Not feeling inspired to hop on the turmeric train? You're going to all be alone at the station because turmeric is hot, hot, hot — but not spicy. Until recently, it was lumped in with other spices, the ones that atrophy on our spice racks. Touted as an anti-inflammatory, we not-so-secretly expect that something that is supposed to be good for us may taste medicinal or remotely like cardboard. But used in small quantities, turmeric adds flavor and beautiful color to everyday recipes for smoothies, veggies, curries, rice, meats, poultry, fish and even desserts.