I’ve been supplementing my dogs’ raw meals with homemade turmeric paste, aka golden paste, for about 18 months now because of its massive anti-inflammatory benefits. They’re nearing their 6th birthdays and I’m on a mission to keep joint pain away from them so that they can continue to run around and be active for many more years.
So I had just recently made a batch of golden paste and was browsing the hashtag #turmeric on Instagram. While doing so, I came across several delicious sounding recipes involving turmeric for…wait for it… h u m a n s!
I’m in my mid thirties and fairly healthy but figured that M Y joints would appreciate a little TLC as well so I tried out one of the recipes the other night. You guys, it came out great! It was a recipe for crispy turmeric tator tots that I will be making again for sure.
Here’s the original recipe I found on teamturmaquick’s Instagram account:
Recipe For Crispy Turmeric Tator Tots
Check out these crispy turmeric tator tots – a great way to get kids to eat turmeric! Boil potatoes and cut them into small cubes. Place them on a baking sheet, drizzle with #oliveoil or #ghee, #turmeric, #blackpepper and #cumin. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown. Add rough salt and serve. Make sure you have enough because people will want seconds!! If you don’t have time to whip these up today, you can get the power of turmeric and all these spices in a single dose of #turmaquik. Click the link in our bio to learn more!
I adjusted it slightly by also sprinkling Ras El Hanout and Tagine over the tots before they went into the oven. I bought both spices at a Williams Sonoma outlet store a few years ago and haven’t nearly used them enough ~ that’s changing now! Here’s what’s in them:
Ras El Hanout – Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, allspice, mace, white pepper, rosebuds, nutmeg, cloves, saffron, and bay leaves.
Tagine – Paprika, black pepper, ginger and turmeric.
I noticed that Williams & Sonoma no longer carry either, but you can get them on Amazon if you’re interested.
Recipe For Golden Paste Paw Prints
I’ve posted the recipe I use to make golden paste for the pups once before when I wrote about The 5 Key Benefits Of Organic Turmeric Paste You Don’t Want Your Dog To Miss Out On & How To DIY!
The beauty of the paste are its anti-inflammatory qualities that benefit dogs who run and jump a lot (both activities are hard on their joints).
It’s a wonderful natural joint supplement that I use for my pups as a preventative measure to keep their joints from getting stiff, but it also offers a natural means of pain relief for those dogs suffering from hip dysplasia (which is one of the most common causes of arthritis of the hips).
Here’s what I used to make the golden paste paw prints:
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
I poured the water into a pot, added the turmeric powder, stirred and let the concoction simmer for about 8 minutes on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it thickened, I stirred in the coconut oil and the freshly ground pepper. That’s all!
I then poured the paste into the paw print mold and let it freeze overnight. Once the paw prints were solid frozen, I’d pop one out of the mold and top a raw breakfast or dinner off with it. Since I had more golden paste than the mold could hold, I poured the leftovers into a glass jar which needs to be refrigerated.
FYI: Dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon of the golden paste per 10 lb of body weight per day.
I’d much rather wear my chef hat and whip up a natural joint remedy than have myself or the pups pop pills, and it honestly isn’t a huge inconvenience as far as time is concerned.
It takes about a good hour to make the turmeric tots since I had to boil the potatoes first (+/- 30 minutes to boil them), but the time spent preparing them was S O worth it! They were delicious and the perfect snack to go with catching up on my Homeland and Billions episodes. Best of all – they were a treat for my joints!
Whipping up the golden paste for the pups took considerably less time. Between getting the ingredients measured out, simmering the turmeric/water combination, adding the pepper and coconut oil and then pouring it into a container/mold, it took about 15 minutes.
Do you use turmeric when cooking for yourself and/or your dog(s)? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!