seaweed is rich in iodine and aids thyroid production in attempt to maintain balance hormonal patterns.
Last but not least, on top of a bed of various vegetables like bok choy, jicama, kohlrabi, and cilantro, I toss ahi tuna for an amazing source of optimal protein!
Tuna contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids that aid heart health. It’s one of the richest sources of protein from the sea and so hearty in texture. It’s the perfect addition to this meal made of light leafy greens, spices, and herbs.
Be mindful of mercury when purchasing fish and go for the most sustainable choice – wild caught and fresh is always best. By pairing the tuna with cilantro you protect yourself even more due to cilantros’ chelating characteristics. Cilantro has the ability to bind to heavy metals and pull them from the body!
As functional as it gets, this is one of my favorite whole food meals to make!
Join the yums! Feel free to substitute any of the listed veggies for your favorites vs mine!
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- 2 cups diced bok choy
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup diced jicama sticks
- 1 cup diced bell pepper
- 1 cup steamed and diced kohlrabi
- 1 cup diced purple onion
- 1 portion ahi tuna
- 5 large nori wraps
- 4 tbsp guacamole
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
Top with tuna
Whisk dressing in a small bowl, drizzle on top