Heard how good turmeric is for you, but not sure how to add it to your cooking? This Turmeric Sautéed Greens recipe is soon going to be your jam!

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When we started getting really into making smoothies for breakfast (which turned into the Smoothie Project and the Weelicious printable sheet here), one of the ingredients we all started adding to them was fresh turmeric. It has a strong flavor, but one that’s so incredibly tasty even the kids love it. Not only is it delicious in smoothies (especially when you balance it with something sweet like a date or banana), but when you add it to any of your favorite sautéed greens it’s off the charts!

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Turmeric has been used in cuisines all over the world for centuries as it has all kinds of natural benefits like being an anti-depressant and having natural anti-inflammatory properties. By just adding a little to dishes you enjoy you’ll receive tons of healing powers you and your family may need more than you know.

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Watch this quick video to see how to use fresh turmeric and cook these Turmeric Sautéed Greens in minutes!

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Turmeric Sauteed Greens

Heard how good turmeric is for you, but not sure how to add it to your cooking? This Turmeric Sautéed Greens recipe is soon going to be your jam!
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh turmeric, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 bunches kale, spinach, or swiss chard, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and turmeric and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add kale and salt and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add water to the pan and cook stirring until the greens are just wilted and serve.



Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6.494IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 2mg
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Turmeric is widely used in Ayurveda (Ancient Indian Medication). I hope they taste as great as they look.. I learned about turmeric from iahas.com, and since then, I have been a big fan of this spice. I have tried a couple of tea and milk using turmeric. It tastes good, actually. I will add your blog to my list.

  2. This is the first time I’ve ever cooked with turmeric root. In fact, today was first time I was able to find in my grocery store! Searched the web for a “sautéed spinach with turmeric” recipe and was fortunate enough to stumble upon this one. Magnificent! My ENTIRE family LOVED it. Thank you so much for sharing! Bravo 🙂

  3. That looks delicious! If I buy fresh turmeric, can I wrap and keep it in the freezer as I do fresh ginger?

  4. Yes you can use ground turmeric! Dried and ground spices are much more pungent than their fresh counterparts, so a general rule of thumb is to use 1 teaspoon ground in place of 1 tablespoon fresh.

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