Meanwhile, heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot on medium. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent and starting to brown (8-10 minutes).
Stir in chiles, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander, and peppercorns. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is fragrant and spices begin to stick to the pot (about 2 minutes). Add tomatoes, stirring and scraping bottom of pot, and bring to a boil. Add bay leaf, one tbsp. of salt, and two cups of water; return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded (25–30 minutes).
Let curry sauce cool slightly, then transfer to a blender; blend until very smooth. Wipe out any bits remaining in pot and transfer curry sauce back to pot. Stir in lemon juice and cayenne; taste sauce and season with more salt if needed.
Gently nestle cooked meatballs into sauce, bring to a simmer, and cook until meatballs are heated all the way through (10-15 minutes). Serve topped with cilantro.
You’ll be ready to lift vehicles and stop trains!
4. Shrimp with Mango and Basil for Super Speed
This appetizer from eatingwell.com doesn’t take long to whip up and makes for a great power snack that will recharge your powers.
Serves four superheroes
1 pound raw shrimp, (21-25 per pound)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large ripe, firm mango, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (see Tip)
1 bunch scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced
1/4 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Toss shrimp with salt, cayenne (to taste), and turmeric in a medium bowl. Cover; refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; place the shrimp in a single layer and cook until the undersides turn salmon-pink (about 1 minute). Flip them over and cook for another minute.
Add mango, scallion greens, and basil and cook, stirring until the shrimp is just cooked and starts to barely curl (1 to 2 minutes).
Once you are powered up, feel free to go on your run because you’ll be lightning quick!
5. Carrot Cake for Super Sight
Preparing oneself for a life of crime fighting (or office work) doesn’t have to be boring. Every once in awhile, it’s okay to have something a little decadent. How about throwing in the healing properties of turmeric into a tasty carrot cake, like this recipe from shesaid.com suggests? Carrots are supposed to be great for your eyes, so bring on the super sight! You should probably have two helpings just to be safe.
Serves eight superheroes
3 large carrots, unpeeled and grated
2 cups shredded coconut
1 tsp ground cinnamon powder
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 cups soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)
10 dried dates
1/2 cup currants
2 tbsp psyllium husk
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup maple syrup
30 g turmeric, freshly grated
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 3 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)
Juice of one lemon
Juice of one lime
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup water
Combine all the ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined. Transfer to a round springform cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
To make the icing, combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until creamy and smooth. Once creamy and smooth, pour onto the cake and set.
Your eyes will be opened to great tasting carrot cake!
6. Bloody Mary to Numb the Pain
Eventually, your superhero work will be done for the day and you’ll find yourself at home licking your wounds. Maybe friends are over and you want to show them that having a cocktail doesn’t necessarily have to be unhealthy. Try this Bloody Mary with turmeric from helloglow.ca and either cheers to a long day of being a superhero, or down a couple in quick succession to feel no pain!
Serves one superhero, but you may need more than that
4 ounces fresh tomato juice
2 ounces fresh carrot juice
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
½ tablespoon cracked black pepper
1-2 teaspoon turmeric, to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil, parsley or cilantro (optional)
½ tablespoon worcestershire sauce
3-4 drops olive oil
Lime or lemon wedge, sea salt (or celery salt) and black pepper, for rimming the glass
Garnish of choice
2 ounces vodka, if making with alcohol.
Mix all ingredients (except vodka) together in a glass or pitcher.
Put some salt (or celery salt) and black pepper on a small plate. Rub a lime or lemon wedge along the edge of a pint glass, then dip the rim of the glass in the celery salt and black pepper.
Pour ice into glass, pour mix on top. Stir. Add two ounces vodka (a cucumber or basil-infused vodka would be lovely, too), stir again and add garnish(es).
After a few of these, you will have the power to power through the pain, at least until the morning after.
(Photo Credit: Simon A. Eugster (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACurcuma_longa_roots.jpg).)